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Taste, Tour, Explore! – Ride the Bine

From two local ladies with a true love for Norfolk came one incredible idea! Last year Amanda & Susan broke the mold in Norfolk launching a unique tour featuring local beer, wine, cider, agriculture and Norfolk County charm.

For tourists and locals alike this new tour was a opportunity to immerse into Norfolk County’s culture.  A true experience of the County’s emerging beer, wine & cider industry along with it’s deep agriculture roots.  And of course the breathtaking views and beautiful landscape that our country side has to offer.

Ride the Bine offers tours curated by local guides to provide an extraordinary experience sipping and tasting your way across Ontario’s South Coast.  Visits to Norfolk’s inspiring wineries and authentic breweries enjoying the flavourful wines, ciders and craft beers were amongst the original tour options. The new season’s tour line up will include some local food, sightseeing, awesome full beer tours and stops at brand new facilities offered on seven new tours! And those just are a few of the new and shiny items for 2018.

Soaring through their first season with incredible success, Susan & Amanda are proud to be part of a supportive local force. “Such a huge group of people in the community put supporting local first and has allowed for a very successful first season”  said co-owner, Susan Judd. Pushing through obstacles and finding their footing as a new business in a fast paced industry doesn’t come without challenges.  But the entrepreneurial duo surpassed all expectations with their work ethic and infectious passion earning the the title of Norfolk County Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year at Norfolk’s Economic Development Symposium.

“Their passion, knowledge and spirit for Norfolk is inspiring! We love that we have an opportunity to work so closely with them, the team is truly amazing.” – Shantel Bosgoed, Inasphere Wines.

The love goes both ways between Ride the Bine and the vendors “Working with these businesses is what makes our job even more special!” – Susan Judd

With incredible success comes exciting growth for the Ride the Bine team entering in to their second season. Along with the seven new tours they’ll be introducing a new Mercedes Sprinter to the fleet.  They’ll also be including some neighbouring county’s with stops in Haldimand, London & St. Thomas area’s and coordinating custom pick ups for a door-to-door experience.

Ride the Bine is also excited to introduce their From the Field experience! Let’s face it, a visit through Norfolk isn’t complete until your hands are a little dirty and you’re enjoying some fresh local product. With the From the Field tour experience you’ll be sipping your delicious drinks and heading out to pick your own bounty from Norfolk County’s sprawling fields. I cannot wait to sign up for this adventure! And if you like new adventures, keep you eyes peeled on Social Media throughout the year. Ride the Bine will be announcing one-off speciality tours that you are not going to want to miss!

As an emerging wine region, a craft beer and cider hot spot, a farm to table producer and a “place where almost anything grows” Norfolk County is evolving in to a completely unique experience. The spirited team at Ride the Bine is providing the perfect opportunity for you to relax and explore the coast with them.

Excited to Eat & Drink in Norfolk

Signs of spring have started to tease us which means it won’t be long until we are enjoying longer days and beautiful weather. But, spring isn’t the only exciting thing just around the corner, Eat & Drink Norfolk is now just weeks away!

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If you’ve been to this epic Norfolk County event in the past, then I’m sure you understand the anticipation.  On the chance that you haven’t been then I will recommend that you make this your year!

Eat & Drink Norfolk is a local event hosted by The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show celebrating many of the amazing restaurants, food producers, wineries and breweries from our beautiful county!

“Eat & Drink Norfolk is now in its 9th year! The event keeps on growing due to the support of the community. We live in Ontario’s Garden, the greatest county in Canada, and that abundance is reflected in what the local restaurants, wineries and breweries produce and offer at the event! That is one of the main reasons we’ve been named one of “Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events” for 3 years in a row!” – Chantal Zorad, Special Events Manager

For three evenings you can taste test, sip and sample the best creations from Norfolk’s favourites vendors. The social atmosphere and live entertainment offer a great time for everyone.  And of course you can partake in a little friendly competition by voting for your favourite restaurant, winery and brewery.

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This year the event will take place April 5-7 at the AUD in Simcoe.  For more details and ticket purchases (which are available online this year!) visit The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show website.

I am looking forward to getting my hands on some cider samples from Villa Nova Estate Winery or Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery.  Which local restaurants, wineries and breweries are you excited to taste at the show this year?

Eat & Drink Norfolk 2018

View From the Top | Inasphere Wines

We spent the beginning hours of another hot summer Saturday evening sipping on local wine and looking out over 105 acres of thriving farmland only ending at the vivid bank of Lake Erie.

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It’s not hard to believe that this view is found in the heart of Norfolk’s increasingly popular tourist scene between Turkey Point and Long Point at Norfolk’s newest winery to open their retail doors, Inasphere Wines. Southwestern Ontario is quickly becoming a destination known for offering incredible wines and unforgettable experiences and a stop at Inasphere Wines on Front Road lives up to the claim.

We rolled up the driveway shortly before closing time, taking note as we passed the fully stocked produce stand not wanting to forget to stock up on farm fresh veggies on our way out. The aforementioned stunning views are the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the charming winery set visibly in a colourful barn. The warm breeze dressed in floral from the surrounding greenery and inviting patio didn’t go unnoticed.

“Inasphere Wines is making an outstanding contribution to the growing wine and brew scene in Norfolk County with their authentic flavours and genuine character”

Making our way into the amiable retail shop, it was time to enjoy some wine! I usually shy away from Rieslings but the heat of this July day was calling for one. The Riesling was crisp and light and perfectly sweet, I knew instantly I would be coming back for another. My fiancé chose the rustic Cabernet Franc.  He enjoyed the dry red wine’s earthy notes, we were off to a great start with this visit.

The staff was sincere and down to earth, we certainly felt that local, small-town vibe. The winery is set on the owner’s 3rd generation family farm.  Husband and wife, Ryan & Shantel Bosgoed, own and operate the vegetable farm and vineyard where the retail shop and sipping area is established. It’s clear by the well-kept farm and shop and the flourishing fields that the pair take great pride in their families work.

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After a chat with the staff about all things Norfolk and wine, we made our way outside to enjoy our wine, and the view. The patio already had a few seats full so we made our way over the adirondack chairs which were set up over-looking the fields derived from reclaimed Long Point marshlands with Lake Erie waters in the distance, perfection.

It goes without saying that we popped back inside to purchase a few bottles to take home with us before departing. We also made sure we filled up on some tomatoes and sweet corn from their produce stand. Inasphere Wines offered us an exceptional experience and we cannot wait to go back for another tasting.

Small but mighty, Inasphere Wines is making an outstanding contribution to the growing wine and brew scene in Norfolk County with their authentic flavours and genuine character. I would highly suggest you stop by and visit Ryan & Shantel at 1454 Front Rd, St. Williams.