WYKwinos Report No. 10

Date/Time: 11th November 2010, 7 p.m. (roughly 3 hours)

Place: 皇子海鲜酒家, near McCowan & Steeles

1st Bottle Cusumano Insolia
Varietal: Insolia Winery/Producer: Cusumano S.P.I.
Type: White Wine Year: 2009
Cost: $11.95 Region: Sicily, Italy
Food to pair: 黃旗班翅 LCBO #: 173336
Remarks: This wine is crafted 100% from the Insolia (aka Inzolia) grape, a Sicilian specialty. Medium straw-gold in colour, it serves up ripe pear, McIntosh apple, heady floral notes and hints of a briny sea breeze. Dry, medium bodied, textured and mouth-filling, with a gentle fruit core following through to a pleasantly refreshing finish. Enjoy as a sipper, or alongside chicken or pork kebabs with a pesto glaze.
2nd Bottle Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer
Varietal: Gewurztraminer Winery/Producer: Maison Pierre Sparr & Successeurs
Type: White Wine Year: 2009
Cost: $16.50 Region: Alsace, France
Food to pair: 冬瓜環 LCBO #: 373373
Remarks: A classic of the genre, this wine borders on blowsy and perfumed, but it captures an interesting delicacy on the palate, as well. It is a bit soft, sweet and warm, with classic flavours of lychee, apricot, yellow plum, honey and pepper. Excellent length. Try it with curries.
3rd Bottle Sogrape Vila Regia Reserve
Varietal: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca Winery/Producer: Sogrape
Type: Red Wine Year: 2008
Cost: $12.00 Region: Portugal
Food to pair: 美極龍蝦 LCBO #: 613950
Remarks: A substantial, maturing red with a complex nose of ripe, almost dried cherry, foresty cedar and earthy scents, licorice and some lifted oak spice. Medium-full bodied, fairly dense and well structured with dry tannin and firm acidity. But there is surprising flavour richness and density as well. Very good length.
4th Bottle Château De Fontenelles Cuvée Renaissance
Varietal: 55% Syrah, 30% Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre Winery/Producer: Thierry Tastu
Type: Red Wine Year: 2006
Cost: $19.95 Region: Languedoc, France
Food to pair: 炸子雞 LCBO #: 148692
Remarks: This blend, dominated by 55% syrah, will take you straight to the south of France. It really shows off the ripe, floral side of the variety with pronounced violets and candied violets, and beguiling sweet black berry and black raspberry character. The palate is fullish and framed by dusty tannins, while peppery flavours take over on the long finish. Tame the rustic edge with some protein and decant one hour before serving.Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2008 Concours des Grands Vins de France.
5th Bottle Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz
Varietal: Shiraz Winery/Producer: Grant Burge
Type: Red wine Year: 2008
Cost: $19.95 Region: South Australia, Australia
Food to pair: 蒜香蘑菇牛肉 LCBO #: 725127
Remarks: From a historic single vineyard at the southern end of the Barossa, this deep purple Shiraz is bursting with ripe berry, lifted floral and coconut aromas. This is a rich and opulent wine with a chewy texture, and ripe, juicy, mixed-berry and vanilla flavours balanced by firm, grainy tannins leading to a lengthy finish. It’s a ‘wow’ wine that always impresses. Decant and serve with rare roast beef au jus or rack of lamb, or cellar this big boy for up to 6 years.
Accompanying Dishes
黃旗班翅 冬瓜環 美極龍蝦
黃旗班翅 冬瓜環 美極龍蝦
龍蝦膏蒸蛋 炸子雞 蒜香蘑菇牛肉
龍蝦膏蒸蛋 炸子雞 蒜香蘑菇牛肉
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