Thursday, March 6, 2014
So, it's Thursday again and I'm looking through the list of new wines, ports and whiskeys (yes!) that I tried back in October 2013 during the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival.
One of the unique ports that I had the opportunity to try was from Taylor Fladgate Tawny Ports. The reason they are called tawny is because as these age they often take on a amber colour known as 'tawny'.
The first one I tried was the 10 year old Tawny Port. This one was very good with a sweet caramel finish. As I sipped the port it almost seemed to become more and more complex. The representative noted that the taste of port can depend on the barrel they are made in - either French oak or American. The taste can also depend on how the oak was treated. This 10 year old Tawny Port retails for about $33-35 which would be a reasonable price if you are looking at a port to add to your collection. I am thinking it would be a good port to keep around for using in small quantities for mains, desserts or paired with cheese.
As for the 40 year old port, well the name in itself certainly indicates maturity. This one was not only very rich and buttery in flavour but also lingered longer in the mouth. I can only imagine that it would pair very well with a gouda or a pecorino. Certainly, given that it is 40 years old, this port retails for $190.
As for me, I am leaning towards the 10 year old Tawny Port to add to my collection. A quick look at the Taylor Fladgate' website indicates that there are some recipes available to try and even cheese pairings!
Have you tried either of these ports? Or do you have another favourite port that you like? Let me know in the comments below!
Friday, February 28, 2014
After looking at their fairly extensive menu from pastas, salads, to paninis, we settled on two of their paninis for lunch. With it being an open kitchen, it was also super exciting to see that they had a full-sized wood-burning oven in the space! We also had the opportunity to try a slice of their thin crust pepperoni slices in the end as there were sample slices going around. Definitely a nice thin crust made with 00 flour. Nice balance to the cheese, pizza dough and the tomato sauce.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Let's head back in time to the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Fest this past October (2013) where I had the opportunity to taste test the Beringer line of wines available at the event. That night they had both whites and reds available to try.
Starting with the whites there was the Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Personally, I enjoyed the Chardonnay over the Pinot Grigio as it had a nice round taste to it and not on the dry side. The description Beringer uses is that it is a combination of "pear, apple, and ripe tropical fruit flavors, with a hint of citrus". I would say this would be a good white wine to bring over to a friend's place when having seafood such as lobster, fish or even a wine & cheese night. I am thinking a nice hard italian cheese such as the Hirten Castello would go well with it.
From the reds I tried their Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and their Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps it is my particular preferences but the Knights Valley Cab Sauvignon was more of a winner when comparing these two reds. In asking the retail price, the Knights Valley usually retails for $35-40. I would probably try this red at home first with a nice pan roasted lamb leg chop or steak bought from my local butcher prior to bringing this over to a friend's place.
What are your thoughts about Beringer wines? Have you tried this particular line or are you more partial to the other wines in the Treasury Wine Estates which includes 19 Crimes & Wolf Blass?
Monday, February 17, 2014
Snackbox, which is located out of Vancouver, has a monthly subscription service where they curate all sorts of healthy snack products available on the market. There is a holistic nutritionist that carefully chooses the products in order to ensure that there are healthier alternatives in the box compared to what we might ordinarily crave.
In Karen's post about Snackbox, she also had a coupon for $15 off. I was intrigued and decided to order a 3 month subscription for myself and at the same time send my friend in Toronto a box for her birthday (they have a gift option as well). That way we could compare snack notes as she loves snacking too.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Winefest 2014 in Edmonton is back on February 14-15 at the Shaw Conference Centre! If you have never gone, it is definitely worth going. One of the plus factors of Winefest is that you only need to pay once as your ticket is all-inclusive for the wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres, a complimentary Riedel wine glass and a Festival Guide!
There will be over 247 wines from 17 of the most renowned wine regions on attendance. So for example, if you would like to taste the entire line of 19 Crimes like I did than that is a possibility!
This year there is also a free mobile app that Winefest has available so you can make tasting notes and remember all your favourite wines. The event runs Friday to Saturday and with it being Valentine's weekend I'm sure it will be a great event to attend. Take a look at their website for more details.