Pairing food and drink: A guide to creating the ultimate epicurean experience
NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Whether you’re headed to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo or just looking for a great meal for your next party, the Expo’s food and wine experts have come up with a food pairing guide to please every taste.
“As great as the food and drinks are on their own, when coupled together with the right partner, it completely escalates the taste experience,” said Christopher Waters, Editor of VINES Magazine and Wine Consultant with the Niagara Food & Wine Expo which runs from May 27th to 29th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.
Waters recommends matching the following together for the best results:
Oysters and Vodka or Riesling – For oyster lovers, you can’t go wrong with a smooth tasting spirit like vodka or a dry Riesling. At the Expo Rodney’s Oyster House will be serving freshly shucked Prince Edward Island Malpeque Oysters which pair perfectly with the East Coast bottled Crystal Head Vodka or Niagara’s own Hernder Sparkling Riesling.
Lobster and Chardonnay or Lager – Light tasting lobster mixes well with a delicate chardonnay or lighter coloured lager. At the Expo grab some Maritime Lobster and combine it with Inniskillin’s Three Vineyards Chardonnay or Nickelbrook’s Organic Lager for a tasty complement.
Smoked duck and Pinot Noir or Berry Wine – The perfect pairing with smoked duck is a dark and rich red wine or for the more adventurous, an alternate to traditional grape based wines. At the Expo, be sure to try the Lake Land Meats smoked duck breast with Lailey Vineyard’s prized 2009 Pinot Noir or Muskoka Lakes Winery Cranberry Blueberry Wine.
Cheese and wine – This classic is the most popular and it’s a favourite for a reason. At the Expo, Thornloe Cheese Devil’s Rock Creamy Blue Cheese is best balanced with Henry’s Drive 2008 Pillar Box Red or GreenLane Estate Winery’s 2008 Icewine Riesling.
Sliders and Merlot or Beer – Gourmet burgers or sliders can go perfectly with either a red wine to match the beef or an imported beer to match the overall richness. At the Expo Pillar and Posts’ Beef Sliders will taste fantastic with Ravine Vineyards’ Merlot or McClelland Premium Imports’ De Koninck Belgium Beer.
“The most important thing to remember is that everyone’s taste is different so don’t be afraid to try and mix and match to find the best taste sensation,” said Waters. “The NiagaraFood & Wine Expo has everything under one roof which makes it easy to try a little bit of everything, including food and drinks that you may not try at a restaurant.”
To plan your tasting and culinary experience at the Expo visit www.niagarafoodandwine.ca for a full list of exhibitors. Check out show features like the Tasting Stage and the Chef Stage for the complete schedules featuring notable winemakers, sommeliers and chefs. Improve your foodie IQ and add a notch or two to your wine geek repertoire at these fun and delicious classes!
Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls
Friday, May 27 – 2 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, May 28 – 12 pm – 10 pm
Sunday, May 29 – 12 pm – 6 pm
General Admission: $12, 19+ only