Schramsberg NV Blanc de Blancs California
Less well known that the white label blanc de noirs from Schramsberg, this offering is strictly chardonnay. Wonderful fruits with peach and lime, mineral, flintiness, and a little vanilla bean along with some nice mousse and some great acids. I’m definitely going to be serving this at home soon.
— Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor, @cowtownwine
Lobster Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, LeVilla on 4th
This one of those very special dishes that you want to savour and never finish. Shown is the dish we had at a malbec pairing dinner that came with sautéed rainbow kale, grilled asparagus and creamy mashed potato, but the dish is on the dinner menu where it comes with a barley risotto instead of potato. The beef is meltingly tender, and under the sauce are hiding good sized chunks of flavourful lobster – an outstanding variation on surf and turf!
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Seasonal Sorbet – Village Ice Cream
Village Ice Cream’s seasonal sorbets are one of my go-to choices to satisfy my late-night sweet tooth. Dairy-free, creamy and made with pure fruit juices, I love that I get to indulge in a ice cream outing with friends even though I’m lactose-intolerant. The current flavour, Fresh Lemon is tart but sweet. Splurge and spend the extra $1 for a waffle cone. (Last month’s sorbet is pictured)
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington
Hopped Mead – Fallentimber Meadery
For me there’s never a bad time to have mead, but warmer weather is the best time of all. Located in Water Valley, Alberta, Fallentimber Meadery has a Cascade and Chinook hopped mead made with their own Ryan’s Honey. It is complexly floral, rich, and lightly sweet with a peppery dry finish. Time to celebrate the true taste of Alberta with one of humanity’s oldest fermented beverages.
$8. Available at specialty craft beer shops in Calgary and at the meadery.
— Tarquin Melnyk, contributor, @livelikeburning