Stoneboat Vineyards 2014 Verglas
“(This wine) is a blend of Oraniensteiner and Pinot Blanc that exhibits a mix of burnt orange peel, honey and apricots. And it serves as an ideal B.C. ice wine to pair with Quattro’s seared Quebec Foie Gras, with port wine reduction and pickled fennel.
“What makes this wine unique is the grapes are not only allowed to freeze, but prior to freezing, they are allowed to rot — nobly and literally — Botrytis Cinerea as it is known formally (Pouriture Noble). It is a thing, and it’s delicious! This wine was first produced in Hungary, then the French became known for it. I love to see the reaction of our guests when they try this. It is always met with a surprised expression, followed immediately by another bite!”
General Manager and Sommelier
Quattro at Whistler, 604-905-4844, quattrorestaurants.com
Jackson-Triggs Riesling Icewine
“When speaking about the Icewine industry, Jackson-Triggs Riesling Icewine is one of the most iconic and heralded within the marketplace. With its pale gold colour, to the ripe pear and dried apricot scented nose, this Icewine delivers a weighted silkiness and a mouth-cleansing bright acidity. The flavours linger with aspects of Okanagan peaches, tropical lychee and caramelized pineapple.
“At Il Caminetto, pair this wine with our savoury Fegato d’anatra. The richness of the house-made liver parfait perfectly matches the medium viscosity of the wine that, in turn, with its acidity, cuts through for a delightful finish. In addition, the flavour profiles work well with the dish’s poached pears and are a modern twist on a classic pairing. For those who prefer to enjoy this Icewine with a dessert course, try it with our salted caramel pudino and candied pecans, a pairing that speaks to Christmas and the snow!”
Restaurant Director and Sommelier
Il Caminetto, 604-932-4442, ilcaminetto.ca
Quails’ Gate 2014 Riesling Icewine
“Quails’ Gate Estate Winery is one of the oldest and most respected in British Columbia and their quality has continued to develop since bringing on Winemaker Nikki Calloway. The Quails’ Gate 2014 Riesling Icewine sets a benchmark for quality sweet wine in B.C., with its exquisite purity of fruit and citrusy acidity. I like to offset the intense sweetness of Icewine with savoury foods rather than pairing it with dessert. At the Bearfoot Bistro, try it with some B.C. craft cheeses, such as the wonderfully pungent King Cole blue cheese from Upper Bench Winery and Creamery in Penticton. Another delicious counterpoint for the Icewine’s sweetness is foie gras served either seared or as a terrine. The bright fruit notes and high acidity of Riesling balance out the richness of the foie gras and make each bite and sip more delicious than the last.”
Bearfoot Bistro, 604-932-3433, bearfootbistro.com