Recently the Spotlight crew gathered together to taste through nearly 50 Ontario wines in a selection process to pick wines for the Food Truck Eats AwesTRUCK event.
AwesTRUCK is the first event of its kind in Canada, a street food gala marrying awards, food trucks, and street food. The event took place at the Evergreen Brick Works and hosted 10 gourmet food trucks, alongside 6 popup food vendors. To compliment the food, three breweries were invited to pour at the event, and Wine Country Ontario was invited to present local Ontario wines. Earlier in August, the Spotlight team (David, Mike, Suresh, Glen) along with wine writer Alan McGinty, sat down to taste through a number of wines in order to pick the 10 wines that would be served at the event.
The goal was to pick wines that are not only ready to drink but food friendly as well. Wines also had to be affordable (Under $20) and readily available (LCBO, Winery).
Local wines we selected for AwesTRUCK 2012;
Chateau des Charmes Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2010
A full bodied chardonnay with a creamy feel on the mouth, followed with ripe melon flavours.
Availability: LCBO 81653 / Winery
Mike Weir Riesling 2008
A great value priced riesling with hints of honey, lemon, and great acidity. Great with spicy tacos and lamb skewers.
Availability: LCBO 229286 / Winery
Pillitteri Estates Merlot 2010
The only problem with this Merlot is that it is just way too damn easy to drink. Silky smooth with ripe berry flavours and a touch of acidity. It's soft on the palate and goes wonderfully well with Italian food. We paired it with the Rome'n Chariot food truck.
Peninsula Ridge Estates Lepp Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2010
The most aromatic wine of the bunch, this Sauvignon Blanc is ripe from nose to palate bursting with tropical fruit flavours.
Rosewood Pinot Noir 2010
This pinot is soft on the palate, fruit forward with raspberry and cherry on the palate. The ample fruit allows the wine to stand up to lightly spiced dishes.
Southbrook Connect Red 2011
The only certified organic and biodynamic wine in the bunch. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon gives this wine robust fruit flavours while keeping the mouthful juicy and ripe.
Wildass White 2008
This five varietal blend from winemaker J.L. Groux of Stratus vineyards is one of the most easily pairable wines in our opinions.
Thirty Bench Bench Riesling 2011
A medium dry riesling with bright citrus flavours on the nose, following through with grapefruit and peach flavours on the palate. We paired this wine with cupcakes from the cucpake diner.
Availability: LCBO 24133 / Winery
Full Disclosure: Spotlight Toronto staff are organizers of Food Truck Eats events, and AwesTRUCK 2012.