Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve had time to write up a new post. The business of wine gets particularly busy at this time of year for a lot of us. On top of my fantastic regular job I also had to prep for a couple of wine clubs this month. Pair that with it prepping for my favourite celebration of the year, Halloween, and I’ve had my hands full!
I was so excited when Crystal Henrickson, the Marketing Director for Yelp Canada, asked me if I’d put together a wine pairing event for all the Yelp Canada Community Managers. The event was held at Rachel Sawatzky’s Cocoa Nymph. La Taqueria was coming to0 so I was pairing with tacos and chocolate.
My budget was tight but I wanted to make it impressive so I picked wines that I knew would deliver super quality for the price point.
I’ve always been a fan of the Pares Balta Cava Brut and had served it at my own wedding years ago. For $20 at the BCLDB this organic bubble from Spain is always a crowd favourite and it feels good to support such a lovely family whose history at the winery dates back to 1790. I decided to use this as a reception wine to help stimulate appetites. It was a hit and the CM from Toronto told me she’d also used it at her wedding and had a case of it at home.
Deciding what to pair with tacos was a challenge, especially as I didn’t have the luxury of trying the foods prior to choosing. I admit to usually going with beer when it comes to Mexican food and off-dry Rieslings with spicy Asian food. I really wanted to pour a red wine though so knew it had to be something juicy, light on tannins with enough flavour to stand up to some bold taco ingredients. As the chef from La Taqueria demonstrated how to make a good Mole sauce I got a bit nervous. I kept the group topped up with Cava and watched as the chef added various chili peppers. Holy Mole!!
Luckily there were four different flavours of tacos and although the group said the Matchbook 2009 Syrah went well with all of them. I especially liked it with the vegetarian taco but it did actually work well with all of them, even the Mole one. I know that this wine is one that would normally retail for more than its $18 price tag at the BCLDB as the winery is passing on a good deal to secure this listing. The packaging has an interesting story behind it which is always something I enjoy sharing with people.
After the delicious meal of tacos the group moved to the back of Cocoa Nymph for their chance to make scrumptious truffle chocolates. Rachel led them through the process and it was fun to watch their creativity flow. If you have a chance to get a group together making chocolates at Cocoa Nymph is a great way to have fun, learn something and take home a sweet box of your hand-created treats.
Once the chocolates were in the fridge to cool the group went back to the shop front where Rachel had picked out a lovely chocolate, her unique version of a Turtle, to pair with the Gonzalez Byass Nutty Solera Oloroso that I’d picked to finish off the evening. I wanted to do something fortified and decided that this would be a great opportunity to talk about Sherry as that’s often a topic a lot of people aren’t familiar with. I don’t think anyone would have guessed that this is only $18 at the BCLDB. It was a match made in heaven.
Lindsay Elliot from lindsaysdiet.com was on hand to take photos. Follow this link to her facebook page and check out the fun that we all had. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.378030615605660.87109.208089459266444&type=1