Snow Problem!

A Pictorial Review Of PCA UCR’s First-Ever Niagara Icewine Festival Driving Tour

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW — in a 350-horsepower sleigh?!

Yes, this was the case on Saturday, Jan. 18 when PCA UCR hosted the first-ever Niagara Icewine Festival Driving Tour. The weather forecast was ominous, “periods of snow,” the advisories difficult to ignore, “winter snowfall warning.”

But many club members were looking forward to the snowy outlook, itching to climb into their Porsches and enjoy an invigorating winter’s drive, perhaps experiencing some withdrawal from the active summer calendar. Only two Porsches were deterred, cancelling the morning of, from participating in an otherwise sold-out event featuring some great snow-covered back roads, traversing the Niagara escarpment from Stoney Creek into Niagara-On-The-Lake, with delectable food and wonderful icewine pairings along the way. In attendance were many Macan and Cayenne SUVS, a couple of Panameras, plus a late-model 911 Targa and a Cayman – both equipped with winter tires.

The pit stops included:

  • Fielding Estate Winery for jalapeno poppers
  • Henry Of Pelham Winery for a specially blended, aromatic cheese fondue
  • 13th Street Winery for an Alsatian tart filled with caramelized onion, gruyere cheese and topped with smokey bacon jam
  • Pillitteri Estates Winery for parmesan cheese-stuffed arancini balls in a sweet and spicy chili sauce
  • Peller Estates winery for housemade icewine marshmallows roasted over an open fire.

Due to the inclement weather, patience and caution were particularly emphasized in the morning safety briefing, with club members asked to leave plenty of space between Porsches for possible extended stopping distances.

PCA UCR has been hosting winter driving tours for three years now, this was the very first that actually had snow and cooler temps. And all went well — all was safe, fun and a big success. </>

Story and Photos by PCA UCR Driving Tours

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