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A toast to County Wassail royalty

Jenifer Dean and Grant Howes, Wassail 2012 royalty

The County Cider Company’s Grant Howes and Jenifer Dean were crowned the King and Queen of Wassail Monday, at Huff Estates Winery.
The honorific title is bestowed on a grape grower or winery operator who has played a significant role in the development of the wine region. In days of yore, the king and queen were hoisted into the branches of trees to leave gifts to the spirits in some pagan tradition and make toasts. They are still encouraged to lead the toasting but don’t require any tree climbing skills.

The tradition of Wassailling begins in Prince Edward County this weekend to toast the end of harvest season and the health of the grape vines over the winter.
WASSAIL, spread over the last two weekends in November and the first weekend in December, is based on the tradition of celebrating the recent harvest and harvest to come before winter’s onslaught, with revellers travelling from manor to manor singing and consuming comfort foods and imbibing local grog.
In its modern incarnation, visitors drive from winery to winery, and if they are singing a seasonal tune upon arrival, they get free tastes of “mulled” or regular wine and the chance to sample culinary treats ranging from cassoulet, mini beef wellingtons, rum balls, cheese dishes, ginger bread, antipasto, shortbreads and roasted chestnuts in a festive atmosphere particular to each location.

Stock up on some great County wines and cider for the holidays – with many that are not available at the LCBO.
This year about 20 wineries are participating on the Saturdays and Sundays, plus a range of other events happening in the County during this time including, Countylicious prix fixe dinners, four Santa Claus parades and the Festival of Trees.

County Cider Company – Open only on the Saturdays of Wassail from 12-4pm.
For Wassail, offering free ice cider tasting, hot mulled cider. Selection of gift baskets for the Christmas shoppers and holiday to cheer for all.

Huff Estates Winery – During Wassail, Huff’s will have holiday appetizers and wine pairings. Make your own holiday cork ornament giveaways. Lots of Holiday gift ideas, fancy wine jellies, biscotti and of course wine!  The Restaurant will be open for lunch on the Saturdays and for Sparkling brunch on the Sundays. Countylicious dining on the first 2 week-ends of Wassail. Also daily wine tours at 10am, 2pm and 4pm.

Waupoos Estates Winery open Wednesday to Sunday 11- 5:00 and the Gazebo Restaurant is open for lunch Saturday & Sunday
11:30 to 3:00 and Thursday to Sunday for dinner from 5-9 p.m.

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