Trivento – A Taste of Argentina at Seasons in the Park – Get Your Tickets

~ A Taste of Argentina ~

June 9th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Seasons in the Park

You will taste a diversity of Mendoza wines.

The tasting will start with entry level wines and then follow with wines more complex and deep in flavour. Our tasting line up… 

  • Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes Viognier Chardonnay blend 2010

    Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes Viognier Chardonnay blend 2010

    Amado Sur White

  • Amado Sur Red
  • Trivento Pinot Noir
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

And to enhance your tasting experience our Chef will create a delicious food pairing for each wine.

Cost is $35 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

Reserve Your Seat(s)

Follow the link https://www.vancouverdine.com/group-event-deposit-form

Note: You will require the following information when reserving

Event location : Seasons

Date: Tasting Date
Name of event: Seasons Wine Tasting
Amount of deposit: $42.63 per person

For more information call 604.874.8008 or
email seasonsevents@vancouverdine.com

There are no physical tickets for our tasting events. Once you complete your purchase, you will be added to our Guest List.   Please check in at the Front Desk upon arrival.

www.vancouverdine.com

Dish N Dazzle featuring Wines of Argentina – Get Your TIckets

Dish N Dazzle

When and Where?

Dish N Dazzle
Thursday, May 7, 2015
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre EAST in the Parkview Terrace

What is Dish N Dazzle?

This is a fundraising event for the BC Hospitality Foundation and will feature

  • More than 100 wines from Argentina
  • 14 of Vancouver’s best restaurants
  • A cocktail competition with 6 expert bartenders
  • A live Jazz Band – Les is More
  • A Latin DJ
  • A HUGE silent auction focused on hospitality, hotels & restaurants

The Wineries

Below is the list of wineries from Argentina participating in this event.  There are some great ones, like Catena, Colome, Graffigna and more.  Very exciting wines to try from these wineries.

  • Alamos Winery, Amalaya, Bousquet, Casa Bianchi, Catena Zapata, Clos de los Siete
  • Colome, Dona Paula, El Esteco, El Porvenir de Cafayate, Escorihuela 1884, Finca Decero
  • Finca Flichman,    Finca las Moras, Graffigna, Huarpe Wines, Kaiken, La Vuelta
  • Lagarde, Layer Cake, Marcelo Pelleriti Wines, Mascota Vineyards, Masi Tupungato, Pasucal Toso
  • Que Guapo, Santa Ana, Septima, Tamari, Tapiz, Tinto Negro, Vina Cobos, Vistalba, Zorzal Wines

What About the Restaurants?

Here are the participating Vancouver restaurants.

  • Aura at Nita Lake Lodge, Bistro 101 at PICA, Black + Blue, The Bon Vivant Group
  • Café Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Chef Ann Kirsebom, CinCin
  • Donnelly Group, Forage at the Listel Hotel, Homer St. Cafe and Bar
  • Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, La Grotta Del Formaggio, PIER 7 restaurant + bar

Do You Want a Discount on Your Ticket?

Tickets are $75 but because you are reading my article, use promo code WOA15 for $69 tickets.

More information on Dish N Dazzle is on their website.

Argentine-style with Brunch at Good Wolf and Decero Wines

Finca Decero

Finca Decero

This event sounds like a very good time.  An Argentine style BBQ plus wines from Argentinean winery Decero.  I have tried Decero’s wines before and have recommended them.  BBQ rates highly with me too, so enjoying both together, would be a great way to cap off our wonderful summer, before the October-November rains are upon us.  Below is the announcement for this event.  Buy your tickets before they sell out!

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September 9, 2014, (Vancouver, BC) – It’s nearly fall and there’s the scent of an Argentine BBQ in the air at Good Wolf. Richard Goodine, owner of Good Wolf, and Stephanie Morton-Small, Export Director for Decero Wines, are hosting an ‘asado’ or Argentine BBQ brunch.

This event will be a fun and casual opportunity to taste Decero’s new Remolino’s Vineyard Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Amano wines. The all-inclusive brunch menu will include roasted pig-on-a-spit, brunch-style accompaniments and other delicious meats.

Brunch starts noon and carries on until 4 pm on Sunday, 21 September. Cost is $30 per person, which includes the meal and paired wines.

Argentine Asado with Decero Wines

Sunday September 21st 2014
Brunch reservations will be taken from noon – 4 pm
$30 per person plus taxes and gratuity
Tickets & information: events@goodwolfe.ca

Good Wolf kitchen & bar

1043 Mainland Street, Yaletown
Vancouver, BC

About Good Wolf kitchen & bar: Good Wolf is a neighbourhood bistro, neither pretentious nor unapproachable. West Coast inspired, rooted in traditional techniques, the menu celebrates the ingredients.

Good Wolf website here

Finca Decero

Decero is located in the Argentine foothills of the Andes. These vineyards are one-of-a-kind vineyard, where each vine is nurtured by hand, and the winemaking is without compromise. Decero means ‘from scratch’, and the winery is therefore fortunate to be free from constraints of tradition, allowing for an ‘amano’ or ‘by hand’ approach that is human, sustainable and sensitive to natural differences. Decero wines are distributed in BC by Appellation Wine Marketing.

Decero website here

Argentina Wine Awards 2014: Who Were the Winners?

The Trophy award winners

The Trophy award winners

Mendoza, February 25, 2014 – On Friday, February 21 at Bodega Escorihuela Gascón the winners of the Argentina Wine Awards 2014 were announced to a large crowd of over 250 wine owners, winemakers, provincial government authorities, wine industry executives, members of the judging panel and journalists.  The competition is organized by Wines of Argentina under the coordination of the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR).

  • 12 international and 6 Argentine judges tasted more than 650 samples.
  • Trophies were announced for the 20 categories, which in turn were divided into 5 price ranges each.
  • 150 wineries, with a total of 650 samples, participated in the 8th edition of the Argentina Wine Awards, a competition that seeks to reward both the quality and the advancement of the Argentine wine industry.
  • 4 Regional Trophies, 12 Trophies, 58 gold medals, 256 silver medals and 276 bronze medals were awarded at the competition.

In the Malbec category, the Trophies went to:

TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >13.00 <19.99

Es Vino Reserve Malbec 2012Es Vino Wines
TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >20.00 >29.99

Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec 2011La Casa del Rey SA- Alta Vista
TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >30.00 <49.99

Vineyard Selection Malbec 2012Riccitelli Wines
TROPHY

Category: malbec

       >50.00

Republica del Malbec – Blend de Terroirs 2012Riccitelli Wines

In the sparkling wines category, the Trophy winners were:

Category: sparkling mt       >13.00 <19.99

Zuccardi Blanc de Blancs 2007

Familia Zuccardi

In the case of Cabernet Franc, the Trophies went to:

Category: cabernet franc       >20.00 <29.99 Numina Cabernet Franc 2011

Bodegas Salentein SA

Category: cabernet franc       >50.00

Andeluna Pasionado Cabernet Franc 2010

Andeluna Cellars Srl

On the last day of the AWA, an interesting 2-part seminar was held. During the first part of the seminar, 6 international judges presented to the audience “heavyweight”wines which are successful in other markets not only because of their sales volume but also because of their wineries’ sustainability over time.

During the 2nd part, the same 6 international judges spoke about their markets and gave their feedback on the regional Argentine market focusing on the tasted wines.  This seminar, held every year in the framework of the AWA, fosters the exchange of views in the world of wine.

“The AWA 2014 winners, a sampling of the best of Argentine wine, will be representing Wines of Argentina throughout the year around the world.  This 8th edition has been particularly important due to the presence of highly regarded judges, the quality of the participating wines and the feedback given during the seminar,” said Alberto Arizu, President of Wines of Argentina.

List of Trophy winners – AWA 2014:    

TROPHIES AWA 2014

SPARKLING – méthode traditionelle

TROPHY

Category: sparkling mt

       >13.00 <19.99

Zuccardi Blanc de Blancs 2007Familia Zuccardi

TORRONTÉS

TROPHY

Category: torrontés

       >13.00 <19.99

Colomé Torrontés 2013

Bodega Colomé

CABERNET FRANC

TROPHY

Category: cabernet franc

       >20.00 <29.99

Numina Cabernet Franc 2011

Bodegas Salentein SATROPHY

Category: cabernet franc

       >50.00

Andeluna Pasionado Cabernet Franc 2010

Andeluna Cellars Srl

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
TROPHY Category: cabernet sauvignon

       >30.00 <49.99

Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Viña Cobos SA

MALBEC

TROPHY Category: malbec

       >13.00 <19.99Es Vino Reserve Malbec 2012

Es Vino WinesTROPHYCategory: malbec

       >20.00 >29.99Alta Vista Terroir Selection Malbec 2011

La Casa del Rey SA- Alta VistaTROPHYCategory: malbec

       >30.00 <49.99

Vineyard Selection Malbec 2012

Riccitelli Wines

TROPHYCategory: malbec

       >50.00

Republica del Malbec – Blend de Terroirs 2012

Riccitelli Wines

RED BLENDS
TROPHY Category: red blend

       >13.00 <19.99Paz Blend 2012

Finca Las Moras

TROPHYCategory: red blend

       >30.00 <49.99Field Blend 2011

Zorzal Wines

TROPHYCategory: red blend

       >50.00

Decero Amano, Remolinos Vineyard 2011

Finca Decero

For the 1st time, there was presentation of a special Trophy for each of Argentina’s main regions – the North, San Juan, Mendoza and Patagonia – with the aim of bestowing an even stronger federal quality on the event and bringing in wineries from all over the country.

The winners of this new category were:

North Valleys – Serie Fincas Notables Malbec 2011, Bodega El Esteco 

San Juan Valleys – Paz Blend 2012, Finca Las Moras

Mendoza Valleys – Lindaflor Malbec 2009, Monteviejo

Patagonian Valleys – Fin Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010, Bodega del Fin Del Mundo

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About the Argentina Wine Awards

The 8th edition of the AWA took place in Mendoza from February 16 to 21, 2014. This year, the emphasis was placed on working with experienced, world-renowned wine figures from each market, in order to strengthen Argentina’s positioning in such markets as well as to promote the quality of Argentine wines and the variety of the country’s styles and terroirs through these knowledgeable experts. In this way, Wines of Argentina continues to work for the development of the image of Argentine wine on the global stage.

 About Wines of Argentina

Wines of Argentina is the organization responsible for promoting the brand VINO ARGENTINO around the world. Since 1993, WofA has promoted the image of local wines abroad, in addition to guiding the export strategy of Argentine wineries through careful study and analysis of the changes taking place in consumer markets. Its aim is to contribute to the consolidation of Argentina as one of the main wine exporting countries in the world and to the global success of the Argentine wine industry by enhancing its positive image in the wine trade, among opinion leaders and consumers.

 About the Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR): 

The Argentine Wine Corporation manages and articulates the activities required in order to achieve the goals stated in the 2020 Strategic Wine Plan, taking up the challenge of transforming the wine sector and strategically boosting its strengths and opportunities in the global market of wine, concentrated grape juice, raisins, and table grapes. The Strategic Plan has been designed to add value to the industry by the organization and integration of all the stakeholders along the chain, with a view to producing higher quality wines, and achieving greater consistency across all segments and products. www.coviar.com.ar Facebook: Argentine Wine Corporation (COVIAR)  Twitter: @Coviar1

Wines of Argentina logo

Win Tickets to the Celebrate Argentina Tasting

Celebrate Argentina

Celebrate Argentina

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Wines of Argentina will host Celebrate One Night In Argentina.  With DJs, a graffiti artist and more than 30 wineries, the evening will be a lively festival of modern Argentine culture.   The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help fundraising efforts.  Enter the MyWinePal contest for your chance to win 2 tickets to the fantastic event.

About Argentina and Their Wine

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world and produces about four times as much wine as Chile.  Spanish colonization in 1541 brought over Vitis Vinifera vines and the first record of a vineyard dates back to 1557 in Santiago del Estero. Vines came from different sources, including Italy.

The country is known for Malbec, Bonarda, Tempranillo, Barbera, Lambrusco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and others. The most widely planted white varietals are Pedro Xeminez, Moscatel, Torrontes, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay and others.

The Event: Where, When, and How Much?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Jewel Ballroom
1495 West 8th Avenue (at Granville), Vancouver

Tickets $49; available through www.winesofargentina.ca
$10 discount with promotional code greatwine makes them a deal at $39

Contest to Win 2 Tickets!

Would you like to wine 2 tickets to this awesome event?  For your chance to win, do the following:

  1. Send out the tweet “I want to win 2 tickets to #CelebrateArgentina from @mywinepal”
  2. Post a comment below with your favourite wine from Argentina that you have tasted or your favourite grape from Argentina.

One pair of tickets will be randomly on September 23, 2013 from all entries, and the winner will be notified on Twitter.

BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help

The foundation, formed in fall 2006, was inspired by the desire to help long-time wine agent Michael Willingham with the money he needed for both a costly surgery and the rehabilitation time that would follow.

This desire to help Michael brought forward a need to establish a trust fund that could be used to help anyone within the food service, beverage, and hospitality industry who required extraordinary support due to illness or accident.

Read more here about the BC Hospitality Foundation.

Malbec World Day Free Tastings in BC

World Malbec Day

World Malbec Day

Argentinean Malbec has been a hot red wine for a few years already around the world.  To celebrate Malbec, some BC liquor stores and wine shops will be offering Malbec tastings.  Below is the info I received.  Hope you have a chance to enjoy!

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Red wine lovers, mark your calendars!  Free Argentinean Malbec tastings to stock up for celebrating Malbec World Day on April 17, 2013.

 In-store tastings to stock your cellar for Malbec World Day:

  •  Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 2013 in more than 20 BCLDB Signature Stores in British Columbia
  •  Saturday, April 13, 2013 the following private retailers will also host celebrations that will include food pairing

o   Marquis Wine Cellar – 2:00 – 5:00 pm
o   Legacy Liquor Store – 2:00 – 6:00 pm
  Everything Wine Stores – all 3 locations from 2:00 – 6:00 pm

These free tastings will give consumers an opportunity to ‘stock up’ for Malbec World Day while putting British Columbia on the map of celebrations being held around the world on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013.  They are a great opportunity to explore what Argentina has to offer.

Follow the international celebrations of Malbec World Day on social networks at

·        Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/winesofargentina

·        Twitter – @WinesofArg and @ArgentinaWineCA

·        Hashtag – #MalbecWorldDay

·        Share your toast scenes via Instagram and Vine. Tag photos & videos with #MalbecWorldDay

·        Taking’ it to the Streets Video on Malbec World Day ….  http://vimeo.com/61269796

About Malbec World Day: 

April 17 2013 will mark the third annual Malbec World Day.  The day was established by Wines of Argentina to celebrate the country’s flagship varietal as well as raise awareness around the globe of the quality and variety of wines produced by Argentina.  This year’s Malbec World Day will include more than 70 events in 45 countries worldwide.

About Wines of Argentina: 

Wines of Argentina is responsible for the promotion of the brand VINO ARGENTINO around the world. Since 1993, this organization has been promoting the image of local wines abroad and providing advice on export strategies for Argentina by studying and analyzing trends in consumer markets. Its aim is to contribute to the consolidation of Argentina as one of the main wine exporting countries in the world and to the global success of the Argentine wine industry by enhancing its positive image in the wine trade, among opinion leaders and consumers.

http://www.winesofargentina.ca/

TASTE Resto-Lounge Opens Downtown – Food, Art, Music

Taste Resto Lounge chandelier and bar

Taste Resto Lounge chandelier and bar

Last week was the opening of TASTE Resto Lounge at 560 Seymour Street, in downtown Vancouver. It is next door to the nightclub, FIVESIXTY, so you may want to have a nibble here before dancing the night away.

On this evening we were served mini versions of the share plate menu items. Upon entering TASTE, you are struck by the red glass chandeliers, giving a Gothic or Bordello type atmosphere, depending on who you ask. At the back of the room is a long table, where you can sit with your friends, and make new friends, while you eat and drink, and view the featured artists’ paintings on the walls.

Sharing Plates Samples

Charcuterie at TASTE Resto Lounge

Charcuterie at TASTE Resto Lounge

We were given tastings of:

  • charcuterie, with a mix of sausages, prosciutto, capicollo, artisanal cheese, and sweet pickled beets
  • house smoked chicken liver pate with capicollo, pickled beets, pesto, onion marmalade on a crostini
  • bacon chutney with pear and brie stack and a chimmichurri sauce on a crostini
  • a salad of roma tomatoes, fresh Bocconcini with diced cucumber and white balsamic pesto

I think my favourite item was the chicken liver pate.  Lots of flavour, and paired nice with a glass of prosecco.  All of the ingredients, I was told, are local and organic by Executive Chef Renaldo Decembrini.

Wine and Other Drinks

The wine list has a range of wines from around the world, but BC wines were missing.  It would be nice to add in one white and one red in the list.  The food and wine list were designed to be complementary and they have some selections with food and wine pairings on a chalk board beside the long table in the back of TASTE.

On the white wine side, you can enjoy a glass of Marisco the Ned Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, full of herbal character, and have with a salad.  The Canti Prosecco as I mentioned to go with the chicken liver pate. Try the Fritz Riesling or the Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc with the charcuterie.

There are 2 Argentinean Malbecs to choose; Pascual Toso  and Dona Paula. I did have a sip of the Marques de la Mancha Tempranillo, very full bodied, lots of dark fruit and very smooth and silky. Definitely would pair nicely with the charcuterie or their house smoked beef tenderloin.

In addition, there are some BC/Canadian beers on tap.  They also invented some cocktails that are meant to pair with their share plates.  I did not have a chance to try these, but maybe on my next visit.

I wish TASTE Resto-Lounge the best of luck in their launch.

Charcuterie menu at TASTE

Charcuterie menu at TASTE

salad of roma tomatoes Bocconcini and cucumber

Salad of roma tomatoes, Bocconcini, and cucumber

TASTE chalk board recommendations

TASTE chalk board recommendations

My Tasting Notes on Flat Roof Manor Malbec

Flat Roof Manor Malbec label

When you hear about a Malbec wine, where do you think it is from? Probably Argentina, but maybe from it’s native home, in France. In either case, you would be wrong. A bottle of Flat Roof Manor Malbec 2010 was sent to me to taste and review. It comes from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa.

I checked into the history of Malbec in South Africa and found out that it has been around the region since the 1920s, so it does have a fair history.  From my past experience tasting many South African wines through the South World Wine Society, I was expecting an “Old World Style New World Wine“.  A wine with it’s feet in both the history of Europe and the youth of the Americas and Southern hemisphere.  And I was right.  South African wines tend to go very well with food as they have good tannic structure and are not over the top with fruit flavour and aroma.

About Flat Roof Manor

The Flat Roof Manor wines are made by Estelle Lourens on the Uitkyk Wine Estate (pronounced “eat cake” wine estate) in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The Georgian Manor House, part of the inspiration for these wines, is set with a view of Table Mountain.l  It is also one of just 3 two-storied Neoclassical houses in this style left in the Cape.  The cat on the label is linked to a legend where a cat remained on the flat topped roof long after the original owners left, to enjoy it’s life for many years. The cat represents a “laid back, unpretentious, confident, and playful” spirit.

Tasting Flat Roof Manor Malbec

Flat Roof Manor Malbec 2010

The first thing I noticed on the label is that this wine has 14% alcohol, so I expected it to be quite hot, but was not.  It was perfectly balanced with the fruit and tannins.  It was a medium ruby colour in the glass.  You could see legs on the glass after a swirl, so you know the alcohol level is there.  It has a medium intensity, youthful aroma (and should keep it thanks to being under screwcap). I picked up on black fruit, red cherries, plums, red currant fruits as well as black currant leaf, cloves and some smokiness.  Quite a range of aromas. It is dry on the palate with medium plus tannins and medium body.  As mentioned the alcohol level meshed very well with the wine, so you did not feel any hotness in your mouth from it. It also had a range of flavours, including red and black fruit, plum, cassis, black currant leaf and a light amount of oak.  Medium plus length, with white pepper, vanilla and sour cherry on the finish.  A pretty decent wine, with some tannic structure to give it body, and a variety of fruit aromas and flavours to make it enjoyable on the palate.

This wine is available in BC, Alberta, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia for between $12.99-$13.99.  A great price for an over achieving wine.  Enjoy!

My Experience at Rockford Grill Taste Testers Club

Rockford GrillThis past week I had the fortune to attend the Taste Testers Club at Rockford Grill on Broadway at Burrard.  The Taste Testers Club is a night of complimentary food and drink sampling between 5pm-7pm, on Thursdays.  If you order anything you sampled, you get your name put in for a draw for a $75 gift certificate.  A great deal IMHO.  If you have never heard of Rockford Grill before, it is a bit like Earls, but it has an Asian twist to many dishes.

This evening though was for me, and my cadre of @diannechow, @BCbrews, and @websturr an evening to also try Rockford Grill’s new gardein menu, compliments of Rockford Grill.

What is Gardein?

gardeinDo you remember Yves Veggie Cuisine?  Well Gardein is founded by Yves Potvin.  Gardein (garden + protein) is a line of delicious plant-based foods slow cooked to have the authentic taste and texture of premium lean meat. It is made from soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut).  You can get Gardein “meat”balls, chicken patties, riblets, turkey filets and much more.

Enjoying Gardein at Rockford Grill

Their gardein menu consists of:

  • gardein spicy chicken naan-wich crispy breaded chicken, sharp cheddar, spicy chipotle mayo, shredded iceberg, avocado-mango salsa, roasted garlic naan bread $13.95
  • gardein kung pao chicken water chestnuts, garlic, ginger, baby corn, fresh red chilies, peanuts and jasmine rice $15.95
  • gardein mongolian beef noodles seared beef with bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, bean sprouts, bok choy, fresh ginger, green onions and chow mein noodles in a black bean hoisin sauce $15.95
  • gardein teriyaki chicken rice bowl wok seared vegetables, bean sprouts, wasabi cream $14.95
  • gardein mumbai chicken bowl wok seared vegetables, spicy indian curry, bean sprouts, papaya salsa $15.95

gardein kung pao chicken

We tried the gardein Kung Pao chicken and the Mongolian beef noodles.  If you did not know how gardein is made, you probably guess that you are eating chicken and beef.  The consistency is fairly close to actual meat, but maybe a little softer.  The Kung Pao chicken spice level is set to be easily eaten by most people.  If you are a chile pepper fanatic it is not going to push your limits.  The gardein chicken tasted like tender white chicken meat to me.  I enjoyed having the crunchy water chestnuts to add some additional texture to the dish.  I enjoyed the Mongolian beef noodles more.  The “beef” was cut into thin strips and was more chewy like you would expect from strips of beef.  There was a lot of black bean hoisin sauce to make the noodles moist.

To these 2 dishes we were drinking a bottle of LoTengo Malbec from Argentina. This malbec was very flowery and full of juicy red fruit.  Silky with no tannins.  An overall easy sipper, but not one to challenge your tastebuds. It worked well with both gardein dishes, without overpowering either one.

Other Menu Items We Tasted

Prawn ravioli and curried beef on endive

We did have a chance to stray from the gardein menu as it was Taste Testers Club that evening.  One taster dish we tried was the ginger prawn ravioli with cream sauce, and another was a curried beef (gardein?) with crunchy noodles nestled onto an endive leaf.  I really liked the prawn ravioli.  The ginger made the prawns sing, and the cream sauce was very light; not overpowering.

If you like bacon, you may want to try their blackened prawn tacos (3) shredded slaw, salsa fresca, chocolate bacon $12.95.  Chocolate coated bacon bits were sprinkled on top of the tacos giving an extra slightly smoky chocolate flavour to this taco.  We all definitely liked this dish.

Beer Tasting

As part of the Taste Testers Club this evening, Big Rock Brewery (from Calgary) was offering two beer samples; a Double Happiness lager, and a Rye & Ginger beer.  The Double Happiness beer is brewed specifically for Rockford Grill.  You cannot get it anywhere else.  It is a typical light lager for me.  The Rye & Ginger beer is a bit more interesting to my palate.  It is made yes, with Rye and Ginger (which by the way is a popular mixed drink on the Prairies). You get a bit of sweetness from the Rye and spice from the ginger.  Low hops, an easy sipping beer.  It went really well with the prawn ravioli.

Yes There are Desserts

To cap off the evening we tried two desserts:

  • baked apple galette puff pastry filled with granny smith apples, vanilla gelato, caramel sauce $8.95
  • sticky chocolate date pudding, vanilla bean gelato, chocolate butterscotch sauce $7.95

Apple galette

I am a push over for desserts with apples.  I really enjoyed the galette with the many layers of thin pastry dough, and topped with the vanilla gelato. Not overly sweet. A treat to share with others.  The sticky chocolate date pudding was a bit heavier dessert.  The baked pudding was very bready in texture and needed the chocolate butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean gelato to make it moist in your mouth. Have it with a cup of coffee to end your meal.

If you are a vegetarian or not, there is something for everyone I think at Rockford Grill.  Go there for a casual lunch or evening with friends.

Dish and Dazzle – Fine Wine and Fabulous Food

BC Hospitality Foundation logo

Dish n’ Dazzle 2012 will be presented by Wines of Argentina on May 16th at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. This year’s $75 price represents outstanding value. Guests will be a be able to taste selections from over 80 wines. Enjoy food from 12 Vancouver restaurants. Food parings this year include Argentinian chorizo with Chapa bread, Charred Chimi Chrurri Hanger Steak, Empandas, Prawn tacos and more. The cocktail “shakedown” competition will offer attendees an opportunity to watch 6 top bartenders in action creating Argentinian inspired cocktails and the chance to taste each one!

A raffle featuring a grand prize from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts will be accompanied by a fabulous silent auction.  You can buy your tickets here.

Participating Restaurants

  • Heron’s West Coast Restaurant and Bar
  • Hy’s Encore
  • House of Empanadas
  • Kits daily Kitchen
  • Market by Jean-Georges
  • Oru at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Pier 7
  • Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Rockford Wok|Bar|Grill
  • Sutton Place: Fleuri 
  • Sanafir of the THE GLOWBAL COLLECTION
  • The Granville Room
  • H.A.V.E. Culinary school
  • Chef Anne Kirsebom

Participating Argentinean Wineries

I have written about many of these wineries in the past.  Lots of top quality wine to enjoy.  Please review my past posts by entering Argentina, Malbec, or Mendoza in the Search box.

  • Amalaya
  • Bodega Catena
  • Bodega Norton
  • Bodegas Escorihuela 1884
  • Casa Montes
  • Clos de los Siete
  • Dereco
  • Familia Schroeder
  • Familia Zuccardi
  • Finca Flichman
  • Flechas de los Andes- Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmund de Rothschild
  • Las Perdices (My favorite wine from the Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival this year was their Bonarda)
  • Michel Torino
  • Pascual Toso
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Julia
  • Tapiz
  • Trivento
  • Valentin Bianchi
  • Vistalba

More Food You Will Sample

  • Coffee crusted NY striploin with chimichurri infused vegetable Carbonada and crispy chichiron
  • Red churros croustillant Lollipops filled with Dulce de leche cream
  • Assorted traditional Empanadas with chimi churri sauce
  • Beef ensaladas with chili-passionfruit dressing
  • Cranberry & onion confit with chevre, blue cheese cracker
  • Seared Albacore tuna, spicy ramp kimchi, pickled vegetables
  • Charred Chimi Churri Hanger Steak , Jalapeno Piperade, Grilled Mini Faj
  • Hy’s classic steak tartare ita
  • House-made Argentinean Chorizo with Chapa Bread
  • Prawn Tacos with chocolate bacon
  • Albacore tuna soft shell
  • BC clam chowder with chorizo and carbonarra sabayon
  • Dungeness Crab & Albacore Tuna in a Sesame Cone with Sorrel Pesto

Dish ‘n Dazzle supports the BC Hospitality Foundation, bchospitalityfoundation.com