The Dirt on All Things Gardening in Riverside

Gardening season is coming upon us like a vigorous clematis and Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood along Queen Street East is full of green-spiration!

Whether you’re looking for perennials, shrubs, veggies, medicinal herbs, stylish and whimsical decor to spruce up your outdoor living space, or gardening gloves, be sure to check out our roundup of where to shop in Riverside for all your growing needs, and outdoor living dreams.

Queen Garden Centre 

771 Queen St E

Queen Garden Centre

Queen Garden Centre located at Queen and Saulter is hard to miss with artist Nick Sweetman’s stunning pollinator mural as the backdrop. You’ll find over 500 different varieties of trees, shrubs, and perennials perfect for the sun or shade and with a focus on native varieties. If you live on Queen St E and need a lot of greenery, this garden centre is super convenient and staff will even help you carry your plants home with a wagon!

Quince Flowers 

660 Queen St E

Quince Flowers

Many Torontonians know a giant backyard is not synonymous with an outdoor oasis. Not only is container gardening versatile, mobile, and weed free, it’s also totally doable wherever there is light. Quince Flowers, at the corner of Queen St E and Munro, offers beautiful pots and containers to help you transform your deck, patio, or balcony into a full-on fruit and vegetable or flower baring gardening.

 

Arts Market Riverside

790 Queen St E

Turn your outdoor living space into a work of art with help from the Arts Market on Queen St E, just west of Boulton Ave. With one of a kind handmade decor, perfect for hanging on a wooden fence, and interesting clay pots, this boutique carrying products from over 50 local artisans is definitely worth checking out when it’s time to put together and personalize your outdoor sanctuary.

 

Riverdale Trading Company 

760 Queen St E

Riverdale Trading Co

Aside from vintage vinyl, this expansive Queen St E shop carries an array of wall art that can be hung outdoors and not get damaged. Swing by to check out their eclectic metal face masks and giant lizards made of beads that can be hung on your fence. If creating a zen outdoor space is what you have in mind, Riverdale Trading Company just west of Boulton is big on Buddha statues and sage.

 

Dollarama 

772 Queen St E

If you’re a frugal gardener or only recently acquired a green thumb, Riverside’s Dollarama location has all the practical items you need for everyday gardening including gardening gloves, small hand tools, plant labels, spray bottles, as well as packs of seeds for all kinds of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The best part is everything here is $4 or less.

 

Community Gardening in Riverside

In addition to shopping along Queen Street East for outdoor living inspiration, Riverside is also home to community gardens which are great for individuals who want to garden but have no space at home to do so, or simply if you like gardening as a social experience!

The Riverside Green Initiative, a grassroots community group formed in 2012, maintains the Riverside Community Garden in Joel Weeks Park. The garden works on a ‘communal mode’ where gardeners decide on what they’d like to grow and divy up tasks (no individual plots). It’s a great way to learn from others and enjoy a gardening experience! Members who live or work in Riverside are welcome to join – find out more and become a member by getting in touch.

 

Our outdoor space is an extension of where we live, so jazz it, give it some care, add some colour, and spend as much time outdoors as possible. Summer has yet to officially begin but it’s time to start enjoying the sunshine!

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE GARDENING PRODUCT, SERVICE, OR CLASS IN RIVERSIDE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series giving you the inside scoop on Riverside, Toronto. Read other blogs in the series: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in Riverside, and It’s Easy Being Green in Riverside.

 

It’s Easy Being Green in Toronto’s Riverside

Earth Day is coming up and it’s a great time to check out the many ways you can be green everyday in Toronto’s Riverside. When you purchase your high quality pre-loved dresses and jeans at Common Sort on Queen Street East or your Ontario-raised and antibiotic-free meat and poultry from Butchers of Distinction, you are doing more than you know for the environment.

Bit by bit, everyday actions do add up. With Earth Day approaching on Sunday, April 22, we wanted to share with you some of our favourite eco-friendly businesses right here in Riverside and how they help us all become better citizens of the planet.

Common Sort

Common Sort - shoes

When you shop at a consignment store like Common Sort you’ll never want new again. Okay, maybe that’s a tiny bit of an exaggeration but this super stylish Riverside clothing boutique has all the best brand name hand-me-downs neatly organized and colour coordinated for your browsing pleasure. Did you know 35.4 billion pounds of clothing and textiles are expected to be thrown away by 2019? Not only are preloved threads super stylish but they don’t end up in the landfill.

Arts Market

Arts Market

It doesn’t get greener than supporting local artists and buying handmade products. At the Arts Market in Riverside, you’ll find soaps, candles, jewelry, and other items that are not only unique and made with love, but they are also environmentally sustainable. Handcrafted products use less energy than a mass production assembly line and usually don’t need to be shipped a very long distance to reach the consumer.

Butchers of Distinction

Butchers of Distinction

There are all kinds of things wrong with factory farming not the least of which is its impact on the environment. Think water pollution, deforestation, and more. As one of Toronto’s first specialty meat shops, Butchers of Distinction in Riverside has a wide selection of Ontario grown, raised or made produce. In fact, everything in the shop is Ontario sourced. What you won’t find are meats full of hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides.

Riverdale Trading Company

Riverdale Trading Co

While vinyl may not have a great track record on the planet since its production uses up a lot of energy and they aren’t easy to recycle, rare vinyl is easy to trade. Riverdale Trading Company in Riverside is all about vintage vinyl. In fact, every album at Riverdale Trading Company on Queen Street East, from Johnny Cash Unchained to Nirvana Unplugged, is preloved music. So rather than toss you tunes why not turn them into cash?

Merchants of Green Coffee

Merchants of Green

The impact of coffee production on the planet can be devastating but Merchants of Green Coffee, just north of Queen St E, in Riverside is changing that. Not only is this cozy coffee house the first licensed importer of fairtrade coffee in North America but they also pour Cafe Solar, an environmentally progressive solar-powered tree-saving coffee. Try it with local, organic milk, fairtrade cane sugar or local honey, and maybe even a vegan gluten free brownie.

Barefoot Beauty

If you’re going to leave a footprint on the planet, at least get an environmentally friendly pedicure first! At Riverside’s new mani-pedi salon on Queen Street East, and one of a few waterless salons in Toronto, you can relax and feel good knowing your pedicure didn’t require up to 18 gallons of water. At Barefoot Beauty, you’ll also find a fab selection of natural and organic polishes and other beauty products for sale.

Elbers Antiques & Refinishing 

A lot of new furniture made today isn’t built to last, unlike the solid antiques you’ll find at Elbers Antiques in Riverside. This vintage furniture store offers a wide selection of dining room tables, chairs, dressers, night tables and more – the best part is Elbers will refinish and give new life to your old treasured pieces.

HOW DO YOU GET YOUR GREEN ON? DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE PRODUCT, SERVICE, OR CLASS IN RIVERSIDE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series giving you the inside scoop on Riverside, Toronto. Read other blogs in the series: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside Chefs and Self-Care in Riverside.

THANK YOU + PHOTOS Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, in its 4th year, was a resounding success!

  • 20+ events and special promotions via participating restaurants, retailers and community organizations hosting events from April 3rd-7th
  • 10 wineries & craft breweries took part from diverse parts of Niagara, Prince Edward County, and right here in Riverside!
  • 2,300 people registered throughout the week (!!)
  • $2,950 raised for community programming at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre
This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing folks…
 

THANK YOU:

Check out original art works on the walls by local artists from the Artists’ Network, including Nancy BennettPenny Griffin, and Leo Baduria.

Enjoy the memories of some of the 2018 festival highlights!

(p.s. if you see your photo and would like a high res copy, please email us at marketing@riverside-to.com)

APRIL 3RD – CRAFT BEER TALK & TASTING…April 3rd Craft Beer Talk & Tasting

April 3rd Craft Beer Talk and Tasting hosted by Queen -Saulter Library Branch

April 3rd Craft Beer Talk with Robin LeBlanc

April 3rd Craft Beer Talk with Robin LeBlanc

April 3rd Craft Beer Tasting with Eastbound Brewing Co

April 3rd Craft Beer Tasting with Eastbound Brewing Co

April 3rd Craft Beer Tasting with Saulter St Brewery

April 3rd Craft Beer Tasting with Saulter St Brewery

APRIL 5TH – TASTING NIGHT MARKET…

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market - Broken Stone Winery @ Arts Market

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market – Broken Stone Winery @ Arts Market

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market - Saulter Street Brewery @ Diamond Muay Thai

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market – Saulter Street Brewery @ Diamond Muay Thai

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market - Old Tomorrow @ The Broadview Hotel

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market – Old Tomorrow @ The Broadview Hotel

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market - 13th Street Winery @ Quince Flowers

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market – 13th Street Winery @ Quince Flowers

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market - tasting passport notes!

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market – tasting passport notes!

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market - Closson Chase @ Chi Junky Studio

Apr 5th Tasting Night Market – Closson Chase @ Chi Junky Studio

APRIL 7TH – EXPO…

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 - Thanks to Sponsors! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 – Thanks to Sponsors! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Welcome (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Welcome (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Saulter St Brewery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Saulter St Brewery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Chef Scott (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Chef Scott (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Broken Stone Winery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Broken Stone Winery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Eastbound Brewing (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Eastbound Brewing (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Say I Do (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Say I Do (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -13th Street Winery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -13th Street Winery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Toronto Food Tours Cooking Demos (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Toronto Food Tours Cooking Demos (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Beer & Cheese Talk & Tasting by Matt Sieradzski (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Beer & Cheese Talk & Tasting by Matt Sieradzski (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Wine & Beer enthusiasts! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Wine & Beer enthusiasts! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Wine & Beer enthusiasts! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Wine & Beer enthusiasts! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Megan from Sponsor Team Sheppard Re/MAX Hallmark and John from the Ralph Thornton Community Centre - with Copper at middle (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Apr 7th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2018 -Megan from Sponsor Team Sheppard Re/MAX Hallmark and John from the Ralph Thornton Community Centre – with Copper at middle (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Your Passport to Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest’s Tasting Night Market April 5th

From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest. In this blog we are highlighting the Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest Passport and the Tasting Night Market.

With just over 10 stops to visit, Riverside’s complimentary Tasting Night Market on Thursday, April 5th from 6pm to 8pm, will be a like a mini-Ontario wine and craft beer tours, as well as an opportunity to get the know Riverside’s small businesses and spaces better!  The festival Passport showcases key participating wineries and craft breweries whom you can meet and greet with at the Tasting Night Market and/or at the EXPO on  April7th. Printed copies of the Passport will be available at all Tasting Night Market locations (April 5th) and the EXPO (April 7th).  Get your e-copy of the Passport here.

Below is a map of all the night market locations. You can visit the locations in any order you choose and pick up your printed passport at any location.  Just make sure to RSVP and visit the locations between 6pm and 8pm to take part!

Here’s what’s on tap at each location:

*Eastbound Brewing Co Craft Beer Tasting @ Switchback Cyclery

*Eastbound Brewing Co Craft Beer Tasting @ Eastbound Brewing Co

*Saulter St Brewery Craft Beer Tasting @ Diamond Muay Thai

*Saulter St Brewery Craft Beer Tasting @ Saulter St Brewery

*Trail Estate Winery Tasting @ Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery

*Southbrook Organic Wine Tasting @ Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio

*13th Street Wine Tasting @ Quince Flowers

*Broken Stone Wine Tasting @ Arts Market

*Closson Chase Wine Tasting @ Barefoot Beauty

*Various Ontario Wines @ The Wine Rack

These tastings are complimentary but there is a suggested donation of $5-$10 at the door of one of the locations in support of Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s children’s programming – our charity partner for the festival.

Enjoy responsibly!

Big thanks to this years festival organizers and sponsors! This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hallmark and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

Introducing: The Wineries & Breweries of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018!

From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, to delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hullmark and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

Riverside restaurants, service providers and retailers will host everything from prix fixe dinners and classes to FREE tasting extravaganzas. the festival culminates in the Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo. Get all the details of the festival and RSVP here!

Learn more about this year’s participating local Riverside breweries and Ontario wineries:

Eastbound Brewing Co

Since opening its doors in 2017, husband and wife team Dave Lee, brewmaster, and Tara Lee, head chef, have welcomed a nothing to hide attitude in their brewing process and approach to food. With six serving tanks, five fermentation tanks and one bright beer tank, Eastbound Brewing Co. is a mix of classical and adventurous. Their goal is to respect tradition, but at the same time push the boundaries of innovation. With a chalkboard style menu, their selections of beer are always changing, using creative seasonal ingredients when possible. Eastbound is the first Toronto brewery to sell crowlers (the canned version of growlers)!

We’re so pleased to have Eastbound on board for this year’s Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest as not only a participating brewery but our catering sponsor for the festival!

Craft beers that Eastbound will feature during Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018 include:

  • Ryesing River Rye Saison  5.7% | $8.41/950ml
  • Full Dunkel Jacket Dunkelweizen   5.5% | $7.97/950ml
  • Skipping Through the Dark Porter   4.2% | $7.97/950ml

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of Eastbound’s amazing craft beers and bites on offer at the following festival events and activities:

  • April 3rd Craft Beer Talk & Tasting @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre
  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Eastbound Brewing Co @ Switchback Cyclery
  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Eastbound Brewing Co @ Eastbound Brewing Co
  • April 7th Expo @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Saulter Street Brewery

Founded in 2016 by John Sterling, Saulter Street Brewery specializes in “producing beer as vibrant and distinctive as the Riverside neighborhood we call home”.  Their brewing process combines patience, state-of-the-art equipment and the finest ingredients available to produce high-quality beers, irrespective of fads. Beyond the smooth and crisp taste of Riverside Pilsner, Saulter Street brews experimental small batch beers that can only be found in their onsite tap room.

Craft beers that Saulter St will feature during Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018 include:

  • Riverside Pilsner 4.7% alc./vol.  $5.50 howler/ 1L
  • Golden Pale Ale 5% alc./vol.    $5.50 howler/ 1L

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of Saulter St’s craft beers at the following festival events and activities:

  • April 3rd Craft Beer Talk & Tasting @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre
  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Saulter St Brewery @ Diamond Muay Thai
  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Saulter St Brewery @ Saulter St Brewery
  • April 7th Expo @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Closson Chase Vineyards (PEC)

Celebrating 20 years in 2018, Closson Chase helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry. What was once a dairy barn is now a quality-driven winery using centuries-old European traditions and sustainable, innovative techniques to create world class wines using only the finest chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot gris grapes. An early advocate for sustainable practices, Closson Chase crafts fine wines that reflect each individual vintage, capturing the distinct qualities imparted by the soil and climatic variations of the year.

Wines available to ‘try & order’ at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest:

  • 2014 Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay 12.6% $28.95
  • 2015 Closson Chase Watson Pinot Noir 12.5% $34.95
  • 2017 Closson Chase Watson Pinot Gris 12% $22.95

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of their wines:

  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Closson Chase @ Barefoot Beauty

The Grange of Prince Edward (PEC)

The Grange is a family-run 600 acre farm in Prince Edward County. The Granger family who runs it is drenched in the history of Canadian pioneers: their estate has been a working farm for two hundred years. When it came Caroline Granger’s turn to run the farm she decided to “breathe new life into this sleepy place” by transforming it into vineyards. She says”I grew up on this land – my family’s farm – and when I took it over, I knew we could produce excellent wine here. So I built a winery from the ground up…”. Over 15 years later, the Grange offers many excellent varieties including chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, gamay, pinot noir, and cabernet franc.

Wines available to ‘try & order’ at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest:

  • Almanac White ‘Field Blend’  2016 12% $19.20
  • Almanac Red ‘Field Blend’  2016 12% $19.20

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of their wines:

  • April 7th Expo @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Three Dog Winery (PEC)

John and Sacha Squair started Three Dog Winery in 2000 with 500 vines. Today Three Dog Winery’s estate covers 100 acres in beautiful Prince Edward County. They started off with a focus on Pinot Noir, soon followed by Pinot Gris, and since then have been slowly adding more Pinot clones and some French hybrids, a little Baco, a little Foch, a little Vidal and lots of love. Three Dog Winery was named for their three Golden Retrievers, rescues from their friends at Golden Rescue Canada – needless to say the winery is a very dog-friendly place!

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of their wines:

  • April 4th, 7pm: ($$) 5-Course ‘East + West + Wine + Wood’ Pairing Dinner @ The Peasant Table ($110 pp incl grat + tax – Tickets via tofoodtours.com)
  • April 7th Expo @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Trail Estate Winery (PEC)

The Sproll family embarked on their wine journey in 2011 when they fell in love with Trail’s 14-acre property. No stranger to hard work, the family had just retired from running a successful bakery for 30 years when they decided to start their own winery. Dedicated to producing truly compelling terroir-driven wines of uncompromising quality and rich character, the Sproll family promises that no two wines are ever the same. Each wine tells the story of the site and vintage with unabashed honesty and freshness.

Wines available to ‘try & order’ at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest:

  • Unfiltered Chardonnay, 2015, 12.2%, $35.00
  • Vintner’s Weiss, 2015, 10.8%, $19.95
  • Pinot Noir, 2016, 11.5%, $30.00

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of their wines:

  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Trail Estate Winery Tasting @ Dimensions Custom Framing & Gallery

Southbrook Vineyards (NWR)

Southbrook Vineyards is the epitome and evolution of Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier’s love story with wine, the land and all things “local.” It started with simplicity: to make the finest wines possible in a respectful, local, light-on-the-land fashion. The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario. From their purchase of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard in 2005, the Redelmeiers committed their energies to sustainable viticulture. By 2008, they had created the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification for its vineyard and winery. 

Wines available to ‘try & order’ at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest:

  • Connect Organic White 2016 / 11% / $15.95
  • ‘Orange’ Skin Fermented Vidal 2016 / 9.8 % / $29.95
  • Estate Cabernet Rosé 2016 / 12.5% / $29.95
  • Triomphe Organic Merlot 2016 / 12.5% / $29.95

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of their wines:

  • April 4th, 7pm: ($$) 5-Course ‘East + West + Wine + Wood’ Pairing Dinner @ The Peasant Table ($110 pp incl grat + tax – Tickets via tofoodtours.com)
  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Southbrook Organic Wine Tasting @ Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio

Broken Stone Winery (PEC)

Tim and Micheline Kuepfer purchased three hayfields on a Prince Edward County backroad in 2009, they threw their first harvest party in 2010 and harvested two tonnes of quality Pinot Noir wine grapes. By 2012 they built a small building, got a license and Broken Stone Winery was born. They adopt minimal winemaking approaches and allow nature to express itself.

Wines available to ‘try & order’ at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest:

  • Cabernet Franc  2016  13.1% alc./vol.   $19.95
  • Simplicity (Vidal) 2016  11.5% alc./vol. $14.95
  • Chardonnay Barrel Reserve 2016  14.0% alc./vol.  $19.95
  • Exuberance Sparking Riesling 12.5% alc./vol. $24.95

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of their wines:

  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: Broken Stone Wine Tasting @ Arts Market
  • April 7th Expo @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre

13th Street Winery (NWR)

Owners, partners and friends Doug and Karen Whitty and John and June Mann share a common love of wine, food and art and a genuine heart for hospitality. Their boutique winery, set amongst 25 acres of family estate vineyards, is just minutes west of St. Catharines. They specialize in hand-crafted sparkling wines, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Their winemaker, Jean Pierre Colas, is one of the most talented French trained winemakers in the business.

Wines available to ‘try and order’ at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest:

  • Cuvee Rose NV 12.5% alc./vol. $27.95
  • Burger Blend Rose 2017 11.5% alc./vol. $14.95
  • Gamay Noir 2016 13% alc./vol. $19.95

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of their wines:

  • April 5th Tasting Night Market: 13th Street Winery @ Quince Flowers
  • April 7th Expo @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Check out the full, jam-packed line up of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest events and remember to let us know if you’re coming!