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Thursday 30 June 2022

A perfect day trip destination for wine and food lovers


Visiting Toronto? How about a day trip to delightful Prince Edward County, home to some of Canada's best wineries and fresh country produce on the shores on Lake Ontario.

We enjoyed lunch at the lovely waterfront Drake Devonshire Hotel, overlooking the water and marked by some stylish service.

The Drake is a 13-room boutique hotel with a restaurant, bar and event spaces.

The menu features local foodstuffs and wines - the Closson Chase KJ Watson 2021 rosé was an excellent lunchtime choice.

The Drake Burger with local bacon. special dressing, aged cheddar, crispy red onion, iceberg and pickles served with fries was a winning choice, while the more health-minded members of our group opted for a salmon bowl with Blue Circle salmon, miso, sake and mirin marinade, black rice, quinoa, kale, broccoli, seaweed, togarashi, kimchi, poached egg, carrot and coconut dressing.

The vibe here is both refined and chilled. 

Prince Edward County is centred on the picturesque small towns of Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington and is surrounded by farms with distinctive barns. 

Star wineries in the region known to locals as "The County" include Closson Chase, Huff Estates, Casa-Dea and Norman Hardie Wines, where we popped in for a very professional al fresco tasting of their wines from PEC and the Niagara Escarpment.

A popular holiday destination with locals - and home to many festivals-  the area is awash with wineries, distilleries, and cider producers. It is two hours from Toronto and four hours from Montreal. 

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