Ravine Vineyard

I don’t really have a lot to be stressed about in life right now. And yet, I am in fact stressed. It’s all small things, but between my job that seems to occupy more of my head space than it should, planning dinners for the week, fulfilling my duties as my friend’s maid of honour, finding time to do necessary chores like laundry, and going to physician appointments for my newly diagnosed tendonitis, I’m feeling the pressure.

But when I went to Niagara last weekend, that all seemed to melt away. It’s kind of hard to feel anything but carefree when you’re sitting on a breezy patio, looking out at a vineyard and sipping a glass of wine.

Ravine Vineyard

This scene took place at Ravine Vineyard, a quaint winery nestled in a residential area of St. David’s, Ontario. Mom and I stopped here for lunch following a morning of shopping at the outlets. After battling the deal-hungry crowds, the relaxing atmosphere of their patio was welcomed. As was their wine.

I had a 3 oz glass of their merlot. I’ve never seen 3 oz servings of wine offered before, but I love the idea of it so that you can try two or three different wines with a meal and still maintain your dignity by the end of it.

Ravine Vineyard

To start my mom and I both ordered the grilled and chilled vegetable salad with smoky tomato vinaigrette, brioche croutons, and Ontairo sheep’s feta. The flavours in this salad were the epitome of summer! Every August I get on this huge tomato, eggplant, and zucchini kick, so this dish was absolutely perfect.

Ravine Vineyard - Grilled Vegetable Salad

I followed it with the early summer vegetable risotto with shaved parmesan and truffle oil. It’s risottos like this one that make me realize how much I suck at making risotto. Mine tends to turn out sticky and mushy – but Ravine’s was slightly al dente with the perfect consistency!

Ravine Vineyard - Summer Vegetable Risotto

Mom’s main was also a winner. She had the daily soup special, which was cream of mushroom, served with a sour cream and chive muffin. It made me want to bake some savoury muffins at home. I’ll add that to my long list of things that probably won’t get done this century. I’ve been meaning to bake a cherry or blueberry crisp for weeks now and that still hasn’t happened!

Ravine Vineyard - Mushroom Soup and Chive Muffin

But anyways, that’s not worth stressing over. Instead I just want to chill out, relax, and smell the wine – er, roses. Good thing I have another winery trip planned for this weekend!

Ravine Vineyard

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  1. Ahhh that is one thing I’ve told Tyler we are definitely doing once I move home – wine tours in Niagara! Glad that you were able to have a great time and de-stress a bit.

  2. That meals sounds amazing!! For real, I could eat it all even the mushroom soup since the texture has been broken down. Maybe next year when I’m in Canada again we can go together.

    Also, the stress stuff….keep reminding yourself if it won’t matter in a week, don’t let it bother you now. Plus, laundry is overrated. :)

  3. So true Chelsea- I think we all get caught up in the small things and life and every so often, need a reminder to BREATHE…and pour yourself a glass of wine ;)! This whole meal looks delightful, especially that risotto!!

  4. Now that’s my kind of stress relief! All of the food looks amazing!

    I hope things calm down for you soon!

  5. Everything looks so delicious – need to add this to my list of places to visit in Niagra! I’m sorry to hear about your tendonitis, I hope you are doing better now!

  6. Traveling always helps me to put a new perspective on things. It helps me to realize that stress is temporary and there’s more to life. I’m glad you were able to escape for a bit :)

    • Chelsea

      It’s so true – it’s easy to get caught up in stress. But every so often I try to remind myself that it really doesn’t matter!

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