A 25th birthday should be celebrated with several bottles of wine and a great dinner. That’s exactly how the summer-long festivities began for Milestones at their Dundas Square location in Toronto, with General Manager André Barrett, Head Chef Jason Rosso and Kim Crawford’s New Zealand Portfolio Director Matthew Deller.
The food was on the table, but a great meal needs wine pairings to take it to the next level. Matt Deller, Master of Wine Candidate, flew in from New Zealand to guide the team through Kim Crawford’s classics.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that KC practises 100% sustainability in the vineyard and in their winemaking, according to Matt Deller: “It’s about leaving our land the way we found it and protecting it to not only grow pristine grapes, but to make sure it can do so well into the future.”
Some of the sustainability practices include using sheep in the vineyard for leaf plucking, and prohibiting the use of fungal sprays and planting native flowers. Here are my reviews of the wines we tasted.
The classic Sauvignon Blanc is the #1 selling SB in the LCBO and always delivers in consistency, freshness and value.
The Pansy Rosé, made from Merlot, has a watermelon and strawberry fruitiness to it with a dry, clean finish.
The 2013 Pinot Noir is young and fresh. Dominated with fresh cherry and primary fruit notes and is easy-drinking with intentional simplicity.
Although this party was all about the classics, Rosso’s Mini Smoked Chicken Bucatini Carbonara and Roasted Carved Beef Tenderloin main dishes were anything but ordinary. With a side of truffle macaroni and cheese, I propose that we all schedule in 25th birthdays every single day of the summer.
The 2011 Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc was a pleasant surprise. The KC vineyard is divided into 120 blocks all based on flavour profile. This wine is made from only 2 of the best concentrated blocks. Seductively aromatic with extreme minerality, a silky blouse to the texture and a deep, gooseberry and chamomile palate.
And finally, the 2013 Pinot Gris was my wine pick for the evening. This felt like a hidden gem. Fresh pear spice and green apple on the nose with a tropical fruit character on the palate, followed with an oily textural component coating the mouth on the finish. This wine paired with the sweet peas and bacon in the Carbonara was worth celebrating on its own.
You can visit your nearest Milestones restaurant to taste the Pinot Gris which is being featured on the summer wine list. You already know what to order… and you’re welcome.
Happy Birthday Milestones – you’re worth celebrating!
Melissa is an active feature columnist with Natalie MacLean and writer for her own website – Recipes and Red Wine.
In addition to her writing, Melissa acts as a Sommelier, a freelance wine consultant and founder of The Vino Enthusiasts Wine Club in Southern Ontario.