Incredible Dining at Lake Erie North Shore Wineries
These wineries also offer exceptional dining that complements their quality wine.
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Enjoy a memorable visit to Bistro 42, the restaurant at North 42 Degrees Estate Winery.
In addition to the family-owned winery, there’s a generously sized garden and greenhouse, so vegetables and herbs harvested are featured seasonally on the menu. Besides being a FeastOn member, Bistro 42 is Ocean Wise certified, the stamp of approval for food and seafood that are sourced ethically.
Chef Cameron loves to cook from scratch and you can taste the difference in the homemade bread, garlic sauce and tomato vinaigrette, for example. He also has an eye for creativity when he experiments with flavours to introduce to the menu. Mouthwatering dishes prepared under his leadership include Lobster Mac n Cheese, featuring the freshest lobster and the finest cheese or delectable quiche filled with delicious fresh vegetables. The décor of the dining area is great backdrop for your meal. The main dining area comprises of stone and wood and has a fireplace and panoramic views to the vineyard outside and the lavender farm. Not only can you visit the lavender farm and retail shop when it’s in season, but you might be treated to lavender products on the menu too, like the lavender shortbread cookies, a local favourite.
Location: 130 County Road 50 East, Colchester
Just steps away from North 42 Degrees, Colchester Ridge Estate Winery & Gallery (also known as CREW) is another beautiful spot to enjoy a great meal. Experience the pairings cheeseboards and charcuterie with their afternoon wine tastings, but we think their Sunday brunch is a perfect way to enjoy your time at CREW. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, they serve up brunch mainstays like eggs benedict and steak and eggs, as well as inventive recipes like Duck Pastrami Hash or Breakfast Enchilada.
Don’t miss out on a house wine or a savoury CREW Caesar or Mimosa either. Reservations are recommended. CREW offers full menu options that include vegetarian and gluten-free options too that showcase fresh produce from local growers.
Location: 108 County Road 50 East, Harrow
Whether you visit for a lunch date during the week or a weekend dinner, this small, family owned winery will charm you with its rustic ambience and amazing food and wine. As part of the farm-to-plate dining experience, most of seasonal menu, like the fresh perch, is purchased locally.
Verjus is an acidic ingredient commonly found in French, Persian and Syrian cuisine, and is used in the Oxley Estate Winery kitchen. This acidic juice from unripe green grapes enhances the flavours of sauces, vinaigrette and even desserts. If you are curious how it can be infused in meals, check out the Oxley’s seasonal menu. Many of the menu selections include verjus. The acidity in verjus does not overwhelm, but rather compliments the taste of wine enjoyed with your meal. You can also purchase a bottle of verjus at the Oxlely retail store.
Location: 533 County Road 50 East, Harrow
Enjoy the culinary bliss of pure homemade Italian comfort food at Paglione Estate Winery, where the décor and ambience celebrate the Paglione heritage from Capracotta, Italy.
The winery specializes in red grapes and traditional techniques are used to produce wine, which is produced in small batches and pairs well with menu items. The homemade pizza that is baked in wood fired stove is a popular attraction. Choose from sharing the portions or just a plate for yourself. Popular menu items include tiramisu, torte, pasta, Mediterranean bowls with an assortment of fresh vegetables and lemon vinaigrette. Don’t miss the espresso and cappuccino or the gelato, another very popular signature item which is made from scratch.
Location: 724 County Road 50 East, Harrow
The mission of this family operated winery is to showcase Essex County’s fine wine and culinary diversity. When she’s not teaching cooking classes at the winery’s cooking school, Chef Jodie Brown has many culinary creations that pair well with the white and red wine that Viewpointe is known to produce.
The menu is mainly for lunches with items feature salads, sandwiches and homemade pizzas. A popular wine is Auxerrois, a white wine that pairs well with fish and some appetizers. While you are enjoying your meal, the views around the property are hard to miss. The patio, which is open May to October, is a great place to admire the views while you eat. There’s also seating in the indoor tasting area.
Location: 151 County Road 50 East, Harrow
Named after the raptors that nest on the property, Cooper’s Hawk Vineyard also features The Vines Restaurant, a spacious dining area with great views of the outdoors. Lunches, sharables and dinner are offered. A sample from the seasonal menu have featured pickled vegetables, house cut fries, breads, meats and perch, a local fish of the area.
When you’re ready to stretch your legs, you can walk around the property and look for various wildlife species who also call this natural setting home.
Location: 1425 Iler Road, Harrow