Are you feeling a bit parched this time of year? Us too! With spring weather upon us, we’re craving crisp, cool whites and outdoor adventures. We’re always thinking of ways to delight our customers and, even though we can’t tour you around Niagara, we can get a piece of Niagara to you! We’re featuring a few local establishments that are currently offering delivery to customers. Let Wheelz Niagara help you exercise your palate with a leisurely stroll (or should we say “scroll”) through some local winery webpages with you. You’ll enjoy the convenience of this online wine tour since it starts whenever you’re ready and won’t stop until you do. It’s the comfort of home and your favourite VQA wines. Need we say more?
If you need to refresh your wine rack for spring, check out our list below and try something new, or uncork an old favourite, today! With local delivery and curbside pick-up options available, these fine wineries, and their wines, will have you ready to go by the time the weekend hits. From Twenty Valley and the Beamsville Bench to quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake, you’ve got the Niagara Peninsula at your fingertips. So go ahead, stock up on a few of your favourite vintages!
Your first stop on this online wine tour is Big Head. The internet traffic looks smooth today, and we bet you can get to their store in just a few clicks! They’ve got quite a collection of photos in their gallery, so, if you’re missing the lush, vineyard views, you can get your fix by scrolling through some photos!
Don’t be intimidated by some of the pricier wines here: Big Head offers a great selection of wines at the $20 mark. The best part? A lower-priced wine still gets you an amazing vino.
2017 Big Red: This Tuesday night red can be paired with a variety of foods, and the high acidity makes it a versatile and easy-drinking option. Its dark fruit flavours and rich colour come from Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Dornfelder (which you may have never heard of before!). Priced at $21.00.
2018 Chardonnay Stainless: We know you’ll love the dry, fruit flavours in this chardonnay. With summer just around the corner, this elegant beverage is crying out for some cool, fresh salads. Priced at $22.00.
Big Head offers FREE shipping to its customers. However, you must order six or more bottles. If you have a hard time filling your cart (trust us when we say you won’t!), but live in the area, the retail store is still open for curbside pick-up and contact free checkout. Check their site for more information!
In the mood for some Small Talk? This winery and cidery produces an interesting selection of hand-crafted wines and ciders to suit your tastes! Add something zesty to your stay-home routine with a bright, fruity wine or cider from Small Talk. Their eclectic selection of wines and Shiny ciders highlight the quality of their products and showcase the quirky character of Niagara!
2016 “RSVP” Pinot Gris: Make a date with this crisp white! Whether you pair it with veggies, appetizers, or a great back-yard view, this white will have your coming back for more. Tap into your culinary side by checking out Small Talk’s food pairing guide and surprise your family (or your taste buds) with a perfectly paired meal. Priced at $18.95.
Shiny Pinot Cider: If you’re a red wine fan but looking to add some variety to your Friday movie night, try this sparkly number. Made with 85% red apples and 15% pinot noir grapes, direct from Small Talk’s vineyard, this cider is a fun and fizzy way to enjoy some fruit while staying loyal to your favourite grape. Got a cider lover in the house? This 1 litre growler will let you meet them half-way . . . or at least 15% of the way! Priced at $20.00.
Good wine, and cider, are close at hand when you can order online. You’ll pay $10 for shipping anywhere in Ontario, or you can make the trip out for contactless curbside pick-up. If you want to keep the magic happening week after week, check out their “InCider” club to get limited and early release ciders, recipes and other treats delivered right to your door.
Transport yourself to Europe with Vieni. This Beamsville winery captures the essence of Niagara terroir using traditional Italian methods. Vieni doesn’t just make wine, either! Customers can splurge on an Italian-style grappa perfect for making your own “quarantini”. The mid-range prices make it easy to enjoy a glass of Vieni any night of the week.
2019 Novello Nouveau: This Gamay Noir offers gorgeous purple and pink tones and is ready to drink now. Vieni’s tradition is to welcome the “nouveau” wine, or first vintage, every year, and this release is no exception. You can indulge guilt-free with their case sale of this Novello Nouveau red wine. The team at Vieni recommends this wine be served chilled, which makes it ideal for serving between now and summer. Priced at $99.95/case or $10.95/bottle.
Mista Grappa: Made with fruit harvested in Niagara, Vieni’s grappa will be the perfect aperitif no matter the occasion. But don’t just stop with a shot: get creative and add some new cocktails to your repertoire by mixing grappa into specialty coffees, or try it in an espresso martini! Priced at $39.95 per bottle.
Vieni is offering FREE shipping for all customers. In the area? You can also phone in your order if you prefer curb-side pick-up. Happy tasting!
Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery combines a rich family heritage with Sue-Ann’s passion for winemaking. Her winery is home to 100-year-old grape vines, which may be the oldest plants in the area. As a master winemaker, Sue Ann is determined to craft quality wines that maintain a sense of approachability, too! You’ll love the interactive website features, including podcasts and videos, that will help you learn more about Sue-Ann Staff’s family, history, and of course, her wines.
Fancy Farm Girl – Frivolous White 2017: This white wine is part of the Fancy Farm Girl collection of wine, which pay homage to Sue-Ann’s belief that there’s a ‘fancy farm girl’ inside of everyone! You’ll delight in the zippy acidity and citrusy minerality of this bright white. Pair with some cheese and set a virtual date with friends. Priced at $14.95.
Red Wine Release Party- Home Edition: If you’re missing your weekend outings, then this virtual release party is the pick-me-up you’ve been waiting for! Your purchase of the home-style release includes six different wines, recommended food pairings with recipes, and a pack of dark-chocolate cherries. This offer is a fun way to get out of your comfort zone while you stay in. Plus, who wouldn’t want to learn about wine? Collection priced at $175.00.
If you’re an Ontario resident, your purchase of six or more bottles automatically qualifies you for free shipping from Sue-Ann Staff. If you are local and wish to pick-up your order, call the winery and they will arrange a curb-side pick-up for you.
We love showing our customers everything that Niagara has to offer. And we miss all our customers dearly! But, even if we can’t take you on a custom Niagara wine tour, we are thrilled to be able to help you have some fun while you #stayhome. Niagara still has much to offer and as a local business, we want to see the local wineries continue to thrive. Give the gift of wine by sending your friends a local wine or visit Wheelz online to purchase a virtual gift certificate to visit your favourite places in person. We can’t wait to create customer tours with you. !
I have now used Wheelz as my wine tour service a few times and it just seems to get better and better. From setting up the tour ( very timely responses and very accommodating) to the actual day and driver ( Daryl is great ). Thank you Wheelz - best service in the Niagara area as far as I and my friends are concernedJohn, Oakville See More