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February 2010


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Holding Court in the Kitchen

February 19, 2010

Craig1Last night Colin and I had the opportunity to share some wine knowledge with an eager group of MTS Lawyers. The MTS folks held an event at The Food Studio for a ‘hands on’ cooking experience.

The event was interactive, entertaining and fun. The talented lawyers proved they were just as comfortable in the kitchen as in the court room!

Maria from The Food Studio kept the MTS Lawyers running as they prepared their delicious meal.

Maria from The Food Studio kept the MTS Lawyers running as they prepared their delicious meal.

Colin and I were tasked with doing the wine pairings for the meal along with offering some insight on the basics of food and wine pairing and why the wines chosen worked with each meal.

We chose a nice off-dry Gewurztraminer for the Spicey Shrimp. The flavourful Gewurztraminer and its residual sweetness balanced the heat of the shrimp.

A California Sauvignon Blanc worked great with a Trio of Dips that included Hummus, Tzatziki and Guacamole. The dry Sauvingon Blanc balanced the oil and fats in the dips.

For the main course of Beef Rouladen we paired two wines. Beef Rouladen is a traditional German meal consisting of thin slices of beef rolled and stuffed with pickles, onions, mustard and bacon. It’s then pan seared and finished in the oven in beef broth. Rouladen is a very robust meal with lots of flavours from the varying components.

For a white wine the MTS lawyers enjoyed a German Spastlese Riesling. This style of Riesling is the traditional choice and works with Rouladen because it is off-dry, very flavourful and has lots of fruit.

For the red wine an Argentine Malbec was chosen. It worked nicely as it balance the earthy tones and salt of the Rouladen.

The Death by Chocolate Dessert was paired with an Icewine for a contrasting taste and a 10 Year Old Tawney Port that was a perfect compliment with it’s rich, warm flavours.

The Verdict? A good time was had by all!

The Verdict? A good time was had by all!

You could see that as hard as these MTS Lawyers work- they play and are ‘guilty’ of enjoying a great evening! In this layman’s opinion- the evening would have to be ‘judged’ a success!

Thanks for the opportunity to help out!



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