Terrific event last night – Pick your Poisson

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    Alex Bielak

    The Niagara Chapter hosted a terrific event where three blind whites were matched with 3 seafood courses apiece.

    It was an excellent lesson in how food can change one’s view of the wine.

    This was the Menu:

    Fried, Panko crusted crab cakes topped with a tarragon aioli.
    Lobster mousse with chive butter on crostini
    Oyster Rockefeller served on a stick

    Main courses:

    1. Pan fried perch on polenta fries with tomato tapenade, mushy wasabi peas and tartar sauce.
    2. Lobster and chanterelle mushroom risotto topped with fresh pecorino cheese.

    3. Moules frites done in a curry and sweet soy sauce with fresh bread

    Mango spice cake topped with an apple and cinnamon compote.

    the wines with the perch were in order of popularity 2011 Lamothe Vincent Sauv-Semillon, 2007 Jackson Triggs Sauv-Semillon Meritage and 2007 Creekside Sauv Bl/Chard etc.

    The Creekside appeared again (sneaky organizers with the Lobster and carried the day over a 2010 wine from Spain (did not catch the name – it was a noisy event) and a 2009 Five Rows Pinot Gris.

    The salty mussel course saw a Viognier Grenache (2009 Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge) as the winner. Our table chose the (re-appearing Pinot Gris as second place (the majority placed it third) and a 2008 Pierre Sparr Gewurzt Reserve as 3rd.

    All in all a splendid evening and kudos to the organizers for a lively and tasty evening.

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