The current Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 were recently awarded. We all want to know the Gold Medal wines so we can seek them out in our local bottle shop. But what I want to know especially, is which Canadian wineries won a Gold Medal? Here is the answer.
Today I made a batch of banana bread and thought about what to pair it with. Sifting through my memory, I thought that Mission Hill Winery’s Vidal Icewine (or their Late Harvest) would fit the bill. The Vidal grape has a honey and tropical fruit aroma and flavour. Banana from the banana bread is a tropical fruit, so it should mesh beautifully. While the bread is cooling, I am writing this article.
In case you would like to try this pairing, here is the recipe that I use for banana bread. It comes from the “Centennial Cookbook” and the recipe is by a lady named Lil Karpyshyn. I’ve made a few modifications, to make the recipe my own.
Banana Bread Recipe
1.25 cup brown sugar 3 eggs dash of vanilla 3/4 cup oil (I use canola) 2 cups unbleached flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp allspice 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2 cups mashed bananas (2.5 bananas) 1/4 cup raisins
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla till creamy. Slowly add in oil. In a separate bowl, mix flour, making soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Slowly add flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix in the mashed bananas and the raisins. Pour into the loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes. Test with a toothpick. It should come out dry.
I was just browsing around on the web and I found this recipe for a champagne with icewine cocktail recipe and thought I’d pass it along to you. Although the recipe is listed as “champagne”, it really should be identified as “sparkling wine” as champagne is only from the Champagne region in France.
Since this is a long weekend, you may want to make some tonight or on Sunday night with friends. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Fusion Royale Champagne Cocktail
By Scott McTaggart, Fusion Grill, Winnipeg
750 ml bottle sparkling wine (suggests Sumac Ridge Stellar’s Jay)
375 ml bottle icewine (suggests Inniskillin Vidal)
Preserved Bing cherries
Fill champagne flutes 3/4 full of sparkling wine. Add a dash of icewine to each. Drop in a cherry.