Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Report from ... Get Fresh in the Valley 2012 - May 5 & 6, 2012

Back in May I had the pleasure of touring the 24 wineries taking part in the "Get Fresh in Twenty Valley" program ... an event that pairs food and wine on a passport program.  This year the Valley wineries were also giving out the recipe cards that had the 'how to' of making their little amuse, a nice touch to add to your cookbook collection.  The Valley was broken down into two parts: East and West and that's preciously how we broke it down, doing 12 wineries one day and 12 the next, then we rated the wineries on a scale of one to ten as to their performance.  Because the event is about the food and the pairing we weigh that more heavily in amassing the scores, the wine was only considered if it enhanced (or total detracted) from the food - I already know these guys and gals can make wine, the question is: can they pair that wine with an interesting food?  (to read the full article see Newsletter #185 - published 07/19/2012) ...

Arrival at our first winery of the weekend - Henry of Pelham
To eat green apple risotto balls (7.5)
Creekside's pan of mussel on the patio. (7.5)
Inside the winery at Creekside they already had a display of their haul from the Ontario Wine Awards, held the night before.
Pizza in the vineyard at Flat Rock (8)
Sue-Ann Staff sets a mean table with cured beef tenderloin and spring sprouts (7.5)
Food so good that even the dog is barking at the door for some.
Kacaba's Cashew Pate and fruit. (8)
Peninsula Ridge's winning Parsnip and Empire Apple soup ... the rose wine was too light a pairing, but the soup was awesome. (9)
Another impressive and winning dish at The Good Earth: Lamb Braciole. (9)
Rosewood's Honey Carmelized Onion and Bacon Tarte (flat bread pizza) - (7)
At Aure, Braised Ox Tail Stew served with their 2010 Umoja. (8)
Outside the walls of Magalomaniac - still wondering about the name?
Mediterranean Seafood Delight bundles (7.5)
Malivoire brings smiles to faces with their Lavender and White Chocolate Cookie - one to eat and one to take home (9)

 To read the full article about the entire weekend see Newsletter #185.

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