Monday, September 23, 2013

The Tea Spot: A wino at high tea!

Besides tea, wine is another one of my passions; I enjoy tasting and learning all about it. There are some similarities, particularly the terroir, between tea and wine. As well, both rely on processing and manufacturing methods where timing and temperature play a crucial role. On a more personal note, I've noticed I’m able to recognize general aromas and flavours with wine, such as berries, flowers, and fruit. However, with tea, I am able to get more specific and detect orchids, caramel, seaweed, spinach, even lovely barnyard aromas! I find it all very interesting. 

Yesterday, I participated in another group outing with This time we headed over to the beautiful area of Niagara-On-The-Lake and visited a couple of wineries followed by high tea. A perfect wine and tea combo!

Our first stop was Trius Winery, a place I had already been to previously, but is worth a second visit. They have an amazing cellar and their wines are great.

Wine Cellar

Wine Tasting

The next stop was Reif Estate Winery. The wine and cheesing pairing our group took part in was fantastic! I never would have thought that blue cheese would go so well with ice wine. Wow!

Reif Estate Winery

Reif Wines

Finally, after a leisurely stroll through the main strip of Niagara-On-The-Lake, we sat for high tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel. (They really need their own website!)  This was a very traditional high tea. Our menu included:

Finger Sandwiches
  • Egg Salad
  • Cheddar Cheese and Ham with Mango Chutney 
  • Cucumber and Goat Cheese Swirls
  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Spread 

Pastries and Dessert
  • Scones with Raisins
  • Clotted Cream, Strawberry Jam, Butter
  • Lemon Tart with Whipped Cream
  • Coconut and Raspberry Bar

High tea goodies!


This is just the way I like my high tea – more savory, less sweet! I removed the ham from my finger sandwiches and picked out the raisins in my scone. Hey! I have likes and dislikes just like everyone else! Otherwise, everything was delicious and very traditional.

Just desserts

We were offered pots of loose leaf (I asked if it was loose leaf or the bagged variety) tea that had already been steeped of Earl Grey, green, orange pekoe, and a decaf orange pekoe. In a future post, I will be going over exactly what orange pekoe is. It’s not what most people already think it is. I drank cups of the Earl Grey with a little honey. It was perfectly brewed – not bitter, no need for milk to cut away any astringency. A good cuppa to end off a long day!

Earl Grey tea

Pot of tea

A perfect Sunday outing and another great trip organized by Sash!

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