|2010 George Wyndham |
Founders Reserve Shiraz
And while chefs, sommeliers, restaurant critics, foodies and others will rightly argue that each separate course of a meal should have a different wine to match it, that's really not possible 99% of the time.
Especially when it's dinner for two at home.
Enter George Wyndham Founder's Reserve Shiraz 2010 and Fable Kitchen's famed chef Trevor Bird to show how it's done right.
Winemaker Steve Meyer from Wyndam Estate was guest of honour and explained his approach to creating a reasonably-priced Shiraz that goes with a wide variety of dishes - without overpowering them, as some massive, high-alcohol Australian Shiraz is apt to do.
This tasty wine is widely available across the province at BC Liquor Stores at $18.99 with over 800 bottles in stock and likely many private stores as well.
Steve explained his craft and the style he uses with the George Wyndham Founder's Reserve Shiraz 2010 - which comes from the Langhorne Creek region in South Australia, which has been producing wine grapes since the 1860s.
Steve that in comparison to some other wine regions of Australia, Langhorne Creek wines have softer tannins with a bouquet of mint and eucalyptus notes.
The George Wyndham Founder's Reserve Shiraz 2010 features a palate of fresh plum and blackberry fruit flavours, along with notes of black olives and aniseed. The bouquet also has a touch of cedar, cinnamon, chocolate and spice.
|Winemaker Steve Meyer and Bill Tieleman |
- Shirley Ross photo
That was proven by Chef Bird with an excellent meal built around the wine.
We started with canapes of blue cheese, dates and bacon that were simply excellent, followed by a parsnip and apple soup shooter - very imaginative - and the Shiraz went very well with both.
Our first course was one close to my heart - rabbit! Chef Bird prepared rabbit legs with red curry squash agnolotti and fall gourds in a very rich sauce - excellent!
|Rabbit legs, squash agnolotti dish - Bill Tieleman photo|
|Braised Beef Stiletto w potatoes, porcini|
|Steve Meyer at home in Langhorne Creek|