Monday, November 29, 2010

Roast bone-in pork loin at The Purple Heather, Burlington...

It is superlative. Moist, über flavorful, nicely accompanied by prosciutto-wrapped polenta, topped with spinach. VB syrah rosé from Extremadura Spain is the perfect pairing.

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Is Burlington ready for a Gastro Pub? Oh yeah. The Purple Heather opening nite. Exceptional food, many exclusive wines.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Andert Josef St. Laurent to be at this Season's balls at Hofburg, Vienna.

An elegant and sophisticated light red wine that pairs with a wide variety of foods, from cheese, pizza, wurst, to roast pork. We're delighted this Neusiedler See Burgenland wine will be at the Ball Season this year.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Main Course at Whistlestop Restaurant Spanish dinner w VB winery...

Marinated Roast Fillet of Pork Studded with Chorizo sausage, smokey mashed potato, a specialllty of the area, with sauteed brussel sprouts mixed with roasted chesnuts. All the other wine pairings were perfect, but for this course the Tempranillo Crianza was a bit too robust. It sipped fabulously just after the course though.The Whistle Stop is at 7 Main St. W., Beeton ON

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Third course last night at Whistlestop: Paella paired w VB Tempranillo.

Soup was the second course. This third course was in keeping with the tradition of game meats in the Extremadura region of Spain. The Paella was with rabbit, chorizo sausage, shrimp and mussels. Talented Chef Clara Viscardi pulled it off all night. Our Spanish co-hosts kept saying how much "like home" every course tasted & smelled.Paired WINE: VB Red Tempranillo

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At Whistlestop Restaurant Spanish dinner w VB winery. Zarangollo with Serano ham and cheese sauce, first course:

This first course consisted of strips of roasted tomato and sweet red pepper topped with a soft pungent cream sauce with serano ham, imported from Spain, on the side. Piedad and Maria from VB Winery in Spain guided us through the courses and paired wines.Paired WINE: VB Syrah Rosé (Extremadura - Spain)

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In the kitchen, Whistlestop Restaurant as they line up the plates for last night's wine dinner.

Retrospective of last night, as the wireless connection was not strong enough to post.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How excellent would lunch have to be to wow seasoned foodies? Read on.

I lunched with Maria (L) and Piedad (R) from VB winery, visiting from Spain, at Ancaster Old Mill. We agreed without a doubt that this meal wowed us. We had Lake Erie Pickerel, Rack of Lamb, and a creative Pasta with mixed vegetables. Paired beautifully with Vineland Riesling & VB Vizana Tempranillo. Super experience.

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At Ancaster Old Mill with the fine folks from VB Winery, Spain. Stunning location, slow cooked food.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fresh twist in cookbooks: "Freshalicious" (eat fresh, local, healthy). Refreshingly different guide to cooking.

See . This cookbook by Stacey Focas is a fun, pleasant, visually appealing guide to creating your own local food journey & discovering your own inner chef in the process. I recommend it heartily. $29.95.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Vizana Tempranillo 2007: Ribera del Guadiano, Spain. Blockbuster affordable tempranillo crianza...

Minerality, spice, liqueur cherries, blackberries, liquorice with a hint of dark cocoa. Firm tannins, full body, long finish. Did I mention I LIKE this wine? Wow. It matched perfectly with the New York Sirloin at Al Dente this fine Friday eve!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dusk descends upon Viewpointe winery. Sublime location and facilty.

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Last nite: enjoying 1st of 4 courses at Viewpointe. Colchester Cuvée red wine star of evening.

Colchester Cuvée (08) is a blend of 3 new sustainable varieties; hardy & pest resistant grapes. Tastes like excellent Cabernet!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Chef Mary Ann of Viewpointe winery explains the harvest meal of local cuisine paired with wines.

4 courses of splendor with 05 Cab Franc, 08 Auxerroix,Colchester Cuvée, 06 Barrel fermented Chardonnay.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Patio life at Spencer's, Burlington. Delicate greens, wood oven pizza. Micro brew.

Life's good at Spencers's On The Waterfront. From earth to table, slow cooked food. Great beers, fabulous wines. Try the Grüner Veltliner or the Pinot Gris from Alsace.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Why keep drinking same old, same old red wines, I ask myself. Just cracked open an Austrian St. Laurent...

Andert St Laurent 2008. Dark violet. Bouquet of cinnamon clove roasted almonds and dried fruit. Elegant flavors of leather, spiced plum and black tea. Firm tannins. At 13.5 % it has an almost port-like quality. Cornucopia of Autumn in a glass! Very long finish.July 19, 2010.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Organic beer, ribs, poutine at Mill Street Brewpub. Distillery.

I'm having the Organic Lager, the Baroness is having Stock Ale. Nice experience with the Chicago Five in Toronto.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

At Walkers Fish Market, Burlington.

Can you say "Louisiana Baked Stuffed Oyster?"

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sitting at the lake in Niagara looking across to Toronto, contemplating which wine to pick for dinner.

Settled on Andert Grüner Veltliner for Canada Day. Well, I was born in Austria, so it gives me some license for not going Canadian. The GV is truly gruvee!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

What IS it about the nose of a Grüner Veltliner that makes it 1 of the most fascinating whites in the world?

One of the most charming sensory experiences your nose will ever come across. Candied pear, apricot, grapefruit, honeycomb, spice and sensuous Summer! An experience.

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