by George Dyke…..
Rain didn’t dissuade some Citroën Autoclub Canada members from having a fantastic time during our annual summer outing on July 17, 2021.
Once again we chose the Niagara region of Ontario, with a noontime start in Stony Creek about a 75 minute drive from Toronto. Initially, we did treks up and down three of the hilly roads accessing the escarpment before taking a drive along the ridge road making our way to our first stop at Commisso Estate Winery for an exceptional brunch that surpassed expectations.
As the weather caused a few other groups to cancel their visits, we were treated to tastings of an expanded range of their premium wines while dining on a giant charcuterie (a platter of assorted meats, cheeses, chutney, olives and nuts), a basket of fresh Italian bread and oven fired home-made Italian pizzas. Just when we felt our bellies were about to burst, out came another large spread of home-cooked brownies, Cannolis and an Amish loaf with cinnamon and fermented fruit that we all raved about.
It was a superb feast and one that lasted two hours! Sitting there looking at the manicured gardens of the Comisso estate, we felt we were in Tuscany!
After buying a few bottles of our favourite wines, the weather had cleared up for the most part and we took off for a drier tour of some backroads in the Pelham region, making our way over to the Welland canal taking the road alongside it toward Lake Ontario. That put us close to Small Talk Vineyards, another winery but one that specializes in a variety of ciders.
By the time we finished there it was 6 pm, so we said our goodbyes, wrapping up a truly great day and proving once again that wet weather Citroën Autoclub Canada outings often turn out to be the best!
For those that felt some rain on their Citroëns would be too much to endure, hey — drive them and enjoy life while you can. We sure did on this outing!
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