Aug. 8, Dockside Restaurant (on Granville Island) will be hosting Monte Creek Ranch Winery for an intimate long-table winemaker’s dinner on its gorgeous waterfront patio.
On Aug. 8, Dockside Restaurant (on Granville Island) will be hosting Monte Creek Ranch Winery for an intimate long-table winemaker’s dinner on its gorgeous waterfront patio.
Executive chef Zach Steele will present a five-course menu to be paired with selections from Monte Creek’s portfolio of outstanding B.C. wines. Monte Creek GM Erik Fisher and winemaker Galen Barnhardt will be on hand to discuss the wines and their Kamloops-based estate winery.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery is a pioneer, cultivating grapes and making wines just 10 minutes outside Kamloops growing a wide range of grape varietals on 75 acres of vineyards alongside its working cattle and horse ranch. It should be a fun night and tickets are $94.95 (plus taxes and fees) and are available at eventbrite.ca.
Save On Meats, famous for its legendary burger, is putting the burger front and centre on its menu with seven new offerings designed by executive chef, Kris Barnholden and chef de cuisine, Vanecea Waterworth.
To celebrate, Save On Meats is throwing a burger party — a.k.a. a Burger War — and have challenged some industry heavyweights to compete for best burger and the bragging rights to follow.
General admission tickets are $25 per person and include entry, six sliders (one from every chef competing), one beverage and three voting tokens. Each vote goes into a draw to win two free burgers a month for one year from Save On Meats. All proceeds go to support A Better Life Foundation’s daily meal program that helps feed the Downtown Eastside community as well as a special burger party provided for 70 marginalized residents of the DTES, catered by the crowned champion featuring their winning burger.
B.C. wine of the week
Narrative Riesling by Okanagan Crush Pad 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
$22.90 I 89/100
The Narrative collection includes wines and spirits made from grapes sourced from independent growers across the Okanagan. The wines are meant to be storytellers that illustrate the Okanagan terroir and growing conditions, chiefly dry, short, and intense. It’s picked early to protect its bright fruit and acidity, fermented in stainless steel, and aged eight months in concrete egg tanks. The result is a pleasant Riesling based on balance rather than extreme acidity or sugar. It’s not overly complicated, but instead juicy and inviting and at 10.5 per cent it’s getting close to being gulpable — winery direct and private wine shops.
Wine for the cellar
Le Serre Nuove Dell’ Ornellaia 2016, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
$66.99 I 92/100
Le Serre Nuove is all grown up in 2016, looking every bit a serious Bolgheri Rosso. The fruit is a 44/26/18/12/ mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc from younger vines and blocks at Ornellaia. There a lot of finesse here evidenced by the dense, silky tannins that permeate this aromatic red. Expect an almost opaque colour, a fragrant, spicy, savoury undercurrent before the bright red fruit flecked with coffee and chocolate kick in across the palate. The texture is haltingly smooth and dense, suggesting it will effortlessly age seven to 10 years and beyond. I think grilled lamb chops or pappardelle and wild boar are terrific matches at the moment.