We had a quiet Day on PEI today. We prepared our vehicles for the return trip home, and we visited the town of Victoria.
Victoria is a charming town on the water, just north west of Summerside. We strolled the waterfront, and selected the Landmark Cafe for lunch.
We sat on the porch overlooking the town…
Lynda had a tuna steak sandwich; I had PEI mussels. We shared a bottle of wine from a local winery named Matos. We were so impressed with this wine that we set out after lunch to visit the winery.
Matos Winery & Vineyards is a family-owned and family-run business. In 2007, after spending much time researching the growing conditions and suitability of establishing a vineyard in PEI, Jim Matos and his family purchased a 50 acre parcel of land in St. Catherines. They applied the French concept of terroir – finding a place where the combination of soil, slope, sun exposure and the peculiar weather vagaries allow certain grape varieties to unfold their unique characteristics. To this end, they consulted with the finest European vintners who visited PEI to provide their expertise. We approve of their results!
We tasted and bought wine. We also bought a bottle of anisette – a licorice flavored liqueur. We love anise, pastis, absinthe, and the like, so we thought this would be a great bottle to have.
We returned to the Villa and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon – we walked down to the water, then jumped into Happy Hours. I pulled out my little bottle of absinthe and we taste-tasted it against the new anisette. They are nothing alike! Our opinions varied as to which one we liked better… And an enjoyable time was had by all…