PICA Kitchen Party

PICA Kitchen Party

 

 

Tasting Notes from the
PICA Kitchen Party on March 2, 209

Vancouver International Wine Festival

 

If you can only go to one food and wine pairing event during the Vancouver International Wine Festival, then you should buy tickets to the PICA Kitchen Party which features delectable food from eight restaurants paired with eight great wines, plus a reception with sparkling wine and canapes. The cost of such a great event is a steal at only $99. The format is casual as you get to roam the kitchens and meet the chefs as they prepare their small plates and talk to wine principals while they pour their wonderful wines. The following are my tasting notes from the PICA Kitchen Party.
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PICA Kitchen Party

 

 

PICA Chef, reception canapes
Rutini Wines Trumpeter Extra Brut NV, Argentina ($29.99)

Hold the diabetic coma, he said as he asked for a very dry but refreshing sparkling wine oozing with tart citrus fruit and aromas of bright green apples with well-balance acidity and medium bubbles. Paired with appetizers, it awakens your wine palate with its crisp acidity and enhances the flavours of the food, not to mention the mood of the guests who know this is just the preview of tasty food and wine pairings ahead.
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Tasting Notes from PICA Kitchen Party

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PICA Kitchen Party

Food Art Music Inc. – Baked Trout

Food Art Music Inc. – Baked Trout, carrot two ways, roasted onion, dill butter sauce
Kim Crawford Signature Reserve Sparkling 2013,  New Zealand ($34.99)

“Please sir I want some more” I said, offering my wine glass for a second glass of the wonderful wine that smelt as though I just spent a day walking through lemon and peach orchards and whose elegant notes of pink grapefruit and sweet red apples lured me into submissiveness. “There is a price to be paid, the wine rep said. “Anything” I said, “I’ll do anything for another taste.”.



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PICA Kitchen Party

Shangri-La Hotel – Seared Yesso Scallop

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver – Seared Yesso Scallop, cha ca la vong, herb salad
Gil Family Estates Kentia Albarino 2017,  Spain ($26.50)

Made from Albarino grapes, this pale gold wine is so alive and crisp with gorgeous aromas of pineapple and mangoes and enthralling notes of melon, pear and peaches that I just booked my next trip to Hawaii and I’m smuggling of bottle of this to drink aboard the plane – sssssh… Absolutely great with the scallop as it doesn’t overpower the delicate flavours of any seafood.  These scallops were seared ever so lightly to retain their tenderness and delicate flavours.

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PIca Kitchen Party

pilgrimme – Kelp Custard

pilgrimme – Kelp Custard, potato, Discovery Island shellfish, grand fir
Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2017, Oregon ($31.99)

Pears, peaches and apricots, three magnificent aromas that lure you to this pale wine with its refreshing and well-balanced acidity and notes of green apple and minerality. The minerality of the wine pairs perfectly nicely with the salty-sweet flavour of the kelp.  A custard with kelp and shellfish that pleases seaweed fans and the grand fir gives it that great contrasting flavour of herbal freshness.


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PICA Kitchen Party

Royal Dinette – Hazelmere Organic Fennel with buffalo milk ricotta

Royal Dinette – Hazelmere Organic Farm’s Fresh, Seared, Fresh Fennel, Testa Farms’ buffalo milk ricotta, elderflower, celery leaf
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2017, Australia ($17.49)

Bees flock to this wine with its aromas of honeysuckle and candied ginger, while the refreshing notes of pineapple and lychee will make you glad that you bought 10 cases. An excellent choice to pair with cheese as the fruitiness of this wine goes well with the soft creaminess of the ricotta and green vegetarian elements.  Had to skip this small plate due to my lactose intolerance but my friends say it was divine.
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PICA Kitchen Party

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – BC Spot Prawn

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – BC Spot Prawn, ricotta tortellini, lemon verbena, pomelo
Minuty Chateau Minuty M de Minuty 2017, France ($26.49)

The hills are alive with the clanking of glasses as I invited all my friends for a picnic in the park with several bottles of this light pink bottle of ambrosia called Minuty Chateau Minuty M de Minute made from Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah varietals, whose aromas of red currants and oranges and notes of strawberries and peaches. The refreshing acidity makes it quite easy to drink a whole bottle by myself before I have time to offer it to my guests. #JustStepAroundMe. The sweetness of this wine goes hand in hand with the sweetness of the BC prawn and tanginess of the ricotta so well that I had two of the spot prawn and two of the wine #OinkOink.


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bon vivant catering – Braised Lamb Shoulder

bon vivant catering – Braised Lamb Shoulder, rosemary & white bean puree, sauteed kale
Chapel Hill Winery McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016, Australia ($26.09)

I found my thrill in blueberry hill where I discovered this wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz grapes with amazing aromas of blueberry and blackcurrant, licorice and dark plum flavours. The earthy elements of the wine tones down the gaminess of the lamb while the acidity tones down the fattiness.  The lamb itself was very tender and paired with white beans which is a classic French pairing and makes this dish a satisfying combo.



PICA Kitchen Party

Cacao – Morcilla, rice, sofrito
Columbia Crest Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Washington ($30.99)

No flamenco dancers were harmed in the making of this Cabernet Sauvignon wine which has a nose of leather of black cherries and layers and layers of chocolate dancing with blueberries and pomegranate to a climatic silky finish. Encore I said, as they poured me a second glass of this elegant wine. This full-bodied red wine dances in unison with the fragrant herbs and flower pedals in the Morcilla.


PICA Kitchen Party

Outer Shores – Fire Bannock, huckleberry, spruce, pine cone pepper, smoked fish

Outer Shores – Fire Bannock, huckleberry, spruce, pine cone pepper, smoked fish
Familia Zuccardi Tito Zuccardi Paraje Altamira 2016, Argentina ($47.99)

A pleasant violet colour wine with blue flecks and nose of so many fruits like blackberries, plums and dark cherries mixed with spice and even more of the same fruit on the palate making it juicy with silky tannins. The sweet fruity elements of this wine contrast the tangy taste of huckleberries while the full bodied silky elements don’t overcome the smoked fish but enhance the smokiness.  Rather clever presentation of the smoked fish.  Loved the huckleberry pairing with the bannock as I felt as though I was eating fresh bread with tangy fruit jam.

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Author

Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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