Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival Banff 2014
It was a lucky coincidence that I was already in Banff with good friends for the weekend of the Banff Rocky Food and Wine Festival
. It didn't take much to convince three of them to be my date for an afternoon of food and wine at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel! If you've never been, I highly recommend it! The Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival also has shows in Edmonton and Calgary, but I have to say that Banff is my favourite...plus you just can't beat the setting! The show is also quite affordable : ) For $54 I tried 6 different wines, lamb, dessert and bought chocolate for my friends!
If you've ever been to one of my Wine & Chocolate classes, you know how much I love Spanish wine. I didn't see any Spanish wines at the show, but that may have been because I was completely distracted by the Portugese wines of Wine & Soul imported by Global Wine Merchants Inc. Their Pintas, the highest rated wine of Portugal, stole my heart for a mere $8 for a one ounce taste. It is from Douro and is a blend of over 30 different indigenous grape varieties. All of their wines are well-crafted, but the fruit and overall elegance of the Pintas definitely put it in a league of its own. There were only 5,500 bottle sod the 2010 vintage made and it retails for $100 a bottle. All that was missing from this wine was a dark chocolate raspberry truffle!
My favourite white wine at the Rocky Mountain Food and Wine Festival was the Matua Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Much easier on the pocketbook, this one retails for only $16.50! This wine will definitely be my go-to for a summer patio wine! It's crispy, fruity, pineapple-y and refreshing just as a Sauvignon Blanc should be. It's uniqueness comes out with a subtle hint of mint near the finish.
Of course, we couldn't leave without dessert! We enjoyed the Pavlova from The Bison Restaurant. The restaurant itself is located above the casually delicious Bear Street Tavern (my favourite pizza joint in Banff) but is more upscale. Their Pavlova Mountain is made of banana whip, house made "Nutella", peanut butter crumble and cocoa nibs. I could eaten two of them! If you missed this event, you can catch them again in Calgary October 17 - 18 or in Edmonton October 24 - 25...I'll probably see you there!
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