The Tomato

Wine Maven

by Mary Bailey

Daved Leeder of Get Cooking plates the umami meal. Candace Fraser photo.

Daved Leeder of Get Cooking plates the umami meal. Candace Fraser photo.

Eberhard Tam of Enotri; Andreas Bender; Marcia J Hamm and Doug Hicks of Hick’s Fine Wines.

Eberhard Tam of Enotri; Andreas Bender; Marcia J Hamm and Doug Hicks of Hick’s Fine Wines.

It was Andreas Bender week with sold-out events at Hick’s Fine Wine in St Albert, Kitchen by Brad and the Get Cooking studio. There, chef David Leeder cooked a five-course tasting menu starting with dishes created to help guests experiment with umami — kelp roasted celeriac, charred onion, pistachio and roasted yeast and foie gras. Andreas Bender makes thoroughly modern wines from old estates in the Mosel and Pfalz wine regions of Germany. Guests also enjoyed wines from Château Laulerie in Bergerac.

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It’s here! April 22.
The event that lovers of wine from the sunny state wait for all year — the California Wine Fair rolls into the Shaw Conference Centre Wednesday, April 22. Proceeds to the Citadel Theatre.

Elaine and Don Triggs of Culmina discuss pruning in their vineyard south of Oliver on the Okanagan’s Golden Mile.

Elaine and Don Triggs of Culmina discuss pruning in their vineyard south of Oliver on the Okanagan’s Golden Mile.

Meet several of Canada’s winemakers from across the country and taste their wines at the walk-about tasting March 28 at the Shaw, part of Northern Lands: The Great Canadian Wine and Craft Beer Adventure. Over 45 Canadian wineries will be there, including Culmina Family Estate Winery, Tyler Harding, Covert Farms, 50th Parallel Estate, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Henry of Pelham, Baillie-Grohman, Painted Rock, Norman Hardie, Mission Hill, and Le Vieux Pin.

Embrace the cold with a drink.
Enjoy the winners of the Winter City Signature Drink Competition 2015.

Yegnog
An Edmonton tradition since 2011, brewed up by the Tea Girl, Sarah Proudlock.

2 t Tea Girl’s Market Spice
1 c boiling water
1⁄2 c milk
1⁄2 c eggnog
Tea Girl chai sprinkles

Steep the tea in boiling water 3 minutes. Add the milk and eggnog, and heat to 160oF. Strain into mug and top with chai sprinkles.

Travelling Mercies
A joint effort by Edmonton AM and Transcend Coffee

21⁄2 oz Alberta Premium Rye Whiskey
3⁄4 oz red vermouth
11⁄4 oz cascara (coffee cherry husk) infused simple syrup
2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
1 orange rind

Mix and stir gently, pour into a chilled Canadian whiskey glass and enjoy the journeys of an Edmonton winter.

Market Spice Yegnog

Market Spice Yegnog

Yegnog creator Sarah Proudlock with Edmonton City Councillor Scott Mckeen

Yegnog creator Sarah Proudlock with Edmonton City Councillor Scott Mckeen

Transcend Coffee’s Poul Mark and Edmonton AM host Mark Connelly with their winning drink — Travelling Mercies

Transcend Coffee’s Poul Mark and Edmonton AM host Mark Connelly with their winning drink — Travelling Mercies

Travelling Mercies

Travelling Mercies

Photos by Demetri Giannitsios

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