Recently, my husband and I were able to attend a Wine Etiquette evening with tastings and hors d'oeuvres at 13th Street Winery. It's located along 4th Avenue, nestled somewhere between St. Catharines and Historic Jordan Village. The evening was fantastic (as were the wine and the food) but what intrigued me the most was the old barn that was exuding aromas only a bake shop could produce. Sure enough, the long-time family owned, Whitty Farms had opened a bakery on site at the winery. We stole a peek in the door, unbeknownst to the baker, and found everything but the kitchen empty.
I returned a few weeks later with my cousin, Jess, for lunch. The bakery was true to the character of the winery - clean, simple and a place where the food (or in the case of the winery, the wine) speaks for itself. We enjoyed a rather large flat bread with baby spinach, crumbled feta and garden tomatoes for lunch and for dessert, coffee and a butter tart - the best ones around.
The bake shop was simple. There were a few different preserves you could purchase, some fresh fruit from their fruit stand, a few baked goods and pre-made flat breads. We had a hard time deciding on the flat bread; our other choices were Roasted Red Pepper, Zucchini, Onion and Asiago Cheese or Roasted Beet, Pear, Pecan with Balsamic Drizzle. Everything was delicious, as it always is in our experience.
After our coffee we toured around and enjoyed the yard and gardens on the property - all of which are gorgeous. The exercise was more than welcomed after the dangerously delicious tart.
If you haven't been - and are near it - pop in for a coffee or for lunch. It's secluded and quiet and a great place to catch up with a good friend over a coffee and something sweet. Or, visit the winery for a wine tasting. Neither will disappoint!
The winery - it's so gorgeous and simple.
The gardens on the grounds - they actually used the fresh herbs and tomatoes from here on our flat bread.
The butter tarts that are to die for! Of course, they have a larger selection of delicious treats but these are my favourite and some how, I can never pick anything else!
The flat bread - doesn't it look delicious!
The entire bake area is covered in gorgeous Wisteria.
This little seating area outside is actually what caught my attention first - isn't it the perfect spot of enjoy a cup of coffee?
Produce and preserves for sale in the shop.
And as if you still had to be convinced, they also serve wine by the glass!