Singletree Winemakers Lunch at Forage

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On June 16th I had the pleasure to attend a wonderful launch of Fraser Valley’s Singletree Winery at a lunch at Forage. Chef Chris Whittaker paired his dishes to many of Singletree’s wines. I enjoyed tasting the 2014 Singletree Sauvignon Blanc to tempt my palate before the lunch began.

Garnet Etsell, owner of Singletree

Garnet Etsell, owner of Singletree

Garnet Etsell, owner of Singletree was on hand to talk about his winery from it’s roots to now. Their small, family-operated vineyard is located in Mt. Lehman, in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. With extensive farming experience, his family has developed a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, and appreciation for our agriculture, that we aim to express with Singletree.

1st course:

House cured Juniper Lonza

House cured Juniper Lonza

House cured Juniper Lonza, potato and roast garlic purée paired with the 2013 Singletree Siegerrebe and this was my favourite pairing of the lunch, a delicious wine that had a beautiful aroma and was perfectly balanced.

2nd course:

Albacore Tuna Crudo

Albacore Tuna Crudo

Albacore Tuna Crudo with lemon verbena infused olive oil, gooseberry, salad greens, dandelion dressing paired with the Singletree 2013 Farmhand White

3rd course:

Grilled Yarrow Meadows duck breast,

Grilled Yarrow Meadows duck breast,

Grilled Yarrow Meadows duck breast, confit arancini, grilled garlic scapes, parfait, elderflower and cherry preserve paired with the Singletree 2013 Pinot Noir

4th course:

Elderflower Neufchâtel cheese puff,

Elderflower Neufchâtel cheese puff,

Elderflower Neufchâtel cheese puff, vanilla ice cream, edible flowers, cordial, unruly gin-spiked blueberries an outstanding dessert to end a wonderful meal.

You can find Singletree Winery in the Fraser Valley, you can follow them on twitter @SingletreeWine

If you are heading out to the Fraser Valley, stop in and visit the winery at 5782 Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford, BC.

By: Richard Wolak