Sure it's a gold-medal winner from this year's SavorNW Wine Awards. Sure, it's wallet-friendly, ringing in at just $13.50. And sure, it's grown, produced, packaged, and sold locally. But, best of all, it is bright, well balanced, and delicious.
Read my notes in this month's Sipping Vines column in the Abbotsford News. Also, give the recipe from Lepp Farm Market a try. The tang of the feta cheese and tomatoes, along with the spicy fennel, garlic, and pepper flavours, and the salty-sweetness of the shrimp will work perfectly with this rosé.
Over the next few months, I will pair a wine to whatever recipe the good folks at Lepp Farm Market decide to share. This promises to be delicious fun--for me and my friends and family--as I try a variety of wines from all over the world, including B.C.'s Okanagan and Fraser Valley wine regions, with the food and then pick the best of the bunch to share with you.
I've always said that any wine is better when shared and I love that Lepp Farm Market tags its The Farmer and the Foodie segment with the same sentiment.
Give the recipe a try, pour the wine, and tell me what you think.
Here is my wine column as it appeared in the September, 2012 issue of My City, a monthly magazine in the Abbotsford News one week before I took off for three wine-and-sun drenched days in the Thompson-Okanagan at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.
I had a number of great experiences during [the recent] Fraser Valley Food Show
at Tradex, but especially memorable was when participants in my wine-tasting
seminar turned into blue-cheese-with-sweet-wine believers.
Many thanks to all of you who answered my six not-too-tough wine-related questions and were entered to win two tickets to this year's Fraser Valley Food Show at Tradex in Abbotsford, Sept. 14 – 16. It was interesting to read your selections and obvious that you put some thought (and research!) into your answers.
Congratulations Harjit, Shirley, and Erin! You each win two tickets. I'll have them waiting for you at the will-call booth.
If you have the time while at the show, I'd love to swirl and sip some wine with you at one of my seminars.
things a little bit differently this year by tasting wines alongside some delicious cheese
or sausage at many of my eight presentations.
Pairing food with wine in a seminar setting really helps people understand some of the wine-tasting concepts often referred to as rules. The more I learn, the more I'm able to share with my audiences. It never fails that when my audience learns something new, I end up learning more. Learning about wine just never ends.
And, as many of you know, I
get excited when the conversation turns to anything remotely concerning wine
and frequently suffer the raised-eyebrow stares of other guests around a dinner
table when I swiftly and surely deliver myself to cork-dorkdom.
Such is my fate. <le sigh>
local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors,
retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will be featured at
this 2012 food extravaganza formerly known as Eat! Fraser Valley.
And this year's high-powered lineup of presenters include Real Housewives of Vancouver star Reiko MacKenzie, Spice Goddess Bal Arneson and executive chefs from Granville Island, Penticton, and Kamloops.
So, back to the contest.
All you have to do to be entered to win one of three pairs of tickets to this year's Fraser Valley Food Show is answer all six of these questions. There is no right or wrong answer.
What wine would you choose to pair with a pungent gorgonzola cheese?
What wine would you choose to pair with a spicy chorizo sausage?
What wine would you choose to pair with a bowl of freshly buttered popcorn?
What food would you choose to pair with a big California Zinfandel?
What food would you choose to pair with a crisp and light Pinot Grigio?
What food would you choose to pair with a Bordeaux-style red wine?
Submit your answers in a comment on this blog post by 6:00 PM Wed., Sept. 12. I'll draw the winners and then announce them by email and on this blog on Thursday. Please be sure you include your first and last name and email address when you enter. Then remember to check this blog on Thursday to see if you've won. I will leave the tickets for you at the Will Call window at the show.
Here are some suggestions for those who live in the Fraser Valley or those who don't mind driving here. As I write this, there are still some Valentine's Day dinner seatings left, but if by the time you write or call you can't get a reservation, I highly recommend you try another date and simply share some oysters and wine with your lover on February 14.
The wine was cheery and refreshing, with green apples, pears, chalk, and just a hint of roses and tarragon on the nose and palate.
For dinner, we enjoyed the pork tenderloin I had picked up from Lepp Farm Market earlier in the day while in Abbotsford.
I made a rub from the herbs I had grown, dried, crushed, and stored earlier in the season (rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, garlic, plus added sea salt and black pepper), a little olive oil, and some grainy Dijon mustard, and then roasted the meat until it reached just a light pink in the middle.
I'm always shouting how pork and Pinot are made to go together...this time, though, it's Gris rather than Noir.