Last week a box of wine arrived at my doorstep. This week I drank that box of wine. Well, not all of it, and not all by myself. I had a little help from Nita, Julie and a few others... nothing wrong with celebrating a little West Coast sunshine in a bottle, on a cold Ontario winter's night.
Here's a line up of what we tasted, in no particular order:
2010 Quail's Gate Chardonnay $20.95
-ripe pear and yellow apple with a touch of spice; the medium body is balanced with some acidity; a great deal
2011 Gray Monk Gewurztraminer $19.95
-there's something delicate about this wine with orange peel, roses and a tart finish
2010 Mission Hill Family Reserve Chardonnay $19.95
-vanilla, nutmeg, baked apple and a rush of caramel on the palate; silky spicy finish
2008 Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin $45.95
-earthy, leafy, plumy, pruney; some texture in the mouth and a long
2008 Eau Vivre Pinot Noir $24.95
-light and crisp with bright cherry flavours complimented by violets on the nose and tobacco on the finish
2009 Mission Hill Quatrain $44.95
-yummy dried fruit, pepper, smoke; this is an inky enticing wine with a round mouthfeel and a long finish
This Thursday at 8pm we'll be tweeting some tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and other impressions of the wines at the hashtag: #ONtastesBC
And these might be the craziest appetizers I've ever made.
Bacon wrapped bread sticks.
As my kitchen comes together I have been pulling cookbooks out of storage, putting them on ONE central shelf, organising. In the basement I discovered a binder of recipes that I inherited, from Dave's father, with all kinds of fun recipe clippings circa 1970. To make these, take a bread stick (I used the smaller, bite sized ones) wrap a little bacon around it and pop it in the oven until it looks done.
I thought they'd be all soft and soggy, but they are actually crunchy little cocktail snacks. Brilliant. Kind of like meaty bits and bites. They were good with the Pinot Noir, but Dave had one in his mouth and was rummaging in the liquor cabinet for some whisky last time I saw him.