The Best Niagara Wines to Try This Winter

Enjoy Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine

Many of the finest VQA wines (wines made from 100% Ontario-grown grapes) are produced by wineries in the Niagara Region and served in top local restaurants to compliment seasonal cuisine. If you’re looking to experience some incredible VQA wines this winter but aren’t sure where to start, try any of these sparkling, rosé, white, and red varieties, which are all available on the Rainbow Room’s current wine list.

Sparkling

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Entourage 2012
This bubbly Brut from Jackson-Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is hand-crafted in the Methode Classique, a time honoured way in which sparkling wine is produced. Once the wine undergoes fermentation in the barrel it undergoes additional two-year fermentation in the bottle, in a process known as “en tirage”. The Grand Reserve Entourage 2012 features creamy flavours of lemon and green apple along with a crisp finish, making it the perfect sparkling wine to sip and share this winter.

Rosé

13th Street Pink Palette Rosé 2013
13th Street Winery in St. Catharines produces a Pink Palette Rosé that offers a fruity and easy-going taste and works as a wonderful pairing to foods like grilled vegetables and fish. It’s crafted from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties, forming a wonderful foundation for a fresh and vibrant drinking experience.

Ice Wine

Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine

Niagara’s world-famous ice wine is produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine, resulting in sweet and luscious dessert wines. The Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine from Jackson-Triggs Winery is a delicious variety packed with flavour and featuring delicious notes of apricot and peach. It’s a wine that will warm you up this winter and give you the best taste of Niagara’s beloved liquid gold.

White

Tawse Riesling 2014 “Limestone Ridge”

Tawse Winery is situated on the lower slopes of the Niagara Escarpment where there’s an abundance of dolomitic limestone, inspiring the name for this 2014 Riesling. It’s a complex white wine crafted from hand-harvested grapes and featuring aromas of green apple, lime, and pear, leading to a lively finish.

Red

Creekside Estate 2013 Syrah

Featuring one of the oldest and largest underground barrel cellars in Niagara, Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan produces a range of impressive VQA wines. The Creekside Estate 2013 Syrah is a full-bodied and smooth red wine that features blackberry and plum aromas, black pepper notes, and delicious fruit flavours, making it a great choice for winter wine tasting.

Explore the Cuisine of Piedmont with Massimo Capra in Niagara Falls

Massimo Capra

This Friday, Chef Massimo Capra will be bringing the very best of Italy’s Piedmont region to Niagara Falls with A Culinary Tour of Piedmont in the Rainbow Room’s beautiful Fallsview dining room.

Piedmont is a spectacular region that sits in the foothill of the alps, and has cultivated a cuisine known for its rich and hearty dishes, strong flavours, and sophisticated wines. It is also home to the Slow Food movement, which promotes the use of local ingredients and traditional methods of cooking.

A Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra will offer a standing cocktail reception with canapés and Prosecco, the chance to mix and mingle with Chefs Massimo Capra and John Casciato, a delicious five-course dinner, and wine pairings from Piedmont’s Gigi Rosso Winery. And to make the evening even more special, the winemaker from Gigi Rosso Winery will also be in attendance.

The dinner will offer guests some of the finest wine and cuisine in Niagara Falls and is sure to be an unforgettable event. Both Dinner Only and Dinner & Hotel Room packages are available, so visit www.fallsavenueresort.com/Culinary for more information and to book your tickets today.

Niagara Culinary Experiences Series is Back at the Rainbow Room

Niagara Culinary Experiences with Chef Massimo Capra

The Niagara Culinary Experiences Series is back for another year of amazing dinners featuring world-class cuisine, local and international wines, and breathtaking views of Niagara Falls. This new season of dinner events will be kicking off with A Culinary Tour of Piedmont on October 27th at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, which will feature five courses of rich and delicious dishes, sophisticated wines from Gigi Rosso winery, and a cocktail reception with wonderful canapes and Prosecco.

Following this event, you can get a taste of what the amazing Italian region of Tuscany has to offer on March 23rd at A Culinary Tour of Tuscany with Massimo Capra. Tuscany is known for its art, culture, food, and wine, and the spirit of this Italian region will be brought to the Rainbow Room’s beautiful Fallsview dining room for a truly unforgettable evening. With wines from Antinori Winery and five courses of food that celebrate flavour and simplicity, this will be a culinary journey you won’t want to miss out on.

The Rainbow Room’s final culinary event is A Culinary Tour of Veneto on May 11th, which is also the last dinner event in the Niagara Culinary Experiences series. Italy’s Veneto region has a celebrated and long-standing culinary tradition and Chef Massimo Capra will be showcasing the best food and ingredients that it has to offer, along with amazing wines from Fumanelli winery.

Visit fallsavenueresort.com/culinary to book your Dinner-Only or Dinner & Hotel packages today, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable culinary journey to some of Italy’s finest regions, while taking in the breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls.

A Bite of Italy in Niagara

Italian cuisine is an ancient and cultivated style of cooking that’s often associated with high-quality ingredients, simplicity, and refined techniques. The regional varieties make it a versatile cuisine, and at the Rainbow Room we honour the Italian tradition by offering innovative and delicious varieties of classic dishes and ingredients.

The seasonal menu is currently showcasing a number of wonderful Bites of Italy like local ricotta and crustini, which is the perfect start to a Fallsview meal. Ricotta cheese is a staple of Italian cooking and made from the goat, sheep, cow or water buffalo milk whey that’s left over after cheese production. Ricotta doesn’t need to be aged and its production dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. You can enjoy ricotta cheese in a variety of ways and it’s commonly used in Italian desserts like cheesecake and cannoli. It’s also used in savoury pasta, pizza, calzone, and lasagna dishes.

Another Bite of Italy experience at the Rainbow Room is ravioli served with Niagara peach and ghost pepper which mixes local ingredients with international tastes. Ravioli are a dumpling-like food that are composed of different fillings based on the region in which they’re being made. Popular fillings for ravioli include ricotta cheese, spinach and black pepper when prepared in Rome, and ricotta cheese and grated lemon rind in the Sardinia region of the country.

And lastly, you can get a bite of prosciutto served with flatbread, roasted garlic, arugula, grape tomato, and grana padano. Prosciutto is a delicious dry-cured ham, with a number of regional varieties. It’s a staple of Italian antipasti dishes and is must-eat at the Rainbow Room.

Rainbow Room Wins 2017 Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has just been awarded a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which is given out annually to restaurants, accommodations, and attractions that consistently receive great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers. A trip to Niagara Falls can be a spectacular getaway, and here at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra we love providing each of our guests with outstanding Fallsview dining experiences.

Our seasonal menu currently features innovative and modern Italian dishes like Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli with Niagara peach and ghost pepper, Milli-Strato Lasagna made with 87 layers of hand-rolled pasta, Linguine Carbonara with smoked chicken, bacon, and zucchini ribbons, and Maple Mustard Crusted Ontario Lamb Rack with goat cheese and yukon gold gratin. And you can pair any of these dishes with incredible wines from our extensive wine list, which showcases reds and whites from local Niagara and international wineries.

So stop by the Rainbow Room for a delicious dinner in direct view of the thundering Niagara Falls and see for yourself what makes us a favourite amongst millions of TripAdvisor travelers from around the world.

Niagara’s Summer Harvest: The Season’s Best Fruits & Vegetables

Here at The Rainbow Room, we pride ourselves on creating innovative and modern Italian dishes using the fresh and versatile ingredients that each season in Niagara brings. And now that summer is officially here, there’s a wide variety of delicious fruits and vegetables coming into season, including raspberries, cucumbers, beans, and tomatoes, just to name a few.

What other fruits and vegetables can you look forward to finding this summer in Niagara? In the way of fruits, you can expect to find strawberries, plums, blueberries, cherries, and famous Ontario peaches. And for vegetables, expect to see a lot of lettuce, broccoli, peas, radishes, asparagus, cauliflower, beans, and cabbage. In fact, on the Rainbow Room’s dinner menu you can find a fresh and delicious Five Green Beans side salad and Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli made with an incredible Niagara Peach and ghost pepper jelly.

You can also find fresh fruits and vegetables at a number of local supermarkets, farmers markets, restaurants, farms, and festivals throughout the region, making it easy to get your hands on delicious locally-grown produce. To find some of the very best Niagara peaches, make sure to stop by Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual Peach Festival on August 12th where you’ll find incredible peachy food items from local bakeries and restaurants, local growers selling their juicy peaches, live entertainment, and much more.

Another great way to experience Niagara’s summer fruits and vegetables is by visiting a pick-your-own farm or orchard like Parkway Orchards in Niagara-on-the-Lake where you can pick your own cherries and peaches right from the trees. And the Niagara Region also has a number of great farmers markets that you can visit to pick up fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, honey, dairy products, and more. The St. Catharines Farmers Market is located downtown in Market Square and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while the Niagara Falls Farmers Market is located behind the Niagara Falls History Museum and is open on Saturday mornings.

There’s no shortage of ways to find and taste the fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables that summer brings in Niagara. Whether you visit our restaurant to try the seasonal menu, stop by a farm to pick your own fruit, or go to a farmers market to shop around for some produce, you are guaranteed to find a variety of wonderful fruits and vegetables that will give you a true taste of Niagara and add a little freshness to your summer.

Guide to Italian Wine in Niagara Falls

Niagara is a world-renowned wine-growing region, home to hundreds of wineries and vineyards that grow high-quality grapes for the production of some truly amazing wines. And many of these Niagara wineries are producing wines that honour Italy’s historic and acclaimed viticultural traditions. From red and white to sparkling, Italy produces the most wine by volume in some of the greatest varieties ever known, which you can easily begin exploring, sipping, and savouring this summer.

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has Niagara’s most extensive Italian Wine list. Pair the right wine with great cuisine at The Rainbow Room. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Italian Wine List

Italian Wine

Red Wine

Italy’s red wine, or vino rosso, is lauded as some of the best in the world and is a title that encompasses wines created from a wide variety of grapes from vineyards all across the country. Some of the major red wine varieties from Italy are:

  • Chianti: Hailing from Tuscany and made with Sangiovese grapes, Chianti is an extremely popular Italian red wine that tends to be medium-bodied with a high acidity, and features floral and nutty notes, and a light aroma.
  • Barolo: This red wine is regarded as one of Italy’s finest and comes from the country’s northern Piedmont region. Created from Nebbiolo grapes, Barolo is noted for its fine aging abilities and full-bodied taste, with different varieties featuring complex aromas like roses, chocolate, spice, plum, and eucalyptus.

 

White Wine

Vino bianco is also produced all across Italy and is made in varieties that range from sweet to dry and pair amazingly well with a number of fish, chicken, and vegetable dishes. Some of the finest Italian white wines include:

  • Verdicchio: The Verdicchio grape variety is grown in central Italy’s Marche region and produces dry white wines that often feature citrus notes and subtle flavours that pair well with many types food.
  • Pinot Grigio: Although Pinot Grigio grapes are grown all around the world- and often referred to as pinot gris– Italian wineries produce incredible white wines from this grape in the Lombardy and Alto Adige regions. They are often full bodied white wines with a pleasant floral taste.

 

Sparkling Wine

Prosecco

Hot summer days and lively celebrations often call for a good vino frizzante, and Italy produces a number of great-tasting varieties, such as:

  • Asti: This sparkling white wine is also known as Asti Spumante and is produced in Italy’s Piedmont region. It’s made from the Moscato Bianco grape and has a sweet taste that makes it the perfect wine to pair with desserts.
  • Prosecco: Available in three different varieties – sparkling, semi-sparkling, and still- Prosecco is made from Glera grapes and is the main ingredient of the popular Bellini cocktail. It has a fairly low alcohol level compared to other sparkling wines and is often best enjoyed as an aperitif.

 

Enjoy a variety of Italian Wine at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. Reserve today with the ‘Find a Table’ widget found on our website.

Niagara Falls Seafood Dining Guide

Fish and seafood are an integral and delicious part of Italian cuisine as a large majority of Italy’s twenty regions are located along a coast. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s culinary team loves to showcase this by utilizing high-quality fish in modern Italian dishes such as the following, which are all off of the restaurant’s current seasonal seafood menu:

Fallsview Seafood Dining Options

Calamari Fritti & Octopus Carpaccio

For a seafood appetizer, guests can choose to indulge in the fresh and delicious Calamari Fritti dish as well as the Octopus Carpaccio, which is served with charred corn and house-made soppressata. Both dishes make for a great start to any meat, pasta, vegetable, or fish entree and pair well with the local white wines offered on the wine list.

Pan Seared Wild Scallops

In the way of entrees, the Pan Seared Wild Scallops served with risotto rosso, a crisp fennel slaw and blood orange maltaise are a must-try.

Seared Sterling Salmon 

Niagara Falls Seafood & Wine Pairing

 And any seafood lover is sure to enjoy the Seared Sterling Salmon served with ricotta gnudi, Sicilian relish and a charred lemon butter sauce.

West Coast Wild Halibut

features with butternut squash risotto, truffle honey prawn and scallop and salsa verte.

 

Each of the seafood dishes on the Rainbow Room’s current seasonal menu offer a delicious twist on traditional Italian favourites, and when paired with the perfect glass of wine and breathtaking views of Niagara Falls, they offer a truly unforgettable dining experience in Niagara Falls.

View our full menu at: Rainbow Room Fallsview Dining Menu

 

Amazing Massimo Capra Dining Experiences You Won’t Want to Miss

Massimo Capra’s dedication to creating world-class Italian cuisine extends beyond the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s Fallsview dining room in Niagara Falls and reaches as far as Doha, Qatar. With multiple restaurants and a number of ambitious culinary ventures on the go, his unique flair and delicious Italian recipes can be found and enjoyed at the following restaurant locations:

Boccone Trattoria

Located in Mississauga, Ontario inside Terminal 1 of the Toronto Pearson International Airport, Boccone Trattoria offers visitors fresh Italian cuisine that includes antipasti, minestre, pasta, pizza, panini, and more. A grab-and-go version of this restaurant called Boccone Pronto is also located in Terminal 1 where visitors can find and take away delicious Italian food and freshly brewed coffee.

Soprafino

Soprafino is Massimo Capra’s ambitious international venture located in Doha, Qatar at the Hamad International Airport. This “al fresco” style restaurant offers visitors a menu featuring signature Massimo Capra dishes such as minestrone soup, risotto, and tiramisu, along with a bright open-air atmosphere for a contemporary and unique dining experience.

Capra’s Kitchen

Serving lunch and dinner everyday along with weekend brunch, Capra’s Kitchen in Mississauga, Ontario is a casual restaurant that offers modern Italian fare like pasta, pizza, and antipasto. The high-quality ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible and every dish makes for a delicious and satisfying dining experience.

Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Located across the street from the thundering waters of Niagara Falls and featuring a spectacular Fallsview dining room, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers an extensive seasonal menu and remarkable wine list that showcases the very best that Niagara has to offer. The current menu features dishes like Milli-Strato Lasagna, Fettucine Bolognese, and Maple Mustard Crusted Ontario Lamb Rack, and is sure to provide visitors with a delicious and one-of-a-kind Italian meal.

Exploring Some Spectacular Staples of Italian Cooking

Italy have given us some of the finest food and wine in the world and has been influencing the way people cook and eat for many centuries. Italian cuisine is known for its simplicity in ingredients, which results in incredible flavour and taste, and is also noted for its diversity based on region. These regions have given us a wide range of staple ingredients and foods that are now beloved around the world and we’re exploring and celebrating some of our favourites:

Olive Oil – This staple of Mediterranean cuisine is produced by pressing whole olives and is widely used in salad dressings and as a cooking oil. In Italy, it is produced on a large scale in Florence and Tuscany, however the largest production happens in Apulia and Calabria. Olive oil is a core component of Italian cuisine, but has also become popular for its alternative uses like as a home skincare remedy and a base for homemade soaps.

Balsamic Vinegar – Balsamic vinegar is an Italian vinegar that has been produced since the Middle Ages in both the Modena and Emilia Romagna regions of the country. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is an inexpensive imitation of traditional balsamic vinegar and is the version that is commonly used in salad dressings and cooking. Traditional balsamic vinegar however is created from pressed Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes, with the resulting syrup being aged for a minimum of 12 years in wooden casks.

Parmesan Cheese – Also known as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Parmesan cheese is a hard cheese that is very popular in Italian cuisine and named after the areas in which it is produced – Parma and Reggio Emilia. It is also produced in other places such as Bologna and Modena and is made primarily from unpasteurized cow’s milk. Parmesan cheese is incorporated into Italian cooking in a variety of ways, some of the most common being grated on top of pasta and stirred into risottos.

Pesto – This famous sauce comes from Genoa, Italy and is most commonly made from a combination of basil, crushed garlic, salt, European pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and pecorino sardo which has all been blended together with olive oil. Pesto is often enjoyed on top of pasta and is also used in some types of minestrone.

Get a taste for some of the most innovative and delicious Italian cuisine that Niagara Falls has to offer by reserving a table at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra today. It’s an unforgettable Fallsview dining experience that’s unlike anywhere else.