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A perfectly rustic-yet-refined affair hosted by Lavender Stone Farm.

July 14, 2012

Adjacent to the original 1875 farmhouse, rows of lavender in full bloom set the backdrop for the 2012 Lavender Harvest Dinner at Lavender Stone Farm.   Distressed, mis-matched china and a long linen-covered table welcomed party-goers from Niagara, Toronto and beyond- while lights twinkled in trees, children giggled, and introductions were made over lavender martinis and generous pours from the self-serve Steam Whistle tap.

The menu featured a curated collection of lavender infused dishes; sweet potato chips with lavender aioli, Herbs de Provence Beef Tenderloin, and for dessert, the perennial favourite, Lavender Creme Brulee.

Romantacism aside, the Lavender Dinner delightfully turned into a 2010 Cab Franc face-off due to some spot-on wine pairing recommendations via Twitter. To compliment the beef tenderloin, Rick Vansickle suggested three Niagara Cab Franc’s.  The contestants: Fielding’s 2010, Ravine’s 2010 and the Ravine Reserve 2010 from the Picone Vineyard on the Beamsville Bench.  All proved the power of a perfect wine and food pairing- the synergy truly heightening each and every bite.

Pressed to choose, guests relished the Mark Picone Cab Franc for its ripe berry flavors, and smooth tannins that finished like silk. It was a sultry complement to the main course; you simply could fall in love with anyone over a bottle of that wine.

For those not staying the night in the luxe yurt accomodations, the evening progressed from a soft glow from the Cab, to a stumble into one;  guests clutching scented memories of Niagara lavender to sustain them until next year’s harvest soiree.

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