Food & Drink in NOTL: Your Guide to Perfect Summer Wine Pairings

Lamb chopsThe temperatures are warm, the skies are sunny, and Niagara-on-the-Lake is bursting with activity. That means the summer season is still in full swing! And what better way to spend these hot days than with good food and drink? At Lakelands B&B, we like to ensure our guests experience the culinary delights of the region. So take a peek at our guide on pairing the perfect glass of wine with that delicious summertime dish!


We all know a succulent fish or juicy lobster is often accompanied by a white wine. But with so many whites out there, which one to choose? Well right now, Niagara-on-the-Lake is producing some of the best white wines in the world — products that are fresh, balanced and flavourful!

For meatier dishes like tuna or swordfish, try pairing with a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. These steak-like fishes must be enjoyed with rich, white wines that pack lots of flavour. The region’s favourites include:

For fantastic seafood options and a team of knowledgeable sommeliers, visit Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine. Since its grand opening in 2006, the restaurant is known for its Niagara-based philosophy. All foods and wines are locally sourced with great emphasis on showcasing the individuals who produced them. Or if you’re looking for fine dining at reasonable prices, take a peek at the Mediterranean-inspired menu at The Old Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Spicy BBQ Fare

Whether you’re at a family BBQ or streetside patio, hearty dishes like spicy BBQ ribs or zesty grilled shrimp are a summertime favourite. For many of us, our first instinct is to head for the cooler and grab a beer. But Riesling is an overlooked, but ideal, pairing for these meals. Its slight sweetness is a food-friendly choice that complements those sharp spices. And no need to look far when it comes to Riesling. Niagara boasts plenty of award-winning wineries recognized for these aromatic grapes. Here are a couple of Rieslings worth a sip:

Finding delicious BBQ ribs is no problem in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Be sure to check out the popular Bistro Six-One, located on our historic Queen Street. This upscale-casual venue offers an extensive list of local wines, plus favourites from the old world.

Juicy Red Meats

No itinerary in Niagara-on-the-Lake is complete without a dinner at one of the area’s finest restaurants. And you can bet many of these venues offer mouthwatering steaks and other cuts of prime red meat. One of the world’s most popular wine grape varieties, the Cabernet Sauvignon, makes a fabulous pairing:

Earlier we mentioned Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine. And we’ll mention it again because we love the venue so much!  Just steps from the famous Shaw Festival Theatre, this is one of our favourite places to grab a steak. So be sure to inquire about their Daily Beef Feature, and ask which wine pairing they recommend from their carefully curated wine list!