Pre-Dinner: I popped the cork on a bottle of Estate Gewurztraminer from Cave Spring Cellars (Jordan, Ontario). This was one of my favourite ’08 Gewurzts and still holds up well today with its fresh as a rose nose and spicy-lychee palate. Great aperitif.
Dinner was pistachio encrusted cedar plank salmon, originally thought about opening a Riesling, but instead went for the 2009 Rosé from Lailey Vineyard (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario); the strong raspberry nose followed through on the palate with some sour cherry. The colour was darker than most of the electric pink rosés I’ve seen lately and the acidity powered through the fish cleansing the palate for the next bite … I would have to say a good pairing and all agreed it was a good choice with the fish.
Tomorrow I am hosting an Italian wine tasting with an Italian themed dinner to follow, nine wines will be poured before dinner with another 6 (or more) being poured at dinner – should be a lot of fun.