What’s Happening This March

Hey there wine enthusiast, have you heard the buzz about The Hare Wine Co? There’s so much happening at the winery this month that we just had to share with you!

All That Jazz

Alex Bird

First, let’s talk about music. The Hare is thrilled to announce the continuation of our relationship with the TD Niagara Jazz Festival. The Hare will be hosting intimate concerts with award-winning Jazz artists every 1st and 3rd Monday into 2024 with a short intermission during the summer with the exception of when Juliette and her team bring the 10th annual week-long Jazz Festival to Niagara-On-The-Lake. We’re excited to bring you some of the best musical acts in town, and we’re pleased to say that many of the shows have already sold out!  We have two shows this month, check out the calendar for more information on performers and tickets. 
You can get your tickets here.

More Music...

But that’s not all. Our music program has expanded to also includes shows put on by The Hare, featuring award-winning performers from Motown, Blues, Rock, and Country! Get ready to let loose and enjoy some of the best award winning performers in these genres out there!  The first Blues event will be JW-Jones, a Billboard Top 10 Blues Artist, 2020 IBC Winner, and JUNO Nominee. A Canadian singer/guitarist, JW-Jones is known for his high-energy shows! 

You can get your tickets here.

An Amazing Cabernet Sauvignon

Next up, let’s talk about our new release, the 2021 Haretage Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s delicious and it’s flying off the shelf… John has a winner here! Given John’s deep connection to his family heritage, we’re launching a fun campaign in support of John’s Bulgarian roots. We’re calling it “What’s Your Heritage?” and we’re inviting you to share your personal stories of your family while enjoying a glass of our delicious Hare wine. This is an opportunity to connect with you on a deeper level, and we’re thrilled to hear your stories and learn more about you! There are so many opportunities in the coming months to discuss your heritage with your family. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon...

The Hare Wine Co is all about creating an unforgettable experience for our customers. From our award-winning wines to our exciting music program and new releases, there’s something for everyone. We’re committed to providing unique and memorable experiences well poured for our customers, and we can’t wait to see you at the winery! So, what are you waiting for?
Come on down and enjoy some great wine, food, music, and share your stories.

Wedding Venues Niagara

Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the most beautiful regions in Ontario and all of Canada, making it one of the most popular and picturesque locations for weddings. The choice to hold your wedding in this lovely area is simple since its natural beauty is second to none, but finding the perfect wedding venue and organizing other wedding details can be more difficult and stressful.

In the heart of wine country, winery weddings make for a unique venue with photogenic surroundings. For easier planning, here are our wedding planning tips, to help you achieve your ultimate wedding, with a venue that matches your vision.

To make the most of the beautiful region, you could get married first in a charming wedding chapel by the romantic Niagara Falls, along the Niagara River, before retreating to a nearby, beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake venue for the rehearsal. Alternately, to make the day simpler, there are lovely venues offering wedding packages that host rehearsals, ceremonies, and receptions altogether in these exceptional locations.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Wedding Venues

Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Niagara Region boast fabulous wedding facilities in this picturesque area with a stunning setting. It’s the ideal location to celebrate your big day, and is the perfect area to hold all your events, including engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions, as well as wedding ceremonies. There are venues that can handle all of your wedding event needs.

Because Niagara-on-the-Lake by the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario is so eye-catching and scenic, it boasts some of the most attractive venues, which make the most of the region’s natural charms. Newer on the scene but definitely not to be missed, is the Hare Wine Co., one of the most stunning wedding venues in Niagara. 

For the best experience and most memorable wedding, Vintage Hotels and their partners offer some charming wedding services including professional wedding planning. The recent Hare Wine Co. collaboration with Vintage Hotels offers an exciting new wedding day experience now available for you.

Ideal Wedding Venue

Vintage Hotels Partnership

Vintage Hotels’ partnership with the unique Hare Wine Co. allows them to provide full-service wedding options in this exquisite winery, with its vibrant and welcoming setting,  elegant views, and superior amenities. You can now enjoy the most special wedding experience in the area, with exquisite scenery, fabulous wines, and fine dining, all in a private, intimate setting.

Intimate Weddings

The Hare Wine Co. is one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most exceptional wineries for small wedding venues. It’s the ideal wedding location for a cozy wedding ceremony and reception, privately hosting up to 70 people.

The Hare Wine Co., in conjunction with Vintage Hotels, offers a one-of-a-kind, unparalleled experience within the Vintage Family. The Hare Wine Co. is available for hosting weddings in its beautiful, rustic winery, providing exceptional service and a distinctive experience. Its intimate environment, closed off to the public, creates an ambiance for an unforgettable wedding.

You can host intimate gatherings in the barrel cellar, or larger dinners in the courtyard. The professional planning services will help you select the right space. The Hare’s partnership with Vintage allows the winery to offer deluxe catering by The Prince of Wales Hotel for exceptional luxury dining.

Wedding Celebrations

The Hare Wine Co.’s captivating, eye-catching vineyard makes the perfect backdrop for your outdoor ceremony, with crisp lawns and gorgeous rows of grapevines. The Hare’s natural beauty and the outdoor light will ensure you capture the best wedding photos.

In case of inclement weather, the winery can cover the outdoor space for you, so you don’t need to worry about the weather when booking this lovely venue. You can also choose to hold your wedding in the indoor barrel room.

Wedding Reception

For the reception, the Hare’s open-air stone courtyard is a perfect setting with a traditional European feel for larger groups. For smaller groups and an indoors setting, the barrel room is perfect. It’s also a great location for your bridal shower or engagement party, before your special wedding day.

The Hare Wine Co. offers award-winning wines and superb service as part of your wedding package to help create an extra-memorable event. The Hare’s partnership with the Prince of Wales Hotel means you’ll be receiving a luxury dining experience including table settings and furniture for an opulent event. The Hare can offer you the benefits of a hotel venue and amenities in a unique location, making it the perfect Niagara venue for your special day.

When you book your wedding at the Hare Wine Co., every detail is covered. You get exclusive use of the winery, so the beautiful private setting is all yours. The venue coordinator and wedding planner make the planning and logistics easy and stress-free. The Hare even offers private food and wine tasting, so you can be confident in your wedding culinary choices.

The Hare Wine Co. has all your needs covered, right down to the private bridal suite available for the wedding party to get ready and do any touch-ups.

Book Your Dream Wedding Venue

Vintage Hotels and The Hare Wine Co can make your wedding dreams come true. For more information and to plan your stress-free, intimate wedding in the vineyards near Lake Ontario, contact us today.

Best Niagara-on-the-Lake Wedding Venues

Niagara on the Lake is a highly desirable destination for weddings. It is no surprise, as it offers exceptional natural beauty, quaint and historic buildings, pretty vineyards, and luxurious venues.

If you recently became engaged and are starting your search for the best Niagara region wedding venue — congratulations! To make your wedding planning easier, here are some ideas to help you find your ideal wedding venue.

Wedding Day

To make the most of the beautiful region, you could get married first in a chapel by the romantic Niagara Falls, along the Niagara River. There are several options, like the Calvary or Little Wedding Chapel, or St. Paul’s Church.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Wedding Venues

Niagara-on-the-Lake is under a half hour away from the Falls, so it is quick and easy to retreat to one of the fabulous wedding facilities in this picturesque area. It is the ideal location for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Alternately, for a simpler wedding without travel, many of the Niagara-on-the-Lake venues can handle all of your wedding events including bridal showers, rehearsals, wedding ceremonies, and receptions so you can host events in one spot.

Whatever your wedding vision, Niagara-on-the-Lake, beside Lake Ontario, is exceptionally beautiful and has several excellent venues. Some of the well-known wedding venues in Niagara-on-the-Lake include the Charles Hotel, Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, Pillar and Post Inn, the Old Winery Restaurant. Several golf clubs in the area also offer wedding packages.

Larger Venues

If you are looking for large wedding venues in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the White Oaks Resort Spa, Club Roma and Ravine Winery have wedding banquet halls that can host over 430 guests. Both White Oaks and Club Roma have luxurious banquet rooms with highlights like crystal chandeliers and sumptuous decor.

Unique Venues

The Gate House is a lovely venue which offers a unique historic Niagara-on-the-Lake experience. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library has beautiful views of the Niagara escarpment for your wedding day.

However, if you’re looking for a unique, luxurious outdoor wedding ceremony and reception in a venue that can house intimate gatherings in rustic elegance, the Hare Wine Co. is perfectly suited to you.

The Hare Wine Co.

The Hare Wine Co. is one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s newest winery experiences. It’s perfect for intimate weddings, hosting up to 70 people in a beautiful private setting.

Whether you are looking to host an intimate gathering in their barrel cellar, or a sit-down dinner in the courtyard, we work with you to select the right space for your event. Our weddings are exclusively serviced and catered by The Prince of Wales Hotel and Vintage Hotels.

Outdoor Ceremony

We have captivating venue features like the perfect backdrop of our vineyard, if you choose our lawn area for your ceremony. We also have an elegant open-air stone courtyard for your outdoor wedding. These make for the perfect natural light setting for wedding photos. In case of inclement weather, outdoor spaces can be covered, or you can use our indoor barrel room. Located in the heart of Niagara’s wine country by Lake Ontario, our private garden ceremonies are perfect for a dream wedding.

Wedding Reception

Conveniently, you can have the reception at the same location as your ceremony. Our barrel room is perfect for intimate groups. It’s also a great location for your bridal shower or engagement party. Our open-air courtyard is excellent for a larger group.

The Hare Wine Co. offers award-winning wines and superb service for a wedding to remember. Our partnership with the Prince of Wales Hotel and Vintage Hotels means we can provide the most delicious food, as well as use of the hotel’s glassware, dinner and table settings, and furniture for a luxurious event. It gives you the benefits of a hotel venue in an intimate, unique location –  the ideal venue for your special event.

You get exclusive use of the winery, so this perfect setting is all yours. We also provide some conveniences to make planning and logistics easier for you. We have a professional wedding planner to help you, especially in coordinating wedding vendors such as photographers. There is also a private food and wine tasting, to ensure you are able to plan your Niagara wedding perfectly. Finally, we even have a private bridal suite located on the second floor for bridal party touch-ups for your convenience.

Contact us for more information and to plan your intimate wedding near Lake Ontario.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Birthday Ideas

Do you have a birthday coming up and you’re wondering how you should spend your day? Is it your partner’s birthday and you want to surprise them with something special?
No matter who’s birthday it is, one of the best places to spend the day is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Whether you live around the Niagara Region, the Greater Toronto Area, Upstate New York, or elsewhere, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a very special place to visit. You can make it a day trip or the historic small town has plenty of options for staying overnight if you don’t want to make the trip back home.
So, if you’re looking for fun-filled birthday weekend ideas, here are things you can do in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which was the original capital of Upper Canada, is a charming, picturesque, and historic area visited by travelers from all over the world. In 2004, it was designated as a National Historic District to mark its preserved architecture dating from the early to mid 1800s. The district is located directly across from Fort Niagara, which is on the American side of the Niagara. 

Things To Do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

There are so many ways to fill a day, a weekend, or an extended stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake. In the Old Town itself, you’ll want to wander the shops, eat at the quaint local restaurants and cafes, grab a gelato, and stroll through the picturesque neighbourhood streets. Enjoy the flower-lined streets in spring and summer, which are lined with beautiful flowers with some of the best landscaping in the province. 

Don’t miss a walk down to the lake itself for a view across the river to see Fort Niagara. On a clear day you can also see the Toronto skyline across Lake Ontario. If you continue walking down the main street beyond the Shaw Festival Theatre, you can also visit the Fort George National Historic Site.

The Shaw Festival

As part of your visit, why not catch some world-class theatre? The Shaw Festival puts on 10+ productions each year performed in three theatres with audiences of more than 250,000. Inspired by the wit of Bernard Shaw, the theatre has grown to become a major Canadian cultural icon. 

Enjoy Wine Country

You mustn’t visit the area without including a personalized wine tasting experience. Did you know that Niagara-on-the-Lake is world renown for its wine?! Make your way to one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s famous wineries such as The Hare Wine Co. located on Niagara Stone Road. It’s just a 12-minute drive from the shops at Niagara-on-the-Lake and a perfect way to celebrate a birthday.

Book a personalized guided tour at our vineyard and taste test our collections of wines – red, white, rosé and Niagara’s famous Icewine. Your guide will carefully explain the notes you should taste in each wine and help you choose the best one for your palette. You’ll also be in a private tasting room and afterwards, you can make your way to our patio that overlooks our amazing and abundant wine country.

After your wine tasting experience, you’ll be able to buy the birthday girl or birthday boy their favourite bottle in our shop.

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

For a traditional tour of the area by carriage, begin your ride from right outside the Prince of Wales Hotel. It’s a very popular attraction in Niagara-on-the-Lake and one your partner may very much enjoy for their birthday. It’s romantic, relaxing, and allows you to sight-see in a completely different manner, creating the perfect setting for lovers and adventure-goers alike.

The prices vary depending on how long you want to enjoy the carriage ride. All tours are private so you won’t have to share a carriage with anyone else. You can conveniently book ahead online.

Night At The Prince of Wales Hotel

Many people add staying for a night at the Prince of Wales hotel to their bucket list. It’s one of the nicest and most highly-rated hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and for good reason. There’s an on-site pool and spa, an incredible restaurant led by highly trained chefs, a cozy and vintage-style tea room, a fitness room, and more.

Located on Picton Street, this hotel is only a short drive away from other amenities or within walking distance. Its history is just as incredible and interesting and worth asking about during your stay.

Afternoon Tea Party

If your partner, mother or best friend wants to relax in a beautiful setting while sipping on tea served in fine china and served with sandwiches and desserts, you can book an afternoon tea package at the Prince of Wales hotel. Group bookings are also accepted if more people want to join! Your friends and family will truly appreciate such a fun and memorable time.

You can book ahead online. The menu will change frequently but all sandwiches and desserts are prepared by top-notch chefs. If you’re still hungry for dinner, there are plenty of nearby options – The Irish Harp, Cannery Restaurant, Treadwell Cuisine, HOB NOB Restaurant, and more.

Make Your Way To Niagara Falls

After staying in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you may still be looking for fun things to do to complete your weekend or birthday getaway. If this is the case, make your way to Niagara Falls where there are plenty of adventures awaiting you – endless restaurants, an arcade, the Falls, go-kart racing, the Skylon Tower, the Niagara SkyWheel, and so much more.

To get from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls, drive along the Niagara River and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are also various stops you can make to enjoy a nice walk, take pictures of nature, or walk through the butterfly conservatory, located on the grounds of the beautiful and lush Botanical Gardens.

Niagara Wineries Hold Plenty of Opportunities

If you want to visit a local vineyard to surprise someone for their birthday, you’ve come to the right place. You can enjoy a private taste testing tour with one of our friendly staff members who will help you find the perfect bottle of wine for you. You can explore our vineyard and wine shop afterwards to purchase a birthday gift.

You can book a reservation online or give us a call today!

White Wine Pairings: White Wine & Food Pairing Guide

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a romantic dinner with your significant other and toasting to your love or having your friends over and toasting to your friendship and accomplishments with a delicious, smooth white wine from your favourite local vineyard. But what makes the experience even better? A meal that pairs perfectly with your white wine. Whether you’re craving seafood, finger foods or grilled meats, there are various types of white wines that will take your night out or night in to the next level.

Do You Know The Differences Between Bodies Of Wine?

Knowing the difference between light body, medium body and full body is important when it comes to pairing food and wine for a couple of different reasons. Plus, it makes you appreciate the beautiful glass of wine in your hands even more. Understanding and appreciating the notes in each body is a hobby and an art, and most importantly, what makes it so darn delicious with certain food.

Light-Bodied Wine

Lighter-bodied wine is seen as more of a “delicate” drink. It’s also referred to as “light” because it contains the lowest amount of alcohol content (12.5% or less) which is why people find it easier to drink. When browsing for a light wine, search for sweet Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

Pairing options: seafood, chicken, salad, pasta, fried foods, more fatty dishes

Medium-Bodied Wine

Medium-bodied wines typically have an alcohol content of 12.5% to 13.5%. They give you a bit more fullness and make a great pairing for many dishes. Examples of this include dry Riesling, Chenin Blanc, unoaked Chardonnay, or Pinot Gris.

Pairing options: scallops, lobster, oysters, cheese, salad

Full-Bodied Wine

Full-bodied white wine has the highest alcohol content (13.5% or higher). They typically come from warmer climate areas like California, Spain, France or Italy and soak in oak barrels to give them that “heavier” taste. Look for bottles labelled oaked Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pairing options: meaty dishes, roasted chicken, pasta, breads

How Sparkling Wine Differs

Sparkling wines taste the same but have been fermented with a mixture of yeast and sugar which makes them bubbly and fizzy. Many people think that sparkling wine is champagne, but that’s not true. In order to determine classification, you have to look at where the wine was actually produced.

Did you know that Champagne only refers to the region it came from? Authentic Champagne is from a region in France; a mild climate where Champagne grapes thrive.

What Is Mulled White Wine?

Mulled white wine is a German delicacy. It’s spicy, smells absolutely delicious, and is a great drink to serve your friends and family during holiday dinners, specifically Thanksgiving or Christmas. The recipe is simple yet delicious and typically features:

  • Dry wines rather than rich or sweet wines (can be white or red wine)
  • Orange juice and orange slices
  • Sugar or honey
  • Lemon slices
  • White cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice

Wine and Food Pairings

Matching food to the perfect wine pairing can be easier when you know the differences between each body of white wine. Now that you understand the differences, we can get into the best food and wine pairing menus that blow your taste buds away. Just remember that these are examples of contrasting pairings and nothing is set in stone. Everyone has their own preferences and that’s exactly what makes testing different white wines out so fun!

Roasted or Grilled Chicken with Chardonnay

Roasting or grilling chicken is a great way to incorporate different spices that pair exquisitely with oaked Chardonnay. Especially lemon, basil, oregano, garlic and parsley. Food with higher acidity that makes your mouth salivate can make sipping on a high alcohol wine that much more satisfying!

Don’t feel like chicken? Opt for a soup with similar spices, like a white bean-based recipe.

Spicy Foods with Riesling

Because Riesling is a little more rich than dry, it makes a great pair for spicy food to take away some of the heat. Plus, spicy dishes such as Indian food, for example, are known for having heavier creams in the sauces, so having a lighter wine may not make you feel as heavy/full afterwards.

Red Meats with Pinot Grigio

Many people automatically assume they should pair their steak with a glass of red wine, but white wines pair just as well! The natural acidity of the wine will accentuate the rich flavours of the red meat even further. Game meats will work perfectly as well such as venison or bison.

Charcuterie Board with Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc is another light, sweet white wine that can pair with practically any type of cheese, which is great if you’re just nibbling on a charcuterie board. Whether it’s aged cheddar, gouda, blue cheese or goat cheese, the pairing won’t disappoint you. Some of the spices in the meats will also counteract the sweetness and acidity of the wine perfectly.

Pairing Wine and Food Is Totally Up To You

While this is just a guide to go off of, it gives you a good idea of what flavours pair better with each other, however, everyone’s palate is different and what you choose to pair together is never wrong. If you’re still stuck searching for that perfect bottle of white wine, shop with The Hare Wine Co. today. We craft every bottle with you in mind.

Red Wine Pairings: What To Eat With Red Wine

For every bottle of red wine, there is a perfect food pairing. While there’s no strict rule as to what you should eat with your favourite red wine, especially because everyone has different palettes and preferences, there are certain reasons why wine connoisseurs make specific food and wine pairing suggestions.

If you’re new to the world of developing your wine palette, that’s okay! Half the fun is understanding what notes to look for, learning what the different bodies of wine are, and what flavours best match its notes.

The Meanings Behind The Different Bodies of Red Wine

Have you ever been sent to the liquor store with instructions to “buy red wine” but you aren’t sure what kind to get? Surely there has to be certain meanings behind each kind.
We’re here to tell you that yes, each kind is completely different. Below, we’ll go over the differences (in alphabetical order) between the types of red wines so you’ll never have to feel confused about which kind to buy again.

Baco Noir (Full-Bodied)

These types of grapes do well in a cooler climate, therefore, they thrive in Ontario (though they originated in France). They’re known for being very flavourful with earthy and spicy notes which is why they’re used to create drier red wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon (Full-Bodied)

These types of grapes thrive in both humid and cooler environments. They’re the most common type of grape that mainly come from places like Napa Valley, Australia, and the Niagara Region. They’re a little more fruity, acidic, and a deeper colour of red.

Cabernet Franc (Medium-Bodied)

If you’re looking for a unique combination, you’ll love this type of red wine that’s popularly found in Niagara. It’s often mixed with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and then aged in oak barrels. The oak barrels bring out the unique flavours even more and provide a more “dry” structure to the wine.

Merlot (Full-Bodied)

This is another very popular type of grape because of its ease to mix with others and to try drinking for beginners. It’s often soft, smooth, sweet, and makes a great math for any dish or dessert.

Malbec (Full-Bodied)

Malbec grapes are most famously known for growing in Argentina even though they originated in France. Because of these grapes being darker and thicker skinned, their sweetness and fruity flavours create a less-dry red wine.

Pinot Noir (Light-Bodied)

Known as one of the lighter reds, Pinot Noir wine is fruity, smoothy, and much like Merlot, it can make the perfect match for any dish or dessert. But did you know that Pinot Noir grapes are the hardest to grow? Because of their thin skin, they’re more susceptible to being damaged by temperatures or by themselves since they grow tightly together.

Zinfandel (Full-Bodied)

Zinfandel is largely grown in the United States in more humid climates like Napa Valley and Lodi. It makes for a very fruity red wine but on the other hand, has subtle flavours of licorice and tobacco. It’s another wine that’s very easy to drink, making it the perfect pairing for most dishes.

Note: Full, medium and light-bodied refers to the alcohol content. The fuller the body of wine, the higher alcohol content it contains (more than 13.5%). The lighter the body of wine, the lower the alcohol content (less than 12.5%).

The Best Food & Red Wine Pairings

Nothing pairs together more perfectly than wine and food, especially after you’ve had a long day or you haven’t spent a night out (or in) with your friends in a long time. But how do you decide what to order with your glass of wine? Remember, the choice is completely up to you and your specific preferences, but here are the best wine and food pairings strictly based on the types of notes the red wine contains.

Hearty Dishes

Red meat, whether it be land, grilled steak, or burgers, make a great match for Cabernet Sauvignon. This type of full-bodied red wine has strong, deep and fruity flavours, so pairing it with equally strong meat flavours will make for a delicious dinner you won’t soon forget. The meat can also dial down the acidity and sweetness of the wine if that’s what you desire.

If you’re opting for a hearty stew such as beef bourguignon, for example, Merlot is a great wine pairing to bring out the soft flavours of both the dish and the wine. It also isn’t a heavy wine, meaning it’s easy to drink it with heavier, meatier dishes.

Fish Dishes

Most people think that fish only pairs well with white wine, but that’s not true. Most red wines actually make a great wine and food pairing, particularly if it’s a sweet red wine. For example, if you’re having salmon, Zinfandel or Merlot can both complement and tone down the fishy taste as they aren’t as dry. For white fish pairings or even pasta dishes with lobster or shrimp, choose a wine with higher acidity to balance with the tomatoes.

Vegetarian Dishes

The secret for vegetable and wine pairing? Earthy wines make the perfect pairing for earthy vegetables. For example, mushrooms, butternut squash, kale, turnips, carrots, onions, etc.

Extra tip: If you’re craving spicy, vegetarian stews, bold red wine can often intensify the spice even further, so you may prefer pairing it with a softer, sweeter red wine like Malbec or Pinot Noir.

Cheese

Red wine and cheese pairings are classic, delicious, and a simple party pleaser. Like with the other foods above, it’s best to pair heavy cheese with heavy wine, light cheese with light wine, and dry/aged cheese with dry wine.

Examples: Cabernet Franc and goat cheese, Pinot Noir with gruyere, and Cabernet Sauvignon with aged cheddar.

Looking For The Perfect Bottle Of Red Wine?

When it comes to pairing wine with food, our professionals here at The Hare Wine Co. can help you find the best bottle of wine for your needs. No matter what your taste buds are craving (sweet, bold, fruity or earthy) we carry a variety of 100% VQA Ontario wines that are handcrafted with you in mind. We make pairing wine and food easy. Stop by our vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake where you can taste test our wines in a beautiful and relaxing private room or on our patio that overlooks Niagara’s famous wine country.

Jack Rabbit White Mulled Wine

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle of Jack Rabbit White
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3/4 cup white sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 star anise

Optional garnishes: citrus slices, extra star anise, cinnamon stick

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat
  2. Reduce to medium-low heat and let wine simmer for at least 15 minutes
  3. Strain and serve with desired garnishes

Authentic Pork Carnitas paired with Crown Land White

INGREDIENTS:

Carnitas Recipe:

  • 4 lbs skinless, boneless pork shoulder
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded & finely diced
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Pico de Gallo:

  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Tacos:

  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced for garnish
  • limes for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together oregano, cumin, black pepper, salt & chili powder.
  2. Rub the spice mixture generously around the entire pork shoulder and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Top the pork with onion, garlic, jalapeno and orange juice in the slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Remove the pork from the slow cooker to a large cutting board and use two forks to shred the meat. (Do not get rid of the slow cooker liquid as you will be using it later)
  6. Place the shredded pork on a baking sheet.
  7. Pour 1 cup of the reserved liquid over the pork.
  8. Broil for 5-10 minutes on high heat until the meat become golden browned and crispy on the edges.

Pico de Gallo:

  • In a small bowl, mix together white onion, cilantro, tomato, garlic powder, cumin and lime juice.
  • Serve meat on corn tortillas, top with pico de gallo, sliced avocado and lime spritz.

Beat the heat with Crown Land White! The sweetness from the Gewurztraminer in the Crown Land white blend mellows out the heat from the spicy jalapenos!

Roasted Chickpea & Kale Caesar Salad paired with Frontier Dry Riesling

INGREDIENTS:

Roasted Chickpeas:

  • One 15 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • Sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

For the salad:

  • 5 cups chopped fresh kale, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan

Caesar Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcesthershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Pat chickpeas with paper towels to dry and remove any loose skins.
  3. In a large bowl toss chickpeas with oil, garlic powder, lemon zest and salt & pepper.
  4. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet and bake until crisp & light brown (approximately 45-50 minutes) tossing halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. While chickpeas are roasting prepare dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and thoroughly mix.
  6. De-stem the kale and tear into bit size pieces. Place the kale, olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. “Massage” the kale with your fingertips for approximately 3-5 minutes. This process helps to tenderize the kale, making it softer and less bitter.
  7. When ready to serve salad salad, combine kale, Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and desired amount of dressing. Plate kale and top with crispy chickpeas.

Pair with the Frontier Riesling! The creaminess and garlic flavours from the Greek yogurt dressing contrasts nicely with this dry, acidic Riesling.

Jack Rabbit Special Edition Red Coq au Vin

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of Jack Rabbit Special Edition Red
  • 8 ounces of pancetta
  • 5 chicken thighs, skin on & bone-in
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 3 shallots, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 carrots peeled & cut in large chunks
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5-6  white pearl onions
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium saucepan on high heat, add 3 cups of Jack Rabbit Special Edition Red and boil for 15  minutes until reduced to half the amount.
  • Preheat a cast iron skillet on high heat.
  • Cook the pancetta until crisp, then remove.
  • Season the chicken with salt & pepper.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and brown on each side for 4-6 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and add in the mushrooms and shallots and lower the heat to medium heat.
  • Cook for 3 minutes, sir then cook another 3 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, shallots, garlic, carrots, pancetta, broth, additional pinch of salt, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf, pearl onions and the reduced red wine to the slow cooker.
  • Stir all the ingredients until well mixed, nestle in the pieces of chicken and cook on low for 7 hours.
  • In a small bowl mix together the butter and flour and add it to the slow cooker and stir.
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