Château Des Charmes.
The most charming winery I've ever visited. I have done my fair share of winery hopping. Yes, even in California where you think they couldn't get anymore beautiful.
But friends, right here, in our very own province, lies several gorgeous wineries. The Niagara region has over 100 wineries you can visit, taste test, and purchase different wines at. Someday I plan on visiting them all, because....wine, duh.
If you know me, you know I love a good bottle of wine. White, red, rosé, doesn't really matter. I'm no wine connoisseur by any means. But, you don't have to be a connoisseur to love wine ;) Amiright?!
So, naturally when I was invited to Château Des Charmes for their newest Four @ Four program, I jumped at the occasion. Nothing is more fun than wine & food pairings with your bestie on a long weekend.
How gorgeous are the grounds?!
Let me just get a little into the history for a moment:
Château des Charmes was founded in 1978 by Paul Bosc, a fifth generation French winegrower. Paul and his young family arrived in Niagara in the 1960’s with the idea that growing their own grapes was the best way to make fine wine. More than ever, they believe in this Estate Winery model and they make their wine only from grapes they've grown themselves.
The winery has over 30 of their own wines. We tasted four of them at the Four @ Four program, which is four gourmet snacks with four complimenting wines from their Estate Grown & Bottled series.
I love this one, because obviously I'm a bit of a foodie, and I always want to snack while I sip. The tour guide explains each of the food pairings and how they compliment the wines you're sipping.
The wines we tasted were:
2013 Cabernet Franc
2014 Cabernet Savignon
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
My favourite would have to be the 2014 Chardonnay, with it being barrel fermented with extended lees contact and aged for about nine months in the same French oak barrels. It had a creamy, buttery texture with melon and pear flavours. Mmmm.
The food pairings were also so on point! First up was a delicious cheese. It wasn't too strong of a flavour, and apparently the blackness that you see in them, is ash. Not sure how or why (at this point I was slightly tipsy) but nonetheless, it went very well with the wine. We also had shortbread cookies, prosciutto, and dark chocolate bites with cranberries.
Everything was so delicious.
We we're also given a choice to sit inside or enjoy the serene beauty of the winery, outside in their all-white patio area. Of course, we chose outside. I could never pass up an all white, French-looking, super chic patio.
Okay, we're moving on to my outfit of choice...
Naturally, when visiting such a beautiful winery, my outfit also needed to be on point. This wine-coloured trench from Shein.com (on sale!) was just the piece. Considering it was still slightly chilly, being a fall day and all, I thought it was kind of perfect. Topped off with my wine-colour fedora, of course.
Also, a faux leather skirt was the perfect choice in case there was an wine spillage, as it wouldn't do too much damage. Forward thinking, my friends. ;)
I could literally spend the entire day roaming the grounds of this gorgeous winery, with a glass in hand of course. It's breath-taking views kept me gazing for quite a few hours.
If you ever find yourself in the Niagara Region, do visit the beautiful Château Des Charmes and try out their Four @ Four, or any other wine tours.
You'll love it. Promise.
That's it for now, friends.
Have an amazing, PRODUCTIVE week!
This post was in collaboration with Château Des Charmes and SheIn.com. As always, all opinions are my own!
Photography by Victoria Jmourko.