Saturday, November 19, 2016

Grape Artistry

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer (1850-1894)

As the first flurry of snow just begins to blow tonight, earlier in the day the vines still hung heavy with clusters of vintage 2016 grapes as the Four Winos headed out with their "Wrapped Up in the Valley" passports for another oenological and culinary adventure. As we sampled the vintners' artistry created with the palettes of previous years' crops and talked with them a bit about their work, I realized that theirs is discipline that melds art and science.

At one of our favourite wineries, Kacaba Vineyards and Winery, we chatted about the characteristics of different vintages as we quaffed its 2014 Cabernet/Syrah paired with succulent slow braised beef with chocolate, and red wine gravy served over creamy polenta.

And Di Profio Wines paired their 2015 Gamay Noir with the "More than just Pulled Pork" for pure artistry. Twenty Valley has produced another wonderful season for the senses.


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