Busy moms know that envious feeling when their friends post photos on Instagram from a recent vacation. This is especially the case if you’ve spent your most recent long weekend cleaning the house or catching up on mundane tasks you’ve fallen behind on. Since you’ve become a mom, do you even remember the last time you caught a break?
It’s challenging to make time for yourself when you’re responsible for the needs of so many; a beach side getaway (even regionally to one of Ontario’s Great Lakes) feels impossible to coordinate. If you’re going to maintain your top-level productivity however, some breathing room is necessary. When taking a trip isn’t an option, setting aside half an hour to turn off your phone, sit in the bubble bath, and sip a glass of wine in the evening can be enough to tide you over.
While it might not be quite the same as being on the beach, exploring a selection of wine from Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island will give you that touch of southern exposure you need to relax. Summer is Ontario’s longest growing season; it creates the optimal climate for producing full-bodied reds, as well as zesty, light-bodied, and dry whites.
Colio Estate Winery, one of Ontario’s first wineries had its humble beginnings in this region near the sunny shores of Lake Erie, their wine is crafted with the patience, determination and the spirit of their founders. For lovers of white wine, their Lake and River Series is an excellent way to escape from the repetitiveness and routine of your days and nights. Their Moonlight White for example (2015 vintage) has a bouquet of light floral scents like honeysuckle and tropical fruit, this combined with its light straw colour and exotic fruit flavours on the palate will have you feeling like you’re floating. If you prefer a white on the dryer side, consider Colio’svineyard select 2015 Chardonnay. If you enjoy a glass of rosé on a summer evening, their Girls Night Out (2015 vintage) is the perfect blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. It has a bouquet of raspberry highlights with a taste of zippy sour cherry flavours delivered in a dryer style.
Now, you can also order your favourite wines from this region (and others!) from the comfort of your own home thanks to Wine Online, where selections can be delivered right to your door — a service that women who work hard should take advantage of. This supplier also makes a point of curating their selections, so you know you’re receiving quality wine every time, complete with a full profile from tasting notes, to expert third party reviews, to food pairing recommendations.
Not every busy lady is fortunate enough to have the time off she’d like, especially if she’s got little ones to care for, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have the next best thing – a glass of something crisp to enjoy after a long day.