Sunday, November 2, 2014

Report from ... Wrapped Up in the Valley - November 1, 2014

It's back, the annual Wrapped Up in the Valley, the Twenty Valley Wineries holiday smorgasbord of food and wine - okay so not as much a smorg as a wine and food pairing extravaganza, where each winery on the passport program tries to tempt your tastebuds with fancy food selections and delectable wines.

As I have said in the past, these events are less about the wine and more about the food, heck if you wanted to go for the wine you have 25 other weekends in the year to do that - so obviously it's the food that is bringing you out.

We (the wife and I) scan through the 24 selections on offer and decide which to visit.  Knowing there are 24 in total you can't do them all properly in the weekend, so you pick one's that appeal to you the most - let's face it, not all selections appeal to everyone so it is best to pick the stuff you think you might like.  

We chose the following 12 to visit:  13th Street Winery, Cave Spring Cellars, Creekside Estate Winery, Flat Rock Cellars, The Good Earth Food & Wine Company, Henry of Pelham, Stoney Ridge Estate Winery, Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, Tawse Winery, Vineland Estates Winery, Vieni Wines and & Spirits.

They can't all be winners so below you'll find our top selection in no particular order ...

Starting our day ...
Our Top 5 Selections ...

The Good Earth Wine & Food Company
pairing 2012 Cabernet Franc with
Tuscan White Bean Soup, Tomato and Bacon Mist and Crumbled Frico
"this is definitely something we'll try to make at home"

Vieni Wines & Spirits
2012 Gamay Noir (my own selection) with
Rigatoni alla Buscaiola (wild mushroom and sausage)
"nothing beats homemade pasta and the sauce was very tasty"

Vineland Estates Winery
2012 Chardonnay Musque (seemingly an odd choice) with
Chorizo Sausage, Roasted Garlic Aioli with Pickled Cabbage
and Niagara Gold on a Challah Bun
"the pairing really worked and the bun to filling ratio was perfect"

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery
2012 Riesling, Loved by Lu paired with what seems like the usual:
(but always with a twist) Gourmet Grilled Cheese, this year it had
Applewood Smoked Cheddar topped with Momma Staff's Sweet and Savoury Raisin Sauce ...
this seems to be a perrennial thing at Staff's winery, but something new is done every year.
"Momma Staff sure knows how to grill the hell out of a Grilled Cheese, if you're gonna make
a classic you gotta do it right ... and she really does"

Creekside Estate Winery
2011 Laura's Red paired with
Braised Beef and Ermite Blue Cheese Crumbled Tartlet
"plenty of filling and not too much tart - [we'd] have this again"
The event continues through the month of November on both the weekends of the 8 & 9 and 15 & 16 ... you can check out the event and all the details right here and tickets can be purchased here. 

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