The Art of Pairing Wine & ChocolatePURE F/X Seminar

The Art of Pairing Wine & ChocolatePURE F/X Seminar with Pillitteri Wine  Saturday June 16, 2012  Chocolate F/X Factory ToursA private tour guided by our experienced staff, view live chocolate panning, molding and packaging from our tour hall with both traditional and state-of-the-art equipment.

Visit our sample bar and taste our endless varieties of chocolate produced at the factory.

Wine and Chocolate Tastings

      Experience a unique and personalized wine & chocolate tastings

Savour a selection of handmade chocolates with Niagara’s wines, including the world renowned ice wine.

Learn the art of pairing wine and chocolate with the help of Pillitteri’s Manager Beth Duke who will bring you some insight on how to match your favorite chocolate and wines from the Niagara region.

This event will be held on Saturday June 16th  1:00 and 3:00 pm.

Reservations are required

$35 per person




Bonnie Gordon 905-684-2626 ext. 203

Thinking of staying overnight?  Call us at 905-980-0346

or 1-866-226-4730.



The Shaw Festival is pinning its hopes on Ragtime for the 2012 season. Early buzz and ticket sales are strong. PHOTO: Emily Cooper, Shaw Festival


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE – Last year felt like a big party.

This year, it feels like a new era. Most of it by design, some of it by necessity. After a year-long celebration to mark its 50th season last year, Shaw Festival artistic director Jackie Maxwell knows there’s potential for a letdown. There will be fewer galas this year, less hype, a tighter budget. And while the season offers its usual assortment of mirth, music and melodrama, Maxwell has one big gun in the holster: Ragtime.

The Tony-winning musical based on the 1975 E.L. Doctorow book (and 1981 film) was a surprise when announced last year, but Maxwell feels the socially charged show fits the Shaw of 2012 perfectly.

“After last year and all the celebrations, I started to think of this year as the first of the next 50 years,” she says. “To show we should be here for another 50 years and still maintain our relevancy.”

“I thought of Ragtime as a real symbol of that, as our anchor of the season. It contains a conversation that we’ve not had at The Shaw, the whole notion of America at the turn of the 20th century.”

Set in New York City, Doctorow’s book examines the American experience from the perspective of three families: A white upper-middle class clan; a family of Jewish immigrants; and an African-American couple. A racial incident sets off events which eventually unite the families.

The 1981 movie directed by Milos Foreman was nominated for eight Oscars, and was notable for being James Cagney’s final film appearance.

Funded by Garth Drabinsky and Livent Inc., the musical debuted in Toronto in 1996 before moving on to Broadway in 1998, where it ran for two years. Critics were lukewarm on the $11 million production, but it tallied 13 Tony nominations – the most of any show that year. It won four but lost Best Musical to The Lion King.

The show hit London’s West End for a three-month run in 2003, then returned to Broadway in 2009 (the first ‘90s musical to enjoy a Broadway revival). Despite better reviews than the original production, it closed after 65 performances because of its immense budget and moderate ticket sales.

At seven months and 109 performances (including previews), Ragtime will enjoy a longer run at Shaw than for its second stint on Broadway.

Which is music to actress Patty Jamieson’s ears. The 16-year Shaw veteran has provided solid support in shows like The Women, The Admirable Crichtonand last season’s box office champ, My Fair Lady. This time, she gets the major role of Mother in a musical she loves.

“When it was coming up last year I did a little lobbying with Jackie because I love this piece,” she says. “The character of Mother … as I’ve gotten older, I understand it (more). Fifteen years ago, I saw her as one of those ladies dressed in white. I didn’t really understand what she was going on about. But I’ve lived life, I have my own little person now, and I have more of a frame of reference.”

The Shaw’s take on the musical has earned plenty of buzz in previews. It opens May 26 at the Festival Theatre, capping the company’s opening week.

Jamieson isn’t surprised the show is already causing a stir: It was good then, it’s better now.

“The scope of the story is very large,” she says. “The original production had problems because the story got lost in a swirl of lovely music and costumes and big sets. Jackie’s forte is to clarify the story. You walk away feeling unsatisfied if you don’t understand the story.”

The show’s heavy American slant won’t hurt the box office – 42 percent of the Shaw’s audience is from the U.S. But Maxwell feels Ragtime’s themes still feel fresh.

By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

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Niagara on the Lake – Wine and Herbs all Month Long

Cheese Quiche

The perfect spring dish for our Estate Riesling!

See Recipe Below
Wine of the Month!


Heavenly!  This wine is crafted with 40% botrytized fruit. It is a beautiful demonstration of racy acidity balanced with moderate sweetness, minerality and lower alcohol.  This medium bodied Riesling shows vibrant fruit aromas and flavours, excellent balance and a crisp, lasting finish.

Amazing with summer salads or on it’s own.


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Ravine Vineyard’s Chef Proprietor Paul Harber is excited to announce that Nathan Young will be joining him in the kitchen beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2012. With the addition of Chef Young Ravine looks to elevate an already celebrated food program that was ranked by WineAccess Magazine as one of the, “World’s 20 Best Winery Restaurants,” in 2011.

 Chef Young’s interest in food began at a young age when he used to watch his mother and grandmothers cook. Before settling in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Chef Young’s career began at Walper Terrace Hotel in Kitchener, ON. He also received detail-oriented culinary instruction from European Chefs at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, ON. Considered by many to be Canada’s premier Relais Chateaux property. Drawn to the discipline, Chef Young went to Europe working with Chef Michael Caines, a two star Michelin Chef at Gidleigh Park Hotel in Devon, England. Chef Young returned to Toronto’s Canoe Restaurant under the leadership of Chef Anthony Walsh before setting up roots in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Nathan joined Ravine in 2012.

“Cooking is an art. The lessons taught to me over the years, and my own passion will be reflecting onto the canvas that is Ravine.”

– Chef Nathan Young.


Wine & Herb Weekends
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in May 2012


Kick-off the sunny season with Niagara-on-the-Lake’s casual spring celebration of great wine and fresh herbs!  Spend a weekend exploring our neighbourhood of wineries and enjoy different herb-themed food pairing matched to a premium VQA wine selected to highlight the flavour and aroma of the herb.

If you are travelling with a group of 10 or more guests, please call ahead to the wineries you plan to visit with your approximate arrival time, so that we may serve you better and make your experience an enjoyable one!


Mother’s Day at the Farm
We have been celebrating Mothers at the farm for 5 generations.  Join us this Mother’s Day and make RAVINE VINEYARD your new tradition.

Chef Young has created seasonally inspired menus Mother is sure to love.

Lunch – Sold Out!
Limited Dinner reservations available.
Call today             905.262.8463       ex. 34 or click!




Free Fireworks over the Falls

May 18 10:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Free Fireworks over the Falls every Friday, Sunday and Holiday evenings at 10pm between Victoria Day and Labour Day weekends.

Niagara Falls, ON



Kick off your summer at this year's ultimate Backyard Bash. Food Truck Eats pulls
into town for the May long weekend and is parking in our backyard. 

16 Food Trucks from Canada and the United States are coming together to deliver the
most daring, tasty and innovative street food available. 16 wines from Peller
Estates favourite vintages will be poured at this weekend event. 

Buy Tickets Now online or call 1-888-673-5537            

Sunday, May 20th / 12 pm - 6 pm
Monday, May 21st /12 pm - 5 pm
$15.00 per person

Food Truck Eats & Sleeps - Niagara Cottage Rental is offering special pricing for an
overnight package that includes accommodation, tickets to Food Truck Eats at Peller
Estates and transportation to and from the event. Book now at or call them at 1-866-226-4730.