For an excellent winter wine and food pairing, may we suggest a visit to South Granville and to the much-lauded Heirloom Vegetarian restaurant? Today’s pasta pairing with Vancouver Island’s Blue Grouse Estate Winery is a satisfying one to venture out and enjoy.
2015 Quill RedHeirloom‘s smoked mushroom penne.
To complete the penne, house smoked seasonal mushrooms, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, chili oil, cashew parmesan, and fresh torn basil are added.
Chef Ryan Stone notes, “We are happy to offer Blue Grouse Estate Winery’s Quill Red as it is a well-balanced, dynamic wine, that pairs wells with a lot of the dishes at the restaurant, but especially with the smoked mushroom penne. The smoked seasonal mushrooms add an earthy depth to this pasta while the San Marzano tomatoes have it all – great texture, mouthwatering acidity, and a juicy sweetness. The fresh torn basil leaves for an intoxicating aroma and fresh flavour. When adding wine to this already perfect equation, you do not want to overpower it with a heavy, tannic wine.” In other words, save your full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon for later and reach for the Blue Grouse Quill Red.
The restaurant is in its 5th year of operation, and owners Greer and Johl are thrilled to be bringing Vancouver their delicious, fresh fare to every corner of the city. The two are expanding their South Granville concept to other Vancouver neighborhoods – Kitsilano, Main Street, and West Vancouver – in the near future.