Cask & Barrel



When: Nov. 18-19, Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3 2017
Where: Various locations

When harvest is over the wineries of Prince Edward County open their doors for Wassail, a festival of singing, feasting, and imbibing. Many wineries offer mulled wine as a treat for roaming carollers, as well as seasonal comfort foods and holiday treats. There are bus tours available through Wassail in the County or explore at your own pace with a self-guided tour.

  • Outlet Food Co. will be at Trail Estate Winery serving a red wine braised beef Cottage Stew with a side of bannock bread made with rendered duck fat and fresh thyme. Roast your own bannock over a roaring campfire and taste new release wines like Baco Nuvo and Pet Nat.
  • Vegan winery Karlo Estates will have Rooted Eats by JERKebago and vegan cheese from Caju Winds.
  • Visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Traynor Vineyard, then treat yourself to a taste of Mexico from Guapo’s Cantina.

Trail Estate Chardonnay Musqué 2015


Trail Estate Chardonnay MusquéBeautifully perfumed nose with rich tropical fruit and floral notes. The palate is surprisingly textured with some body from neutral oak aging, and flavours reminiscent of Viognier. Wines like these are a great compromise for the oaky Chard and aromatic white drinkers.  (4/5)

Trail Estate Chardonnay Musqué 2015, Ontario CANADA

$26.00/750 ml, 12.6% abv, Chardonnay Musqué

Maple Bacon Mac and Cheese


We were at Trail Estate Winery this past weekend for Maple in the County serving up some Maple Bacon Mac and Cheese. We sold out much faster than anticipated, so here’s the recipe to try it out yourself at home. We used a maple goat cheddar from Fifth Town Artisanal Cheese made with Fosterholm maple syrup, but any white cheddar will work. Choose a short pasta with deep ridges or grooves, so the sauce has something to cling on to. Rotini, fusilli, and cavatappi are all good. If you use penne or rigatoni, make sure they have ridges as some varieties are smooth. We used radiatore and I think it’s become my favourite shape!

Maple Bacon Mac and Cheese

Yields 10 8 oz. portions

  • 1 L whole milk
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 package bacon (about 250-300 g)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 400 g white cheddar, grated
  • 450 g dried pasta
  • Salt to taste
  1. Bring milk to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently and making sure the bottom doesn’t burn. Add onion, bay leaf, clove, and nutmeg. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
  2. While the milk is simmering, dice bacon into small pieces. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat, removing the liquid fat as it renders. Save fat in a bowl or jar. Remove bacon from skillet when it starts to get crispy.
  3. Return bacon fat to the skillet and add flour. Use a whisk to incorporate the flour and fat into a roux (a paste used to thicken liquids into a sauce). Cook until the flour turns light brown, being careful not to let it burn.
  4. Strain onion, bay leaf, and clove out of the milk. Using a ladle, add a small amount of milk to the skillet with the roux. Whisk together until smooth. Continue adding milk ladle by ladle, whisking after each addition until smooth. You can start to add the milk faster and in larger portions after about half the milk has been whisked into the roux.
  5. Add grated cheese and stir until melted.
  6. Cook pasta to al dente texture (firm in the middle). Strain and return to pot. Add cooked bacon and cheese sauce to pasta and stir to combine. Season with salt and serve warm.

Trail Estate Baco Nouveau 2016


A purple hue and concord grape aroma announce the juicy, jam flavour of this Baco Noir. The tightly wound acidity and concentrated flavours make for a wine that drinks like a mouthful of fresh berries. The most refreshing Baco Noir you will ever taste, with a here-and-gone finish that’s perfect for non-red drinkers to ease into the style. (4/5)

Trail Estate Baco Nouveau 2016, Ontario CANADA

$25.00/750 ml, 11.2% ABV, Baco Noir

Trail Estate Hughes Vineyard Riesling 2015


trail-estate-rieslingThis wild-ferment Riesling has a pretty, perfumed nose of lemon and sweet orange. It’s off-dry, but has plenty of minerality and tart acid to balance it out. The restrained palate of candied lime makes it a great apertif, with a clean finish leaving you thirsty for more. (4/5)

Trail Estate Hughes Vineyard Riesling 2015, Ontario CANADA

$28.00/750 ml, 10.0% ABV, Riesling

Trail Estate Winery


Trail Estate Winery is a small, family-owned winery located right around the corner from Hinterland and County Road Beer. Their winemaker, Mackenzie Brisbois, is a unicorn in the County wine scene: born and raised in the County, with formal education in winemaking from Niagara College, and a wide breadth of experience working at wineries in South Africa, British Columbia, and New Zealand. Look for unique experimental bottles like barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc and skin-contact Riesling.


Winery Hours
Sunday-Thursday, 11am to 5 pm
Friday-Saturday, 11am to 6 pm

416 Benway Road
Hillier, ON