J’aime le printemps – and I love the Spring menu at the Red Brick Café. The new food is fantastic – Jessica’s bruschetta is a creation of tomato and herbal magic (but not like the registered trademark herbal magic). Likewise her paprika hummus with veggies is mouth wateringly mouth watering (thanks to Peter Mayle for that one).
Try all three wines any night for $10 – then go buy them at the LCBO.
LARCH TREE HILL RIESLING Prospect Winery 2007
LCBO 145136 | Price: $ 13.95 Okanagan Valley, BC 12.5% Alcohol
This wine has aromas of lime and peaches and has a nice long finish – much longer than a typical Riesling. It is best served cold, for maximum coldness. The producer’s tasting notes mention hints of fennel and honeysuckle. You will taste the honeysuckle more as the wine warms up.
Larch Tree Hill stands well on its own and would make a great apéritif – it reminds me of the Olympics – probably because I drank it during the Olympics. I’m just guessing.
NERO D’AVOLA Cusumano 2007
LCBO 143164 | Price: $ 9.95 Siciliy, 14.5% Alcohol
This is why trattoria’s were invented – or why Nero D’Avola was created – its hard to say. Let’s just say that we considered renaming the Café to Red Brick Trattoria and Ristorante after this went on the menu. “Never match wits with a Sicilian when death is on the line” (Princess Bride) but bet your life that people will enjoy this at your next party. At this price you should buy a case. And don’t EVER call this an Italian wine – appearantly both the Italians and Sicilians object to being confused for each other.
Y Series SHIRAZ VIOGNIER Yalumba 2007
LCBO 624494 | Price: $ 14.95 South Australia, 13.5% Alcohol
Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier. They have won several environmental awards including the Climate Protection award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. How cool is that – the freekin’ EPA! A blend of Shiraz and a small percentage of white Viognier wine that turns a tough “John Wayne” manly Shiraz into a sensitive 21st century “I’m not afraid to cry at a romantic comedy” wine with softer tannins and interesting floral hints.