Rockway Gives Back Case Sale
Rockway wishes to support our community and our Health Care workers directly. We will be donating $10.00 from this case sale initiative for the next 3 months to the Niagara Health Foundation to support our “Rockway gives back” Initiative.
We have created a Special Mixed Case for this initiative that includes our favourite award-winning Rockway Wines along with food pairings & tasting notes assembled by Rebecca Young, our resident Sommelier. “It is a great way for you to try something new while giving back at the same time!”
1. 2016 Block Blend Riesling
(Wine-Glazed Grilled Halibut )
This Riesling is a great example of balance between residual sugar and acidity, and that balance is mirrored in this dish. The wine used in the recipe is sweet, so it will add a touch of sweetness to the sauce which is balanced by acid from lemon juice. This dish will complement the flavours of the Riesling without overpowering it.
2. 2016 Small Lot Sauvignon Blanc
(Pizza with Artichokes, Rosemary and Goat Cheese)
I just love goat cheese and Sauvignon Blanc, it’s a match made in heaven! This is a whole different take on pizza night.
3. Rockway Brut Cuvée
(Lemon Parmesan Popcorn)
This one may surprise you, but Champagne-style wines pair really well with salty snack foods like popcorn and chips. The acidity and carbonation of sparkling wines make for refreshing palate-cleansers which is a perfect pairing for salty, oily foods. This pairing is perfect for movie night!
4. 2017 Small Lot Pinot Noir
If you’ve never made risotto, it may seem intimidating. But as someone who is not a skilled Chef I can tell you it’s not that difficult to make, though it does require some time and patience. Pinot Noir wines tend to have earthy mushroom-like flavours, so this is a natural pairing. Pinot Noir is also an example of why “red wine with red meat” down’t always work. It has delicate flavours which means that something like beef may overpower it.
5. 2015 Block Blend Red
This is a great wine for burgers on the barbecue. The smoky notes imparted from the oak barrels are a nice complement to the smoky flavour of barbecue. The tannins in this wine have softened with age, however, they can still stand up to red meat. I chose bison burgers as a suggestion for those who like to try new things. But if you don’t like the idea of eating bison, or you can’t find it, good old fashioned beef burgers will work just as well.
6. 2017 Fergie Jenkins Red
(Smoky Bacon Chili)
Baco Noir has a spicy and smoky aroma, and is also high in acid. Acid in wine pairs well with acid in food, so when I think of food pairings for Baco Noir, I think of tomatoes, which are high in acid. Try adding bacon to your traditional chilli recipe for added deliciousness.
7. 2016 Small Lot Wild Ferment Chardonnay
(Hazelnut Crusted Chicken)
This is a flavourful, medium-bodied white wine that will pair well with a variety of dishes and stand up to full-flavoured dishes. Oak aged Chardonnays often have a nutty flavour, and this wine is no exception. The hazelnuts will provide a nice complement to the nuttiness of the wine.
8. 2017 Plush White
(Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings)
Sweet and spicy are two contrasting flavours that work beautifully together. The residual sugar in this wine will help to soften the heat of the sriracha sauce, and the acidity in the wine will cleanse the palate, which is important with spicy food. Wine and chicken wings - who knew?
9. 2018 Pinot Gris
(Simple oven-roasted chicken)
This Pinot Gris has lovely but delicate flavours which calls for simple food that won’t overpower it, which makes it a great wine for roast chicken - or just to enjoy by itself.
10. 2015 Small Lot Cabernet Franc
If you’re not familiar with Cassoulet, it may sound fancy, but it’s essentially a bean stew - hearty and delicious. The herbs and smoky flavours in this dish will be a great match for the flavours of the Cabernet Franc.
11. 2017 Syrah Alter Ego
The reason this pairing works so well is a simple one: Syrah has aromas of pepper, and pairs really well with peppery food. It’s also a young red which needs protein to balance the tannins.
12. 2018 Clubhouse Red
I often get requests for vegetarian dishes that pair with red wine. Baco Noir is a grape that has naturally high acidity, and acid in wine pairs well with high acid foods such as tomatoes. Veggie Lasagna makes a great hearty meal for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. So why not give this pairing a try?