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CHCH TV Easter Wine and Food Pairing, with Annette Hamm March 23

Our Easter Wine and Food Pairings The Wine Ladies CHCH TV Morning Live

The Wine Ladies on CHCH TV Morning LIVE with Annette Hamm.

CHCH TV Appearance Easter Wine and Food Pairings.

CHCH TV Appearance Easter Wine and Food Pairings.

Happy Easter Everyone! Watch the episode here!

Original airdate March 23, 2013

 As we know Easter is a time when family and friends get together usually surrounded with some wonderful dishes, and in many cases delicious wines of course.We thought we’d share with everyone a couple of wonderful dishes, our second office…from our office away from the office home Wholefoods Market in Oakville…. always freshest, organic foods, delicious recipes… thank you to France, Chef Ron and the whole crew! Our Good Friday or Sunday Easter brunch to include a Citrus Glazed Salmon with Fresh Herbs, Lamb Shepards Pie topped with mashed potatoes, a selection of cheese and a choice of Vanilla or Chocolate Bunny cakes! What a cornucopia of delicious treats.

With these plates we’ve selected a range of wines, from $12.00 to $20.00, nothing here is over the $20.00 mark, all super value wines, versatile and with an international flair!

Well nothing says celebration like a glass or two of bubbly, from Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine. Its also a wine that is perfect for a table that has a large variety of dishes as it is one that is very versatile and will compliment a bountiful Easter table with many foods and flavours. We found one  doesn’t have to break the bank too.With a nod to our own back yard, we’ve got a sparkling here called Lily CEV Signature Series, by Colio Estate Wines in keeping with the theme of Easter…

Lily CEV Signature Series -Limited Edition wines,VQA sparkling  wine by Colio Estates Wines

Price: $17.95. Can be purchased at the Colio Wine Boutiques ( 14 locations across Ontario, one in Hamilton, two in Burlington) as well as the LCBO store locations.

Tasting/info:100% Riesling, also a very versatile grape variety with notes of fresh apple, lemon and a creamy finis  start the party off right

Winery/Region: Colio estate Wines  first opened their doors in 1980, one of the first to get their winery licence after prohibition. Located in lesser known region of Lake Erie North Shore, in Ontario. The region has the same latitude as Tuscany in Italy.

On Good Friday many folks choose to eat fish for today and we have here a magnificent Citrus Glazed Salmon, marinated in fresh orange and orange zest sauce, then baked and with herbs including parsley and chives.

Our wine pairing for this magnificent dish include a selection of two (2) white wines, the Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Chile, Fielding Estate Winery Riesling 2011  plus for the red wine lover at your Easter table form California, the Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2011.

Here we’ve brought in a super value Sauvignon blanc, we’ve just returned from Chile, and although the country may be long and skinny, it is big and fat on flavour and great value! This Sauvignon Blanc pairs great with this preparation, with notes of juicy grapefruit, fragrant citrus, good acidity with a touch of herbal notes, a natural for the salmon.

Santa Rita Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $14.95. Available at the LCBO

Tasting/info: Sauv Blanc pair great with this preparation, with notes of juicy grapefruit, fragrant citrus, good acidity with a touch of herbal notes,a natural for the salmon.

Winery/Region:Founded in 1880, stunning property in very important Maipo Valley.The grapes from Casablanca region of Chile, one of the finest producing regions in the world for white wines.

Curtis Fielding crowned Grape King

Fielding Estate Riesling 2016

Price: $19.95. Can be purchased at the winery or the LCBO

Tasting/info:Will also pair lovely with the salmon, shares the wonderful citrus notes, a little peach, delicious, also good acidity.We do Riesling really well here, Fiedling is located in Beamsville, Niagara.

Not always white wine with fish…. for the red wine lover, we have a California Pinot Noir from Chateau st. Jean                        

Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir

Price: $19.95, 

Tasting/Info:New California appelation Pinot from this Sonoma based winery.The wine is supple, smooth, slightly soft Pinot with cran-raspberry fruit and dried herbs

Moving onto the next dish, one of the more popular dishes for Easter often involves lamb, whether a leg roasted, rack or like we have here Whole Foods favourite, fresh Lamb Sheperds Pie, sauteed with onions and fresh herbs,thyme parsley, cheese and topped off with a mound of mashed potatoes. Our selection includes a Malbec from Argentina as well as a Carmenere from Chile, having just come back from those regions we are Mad about Malbec in Mendoza and Crazy for Carmenere in Chile.

Our recent trip to Argentina included a trip to Callia in San Juan province. Here vineyard manager Gustavo Matocq explains the terroir that delivers such a beautiful Malbec.

Callia Alta Malbec 2012

Price:$10.90. Available at the LCBO

Tasting/info: Medium bodied, smooth, clear deep ruby colour, blackberry, plum,hints of oak and spice.

Winery/Info: Callia, is located in province of San Juan,Argentina, it is one of the wineries of Salentein Family of Wines with properties in Mendoza. San Juan 2nd largest wine region in Argentina after Mendoza.

 Another awesome wine pairing with the Lamb Shepherds Pie is the “hottest” grape to come from that long and skinny country Chile, the Carmenere. Our pick the MontGras Reserva Carmenere 2011. Our  recent trip to Chile included a visit to MontGras.

MontGras Reserva Carmenere

Price: $11.95 Available at the LCBO.

Tasting/info:The Mont Gras Properties, have vineyards in 3 major Chilian wine regions, this one from Cochagua, known for producing high quality Carmenere and Syrah.The vineyards are protected by         coastal mountain range and Andes, ideal meditteranean climate, rich in color, aroma, taste with soft round tannin. The wine is spicy, medium body, fruity, ripe fruit sweetness,with hint of                               vanilla, and toasty flavours.

And if you are feeling in the mood for something French, back to those mediterrean climate varietals and wines, we have here from the Cotes du Rhones  just released beginning of this month

La Coterie 2009 Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages

Price:$16.95. Available at the LCBO. A Vintage released March 2013.

Tasting/info:From the village of Seguret, grapes grenache and syrah. Medium weight, bodied, with raspberry and blackberry fruit with spicy notes, round on the palate, good length, good fruit,with touch of herbal notes. Great with lamb once again|

 Onto “les fromage….” brought in 3 today, courtesy of cheese spcialist Sandra from Whole Foods Oakville, all Canadian and all very different,Comfort Cream, Blue Haze and a hard grainier cheese the Toscano.

Comfort Cream made in Niagara by the Upper Canada Cheese Company. Camenbert-style soft white bloomy rind cheese with silky creamy golden interior,intense buttery palate, and long tangy finish. Delish with the Wolf Blass Chardonnay

 Wolf Blass Chardonnay, Australia

Price: $15.95. Available at the LCBO.

Tasting/info: Everyone knows Wolf Blass, one of the most successful brands, great value, reliable and excellent with this cheese.Full bodied, rich, tropical fruit, rich with buttery oak aromas,hint of spice, echoes creaminess of the cheese.

A little blue goes great with a little sweet! Icewines are beautiful with this cheese and the Inniskillin Vidal Icewine is an excellent choice.

This is a smoked blue cheese, made from cow’s milk, that is produced by the the monks at the Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac in Quebec. Blue Haze is aged 10 weeks at the Abbaye then it is shipped to Provincial Fine Foods in Toronto. There it is packaged in Cryovac to set the curds and it is held for 4 weeks to firm. After that, it is transported to Hansen Farms in Cayuga, Ontario for smoking. The journey is worth it. The result is a smokey rind that transitions into a creamy salty and sweet center enhanced by the special tang and flavor of the blue veins. It all comes together so nicely.

Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2011

Price $49.95 Available at the LCBO and at Inniskillin in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Tasting Notes/info: The 1989 vintage of this Icewine won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Vinexpo and put Canada on the global wine map. Delicious creamy peach, candied citrus peel and honey flavours. Delectable with raspberry mousse, pear tart or an assertive cheese such as Gruyère. A little blue goes great with a little sweet! Icewines are beautiful with this cheese.

 Monforte Toscano, produced by Monforte Dairy located in Stratford pasteurized, sheep firm, natural rind, pressed, cooked.

Speri Pigaro Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2015

Price: $12.95. Available at the LCBO. Vintage release March 16th, 2013.

Tasting/info: Medium bodied, fruity, ripe fruit, cherry, bit of spice. Smooth tannins,savory, rich, complex ripasso style – “repassed”literally, adding unpressed skins of Amarone, giving further body, intesity, flavour. Awesome with this cheese reminds us  a bit of peccorino  from Italy. region: Valpoliceela in Veneto, up to 70% corvina grape Classico (original Val zone, superiore min alc 12%

Onto the Wine Ladies withthe biggest sweet tooth, bigger than those Easter Bunnnies! I love cake! And here we have two gorgeous Easter cakes, almost too pretty to cut into…all natural ingredients, handmade Whole foods bakery…

  Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Icewine 2008

Price: $99.95  Available at Inniskillin in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Tasting/info: Most people think of icewines being made out of typical white grapes, Vidal and Riesling but here we’d love to share with you an incredible icewine made with Cabernet Franc grapes.Soft crimson in colour, our Cabernet Franc Icewine displays alluring aromas of raspberry and plum with hints of figs. Full bodied, the intense flavours of berries and rhubarb marry with a touch of pepper and spice on the extended silky finish.

Our beautiful wardrobe courtesy of reknowned Canadian Designer Ross Mayer

Georgia and Susanne enjoy an IceHouse Sparkling Slushie with Cityline TV host Tracy Moore

Discover the joy of bubbly! The Wine Ladies visit Cityline TV!

 The Wine Ladies on set with TV host Tracy Moore of Cityline TV.

Discover the joy of bubbly… budget bubbly too! Make your Valentine’s Day sparkle.

A very big thank-you to Canadian designer Ross Mayer for dressing us and making us look our very best!

Ahhh… the secrets of bubbly from around the world! From Champagne to Cava to Sekt and Prosecco, the gentle mousse of these wines titillate the palate and tickle the nose! The flavours range from toasty biscuit and almond to zesty citrus and luxurious peach! Learn the story of the vessel from which you sip, including the coupe, the flute and the tulip! Finally a few favourites for you and your Valentine. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Sparkling wines are made all over the world, but not all created equal! Rules, rules and more rules! A matter of geography, a mattter of method, of grapes and of taste!  Lets unveil the sleuth in us and uncover bubbly, from fizzante to sparkling to Champagne!

Indeed we cannot group all bubbly into one big bubble! Sparkling wines go by differnet names depending on their origin, how they are made, and which varietals that use to make it.

Meanwhile before the show…..

Champagne, for instance can only be called champagne if it is made in the Champagne region located in the north-east of France, a mere hour away from “gay Paris”.

The methodolgy (Methode Traditionnelle) is meticulous, costly and time consuming.

The secondary fermentation, responsible for the bubbles… must take place in the bottle, after a still wine has been embellished with a touch of sugar/syrup and/or water and yeast. It is then capped with what looks like a coca cola cap. The fermenation begins and millions and millions of tiny bubbles will be the end result when it is finally time to pop the cork. Scientists with lots of time on their hands have counted… or estimated  approximately 49 million bubbles! Vintage Champagne has to be aged for 36 months in the bottle requiring much patience and euros. The aromas and flavours of Champagne are seductive, characterized by a variety of distinctive toastiness, citrus, bisquit and brioche, with notes of almond and the elegant lively mousse. Simply devine!

Our choice: VEUVE CLICQUOT  VEUVE CLICQUOT BRUT CHAMPAGNE   LCBO 563338  Price $ 67.85  http://www.veuve-clicquot.com

Our journey continues to Spain, where most of the sparkling is produced in the Penedes region, a brief car ride from Barcelona. Cava is what they call their sparkling wines, and they must also be produced in the “Methode Traditionnelle” as it is done in Champagne. Cava represents some of the finest value sparkling wines on the market today. Flavours can range from floral to apple and even notes of an earthy mushroom. Teriffic value bubbly starting as low as $10.00!

Our choice: MUGA  MUGA CONDE DE HARO BRUT CAVA VINTAGES 168559 Price $ 19.95   http://www.bodegasmuga.com              

We deviate from the Methode Traditionnelle to the Charmat method or tank method of producing sparkling wine, which has the secondary fermentation taking place in bulk in a pressure tank. The advantage to the Charmat process is that it is cheaper, faster and less labour intensive.

Two other wine growing regions producing sparkling wines using this method are Germany and Italy.

German speaking countries refer to their sparkling wines as Sekt. The base wine can actually come from another country, often France and Italy or others. Although Riesling is the predominant varietal this is not regulated. If a sparkling wine says “Deutscher Sekt” on the label, this means the base wine comes from Germany. The small amount of Deutscher Sekt that is made by the traditional method tends to consist of riesling, chardonnay, or the pinot varieties.

Our choice: Dr. LOOSEN  LOOSEN BROS. DR. L. SPARKLING RIESLING   VINTAGES 296095  Price $ 13.95   http://www.drloosen.com

Finally, everyone has heard of Prosecco, that delightful, lively bubbly that hails from the Italian region of Veneto! Prosecco refers to the style of the wine, and up untill 2009 the grape. This changed in 2009 and is now called Glera.

Prosecco, leading the charge in the tremendous growth in the sparkling wine category is characterized by light, persistent fruitiness, floral, apple, pear and a gentle mousse. Wonderful budget bubbly to be sure! What’s the difference between frizzante and sparkling? It all depends on how much pressure is in the bottle, frizzante has softer and fewer bubbles, “frizzante” is simply fizzy!

Our choice: FOSS MARAI EXTRA DRY PROSECCO   VINTAGES 729392   Price $ 19.95

We end with a nod to one of our own sparkling wines, from Lake Erie North Shore, the Girls’ Night Out sparkling, produced with the Riesling grape. Delivering green apple with a citrus zest and a creamy, silky frothy finish. Delish!

Our choice: Colio Estate Winery   GIRLS’ NIGHTOUT SPARKLING VQA  LCBO 215632 Price $ 14.95   http://www.girlsnightoutwines.com

We embrace the versatility and celebration of bubbly with this delectable Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine Sparkling Slushie, as we toast with Tracy! Recipe courtesy of Karen McFarlane of The Ice House Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This sumptious icewine with rich raspberry, black currant and long finish is the perfect partner for the topping of our rose sparkling wine from Konzelamann Estates.

Our choice:

The Ice House Winery  Northern Ice 2011 Cabernet/Dornfelder Signature Series Red   Price:$70.00   http://www.theicehouse.ca

Konzelmann Estate Winery  KONZELMANN ROSE METHODE CUVE CLOSE VQA  LCBO 184176  Price $ 16.20   http://www.konzelmann.ca/index.php

The Ice House Sparkling Slushie

200ml The Ice House Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine – Chilled

8 to 10 ice cubes

100 ml  of Canadian Sparking Rose – Chilled

Serves 4

Place ½ of the ice cubes in a blender and cover with 100 ml The Ice House Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine, mix, then add remaining ice cubes and Icewine and finish blending.

Pour into martini glasses and add 25 ml  of Canadian Sparking Rose to create bubbles on top

Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Georgia’s Wine Pick.