Fontanafredda 2009 Serralunga d’Alba Barolo
One of the greats, Barolo is the king of wine and Serralunga is one of the top spots making it. Still a baby, the 2009 need plenty more time in the cellar but even now, it practically sings in the glass with earthy, spicy aromas, the blackest cherry fruits, and some massive-if still accessible tannins. Drink now with meaty dishes or hard cheeses, and maybe decant it too. A steal around $40-45.
— Tom Firth, drinks editor, @cowtownwine
It’s a birthday lunch, and while Cilantro aren’t quite as old as me, they’ve been around for over 25 years and are still going strong, so I reckon some of their hearty and comforting food is perfect on a snowy September day. The wild mushroom soup is well up there with the best – it’s substantial, with lots of chewy mushrooms and a parmesan crisp floating on top. A plate-licker or one to wipe your bread around to mop up every last drop.
Lemon Conchigliette is another lip-licking dish. Slices of mildly spiced chorizo sausage, big juicy scallops, a goodly number of lobster chunks, snap peas and thinly sliced poblano pepper are all comfortably coated in a basil-chevre parmesan cream. It’s a generous potion, but you’ll want to finish it all.
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Poplar Grove Pinot Gris
Poplar Grove Pinot Gris is one of the smoothest wines I have tasted in recent memory. Peppery yet slightly sweet, it pairs well with everything from soup and salad to seafood and pasta. Plus it is from the Okanagan which is as local as it gets when you are living in Calgary. That always gets points in my books!
— Mallory Frayn, digital media editor, @cuzilikechoclat