Stratus Wine and Food Pairing Dinner with Beckta Cuisine

stratus wineryStratus Winery hosted a spectacular wine and food tasting dinner in Niagara on September 28 that featured the cuisine of Ottawa restaurateur Steve Beckta’s three establishments: Beckta Dining & Wine, Play and Gezellig.  I found that the Stratus wines paired beautifully with partner and executive chef Mike Moffatt and chef de cuisine Katie Brown Ardington’s dishes.

Click on the arrow above to play the short Instagram video clip. The missing word at the end is windmill ;)

Chef Moffatt is a two-time Gold Medal Plates winner and Katie is a rising star on the Ottawa restaurant scene. This dinner paired courses in the genre of each of the group’s three restaurants (“Tri-Beckta”), alongside the three cuts from the Stratus vineyards: Stratus, Tollgate and Wildass.

Stratus tomatoFirst Course: Tomato

Heirloom tomatoes, tomato juice-marinated feta, crispy olives,
young red watercress, hazelnut vinaigrette

Tollgate Fumé Blanc 2009

Second Course: Rabbit

Pumpkin consommé, braised rabbit perogie, pumpkin seed oil,
chili-toasted pumpkin seeds

Stratus Sangiovese 2010

Stratus DuckThird Course: Duck

Roasted duck breast, duck confit spaetzle, parsnip purée, sautéed kale,
currant brown butter sauce

Stratus Syrah 2010

Stratus PearFourth Course: Pear

Sticky pear cake, corn caramel, toasted graham meringue,
caramel corn granola

Stratus Special Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc 2012

You can find more Stratus Wine Reviews here.

Stratus fireplaceThe patio in back of the winery that looks out at the vineyards.

Stratus SteveCharles Baker (left) handles both the marketing of Stratus Wines, and in his “spare time” makes his own brilliant Charles Baker Wines Picone Vineyard Riesling.

Also pictured above, Chef Mike Moffat and Steve Beckta.

stratus tablesInside the winery where tasting dinners are held.

In the video above, Steve talks about why he loves Stratus wines … in 15 seconds (the limit for Instagram).

stratus winemakingState-of-the-art winemaking facilities.

Winemaker J-L Groux talks about the 2009 and 2010 vintages for Syrah.

Stratus JL and NatalieWinemaker J-L Groux
Stratus Vineyards

Photo Credit: Elena Galey-Pride



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