Venetian Wine

Venetian Wine

 

About Venetian Wine

You know you’re burnt out when you discover that you wrote your wine tasting notes under a document which you don’t remember naming “Eeeeeeeeeee” (true story). This was a fabulous of Venetian Wine food and wine pairing event featuring Valpolicella, Amarone, Ripasso , Bardolino and Prosecco wine from the region of Veneto, hosted by Vinum & Cibus Italici Consortium, organized by Town Hall Brands with food by Wildebeest.

Did you know that there are 350 grapes in Italy and that the Veneto region is well-known for producing the popular Venetian wine Prosecco and Amarone, both of which I love?  Prosecco is made from Glera grapes is produced using a method called Charmat–Martinotti where the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks than in each individual bottle, making this much less to produce than champagne and much more affordable.


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Amarone wine, on the other hand, is made from grapes dried for at least 120 days, therefore more Corvina and Rondinella grapes were harmed when making Amarone wine (sob!) and so that’s why a bottle of Amarone is expensive ($30+).  Also Amarone wine is not released until five years from the date of it was first dried, and therefore has less acidity and has a much higher alcoholic percentage of 15%+ due to the increased amount of grapes in each bottle.  In other words, more bang for your grapes and making it my favorite Venetian wine.


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Welcome

 

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Deviled Eggs with foie gras, Old Bay and Acadian Caviar – These are deviled eggs you serve at a dinner party when you are trying to impress your boss and not your cousin Lou who orders his sashimi well done. Luxurious and indulgent, when you serve this at your gathering it makes the bold statement “Martha Stewart, eat your heart out!”. You’d think the richness of the foie gras and caviar would be in their respective corners waiting to fight it out to be the main featured taste, but each individual flavour comes together harmoniously to create an epicurean version of this rustic appetizer that could easily be served at Buckingham Palace. Paired with Anna Spinato – Prosecco Brut Organic. The lively bubbles and soft acidity times down the richness of the foie gras.

She told her boyfriend to tickle her wine fancy but instead the idiot ran out and bought a big pink feather and pink fur handcuffs. But all she wanted was a lively Prosecco which smelled like a bouquet of roses and teased her tastebuds with peaches and pears while tiny bubbles danced their way to the top of her head. So she grabbed her empty bottle of Anna Spinato – Prosecco Brut Organic (BC Liquor ON SALE $16.99 + tax (usually $17.99)) and said “Fetch!”

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Antipasto Platter: It’s a platter where meat meets cheese and does a tango through spiced nuts and olives, to reach the goal of bring sandwich in between two fresh and cheeky pieces of bread smeared with spiced mustard and honey. Paired with Tinazzi Ca’ de’ Rocchi Bardolino Chiaretto Campo delle Rosé with the live fruit flavours serving as a bright contrast to the meaty flavours of the charcuterie and complementing the creamy and nutty flavours of the cheeses.


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They’ve fallen and they can’t get out! Can someone please help my boys out of my glass of vivacious Tinazzi Ca’ de’ Rocchi Bardolino Chiaretto Campo delle Rosé of sassy raspberry aromas, ripe cherry and cranberry notes and lively acidity before they drink it all on me. Buy it at Everything Wine $20.49 + tax.

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First Course

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Atlantic Smelt Housemade kimchi, avocado puree, pickles, olive oil, micro greens.  There’s nothing fishy about this dish as the smelts have a delicae flavour with the kimchi and avocado adding bright pops of heat and creaminess.  Paired with Anna Spinato Organic Rose Spumante’s red fruity flavours, this Venetian wine adds a nice pop of tart contrast.

If I could colour my world red and sprinkle it with aromas of juicy ripe pears then I would pour it in a bottle of Anna Spinato Organic Rose Spumante (BC Liquor ON SALE $14.99 + tax (usually $15.99)) because this blend of Pinot Noir, Raboso and Cabernet makes me giddy when I drink it’s playful bubbles which oozes with bright red cherries, raspberries and strawberries. A perfect pairing with a chick flick and a bag of buttery popcorn, but don’t forget the box of Kleenex.



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Heirloom vegetables Heirloom carrots & beets, pickled pumpkin, Cashel blue cheese, spiced maple granola, Douglas fir vinegar. Was it the maple granola or was it the Douglas fir vinegar that made me want to convert to be a vegetarian? Or was it the fact that the carrots and beets were cooked perfect, retaining their crispness and coupled with these subtle flavours would make any vegetarians rejoice that Wildebeest doesn’t just steam vegetables and add butter and call it a day. Paired with Canella 2016 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore which although described as extra dry, has plenty of ripe pear flavours to add sweetness to this earthy bounty.

Canella 2016 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 750ml, ($35.90 incl tax Marquis) – This dry sparkling wine with its tiny bubbles of lychee and aromas of fragrant pear won’t make me tiptoe through the tulips, but I think I can plie my way through 30 seconds of the Nutcracker Suite before I fall flat on my face into the downward tutu. Thank God I wore underwear today.


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Horse Tartar Egg yolk, pickled gherkins, shallots, whole grain mustard, La Leyenda, potato chips.  Being Asian means never having to say I’m sorry for eating each and every thing that’s put on my plate. But that’s because my mother has fed me everything from cow brains, blended chick embryos and fillet o’turtle sandwiches so I didn’t say neigh to this Horse Tartar. If you love Beef Tartar then you’ll love this because it tastes the same as Beef Tartar. But I wouldn’t recommend eating this at just any establishment unless you know it’s a restaurant that maintains high standards of food preparation, because raw meat that isn’t prepared properly can give your coli or salmonella. Wildebeest is one of those places you can trust.  Paired with Cantina Negrar 2014 Valpolicella Classico which has spicy fruit notes which add a layer of complexity to this food and wine pairing.

Cantina Negrar 2014 Valpolicella Classico (Marquis Wine Cellars $14.69+ tax).  Oh red red wine with your complex body and spicy notes of black currant, cherries amd plums, you’re so suave and smooth and you keep me company on those cold dark nights when my husband is “working late”  with his mistress.   At least until my boyfriend arrives to take your place.

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Main Course

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Game Pie: Ground elk, venison and liver, spices de Campagne, black trumpet mushrooms,puree, smoked blueberry jus.  I found this entree a little too rich for me and wished that perhaps other ingredients such as jalapeno, capers, etc. would have been added to tone down the “meatiness” or more blueberry jus as I found that the blueberry flavour did not come through for me.  Paired with Cantina Di Negrar Verona Corvina whose full body and earthy notes tone down the gaminess a notch.

Don’t put baby in the corner or on a dark shelf, because this bottle of Cantina Di Negrar Verona Corvina wants to take the stage with its 100% Corvina grapes which is usually reserved for Amarone and Valpolicella wines, and usually isn’t found alone in a bottle dirty dancing with dark cherries and plums. Its an Amarone Venetian wine in training with the same earthiness and dark fruit flavours, but with less intensity. And if the flavours don’t impress you then the price will, as it’s only $18.99 + tax at Everything Wine.



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Cache Creek Ribeye & Lobster: locally raised organic bone-in-grass-fed beef, dry aged for 40 days, served with huckleberry jus and and Roasted Crown Prince Pumpkin: Lemon, sage, grana Padano, olive oil.  I’m not a man eater but a meat eater (although you might hear rumours) and this platter of meaty goodness had me giddy in anticipation as I wondered, will the meat juices travel down the platter faster than the drool down my chin? Cooked like the way the French like it – medium rare with tender reddish pink flesh, it made me want to scream “Hallelujah”, but then I remembered that I’m an atheist. Paired with Cantina Negrar 2015 “Le Roselle” Valpolicella Ripasso whose earthiness and intense ripe blackberry notes and chewy leather tannins tone down the fattiness of the ribeye. (Marquis Wine Cellars $28.61 + tax)

Tall dark and intense with an aroma of ripe black plums and chewy leather notes, full bodied and well structured, this Cantina Negrar 2015 “Le Roselle” Valpolicella Ripasso (Marquis Wine Cellars $28.61 + tax) is a red wine worth swooning over. Unlike my last blind date who was short, squat and repulsive who reeked of nicotine odours and had a strong undercurrent of sarcasm.


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Dessert
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Alba Truffle Ganache: Smoked boar drippings, 74% dark chocolate, espresso, almond, porcini ice cream.   You have to have an adventurous palate to appreciate this dessert which has components of pig and mushrooms which in their usual format works quite well. When you put chocolate and espresso on any culinary creation, those two flavours usual dominant other ingredients into quiet submission so the porcini in the ice cream doesn’t taste as odd as it sounds. But I’d have to say that the boar dripping, which basically is remnants after cooking the boar, to me tasted like pig flavoured grease which did nothing to enhance, but rather detracted from the whole flavour adventure. I think finely minced crunchy boar bacon would have added not only texture but a more pleasurable pig enhancement.  Lose the boar, and the whole dessert works.  You can pair this dessert with Anna Spinato – Moscato Spumante Dolce Organic wine whose light sweet peaches complement the creaminess of the ice cream or Cantina di Negrar Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2015 whose intense dark fruit goes well with the dark chocolate while its earthy tones complement the porcini in the ice cream.

If you are what you eat and drink then I am 50% milk chocolate and 50% sweet sweet wine which could explain why bees follow me down the street because they know I am full of fragrant Anna Spinato – Moscato Spumante Dolce Organic wine which bursts with oodles of peaches and peaches with a persistent foam.  At only $14.99 + tax (usually $15.99 at BC Liquor), buy a whole case and forget about eating dessert.  This may be not only the most affordable Venetian wine on the list, but the most affordable dessert wine that has isn’t overly sweet and taste from pure sugar.

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Hello is anyone out there because it’s been so long since I’ve seen the sun sitting in the cellar waiting for the oak to take hold and the dark red cherry and deep purple plum flavours to intermingle with leather and chocolate. The Cantina di Negrar Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2015 (blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinellav) is a young Amarone with sweeter flavours and less body than others I’ve tasted, but like a teenager it needs time to mature and for the body to fully mature. It’s one of the most affordable Amarone that you can buy at BC Liquor ON SALE $38.99 + tax (usually $42.90).

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Author

Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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