Do you like cooking, or watching people cook, then eat? I like both and was happy to see that YEW seafood + bar and La Quercia will be offering cooking classes in association with the Arts Club Theatre Company. In addition, if you are a wine person like me, Mission Hill Family Estate will be providing the wine. Eat and drink local! Here is the announcement from the Arts Club Theatre Company. Enjoy!
Vancouver, B.C.—The Arts Club Theatre Company’s duo of July Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes will showcase sumptuous summer fare and fine B.C. wine. Top chefs from YEW seafood + bar and La Quercia move from the kitchen to the patio to demonstrate how to prepare refined menus with distinct themes. The first evening is dedicated to the art of the barbecue, and the second to delectable Northern Italian cuisine. The popular fundraising classes are held in private luxury homes in Vancouver and West Vancouver.
Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar takes on grill master duties on Tuesday, July 23, to throw an elegant backyard party, featuring four courses served family style. The class will focus on professional tips and tricks for firing up the barbecue as well as interactive demonstrations on salad and dessert preparations. Murray has spent his career creating high-end dishes with an accent on local seafood.
On Wednesday, July 31, Lucais Syme of La Quercia will create a rustic, regional Italian menu with a contemporary edge. His Kitsilano trattoria has built a reputation for updating traditional dishes and embracing the farm-to-table movement—recent accolades include Best Casual Dining Award fromVancouver Magazine and Best Italian Golden Plate Award from the Georgia Straight.
The class will begin with an olive oil tasting by Kelowna-based The Olive Oil Merchant, which specializes in importing superior quality olive oil from artisan producers in Italy.
Wine pairings for each dinner are provided by Mission Hill Family Estate, producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions.
Both classes start at 6 PM and tickets are $125 each (with $50 tax receipt).
IN BRIEF: The Arts Club Theatre Company hosts summer Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes with Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar on July 23 and Lucais Syme of La Quercia on July 31. Each evening features an interactive cooking demonstration of summer fare, served with wine pairings and held at private Vancouver area homes. For tickets, call Special Events at 604.687.5315, ext. 248, or visit artsclub.com.
ABOUT SEAN MURRAY
Since graduating from culinary school, Sean Murray has honed his skills in the kitchens of luxury hotels. He trained for five years under Ernst Dorfler at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Murray joined the Four Seasons Hotel group in 2002, spending six years in various international hotels and resorts, with his most recent position as executive sous chef at the Four Seasons Costa Rica. Murray returned to Vancouver in 2011 as restaurant chef under Ned Bell at YEW seafood + bar, where he brings his knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to the restaurant’s modern seafood concept.
ABOUT LUCAIS SYME
Co-owners and co-chefs Lucais Syme and Adam Pegg have created an exceptional brand in Vancouver, starting with their flagship restaurant La Quercia, renowned for its repertoire of simple, deliciously executed Northern Italian dishes. They followed up by opening La Pentola Della Quercia in Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel in 2012 to rave reviews. They also run L’Ufficio wine bar, adjacent to La Quercia.
ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
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This list has a range of wines from all over the world, and includes red, white, and sparkling wines. Quite a mix of wines. But which was my overall favorite? Read on!
Meyer Family Vineyards Micro Cuvee, Old Main Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 (BC) This wine is a deep lemon colour. Medium intensity aromas that show some developing characteristics. Tropical fruit, apple, yeast, oak, vanilla, butter and honey aromas. It is dry on the palate with medium plus level of acidity. Very pronounced flavours and quite full bodied. Citrus, tropical fruit, dried fruit, oak, vanilla, butter, honey and some minerality. Lots roundness in the mouth, but has that higher level of acidity to balance it out. There is a tiny hint of spice. The oak is very integrated with the wine. It’s there in the background. I rate this as an outstanding wine and can be aged for further complexity.
The D’Angelo Sette Coppa 2005 (BC) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. It is primarily Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with lesser amounts of the other grape varieties. From my tasting of this wine at the Simply Red event, I had the following notes: “Light garnet in the glass. Tarry, cassis and black cherry aromas. Cassis, cherry, chocolate and vanilla on the palate with some spiciness. Medium length with firm tannins kicking in on the finish. Enjoy with some grilled meat.” What did I note in my latest tasting? This wine is deep garnet in colour. Pronounced aromas in the glass of dried fruit, black fruit, red cherry, a hint of cedar, sweet spice and vanilla. This wine has firm yet soft tannins. Dry on the palate with medium to full body. Flavours of black fruit, black cherry, strawberry, sweet spice, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. This wine is ready to drink now, but could age a year to let the tannins soften a bit more.
The Bodegas Salentein Primum Malbec (Argentina) was outstanding. Opaque purple in the glass. Reserved vanilla and plum nose. Ripe plum and cassis flavour with some spice and firm tannins. A very high quality Malbec.
The Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 comes from the Dierberg Family of wines (California). Opaque garnet in the glass. Vanilla and juicy red cherry nose. Cherry and plum flavours. Round mouthfeel and firm tannins. Their Dierberg Pinot Noir 2006 was also outstanding.
The Mount Riley Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (New Zealand) is pale lemon colour in the glass. Light gooseberry nose. High acid with some minerality and lemon rind. Herbal finish. Elegant.
The Alto Rouge 2007 (South Africa) was light/medium garnet in the glass. Capsicum and cherry nose. Cherry, meaty and spicy flavours. Their Alto Shiraz 2006 was deep purple coloured. Sweet black fruit aromas. Firm tannins and bursting with blueberry flavours. Very full bodied.
The Pfaffenheim Steinert Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2005 (France) may have been my overall favorite white wine of the festival. This wine was very elegant and intense. Medium lemon in colour, with peach and honey on the nose. Medium body, with peach and flowery flavours. Round with refreshing acidity to balance the fruit.
Another fantastic wine was the Dopff & Irion Traditional Gewurztraminer 2008 (France). Lychee and honey on the nose. Good acidity with peach and lychee flavour. Very refreshing.
Church & States Wines Chardonnay 2007 (BC). The Chardonnay 2007 is medium lemon colour. Nice apricot nose. Vanilla, sweet spice, pineapple and apricot flavours, with a bit of spice. Lots of flavours coming out the glass the more you swirled it around in your mouth.
Mission Hill Family Estate Quatrain 2006 (BC). This is a Syrah, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc blend from the Black Sage area of the Okanagan. Deep purple coloured. Blueberry and plum nose. Cherry and plum flavour, peppery with firm tannins.
Villa Rinaldi Rose di Barriciaia 1998 (Italy). This is a Pinot Noir based sparkling wine that has some oak aging. Peachy, orange colour in the glass. Nutty, lemony and creamy / lees on the palate. Very small, fine bubbles.
The Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec Lujan de Cuyo 2007 (Argentina) has a vanilla, cedary, cherry nose. Ripe black fruit, cassis and black cherry flavours, with medium tannins. I marked a star beside this wine in my notes.
The Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir (New Zealand) was medium garnet in the glass. A very pretty raspberry and plum nose. Raspberry, leafy, cherry flavours. Slightly spicy. Silky on the palate. Very nice!
The Woollaston Estates Tussock Nelson Pinot Noir (New Zealand) was very aromatic with strawberry and raspberry aromas. Cherry and raspberry flavours. Medium body, medium acidity. Vanilla on the finish.
The Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (California) is pale lemon colour. It has light lemon with gooseberry nose. Round mouthfeel with good acidity. Nice herbal flavour.
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (California) continues to deliver. There was lots of gooseberry and green herbal aromas. Herbal flavour with good acidity. A very good example of Sauvignon Blanc.
So which was my 2010 Overall Wine Pick? The Pfaffenheim Steinert Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2005 (France). I still think of when I tasted this wine. I checked the BCLDB website, and this wine is still available. It retails for $33.95 a bottle.
Today I was fortunate to taste a range of wines around the world that are represented in BC by Mark Anthony Wine Merchants. There was red, wine, sparkling, rose, and fortified wines.
The wineries and countries that were available for tasting were:
– Canada: Artisan Wine Company, Mission Hill Family Estate
– Australia: Yalumba, Tyrrell’s, Vasse Felix
– South Africa: Obikwa
– New Zealand: Man O’War, Twin Islands, Pewsey Vale
– France: Maison Louis Latour, Henry Fessy, Simonnet Febvre, Lanson, Lucien Albrecht
– Italy: Antinori, Tenuta Sant’ Antonio, Col De Salici
– Germany: Gunderloch, Deinhard, Henkell
– Austria: Huber
– California: Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Terlato
– Washington: Long Shadows
– Chile: Santa Rita, Terra Andina
– Argentina: Dona Paula
– Spain & Portugal: Vega Sicilia, Manyana, Graham’s
With the sheer amount of wineries, and wines, it would be a short novel if I were to cover all the wines that I tasted. So I’ll give you my picks from this evening:
Brotte Vacqueyras “Bouvencourt” 2006 (France) $28.99. This is a Grenache / Syrah blend. Medium garnet with a bit of bricking. Caramel, and cherry on the nose. Medium body and tannins. Caramel, apple, raspberry and cherry flavours.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Domaine Barville” 2004 (France) $31.48. A Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre blend. Medium garnet with some bricking in the glass. Light cherry aromas. Very nice flavours of red ripe cherries and vanilla. Medium body with smooth tannins.
Louis Latour Marsannay Pinot Noir 2007 (France) $29.99. Light garnet in colour. Lively raspberry fruit nose. Oak, cherry, raspberry and currant flavours. Medium length.
Antinori Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2007 (Italy) $34.99. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser amounts of Merlot and Syrah. Opaque garnet with a black core in the glass. Pencil lead and black cherry nose. Pencil lead, black ripe fruit, capsicum, and cherry flavours. Smooth mouthfeel with medium tannins and medium length on the palate.
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 (Italy) $46.99. Chianti for those that do not know is made with the Sangiovese grape. This wine was dark garnet in colour. Oak, cassis, and cherry nose. Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel. Medium acidity and tannins with ripe black cherry flavour.
Monti Garbi Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2008 (Italy) $30.00. Many Valpolicella are made from the grape varieties Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. This wine is made with Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Croatina, and Oseleta. This is one of my favourite wines of this tasting. Medium garnet in colour. Nice aromas of cherries, caramel and a hint of spice. Licorice and red cherries with spice on the palate. Medium body / tannins, smooth on the palate with medium length.
Santa Rita Medalla Real Pinot Noir 2008 (Chile) $19.99. Santa Rita is one of my favorite wineries from Chile. They have a range of very nice wines. Wine & Spirits Magazine has awarded Santa Rita the Winery of the Year Award for 2010. This is the first year I believe for this particular wine. Medium garnet in colour. Juicy strawberry nose. Lots of strawberry, raspberry and spice flavours with a bit of flowers and oranges too. Lots of flavours happening in the glass. Medium body.
Twin Islands Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008 (New Zealand) $39.99. New Zealand is well-known for their pinot noir wines. This wine comes from the Marlborough region, which is also well known for Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is light cherry in colour. Nice raspberry nose. Medium body with low tannins. Some minerality, red cherry and smokiness on the palate.
Vasse Felix Shiraz 2005 (Australia) $39.99. Opaque garnet in colour. Ripe, juicy black cherry nose. Minerality, ripe black cherries, and a bit of spice. The flavour of this wine keeps building it the more you keep aerating the wine in your mouth. Very smooth. A “wow” wine.
There were many more wines that could be listed. I will be posting my tasting notes for all the wines I tried later on www.MyWinePal.com. I hope you have a chance to purchase and try some of these wines that I recommended. Cheers.