John and I ran away to Niagara-On-The-Lake for a few days for our annual wine haul. Although there was a little less wine hauling than usual due to some unexpected fun on bikes. We stayed at the gorgeous Charles Inn and woke one morning with a shared enthusiasm for bike riding. Neither of us had ridden a bike since our early teens but something about the day (likely too much delicious coffee) beckoned adventure. It was shaky at first- imagine awkward knee wobbling peddling and a near death experience for John as he almost went down a ravine, but before long we learned to ride again and went on a three hour trip along the Niagara river- stopping only to buy fresh peaches and cherries and admire the breathtaking view of the water. Afterwards we were really thirsty and visited Lailey– one of our favourite wineries and indulged in some much needed wine sampling.
The following day we headed to the Beamsville Bench area for more winery hopping but we got lost. We always get lost in that area even though we had two maps and have been visiting wine country regularly for six years. We must be idiots as I can’t blame it on any wine consumption as we hardly had any. However getting lost in that area is fun and pretty- since we inevitably end up on a winding little road that is lush with overgrown foliage and wide enough for only one car. We had lunch at Vineland Estates where we were married six years ago to the day and toasted the fact that we still never argue- only laugh when we find ourselves lost in wild wine country.