After a quick meeting downtown today, it was almost noon, so I decided to try a food truck. Beside the Burrard Skytrain station was the Bada Bing truck. They proudly list that they make a chicken and a steak Philly Cheese sandwich. I decided to go for the chicken this time. The sandwich came on a foot-long bun, loaded with bite sized pieces of chicken in a light Middle Eastern flavoured sauce to me, along with lots of fried onions, and melted provolone cheese. The sandwich was piping hot, the way I like it. I didn’t try to add any extra condiments, but wished I did. The sandwich was good, and filling, but there was no bright or sour flavours to complement the chicken & fried onions. I think some dill pickle, or picked banana peppers would have been a great addition to the sandwich. I will have to try next time.
What wine would I have with this Chicken Philly Cheese? I think a juicy Gamay would be my first choice. Not overly heavy bodied or too much dark fruit flavours. A few gamays that I can recommend are:
Henry Fessy Julienas 2009, France ($25.99). If you like lighter bodied reds, such as from Pinot Noir, you may also like this wine, which is made from the Gamay grape. Nice medium ruby colour. Light cherry nose. Medium body with light tannins and medium acidity. Cherry flavours. Easy to enjoy.
- Henry Fessy “St. Amour”, 2009, France ($24.99). This is a Beaujolais from the eastern part of France (south of Burgundy), made from the Gamay grape. Pale ruby in colour. Cherry bon bon nose. Light body and lower tannins. Cherry flavour. Lighter in body than a Bordeaux, similar in weight to a lighter Pinot Noir.
- Volcanic Hills Estate Winery Gamay Noir 2009, BC ($12.90). An unbelievable price for a single varietal wine from the Okanagan. This is a nice light bodied wine that you can serve slightly chilled. The wine was pale cherry in colour. Restrained aromas of red cherry and red currants, and a hint of smoke. On the palate there was violets, roses, cherries, black pepper and a bit of spice. Refreshing acidity and quite a long finish.
If you do not like red wine, try these white wines:
Stags Hollow Viognier 2010, BC. This Viognier was pale in colour with some sweetness, orange, and flower aromas. Very pretty. Tropical fruit and cinnamon flavours. Medium body.
- Thornhaven Estates Winery Pinot Gris 2010, BC. I think there is something specific about the terroir for this wine that makes this Pinot Gris have a wonderful grapefruit nose and flavour. I haven’t seen this in other Okanagan Pinot Gris. Pale lemon in colour with red grapefruit nose. Flowery with citrus, grapefruit flavours. Yum.
- Monmousseau Cuvee JM Brut 2007, France ($19.99). This sparkler is made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes. Light lemon in colour . Light citrus with a hint of honey aromas. Cinnamon greets your lips up front on the palate, followed with citrus and apple flavours. Medium acid and length. Very tasty.
I hope to have more time to visit other food trucks in downtown Vancouver this summer, and give you my wine pairing recommendations. Enjoy!