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asparagusHELLO ASPARAGUS!

The first asparagus of the season is always special and this year I had one of those experiences you read about in cook books. From ground to table in twenty minutes – thanks to Ed and Sandy Taylor who operate a roadside stand on Sandy Hook Road here in Prince Edward County. Ed picked a bunch for me right from his organic farm, and they were sizzling under the grill, into a frittata pan, and on the lunch table in next to no time. Along with a very good baguette from Metro and open bottle of Aussie Semillon. Brilliant sunshine made it all quite wonderful. Ed and Sandy have organic produce all season long and they’re just one minute south of one of the County’s best watering holes, The Waring House.

product_thumb_TR_SauvBlanc_2009More asparagus meals have followed accompanied by my traditional wine partner, Sauvignon Blanc. This year I’m enjoying Hillebrand’s 09 Trius – brisk, refreshing and herbaceous, but also very general purpose.

HILLEBRAND 09 ‘Trius’ Sauvignon Blanc, VQA Niagara 221804 $13.95

P.S. There’s tons of great events happening in Niagara and the County, but next weekend on June 4 Hillebrand is putting on a WHOLE HOG DINNER!

Chef extraordinaire Frank Dodd will host your dining experience as he presents three courses, including a delicious vine-roasted suckling pig. Savour Chef’s award-winning plates as you sip perfectly paired wines selected by Winemaker Craig McDonald. $99 per person, plus tax and gratuities. Fun starts at 6:30pm.

http://www.hillebrand.com

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