Wine and food pairing at the Hamilton St. Grill

14 Oct

A couple of weeks a go I was lucky enough to win two tickets to the Hamilton St. Grill’s monthly wine and food pairing. It is a early evening event that happens about once every month, usually showcasing a different vineyard and the amazing works of chef Neil Wyles and the other cooks at the HSG. This month, they were featuring 8th Generation Vineyard The food is just a sampling but you get enough that you feel full!

They sat us down at a long table which had about 10 people per side. The restaurant was empty at this time, making for a very intimate atmosphere.

We started off with a new release for the winery. A Chardonnay Frizzante style paired with prosciutto wrapped asparagus with crumbled goat cheese (mine didn’t have the prosciutto as I am vegetarian). I forgot to take a picture of the food because I was getting so hungry, but I got a shot of the wine which was so lovely! I would highly recommend taking a look at 8th generation’s website and purchasing this! at only $20 it is a bargain! This is the description from their website:
“You can easily call it BC’s “PROSECCO”. This bubbly is definitely the best start for brunch, dinner and everything in between. No oak, all pure fruit with a remarkable peach bouquet and a fresh & creamy mouth-feel.”

This Chardonnay also came in a very interesting frosted glass bottle which you can sort of see in the below photo of the Riesling! Or take a look at their website.

Moving on the the 2nd pairing we enjoyed a delicious Riesling with a scallop tartar. (I was made a delicious salad of baby arugula, candied pecans, and herbed goats cheese! YUM!)

The bottle

The Riesling was actually my favorite! I don’t usually enjoy white wines, but the apple flavour was lovely. It was not too sweet and dry enough that I truly enjoyed it. The taste paired with the salad was delicious!
Here is the description from their website:
“Intense exotic fruit aromas from our +20 year old vineyard greets your nose. Notes of mango, ripe pear & baked apple on the palate.”

Last but not least was the Merlot, which was my least fav wine, paired with THE BEST Gnocchi I have ever had! The wine was not superb on its own, but paired with this melt in your mouth gnocchi it was a match made in heaven! I have been dreaming about their gnocchi since this evening actually! I wish it was on their menu. The carmalized onions, mushrooms and some sort of sour cream was amazing!
The Merlot is also a new release, here is the description from the website:
“Pretty young but with a little bit of patience soon BLACK – BOLD & fruity! Rich black cherry fruit and cassis on the nose. A hint of spice and dark chocolate follow on the palate. The Merlot is full of character and an athletic body. The “Ironman” of our wine family. Aged 10 month in French oak barriques. Unfiltered. 433 cases produced.”

I would highly recommend getting on the Hamilton St. Grill’s mailing list to find out about the next event! The tickets are just $25 which really cannot be beat! Its a great time, a great way to meet new people and all and all a lot of fun!
Follow the HSG and 8th Generation on twitter @HamiltonStGrill @8thGenVineyard
You can also follow me on twitter @VancityAmy

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