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