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Autumn road trip: Niagara-on-the-Lake

Two things I learned from doing a little wine-tasting in Niagara-on-the Lake: One, a good icewine is truly fabulous, and two, just because you can get grapes from a Cabernet Sauvignon vine doesn’t mean you can make good wine from them. I visited the town six years ago during a road trip that started in Toronto, wound around the western end of Lake Ontario to the spectacular Niagara Falls and the charming Niagara-on-the-Lake. I experienced all the greatest hits: the falls, the Shaw theater festival, and local wine-tasting. Autumn is a great time to see the place -- it’s harvest season, the leaves are changing color, and the Shaw Festival runs well into October.  If that whets your appetite, read this story by Beth Harpaz, Associated Press travel editor. But stick to the wine grapes that like the cool climate, including pinot noir and riesling.