You sit there looking at the menu, considering your options, then glancing back at the wine menu to see what matches what.
You know there are rules – white wine with fish and red with red meat – but it all seems so complicated. So you order the meal you want and a random wine, which of course tastes good, but does it taste as good as it could?
At The Water Tower, we have the answer for you, or at least an answer – Wine Tasting Night.
We bring in a professional sommelier and have them match each course of a 5-course meal with dishes we’ve made in collaboration with our local suppliers.
From appetizers to desserts, you get to experience the perfect pairing of wine and food that opens up a whole new experience.
To give you an idea of how this happens, we’ll rewind to our first wine-tasting event, then peer forward into the future of the Wine Tower, er, The Water Tower.
Our first wine tasting
We hosted our very first wine-tasting night last month, and the feedback we got was exceptional. But, of course, that speaks as much to our local partners as it does to our food, but we’ll get there in a bit.
For now, we’ll let you know what the evening looked like.
The event was held on the third floor of The Water Tower, and with limited tickets available, it was a rather intimate affair.
We started off with a charcuterie plate of locally-produced cured meats, and house-made pickled vegetables, paired with a De Gregorio Perricone.
Our second course was lighter, with blackened sea scallops placed on a bed of micro greens, arugula and pureed beets, paired with a lovely Bordeaux.
For the main, we offered two options:
- Herb-crusted haddock piccata, paired with a Sauvignon Blan from Italy
- Benchmark Angus petite filet mignon, paired with a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc blend, also from Italy.
For dessert, we served a cheese plate with petite fours (otherwise known as small pastries), which came with a perfectly-sweet, Italian Moscato.
It was an absolutely wonderful evening, with perfect pairings. But, the best pairing wasn’t food with wine, it was our collaboration with our wonderful, local partners.
Locally-sourced partners & The Water Tower – The perfect pairing
We’ve mentioned, multiple times, our local partners, and they deserve a lot of the credit for the meal. Our partners include:
- Bootsma Bakery from Lethbridge
- Ben’s Quality Meats from Picture Butte
- Crystal Springs Cheese from Coalhurst
- Thrive Honey from iron Springs
- First Choice Cellars from Calgary
Stay tuned for the next tasting
Last month’s wine tasting was such a hit that we’re planning on making this a regular event. To get updates, follow us on Instagram.