June 7 & 8, 2014
12pm – 5pm
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The Event

Sip. Savour. Groove
June 7 & 8, 2014  ~ 12:00pm – 5:00pm


Graze the Bench has quickly become one of the most popular events in wine country. This cluster of boutique VQA wineries offer not only some of the most celebrated wines in Ontario, but unforgettable vistas of rolling vineyards and Lake Ontario. In partnership with a collection of Niagara’s best chefs and live bands, this is a wine event that will become a perennial date on your calendar.

Graze the Bench is not your traditional passport program… we promote more of a “laze and graze” approach. so, the $30 ticket includes entry to the private “grazing” area at each winery – which comes to life with an amazing live band at each venue-  as well as a commemorate Schott Zweisel crystal glass and your first glass of wine and light fare of the weekend. Additional glasses of wine and small plates of food can be purchased for $7 at all venues – these aren’t sample sizes, these are kick-back and enjoy the party portions.

A new vineyard walking trail – sponsored by The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation – linking all 8 wineries opened Saturday, June 7th, and over 500 Trail Grazers enjoyed the incredible views.


Angels Gate Winery

Sip: Pinot Gris & Mountainview Pinot Noir
Savour: Smokin' Buddha featuring:
Sobo Pocket: Tofu pocket with wasabi mayo, sushi rice, smoked salmon & sprouts
Bermese Beef Pocket: Spicy beef and scented rice with green onion and shallots
Groove: The Peninsula Jazz Trio

Fielding Estate Winery

Sip: 2013 Sauvignon Blanc & 2012 Cabernet Franc
Savour: August Restaurant featuring:
Shaved Bench Smoked Beef Brisket served warm on House-Made Sourdough Bread, topped with Arugula, Wild Leek Horseradish and Fresh Montasio Cheese
Groove: JR Thornton Band

Hidden Bench Vineyard & Winery

Sip: 2013 Estate Riesling & 2013 HB Rose
Savour: Splendido Restaurant featuring:
Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich with Avocado, Coriander and Pickles
Groove: Soul Jam

Mike Weir Winery

Sip: 2012 Sauvignon Blanc & 2012 Cabernet Merlot
Savour: Wellington Court Restaurant
Cold pressed canola and wild leek arancini with fennel, olive and octopus salad
Groove: Sandy VIne & the Midnights

Organized Crime Winery

Sip: 2012 Organized Crime Winery Break-in Pinot Noir & 2013 Pinot Gris
Savour: Gastronomo Vagabondo featuring:
Crispy pork taco, smoked pineapple, smoked tomato aioli, fresh herbs
Salmon ceviche, Zhoug, avocado, sunflower oil
Groove: Los Caballeros del Son

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery

Sip: 2013 Wismer Sauvignon Blanc & 2012 AJ Lepp Reserve Merlot
Savour: The Restaurant at Peninsula Ridge featuring:
Chef Pierre’s homemade Corn bread with White shrimp and Ratafia bisque sauce, Frisée and double smoked bacon salad.
Groove: Broken Cadence

Rosewood Estate Winery

Sip: 2013 Trois Femmes Rosé & 2012 Select Pinot Noir
Savour: Chef Patrick Engel featuring:
Summer veg gazpacho with Cold Water shrimp & crab salad
Cuban Pork Sandwich with Rosewood honey glazed onions
Groove: TiannaH & Jazz with a Twist

Thirty Bench

Sip: 2013 Thirty Bench Riesling & 2012 Thirty Bench Red
Savour: Tide & Vine featuring:
Surf and Turf Burger'ette  - Hormone free Ontario Beef Burger topped with a grilled Wild Gulf White Shrimp and smoked jalapeno aioli
Seared Bay of Fundy Scallops atop a miso dressed strawberry salad
Tide & Vine Oyster Bar
Groove: Scotty Shennan & the Hot Stone



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