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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

My awesome wine and dine with Chateau des Charmes wines and Hooked fish !!

Fall/Winter Menu from Hooked (with an orange-polenta-almond cake dessert and Chateau des Charmes Riesling Icewine)
Atlantic Halibut Crudo
with preserved lemon, arbequina olives, spiced candied sunflower seeds
Winter Ribollita
bay scallops, Selva shrimp, Atlantic clams
with cavolo nero, tomato, cannellini beans
paired with
-Chateau des Charmes Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine Methode Traditionnelle 2017 VQA Niagara on the Lake, $34.95 +423111 Vintages [also at winery and online]: one of Ontario's top-rated MT sparklers, nicely aged at four years. 100% chardonnay. Bottle aged on the lees for at least 2 years, with orchard fruit notes, some buttercream, citrus aromas, fresh bread, excellent mousse. Vintage dated from the 2017 harvest. 1.35g/L residual sugar. 12.7% ABV. 550 cases produced. The wine is still young and could use food pairing (such as seafood such as Atlantic halibut crudo) or more time for resolution. We had it on its own and with the Hooked menu. Quality/Price rating is 93 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
and with the ribollita
-Chateau des Charmes Gewurztraminer 2018 St.David's Bench VQA, $21.95 Vintages +453472 (also at winery and online): from older vines (22 years) in the St. David's Bench vineyards, done up in stainless steel. Alsatian in style, with concentrated fruit, off-dry on the mid-palate, spicy with a tad of bitter on the finish, great with Asiatic foods or any spicy foods. We had it with Tuscan Seafood Ribollita from Hooked. But also  wonderful as a sipper/aperitif by the deck/patio/pool/terrace/balcony. Cork finish, and it should improve over the next five years. 6 gm/L residual sugar. 12.6% ABV. 229 cases produced. Quality/price rating 91 points by Dean Tudor.

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