Château de Sancerre Cuvée du Connétable
Château de Sancerre Cuvée du Connétable is a special wine. From the home of sauvignon blanc grapes in northern France’s Loire Valley, this wine is a very limited production of only 6,000 bottles made from select vineyard parcels, including the famous, Clos du Roy. Most of this golden wine is made, and also aged,in oak barrels which produces a creamy mouthfeel, and flavours of vanilla and apricot. I sipped it with Yellow Door Bistro’s Seared Steelhead Trout with roast potato and brown butter sabayon – a perfect combination.
$47. Available at select stores in Calgary.
Paneer Karahi Masala – Safari Grill
Safari Grill has a new menu, so as well as favourites like their thinly sliced Short Beef Ribs, with a choice of eight sauces (there might be riots in Calgary if they took those off the menu), they now have dishes with paneer (curd cheese). Mild and creamy, Paneer Karahi Masala is cooked in a spicy tomato-onion based sauce ($18.50) and Chilli Paneer is cooked with African spices and veggies ($17). Both arrive in a beautiful candle-heated metal dish and come with rice and chapati.
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel – Purdy’s Chocolates
Sweet, soft caramel enrobed in melt-in-your-mouth chocolate and topped with a dusting of Himalayan pink salt — does it get any better than this? I fell in love with these chocolates at first bite a few years ago, so when a box suddenly appeared on my counter this week (Thanks Auntie!), I had to dive in. Available in both milk and dark chocolate, I sometimes pop in to Purdy’s whenever I’m near a location for just one to satisfy my sweet tooth.
$18.25 for a box of 18.
Kensington’s Oolong Tea House makes one of the best matcha lattes in the city. Using a premium grade matcha, Oolong is able to craft a drink that highlights this finely ground green’s flavours while not being overly sweet and avoiding the tea’s bitter taste when it is incorrectly prepared. The extra dose of antioxidants and caffeine from matcha are the perfect pick me up on a cold spring day.
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington