Each year when I attend the Vancouver International Wine Festival there are a selection of events that I attend. My friend and fellow food writer Cassandra Anderton is from New Zealand and is not only a wine aficionado she is also a great promoter of New Zealand wines each time they presented in Vancouver. She invited me to attend this event which took place towards the end of this years wine festival. Held at The Boathouse overlooking Kitsilano Beach on a dreary winter day where the wind was blowing strong, guests filled the room with glasses in hand to sip and swirl.
Each of the New Zealand wines presented were paired with dishes created by each of the local Boathouse Restaurants and their chefs and each were represented at this grazing lunch event.
My favourite dishes were the Heirloom Vegetables Risotto with tarragon and basil oil, along with the Herb Crusted Lamb Lollipops with Dijon jus.
Attending Passionate Pairings was a great way to enjoy some of New Zealand wine and pairings.
By: Richard Wolak