Like the fact that Quebec is the largest maple syrup producer in the world.
Or that Canada produced maple syrup at all.
I kept wondering why there were so many maple products around the gift shops.
The bad part is the maple leaf is on the flag, which should have been a big indicator, but nope.
I also didn’t know that Canada was a major wine producer.
Don’t judge me, but one of the main reasons I selected my hotel package was because it included a tour and tasting at sister wineries Jackson-Triggs and Inniskillin.
I loved learning how Allan Jackson and Don Triggs managed to buy the wine division from their former employer at the local brewing company. And how they revolutionized Canadian wine by figuring out how to grow European venifra grapes on Canadian soil.
Ice wine is made from frozen grapes. Unlike traditional wine that takes 20 bunches for each bottle, ice wine requires the nectar of 200 bunches of grapes.
And boy is it sweet. Just how I like it.
Diana, our tour guide, described Jackson-Triggs’ “Vidal Ice Wine” by saying “it tastes like peaches and honey.” Tell me that doesn’t sound absolutely delish?
She recommended that it be served with a non-sweet dessert like lemon or rhubarb to balance out the sweetness.
We’ll see how that goes, but in her defense, it is the sweetest wine I have ever tasted.