My last dinner at West

The restaurant West in Vancouver, BC has been a staple in the restaurant scene for years. Offering amazing service, a small welcoming room, incredible food and a wine list that’s been curated to be savored and enjoyed.

But, guess what? This iconic restaurant will be closing its doors at the end of 2019.

Therefore, I wanted to share with you my last dinner there in February during the Vancouver Int’l Wine Festival. And, it’s perfect timing for two reasons:

  1. You can start planning and take advantage of a discount for the next Vancouver Int’l Wine Festival, featuring France February 22 to March 1st! This is the largest consumer Wine Festival in North America, you really should not miss it! Starting November 6 at 9:30 a.m., wine lovers can save $10 off International Festival Tasting (IFT) tickets for the 42nd Vancouver International Wine Festival. Or book one of 39 downtown hotels available through StayVancouverHotels.com to get a free IFT ticket, a saving of up to $115. The Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and the Gold Pass are also on sale in advance at a discount.
  2. Enjoy West Restaurant before they close at the end of 2019. They are offering a Fall Prix Fixe, a 3-course menu that can be enjoyed Sundays through Thursdays and Friday & Saturday evening until 6 pm. West Restaurant

I hope this inspires you to try their wines, and perhaps get out to enjoy West Restaurant soon!

 

A stunning dinner paired with Stags’ Leap wines from Napa Valley, California, while sitting across from Joanne Wing, the winemaker…

You may know the name – Stags Leap from the historic name battle or from the Judgment of Paris which happened in 1976. Although Stags’ Leap Winery didn’t participate, it’s neighbour Stag’s Leap Winery did, which put them both on the international map because of their recognition at this judgement. “The Judgment of Paris” tasting at which the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon took top honors among the red wines, triumphing over two first-growth and other renowned wines of Bordeaux.”

There are two Stags Leap Wineries in Napa Valley. “This made Napa and the winery itself internationally renowned. The Stags Leap District is known for its rocky soils. There are two Stags Leap District wineries. Read carefully, Stag’s Leap and StagsLeap – make note of the singular vs. plural possessives.”

Joanne Wing, winemaker, Stags’ Leap Winery

Here is the beautiful menu prepared for the Stags’ Leap wines

 

Canapés

SAWMILL BAY OYSTERS

viognier jelly, dill, crispy parmesan, roasted mushroom, truffled chantilly

paired with: Stags’ Leap Viognier 2017, Napa Valley

This viognier was light and beautiful with medium acidity, making it so enjoyable.

 

First course

First Course

KANPACHI CRUDO

fennel, blood orange, coriander

paired with: Stags’ Leap Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley

A medium style of chardonnay with vibrancy, it was the perfect pairing!

 

First Course

Second Course

BEETROOT SALAD

burrata cheese, avocado, pumpkin seed vinaigrette

paired with: Stags’ Leap Merlot 2016, Napa Valley

The earthy notes of the beets and burrata brought out the earth notes in the Merlot,

if you are not a Merlot lover – this would change you forever.

 

 

Third Course

SLOW COOKED PORK CHEEKS RAVIOLI

roasted onions, grana padano

paired with: Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2016, Napa Valley

The pork wasn’t too fatty, which brought out the sweeter notes of the wine.

The pairing made me think of pork sliders, and how this pairing would wow a crowd.

 

Entrée

Entrée

ROASTED HOLSTEIN STRIPLOIN

wild mushroom and leek tart, black truffle flakes and jus

paired with: Stags’ Leap The Investor Red Blend 2015, Napa Valley

This was my favourite out of the two, it lifted the flavours of the food and the wine

Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley

A very big Cab, yet sooo smooth.

 

 

Cheese

WARM GOUGERES

st. albert cheese, preserved quince

paired with: Stags’ Leap The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley

 

What an evening sharing time with the down to earth winemaker and enjoying an amazing dinner.

I never drink this much red wine, this time after harvest, I usually drink a beer.

– Joanne Wing, Winemaker, Stags’ Leap Winery

 

Until next time, keep exploring and enjoying more wine from around the world. Cheers!

Dinner with a Winemaker

Vancouver, BC hosts one of the largest consumer wine festivals in North America, The Vancouver International Wine Festival, aka Van Winefest.

So, it’s the perfect place for opportunities to meet wine makers and taste some incredible wines from around the world.

And every year, I do just that – taste and taste and taste. I also attend some of the seminars they offer to the trade and regular folk to learn about styles of wine, vineyards around the world and even up and coming trends in wine. But it’s not everyday that I get a chance to sit down and eat dinner with one of the wine makers. So, when this opportunity presented itself, I said YES!

Van Winefest Wine Dinner

The dinner which was called ‘Fog & Fahrenheit’ took place at a local Vancouver restaurant called Black + Blue, where 6 courses were served alongside 6 Rodney Strong wines from California. It is one of the best ways to understand a wine and the food – when you pair them together. You sip, you take a bite and that brings out this, this brings out that, you begin an inner dialogue of whats happening bite after bite, sip after sip.

But when the winemaker is sitting right across from you at the table, the conversation is all-encompassing. Rick Sayre, the winemaker at Rodney Strong Vineyards has been with the winery for 38 years…

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