1. Mac and Cheese grilled cheese (aka, The Cheesy MacShawn) for lunch on Thursday from Ottawa Streat Gourmet was one of the most delicious and decadent thing to happen to a Thursday lunch-time...ever.
2. The National Capital Sommelier Guild had their Holiday Fizz / Vintages Pre-release tasting this past Thursday. This was my first time attending the Holiday Fizz, and it did not disappoint. 14 tastings, including various sparklings from around the world (including a Sparkling Sake!) and Champagnes, and a lovely tasting plate filled with tasty treats to enjoy with the bubbly. These tastings are a lot of fun, everyone's laid back and enjoys wine. Wine knowledge around the room varies, but everyone is outgoing and participates in open discussions on each wine.
- Albert Bichot Brut Rosé Crémant de Bourgogne: Délicieux! Gorgeous salmon pink color, notes of strawberries, yeast and raspberry on the nose, repeated on the palate with residual sugar. Very smooth and OH so good with fresh strawberries. At $22, it's a great buy and would be lovely served with foie gras or with a delicious berry tart.
- Lallier Rosé Champagne 1er Cru: This was the most "treat yo'self" bottle to fill up my LCBO basket in a while, but thought it was well worth the $57 price tag given it's a 1er Cru. Orange-pink color, strawberry, yeasty notes with a hint of earthiness. Great structure, dry with a berry and yeast finish.
- 2011 Jackson Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Brut: The Guild Director mentioned that all LCBO Reps he spoke to in preparation to this tasting raved about this sparkling. And with good reason. We tried a few high-end Champagnes, but honestly, this one was as tasty (more so in many cases) but at a fraction of the price. At 23$ this sparkling is a steal. Medium lemon yellow color, notes of green apple, dough, soft oak, pink grapefruit. Round, soft finish. Wonderful. Great on it's own, amazing with chips and popcorn :)
Until next time everyone, go forth and treat yo' self and enjoy your weekend!