Spring is here and we are super excited to feel the warm air and sunshine, probably just as excited as the vines are to feel it! Patio season is so close we can smell it, we can also smell pizza! That’s right, we are happy to announce our pizza truck is officially open. We will be baking delicious pizzas every weekend this summer, but for now we will be open select Saturdays – check out our website, follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook for dates.
We can promise you that pizza pairs best with wine! Looking for some recommendations? Check out the below.
Introducing pizza number one, wood fired oven margherita pizza – 00 dough opened and layered with our in-house made tomato sauce, topped with fresh mozzarella, and cooked to perfection using our dried grapevine branches! Once the pie leaves the fire, we top it with fresh picked basil and a drizzle of EVOO.
Pair your margherita with the 2020 Ephemere Pinot Grigio, this wine has a pale lemon color and on the palate, a light flavour intensity. Showcasing characteristics of stone and citrus fruits, the minerality brings out the fresh ingredients and tanginess of the tomato sauce. Pick up a za and serve your Pinot Grigio chilled at home or enjoy a glass on our patio.
If you’re looking for a wine with a bit more body, you won’t be disappointed with our newest addition on the shelf, the 2021 Reserve Chardonnay! The chardonnay is 30% oaked which allows the freshness of the wine to come through and not be overpowered by the oak. This wine is pale amber in appearance and has wonderful flavour intensity of baked apple and pear on the palate, with a clean citrus fruit finish. Tertiary flavour aromas of vanilla come through from the Armenian oak, this is a complex wine. The 2021 Reserve Chardonnay compliments the creaminess of the fresh mozzarella and brings all the flavours into a perfect harmony. This pairing is all about mouthfeel and textures!
Meet pizza number two. Wood fired oven calabrese pizza – 00 dough opened and layered with our in-house made tomato sauce, topped with pizza mozzarella and spicy salami.
The 2021 Ephemere Baco Gamay pairs beautifully with both the margherita and calabrese pizza, so much so we call it our pizza wine! This wine is deep ruby in appearance and has the most delicious aromas of ripe red berries – best served lightly chilled with a slice of za.
Take it up a notch and pair the calabrese with the 2016 Reserve Merlot, oaked in Bulgarian oak! This wine won a GOLD medal in the All Canadian Wine Competition, our Winemaker plays favourite to this as a red. Most known for the ripe tannins and velvety mouth feel, the 2016 Reserve Merlot sits at 14.5% alcohol. Pairing higher alcohol wines with foods that have spice will enhance the flavour profile of both the wine and food.
DID YOU KNOW? Food will change the flavour of the wine. However, the wine will not change the flavour of the food, but only enhance or highlight certain notes (if it is the right pairing). At home try this: take a sip of your favourite wine and pick out what you smell, taste, and feel in your mouth. Next take a bite of something earthy (like a mushroom), sip the wine and see how the flavour changed… Repeat this with something salty (like a pretzel), citrus fruit (lemon juice), and lastly something sweet! Notice how each time you sipped the wine you pick up different tasting notes, maybe less or more fruitiness, less or more drying, less or more of burn in the back of your throat or a tingle on your tongue.
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