the best part of the long weekend by far was going to a wine tasting at featherstone estate winery. my parents had passed by it earlier in the summer while going to other wineries and knew they wanted to take us to this particular one just because of the veranda. at featherstone, while you can do a quick tasting in the store part, the main feature is sitting on their covered wrap-around veranda and ordering various cheeses and meats and drinking wine. we were worried about the weather because while we were driving there, it was awfully dark, but towards the end of our meal, the sun came out.
but back to the veranda; it was so relaxing and peaceful. they had about 12 cheeses and 12 meats to choose from, and we went with 4 of each, along with hummus and dukkah. and of course you can't forget the three 1/2litre bottles of wine we ordered! the whole experience was a perfect way to end august; the only way it could have been better is had we gotten a table around the corner looking at the lush trees and vines, instead of a few cars behind us.
check out the leaves on the ground. southern ontario thinks it's fall already.
the winery 'employs' about 10 or so sheep to eat leaves from the bottom of the grapevines. more about the sheep labour here. but here they are just wandering the property.
i would definitely recommend checking this place out, however, the veranda is now closed for the season. but give it a bookmark for next year, it's worth it.