November 10, 2016 Comments (0) Views: 1883 Good Food Books

Wine Sisters New Wine Country Guide

One half of the Wine Sisters, Erin Henderson, on their new book.


Erin Henderson at the Somewhereness Ontario wine event in October.

October and November see a flurry of wine trade events as producers scramble to get their products noticed for the holiday season. One lady I have had the pleasure of running into at these events lately is Erin Henderson, who runs the Toronto-based wine event, sommelier and consultation company The Wine Sisters with her sibling Courtney. When I asked what’s new, she presented me with a copy of The Wine Sisters’ new book, Lake Ontario Uncorked.

Commissioned by an American publisher as part of a series on wine region tourism, Lake Ontario Uncorked focuses on the two Canadian wine areas on its shores: Niagara and Prince Edward Country. It offers a number of itineraries through the regions based on the experiences and preferences of the industry insider Henderson sisters. The last time I saw Erin, at the launch of a new wine, I took my phone and recorded the short interview below, which explains the book in her own words.

This interview has been edited for clarity and style.

Good Food Revolution: So, Erin I am very excited by your book because whenever one my friends is planning a trip to Niagara or Prince Edward County, I get an email asking where they should go. What they get is a couple names, and that’s about it – maybe a few URLs. Now, I will just send them a link to Amazon.

Erin Henderson: Great! The premise of the book is that if you’re a tourist coming into either Niagara or Prince Edward County from Toronto or Buffalo, where would Courtney and I take you and in what order. Where would we tell you to eat, stay, or taste wine. These are insiders’ tips: it could be a wine recommendation, it could be a restaurant recommendation, or it could be for Peller Estates’ Winery Boutique that sells mittens with removable thumbs, so you can use your smart phone.

GFR: You give your readers a series of do-it-yourself tours, but with expert knowledge.

EH: Exactly. My friends would do the same thing that yours do. And first I’d say, “why don’t you read my fabulous blog?” But now, I can say, “I have a book that has it all, here’s the link.” Or pick it up at one of the wineries that carry it like Henry of Pelham, Stratus, Southbrook and more.

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