After being seated at the table inside the Modern Gallery area in the Listel Hotel on May 11, we were invited to Dare to Pair. Chef Welbert Choi was to serve us 3 courses, each of the courses featured a specific protein done 3 ways and with the recommended wine of that course, we were to taste, savour and select the wine and dish that paired the best.
The 1st course:
Pacific Provider Salmon done 3 ways, this was my favourite of the 3 courses, is the Salmon “crudo” curry-scented oil, raw honey dressing, spring shoots, pea raita; paired with the Alamos Chardonnay 2013.
The 2nd course:
Yarrow Farm Duck done 3 ways, this was my 2nd favourite of the 3 courses and it was the confit leg and morel mushroom fricassee paired with the Alamos Cabernet sauvignon 2013 and won me over.
The 3rd course:
Game Meats featuring an elk tartar, bison crepinette and bison ribeye, paired with both the Alamos Malbac 2013 and the Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2012.
A cheese selection platter at the end of the meal along with a dessert platter was served to round out the meal.
You can find these Alamos wines from Argentina, in many restaurants, bars and liquor stores in the Vancouver area.
By: Richard Wolak