BBQ Wines and Small Plates at Canvas RestoBar

Monday, June 8, 2015

Reported by Robert White

Twenty Guild members and guests met at Canvas Restobar for small plates of BBQ foods paired with wines nominated by members of the Board of Directors. All the wines were either Vintages Essentials or General List and priced at under $20.

The first course was grilled chicken bruschetta with tomato salsa and balsamic reduction. The hands- down favourite with this selection was the Bonterra Chardonnay, a Vintages Essentials wine from California. Because of its typical oaky characteristics, most members did not feel it was a sipping wine, but it matched the food very well. Several others thought the more versatile and mouth-watering acidity of the Cave Spring Riesling and Oregon’s Firesteed Pinot Gris matched as well. These wines would also be great sipping wines. The Henry of Pelham Rosé, a great summer sipping patio wine, but it did not match as well with the food.

The second course, considered by many to be the best of the night, was a slider of beef tenderloin with double smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and house ketchup served with fries. The Beronia Reserva (Vintages Essentials) from Spain was the favourite and a great match. The Kir Yianni Paranga from Greece was chosen by some as the best

match and was considered an excellent value selection. Several people felt the Cannonau di Sardgena Riserva from Italy was the best match. The food overpowered the subtle flavours of Ontario?s Peninsula Ridge Shiraz.

The final small plate of the evening was pork ribs with Canvas’s Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce. The four wines in this flight just about split the vote and many had a hard time picking the best match as they all went well with the ribs. The narrow favourites were the Carmenere Gran Riserva from Chile and Grinder Pinotage from South Africa. Many agreed that a Pinotage is not something they would go into an LCBO looking for! Several members chose the Primivito as the best match although a Zinfandel with slightly more weight to stand up to the BBQ sauce may be better. A few selected the Tempranillo from Spain as the best match.

Those in attendance enjoyed the food and camaraderie and went away with a few new wines to pour at their BBQs this summer.

Flight 1

  • Cave Spring Estate Riesling, 2013, Ontario, 286377, $17.95
  • Firesteed Pinot Gris, 2012, Oregon, 323808, $17.60
  • Bonterra Chardonnay, 2014, California, 342436, $19.95
  • Henry of Pelham Rose, 2014, Ontario, 613471, $13.95

Flight 2

  • Peninsula Ridge Shiraz, 2012, Ontario, 70052, $14.95
  • Kir Yianni Paranga, 2012, Greece, 392175, $14.30
  • Beronia Reserva, 2010, Spain, 36483, $19.95
  • Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardgena Riserva, 2010, Italy, 425488, $17.95

Flight 3

  • Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere Gran Reserva, 2011, Chile, 392720, $17.90
  • Montecillo Tempranillo, 2010, Spain, 144493, $14.95
  • Luccarelli Primivito, 2013, Italy, 253856, $10.95
  • The Grinder Pinotage, 2013, South Africa, 269076, $13.95