This time I was at the gallery because Frank was celebrating the Americas with a winetasting. An exquisitely prepared meal with thoughtful wine pairings had me relishing every bite and sip. Everything was beautifully plated and presented, and the chef and sommelier introduced each course and then visited the guests at table to answer questions and make small talk.
I got a chance to try new combinations and ingredients that were brand new, thinking of simpler versions to try at home. Apparently you can pick up packaged sugar cane at Metro - an ingredient I'll keep my eye out for, since it helps make fabulous cocktails. Charred octopus with malbec was amazing, changing the experience of the wine by softening tannins.
Definitely will get some Cuvee Catherine for a summer celebration. The wait staff greeted us with this as we arrived and it was perfectly chilled to cool us down on a hot summer afternoon. The Sauv-Blanc was also a delicious surprise - great on its own and paired with the salad.
A wonderful evening with Kaarina, Grace and Kirsti, although I did pay for my excess the following day at work by moving a bit more slowly than usual. I blamed it on the heat.
CUVEE CATHERINE / CANADA
Henry of Pelham
sparkling rose made in the Champagne style
CAIPRINHA / BRAZIL
cachaca & half a lime in wedges muddled with white sugar, ice and sugar cane
mahi mahi & wahoo
PASSION FRUIT PISCO SOUR / PERU-CHILE
pisco, passion fruit puree, simple syrup, lemon juice & eggwhite
summer squash & peach
SAUVIGNON BLANC / CHILE
Cartegena Casa Marlin 2012
crisp acidity and tropical fruit flavour
puffed tripe, local grains
MALBEC / ARGENTINA
Terra Rosa Mendoza 2012
The nose is full with ripe almost sweet blackberry fruit tones that are tempered by that 'stony' quality one finds in the high altitude and rocky vineyards of the Valle de Uco
blood sausage, grilled scallion, asado king oyster mushroom, fingerling potatoes, chimichurri
CABERNET SAUVIGNON / USA
Ray's Station Mendocino 2012
The palate has flavours of boysenberry, blackberry and wild cherry.
"I Had Too Much Ice Wine Sugar Pie"
pet de noones, plum chomeur sauce