Bodega De Edgar 2012 Albariño
Edgar Torres makes just a few wines focused on Spanish grape varieties, in Paso Robles, California. With a ‘hands off’ approach to winemaking, he neither filters nor fines his wines, but Bodega de Edgar Albariño is fermented on the lees and 50 percent undergoes malolactic fermentation, producing a creamy, rich mouthfeel with a crisp mouthwatering acidity, and delicate flavours of peach and nectarine – delicious.
Heaven Artisan GF Cuisine is a completely gluten-free restaurant on 17th Avenue SW, but you don’t have to be gluten-free to eat there. The dishes, like the owner-chefs, are part Mediterranean and part South American. The Beef Empanadas are some of the best I’ve tried, and you wouldn’t know they’re GF. The crunchy pastry is filled with roasted ground beef, carrots, sweet peas, onions and peppers, and come with two dipping sauces – a green mild cilantro sauce and a fiery red chilli sauce.
Tango Bistro is at the front of Smuggler’s Inn, and is a casual yet really good-looking restaurant specialising in small plates and sharing plates. Its Seared Scallops are served on a creamy parsnip and nutmeg puree with wild mushrooms, and is one of those dishes that brings a wild smile of pleasure to your face. A great combination of taste and texture, cooked just right.
Tango’s Caprese Salad is a lovely fresh plate of lightly dressed local tomatoes, bocconcini, torn basil and organic arugula. It’s a generous portion and perfect for sharing. Makes a very flavourful, yet light and healthy-feeling, start to a meal.
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Parlour Gin – Eau Claire Distillery
I am not a gin fan, but Eau Claire Distillery’s offering has me reconsidering my aversion. Made in Turner Valley, this gin is smooth and easy to sip on its own. I tried it cooled down in a glass with an ice cube and loved the juniper and berry notes. I can’t wait to have another gin cocktail tonight.
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington