#GoCooking with J. Anthony’s Grill & Catering

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On May 26, 2014 Bacchus paired creations by J.Anthony’s Grill & Catering in Hamilton, ON at Go Cooking (Hamilton Spectator).

Greens with Grilled Pears, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and Raspberry-Balsamic vinaigrette with 2011 Churton Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

2011 Churton Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Churton Sauvignon Blanc

Churton is focused on producing limited volumes of high quality Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand.  Their goal is to create wines that are a true expression of their certified organic and biodynamic origin.  Their philosophy incorporates an Old World approach with a northeast facing hillside vineyard with all the work done by hand, including harvesting.  The wines are bone dry with natural cork enclosures – a rarity down under!

The salad had many components to consider with regards to pairing.  I almost went with Pinot Noir but the goat cheese and pears pushed me to quality Sauvignon Blanc.  The bone dry style allowed it all to come together perfectly.  Even the pecans were picked up subtly by the hint of nuts in the aroma of the wine.

J.Anthony's Greens with Grilled Pears, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and Vinaigrette

J.Anthony’s Greens with Grilled Pears, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and Vinaigrette

Sourced from the LCBO (LCBO # 159244) at $23.95 for a 750ml bottle

Mustard crusted Rack of Lamb with Port Mint Jus with 2011 Delaforce Tinto Duoro, Duoro Portugal

2011 Delaforce Tinto Duoro

2011 Delaforce Tinto Duoro

The Delaforce family, of Huguenot origin, can trace their history back over 400 years.  Their involvement inthe port business dates from 1834 when John Fleurriet Delaforce came to Oporto to set up the new form of Martinez Gassiot on behalf of its partners.  In 1868 his son George Henry Delaforce founded his own firm, the House of Delaforce.  Between 1894 and 1906 the company was distinguished with a warrant as a supplier of port wine to the Portuguese Royal Household.

As the sauce featured port, we decided to have some fun and select this red that features the traditional port blend grapes, but is not a fortified dry red.  The lamb was delicious and accompanied by roast potato tacks and bundled root vegetables.  It was quite traditional and the mint was not overpowering but complimented the meal beautifully.  The Duoro Tinto is quite full bodied with great herbal aromatics and ripe berry flavours.  The mustard was accented by the velvety tannins and pleasant acid showing in the wine.  It was hard to believe the wine is under fifteen dollars!

J.Anthony's Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Port Mint Jus

J.Anthony’s Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb with Port Mint Jus

 Sourced from the LCBO (LCBO # 332585) at $13.95 for a 750ml bottle

 Banana Chocolate Mousse with Kopke Fine Ruby Port, Duoro Portugal

Kopke Fine Ruby Port, Duoro Portugal

Kopke Fine Ruby Port, Duoro Portugal

The German family named Kopke came from Hamburg to Lisbon in 1636.  When the Wine – then known as Portwine – was recognized in 1675, the House of Kopke which is today the oldest port shippers, was one of the leaders in the field.  Through many generations, the company was run by several members of Kopke’s family, earning an excellent reputation for its ports, especially its vintage Colheita tawnies.

We could not bring ourselves to tease the crowd with a Duoro Red and not continue into Port.  Especially when chocolate is the featured flavour.  The velvet smooth mousse mingled with the silky ruby on the palate perfectly.  The banana was only a supporting flavour and supported the fruit of the wine quite nicely.  Again, it was hard to believe the bottle was so affordable!

J.Anthony's Banana Chocolate Mousse

J.Anthony’s Banana Chocolate Mousse

 Sourced from the LCBO (LCBO # 35766) at $15.35 for a 750 ml bottle

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