Day 30 – Charles Baker Riesling 2008

Day 30 - Charles Baker Riesling 2008  Charles Baker Wines
 Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario
 Winemaker, J-L Groux
Day 30 - Charles Baker Riesling 2008
 Riesling 2008
 Available Online and through Stratus Winery

Today is day 30 of ’30 Days of Local Wine’. But if the history of this program is any indication, today is most certainly not the last day. Once again, due to the enormous amount of support and response we’ve received, we’re extending the calendar beyond 30 days. Rules are meant to be broken after all.

That being said, the extension of 30 days calls for a celebration. For today, I’ve chosen two of my favourite things, Riesling and Sushi.

Riesling is a varietal that thrives under the governance of cooler climates. Acidity, stony accents, citrus fruit, grassiness, petrol; these are all noticeable characteristics in this grape and this Charles Baker wine is a great template what we can achieve with Rieslings in Ontario. Produced from the cooler 2008 vintage, it’s a juicy wine that is incredibly well balanced. It was produced with grapes sourced from Chef Mark Picone’s private vineyard in the Vinemount ridge region under Charles Baker’s (Director of Marketing and Sales, Stratus Vineyards) own label.  Charles didn’t make the wine, Jean-Laurent of Stratus did, but it was Charles’ idea to produce wine reflective of a singular vineyard. Charles appropriately picked Riesling because it is a varietal well known for expressing that sense of terroir.

I can’t think of a better companion for a wine with these puissant qualities than fish, specifically sushi, in all its delectable variations. There are only few sushi restaurants in Toronto that can make me as happy as this wine does, Omi happens to be one of them.

Day 30 - Charles Baker Riesling 2008

I’ve praised Omi  in the past, and time after time it has proven to be a place that is not only consistent in quality, but each dish offers a sense of playfulness and excitement. Within these tight walls in Omi’s little space in cabbagetown, I am happy, very happy. Bring on the omakase —  chef John Lee’s sending course after course of fish beautifully presented a variety of presentations.  Fresh scallops scaled by a blowtorched and placed  on panko crusted rice dumplings, slivers of tuna that has been marinating in garlic oil, Korean bibimbap with tuna and salmon. It all goes wonderfully well with the indvidually discernable characteristics of this wine.

Day 30 - Charles Baker Riesling 2008

Day 30 - Charles Baker Riesling 2008

Charles Baker Wines

Omi Japanese Restaurant
243 Carlton Street, Toronto ON

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Written by Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss is the publisher of and Rickshawmag. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America. Suresh also runs the newly launched Zagat Toronto site.

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