Chef/owner Chris McDonald of Cava Restaurant invited local wineries to select a wine for his a duck, chorizo and snail Paella – then he invited experts and general public to vote for their favourite match.
Local Gamay was the tasters choice. Thirteen Street Gamay placed first, and Chateau des Charmes Gamay ‘Droit’ second.
The lesson here is that multi flavoured and textured dishes such as paella are not compatible with the richness or vanilla perfume (oak) of all of today’s popular wines. Old-style, non-glamorous wines such as Gamay are best at flattering this style of food, and refreshing the eater. Roast chicken, Indian Curries and grilled salmon are other food mates for Gamay.
P.S. Thirteen Street Gamay is available only at the winery but you can get Chateau des Charmes 08 Gamay ‘Droit’ at the LCBO #582353 $16.95