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Twofer Post, A Visit to Tawse Winery and a J Crew Maxi

Well shame on me, I started an awesome wine blogging series ( here, here and here as a sample) and then bham I stopped before I made it through to one of  my favourite Vineyards.  So on this awesome Tuesday I thought I would take you on a little visit to the Niagara Wine Region to visit what might just be my fav vineyard.  I have a soft spot for Tawse, maybe because it was my very first vineyard, maybe because it is an amazing building and grounds or maybe because it has the most awesome Rieslings ( and a ton of other fabulous wines)
If you just tuned in for an outfit or two scroll down but seriously I think you may want to stop and visit with me, this is a vineyard you do not want to miss.

Gate at Tawse Winery

Tawse Winery
It is a pretty awesome site, driving through the gates at Tawse Winery.Tawse is a family-owned estate winery situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment.  At Tawse they unite traditional winemaking techniques with state-of-the-art technology to create wines of exceptional elegance, depth and character.  Their fruit is harvested from old-growth, low-yield vines and gently handled using natural gravity flow and geothermic energy.One of the unique aspects of this vineyard is how they apply rigorous organic and biodynamic methods to every aspect of their  wine production. Ecocert and Demeter seals now appear on all Tawse vintages made from their biodynamic vineyards. 
Tawse, through the gates

Tawse Vineyards

Tawse Winery,

At Tawse there are actually six separate vineyards, each with their own unique characteristics: ( the following is taken directly from the Tawse Website, not to infringe on their copyright but as a way of illustrating how extensive a vineyard this is)
Cherry Avenue Vineyard ( which has my fav, I am a bit partial to the Carly’s Block Riesling )
The 3 blocks in this estate vineyard are named after the children of Moray and Joanne Tawse, and are situated in the Twenty Mile Bench sub appellation. Total Area: Approx 21 acres, planted with Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Robyn’s Block: 5 acres of Chardonnay planted in 1981 and 1 acre of Pinot Noir planted in 2002 and 2005.
Carly’s Block: 1.3 acres of Riesling planted in 1976. These are some of the oldest Riesling vines on the Niagara Escarpment.
David’s Block: 2 acres of Cabernet Franc and 5 acres of Merlot planted in 1998: 5 acres of Chardonnay and 2 acres of Pinot Noir planted in 2005.
Hillside Vineyard
Located adjacent to our Cherry Avenue estate vineyard in the Twenty Mile Bench sub appellation. 
Total Area: 9 acres: 5 acres of 23 year old Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 acres of 23 year old Chardonnay, 1 acre of 13 year old Pinot Gris and 1 acre of 11 year old Syrah.
Quarry Road Vineyard
Our Quarry Road vineyard sits near the top of the Niagara Escarpment in the Vinemount Ridge sub appellation.
Total Area: 43 acres: 20 acres of tightly planted Pinot Noir, 11 acres of tightly planted Riesling, 9 acres of Chardonnay and 3 acres Gewurztraminer.
Tintern Road Vineyard
Located in the Vinemount Ridge sub appellation.
Total Area: 6 acres of new, tightly planted Pinot Noir
Redstone Vineyard
Located in the Lincoln Lakeshore sub appellation.  Total area: 38 acres: 12 acres planted – with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Syrah
 Limestone Ridge Vineyard
Located in the Twenty Mile Bench sub appellation. Total of 65 acres (60 planted);  40 acres of Riesling, 8 acres of Chardonnay, 8 acres of Pinot Noir and 4 acres of Sauvignon Blanc.                                                                                                                                             
Tawse Winery, Vines at Tawse

Inside a unique and very modern tasting room
Tawse Winery, tasting bar
IPads around the tasting bar provide insight into the wines and allow you to browse through their extensive selection
Tawse Winery, I Pads to ease the tour

Tawse Winery, a sampling of Pinot Noirs

Tawse Winery, a selection of Pinot Noirs

Tawse offers a complete selection of reds, whites, Rose, sparkling and dessert wines.  I have had several visits to Tawse since my first experience and everyone has been a unique experience. The staff is friendly and very experienced.  The last visit we had an opportunity to visit the members club tasting room and that was an experience I will not soon forget. If you are in Niagara make sure you add this Vineyard to your list of Must See spots.
Tawse Winery, wine in barrels

and for this Tuesday a J Crew Maxi with yep my favourite Yosa Necklace. Threw on a pair of Leopard sandals I found at Target ( before they so rudely desserted me). I like the contrast of a delicate floral maxi and a leopard shoe. 
J Crew Maxi and a yosa neon yellow necklace

J Crew Maxi and a yosa neon yellow necklace

J Crew Maxi

J Crew Maxi and a yosa neon yellow necklace

J Crew Maxi and a yosa neon yellow necklace

Target Leopard sandals
Today I am linking up with some lovely ladies that ya’all know and love.
How about a little sunshine in your life via a Gold MacBook,, how about a chance to win a
 Gold MacBook
and hello before I forget a special treat for those who made it all the way through

Your June Blogiversary Host Ladies: Emelia, Kerri & Melissa
The Party People & Awesome Co-Hosts: 

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  • I haven't been to a winery in years and looking at your photos, I miss it! Your maxi dress is a dream! And it has pockets! Yay!

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  • The blue looks absolutely stunning on you. I love maxi dresses, so easy to wear and I love how you've styled it with that great looking necklace and the leopard print sandals.

    Did you prefer the reds or the whites?


  • Thanks, I love all wine.. on a serious note we are foodie wine drinkers so whatever pairs with what we eat. For summer sipping I am a Riesling gal though

  • I am a pocket gal, love my pockets. You really should visit a winery, they are so fun

  • What BEAUTIFUL pictures of the winery. I love the modern feel to it, and your maxi dress is so cute!

  • It is a beautiful vineyard and thanks so much

  • A GIRL after my own heart!! We try and visit Vineyards as often as possible. This one looks so lovely, I love the pictures you took , the barrels and the indoor as well. Love my wine too! You look great in this floral maxi, love the blue on you.

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!

    jess xx