For a limited time, one of our favorite spots to nosh in Gastown added their own set of custom blended wines to the menu. Let us tell you, we’ve tasted it and it’s worth every last delicious drop. Where can you try it out for yourselves? Head down to Gastown and stop by Wildebeest (120 West Hastings Street).
This award-winning restaurant has already added heat to Vancouver’s dining scene since opening about a year ago and can now boast some pretty stellar custom blends added to its already tasty mix.
Wine Director Brook Delves and Sommelier Justin Everett worked with Road 13 Vineyards’ winemaker, J-M Bouchard to create a signature white and red blend now available and ready to enjoy (or at least until the 50 odd cases produced dry up for good).
Working with J-M, both Delves and Everett (alongside Wildebeest owner James Iranzad) created a light bodies, easy drinking red using Gamay and Pinot Noir. The white blend is decidedly more Alsatian in style and features the ripeness of Pinot Gris, crisp acidity of Riesling and hints of floral and spice afforded by Gewurztraminer. Both wines were developed to be user friendly, considering the meat-centric, off-cut farmhouse fare served at the restaurant.
Given that so many items on Wildebeest’s menu are geared toward family-style dining and loads of share plates like slow-cooked Angus short rib, pork schnitzel, smoked fois gras and lamb tartare the wines make an excellent go-between. We can definitely see ourselves tucking in for a lazy/long meal that involves breaking open a bottle or two of both.
Chronicling the process through its entirety, the Wildebeest team filmed a short video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at this clever collaboration. Be sure to check it out here.
Wildebeest’s Red and White Blend wines will also be available for purchase for die-hard fans as a limited number of bottles will be available for purchase at several private stores in early 2014.