Chef Meets BC Grape 2013

Vancouver Convention Centre

The lineup to get in to the Chef Meets BC Grape event at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Even more daunting than going in to a wine store with nothing in mind, is going in to a wine event with no game plan at all.

That’s how I found myself last week at the 9th Annual Chef Meets BC Grape event at the Vancouver Convention Centre. With 95 wineries pouring more than 350 wines, it was a daunting feat for even the most determined wine taster.

Tinhorn Creek

If swirling, sipping, spitting, starving and scurrying is your game, then maybe you made it through all of the wines in the 2.5 hours that were allotted. I, on the other hand, opted for socializing, snapping photos, snacking and savouring instead!

I was even able to try one of the two Zweigelts at the event – the one I tried being from Kalala Organic Estate. Had I not chatted with the lovely rep at 3CRU (known for their playful labels) about chocolate, it never would’ve happened! After trying 3CRU’s Traveller (because I associate with the name) it was suggested that I try the Zwigelt because I love full flavour reds. I was already sold on the idea, and even more so when they said it would go with Smoked Gouda (my favorite). This wine is lower in alcohol percentage (11.7%) but you don’t miss it once the liquified dark fruits hit your lips – it just means you can drink more and still walk in high heels.

As you can probably tell, I’m typically a red wine drinker, but there are always the few exceptions. At this particular event I found myself fond of Tinhorn Creek‘s 2012 Oldfield Series 2Bench White (shown above), as well as Laughing Stock‘s 2011 Pinot Gris, because it was like drinking summer in a glass – fruity, slightly sweet and refreshing.

Tantalus Okanagan Wine

Sixteen restaurants, from Nk’Mip Cellars Restaurant in Osoyoos, to Edible Canada on Granville Island, prepared a dish to thoughtfully pair with a BC VQA wine of their choice. Some pairings were impeccable, while others, although being individually fantastic, I didn’t feel that they necessarily coupled well.

Indulge with me:

Sonora Room Restaurant | Scallop Ceviche on Carrot Bilini

Sonora Room Restaurant | Scallop Ceviche, Roasted Heirloom Tomato Jam, Ham Roasted Carrot Bilini, Micro Greens

Tableau Bar Bistro | Mushroom & Oxtail Croquette

Tableau Bar Bistro | Mushroom & Oxtail Croquette with Oxtail Consommé

Tableau Bar Bistro and Forage

Tableau Bar Bistro and Forage’s Christ Whittaker

Sol Sun Belt Cookery | Harissa Prawns on Arugula Salad

Sol Sun Belt Cookery | Harissa Prawns on Arugula Salad

Sol Sun Belt Cookery | Harissa Prawns on Arugula Salad with Citrus & Shallot Vinaigrette

All You Need Is Cheese

All you need is cheese! To make you thirsty for more wine… Thanks Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Seasons in the Park | BC Halibut Carpaccio

Seasons in the Park | BC Halibut Carpaccio

Seasons in the Park | BC Halibut Carpaccio with Corn, Jicama & Cilantro

Flying Pig | House Smoked Trout with Caviar Creme Fraiche

Flying Pig | House Smoked Trout with Caviar Creme Fraiche

Edible Canada | Sweet & Sour Duck Meatballs

Edible Canada | Sweet & Sour Duck Meatballs with Crispy Skin & Puffed Quinoa

Cibo Trattoria | Paté Campagnolo

Cibo Trattoria | Paté Campagnolo

 

Miradoro | Braised Octopus, Chorizo and Potato

Miradoro | Braised Octopus, Chorizo and Potato with Salsa Verde

Nk'MIP Cellars Patio Restaurant | Troy Farm Quadra Island Mussel

Nk’Mip Restaurant | Troy Farm Quadra Island Mussel, Roma, Fennel Butter, House Cured Pancetta, Pickled Organic Garlic Scape

 

Daniel Le Chocolat Belge

Daniel Le Chocolat Belge [highly recommend]

This tantalizing event was put on by The Arts Club and the BC Wine Institute.

Read more about Chef Meets BC Grape 2013, and check out the full pairing list, here. For more high resolution photos from the event click here.

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