Top Winemaker to Visit Bayfield Inn


BAYFIELD, Ont. – The Little Inn of Bayfield is getting ready to welcome a Niagara wine celebrity this weekend.

The guest of honour will be Sue-Ann Staff who hails from a family with a background in viticulture that spans five generations of work in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula. Currently Staff is proprietor of Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery — based on her family’s 200-year-old estate in Jordan, Ont., — and winemaster for John Howard Cellars of Distinction, producing the Megalomaniac brand in Vineland, Ontario.

After her formal education in winemaking from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, and several vintages abroad, Staff has become one of Canada’s top winemakers, winning more than 450 national and international wine awards.

John Howard’s Megalomaniac will be the co-star of the show this weekend. “Strictly a retirement project,” according to Howard, Megalomaniac wine sales help support Kids Health Links Foundation, providing computer technology to children in long-term care facilities to keep connected with family, friends and school.  

The special dinner begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. The five-course meal was specially crafted by chef Joseph Petrinac to complement five of Megalomaniac’s unique wines. Throughout the evening, Staff will share wine pairing tips and anecdotes from her experience as a winemaker. The cost is $100 per person, including the meal and the wine pairings. For more info, and the complete menu, click here.

The Little Inn of Bayfield is Ontario’s longest continually operating inn, operating since 1832. It has earned the CAA four-diamond rating for the past 14 years.


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