#DishingIt: Burning Kiln Winery

This is #DishingIt – where we give you the inside scoop on what’s new and downright finger lickin’ good in Canada’s culinary scene. As tricky as it can be to achieve, we like to believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet is all about balance. And though we like to top you up with tips and tricks that’ll help you achieve optimal wellness, we love sharing about one of our favourite hobbies: eating all the things. If you like trying different cuisines and discovering the next best hole in the wall as much as we do, than let’s get to talkin’. Oh, and make sure to dish your dining suggestions right back to us in the comments.

Burning Kiln Winery is located at the north shore of Lake Erie and offers a magnificent view overlooking the UNESCO World Biosphere of Long Point. Since opening to the public in 2011, Burning Kiln Winery has become well known for their free of charge, weekly Live Music in the Vineyard series. You can grab a glass of wine and charcuterie board, and enjoy live music from local artists while overlooking the vineyard.

When the opportunity for us to visit this well known winery came about, we could not have been more excited. The positive reviews rave about this place and we must say, it lives up to its reputation!

The Vibe:

We love a good winery vibe and Burning Kiln did not disappoint. With its wide open spaces, friendly staff and cute touches (hello Muskoka chairs overlooking the water!) we were in country heaven. We stayed locally in the area and it was the perfect escape from daily life. The winery is conveniently located close to Port Dover & Turkey Point, both areas with lots to do in the summer time. Another plus, it only took us about 1.5 hours from Burlington.

The Service:

The team at Burning Kiln went above and beyond to make our lunch time tasting and dining experience a great one. They were beyond friendly offering not only popular suggestions but their favourite personal selections for food and wine (our server and myself seemed to have similar tastes so I basically got everything she recommended haha) The outdoor patio was large and spaced out from other tables so we felt comfortable during our visit.

The Food: 

We went in hungry and the food here did not disappoint. The winery has a restaurant on site called Canned Heat and the menu selection has something for everyone. From healthy bowls to meaty burgers. We started with their charcuterie board, what I loved about theirs is it had items sourced locally from cured meats and cheeses to picked vegetables. With the pizza oven right behind us, it was a no brainer to try one of their pizzas. Typically I go with a tomato sauce base, but I trusted our server (as mentioned she had been right about everything else haha) and went with the Blue by Moo with grilled chicken, caramelized onions and gorgonzola cheese, it was insanely good! We also spilt the lamb burger to mix up the regular burger order. Again it was a win!

The Drinks: 

We opted for a tasting (obviously) with flights of reds and whites. I am by no means a wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy a good tasting! I personally loved the Sands Savagnin with its flavours of pineapple, passion fruit, white peaches and boxwood. The fruity undertones were perfect for the summer daytime visit. For my red pick, I’m a Pinot Noir fan so I enjoyed the Prime. Theirs had notes of rose as well as some fruity flavours of black cherry strawberry jam and thyme.

The Events:

In addition to their weekly live music events, Burning Kiln Winery introduced: Concerts in the Vineyard. A larger, ticketed event where attendees can pre-purchase tickets to watch artists perform in a concert setting, right at the vineyard.

New to 2021, is their Wine + Wellness Wednesday series. This weekly event offers guests the chance to participate in refreshing and reviving activities from yoga to painting. Each class is hosted by a local expert, so you’re receiving the best of the best during your class time!

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