TOtimes Tastings: Redstone Vineyard leaves no stone unturned

BEAMSVILLE, July 4, 2023 – How does this sound to you? – A serene enjoyable afternoon, sipping a glass of glowing Ontario wine, and nibbling on some tantalizing appetizers, listening to the trickle of a fountain whereas a delicate lake breeze cools the summer season air? Appears like one thing everybody in all probability wants proper about now. 

Welcome to Redstone Vineyard, positioned in Beamsville, Ontario and nestled into a good looking 38-acre Lincoln Lakeshore property inside the Niagara area.

Redstone Vineyard®, named for its crimson clay soil and enormous stones, is owned by Moray Tawse, who occurs to be the identical proprietor of Tawse Vineyard, the main focus of considered one of my latest TOtimes Tastings options.

Each provide superb vineyard experiences however every has its personal distinctive vibe.

Redstone has considered every part – leaves no stone unturned

I don’t assume Redstone Vineyard has left something out when contemplating their clients’ total expertise right here. This vineyard has a most alluring out of doors patio. Right here you’ll be able to sit underneath big umbrellas or pergolas for added consolation from the warmth of the day, or must you choose the beaming solar, there are tables for that as effectively. Fashionable water options add to the magnificence and attraction, in addition to decorative planter packing containers replete with greenery that not solely provides to the natural vibe right here, however they’re additionally set strategically across the patio for the general attraction.

The stone partitions together with the big glass wall that leads into the restaurant are beautiful.

Redstone is ideal for a peaceable gathering of family and friends, or a extra intimate desk for 2 if that’s what you’re on the lookout for.

When you enter the restaurant from the patio, you’re greeted by a big open eating space with vaulted ceilings that ship an environment of group. The bustling sounds of life and laughter fill the air at sure hours of the day.  Sure, you’ll be able to nonetheless have your intimate desk for 2 contained in the eating space, in addition to a piece for a extra personal group gathering. 

Although you’ll be able to expertise wine tasting wherever inside or outdoors the vineyard, there’s an space put aside for wine tour patrons, or these on the lookout for that conventional wine sampling expertise – to hang around and pattern the fruit of the vines Redstone has to supply.  This space of the vineyard gives one more cool vibe. Totally different from the opposite sections, however a cool vibe, nonetheless.

One thing particular you received’t be capable of discover at another Ontario vineyard could be the Marshand Tawse Burgundian blends. Ask about which blends they’ve while you arrive. The depth and persona are a fantastic expertise for any wine drinker. After getting loved their wine sampling expertise, select those you want and buy them on the retail part since these specialty wines can solely be bought on website.  Redstone additionally has a classic part so in case you have a classy palate and need to expertise a classic wine, you’re in luck, they promote them!

The Delicacies

Whereas visiting Redstone Vineyard, must you get a bit peckish, I counsel you try their delectable menu choices.  From snacks and appetizers, to the “one thing for everybody” decisions like pizza or fish and chips, to mouth-watering delicacies equivalent to Seared Kolapore Springs Trout or Dry-Aged Steak Frites, oh and we will’t overlook the Redstone wines.  

I had the Pan-Fried Pork Schnitzel (Mustard Spaetzle, Crème Fraîche, Apple & Cabbage Slaw), my companions had the Gnocco Fritto, Bay Scallop Ceviche, and the Margherita Pizza (Tomato, Fior di Latte, Basil).

I beloved my dish! I squeezed some contemporary lemon on the Schnitzel, and it took it to a different degree! I extremely advocate it. Strive it with a glass of bubbly 2020 glowing rosé – oh my gosh it’s the excellent sipping drink on a pleasant scorching day. 

The Music

Redstone Vineyard additionally has stay music within the winery that includes a tremendous lineup of Canadian artists, which you could find on their web site. https://redstonewines.ca/information/

An evening of music and nice tasting wine.  Signal me up!

An added observe: On cooler Fall/Winter nigh
ts, additionally they have a comfortable part out by the entrance patio the place fireplace pits are arrange as a way to sip on a pleasant glass of soothing crimson wine (or any beverage you like) and luxuriate in some ooey gooey ‘Smores.

Sustainability

The vineyard additionally will get “assist from our pals from the animal realm.”  Their chickens feed on bugs, the sheep eat the decrease vine leaves to show the grapes to the ripening solar and so they use horses as an alternative of tractors at any time when they’ll, which helps keep away from soil compaction.

I need to see the animals, so I take a stroll across the grounds. On my means, I discover there are various gardens stuffed with contemporary herbs of every kind and tomato vegetation upon tomato vegetation.  I like that their menu options farm-fresh, natural elements.

Don’t feed the animals

Talking of natural, I need to add that in case you take a stroll to see the animals it’s completely forbidden to feed the animals. Understandably so.

I might be remiss if I didn’t point out two issues that really grabbed my consideration. The very first thing is that Redstone Vineyard and Tawse Vineyard have one thing fairly distinctive; each have stepped out of the norm so far as the winemaking trade is anxious. The highest positions on this trade are very male dominated, nonetheless, at each Tawse and Redstone Wineries, these prime positions are held by girls. Jessica Otting claims the position of Winemaker, Augusta is the Winery Supervisor, and Vicki Smyth, is the Director of Gross sales & Advertising. This makes me proud.

Secondly, Redstone Vineyard, for probably the most half, has the identical migrant staff that come again every year. They’re like household. When I’m listening to Vicki inform me concerning the grounds, I get a way of humanity interwoven along with her story, and that’s vital to me.  They aren’t considered merely ‘staff’, slightly Redstone and Tawse perceive the immense significance of those women and men.  As a matter of reality, there’s a new home being constructed for them, in order that whereas they’re away from their households and pals, they’ll have some comforts of dwelling.

The vineyard additionally has celebrations with the employees all year long, together with a giant harvest social gathering.

I point out this as a result of, effectively, as a result of it issues.  

I ask Vicki (Director of Gross sales & Advertising) concerning the distinction between Tawse and Redstone Vineyard. Here’s what she says.

“Tawse is extra concerning the wine making, Redstone is large on the culinary expertise.” “Nonetheless, although there’s a nice culinary presence right here, Redstone Vineyard remains to be all concerning the wine expertise.  It’s a hands-on method to natural farming which we’re very pleased with. We produce high quality fruit, which produces high quality wines.

Justin, one of many gross sales associates within the retail part says, “They’ve a distinct environment. Tawse is extra concerning the wine manufacturing expertise, together with the cellar and barrel expertise, Redstone has extra of a farm-like really feel, like being out within the nation, however each are superb wineries.” 

I’ve to agree, each have their very own personalities, their very own character, but each are wineries value visiting.  Not simply as soon as, howev
er repeatedly. 

Try Redstone Vineyard’s web site to study their new lunch and wine pair expertise, Friday – Sunday, in addition to their E-book Membership and Wine Membership. Go to the Niagara Area Vineyard, Redstone Vineyard and Restaurant the following time you’re out and about. Additionally try this text on www.thisisyourcity.ca

Thanks, Vicki, on your wealth of data and your hospitality.

phrases and pictures by Kimberly Wardell

lead photograph by Redstone Vineyard

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