We’ve Got Your Weekend Covered
Welcome to Drink Toronto’s weekly “Quick Sip Shopping” List of the steals, deals and awesome things in the world of food and drink we’ve seen this week. Designed to make your life easier, this round up is aimed at getting you in and out of the LCBO faster (perfect for those Union Station dashes to make the GO Train), and eliminate the humming and hawing over where to go for date-night.
Wines for the Weekend
Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, Australia 2015
$21.95 Vintages 493551
A super smooth and warming “big red” for a cool fall evening gathered ’round the barbecue as something meaty sizzles away. Easy to sip with bright black berry fruit and plum, cassis and sweet oak spice — not too much, but just right.
Pair with: Marinated sirloin.
Vineland Estates “Elevation” St. Urban Vineyard Riesling, VQA Niagara Escarpment, Niagara Peninsula, ON 2015
$19.95 Vintages 38117
Hailing from Vineland’s prized 42-acre vineyard that surrounds the winery itself, this off-dry Riesling is bright and zesty, with delicious flavours of lime zest, flint and white peach.
Pair with: Roast porkloin with braised apples.
Bailly-Lapierre Pinot Noir Brut, Crémant de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France 2013
$23.95 Vintages 420984
Bailly-Lapierre has become one of my favourite sparklers for the consistency, quality and drinkability. Indulgent and rich, with notes of orchard and red fruits, this yummy bubbly also comes in a pretty enough package to give as a lovely hostess gift.
Pair with: Wild mushroom risotto.
That’s the Spirit
El Dorado Special Reserve 15 Years Old Rum $61.95, 750 mL
Use in: The Rum Old Fashioned
With notes of orange, honey and forest, this mid-weight brew is great for toasting the cool, early fall evenings. With your neighbours.
Nickel Brook “Naughty Neighbour” American Pale Ale $2.95, 473 mL can
You Gotta Eat Here
872 Queen St W.
A Toronto institution, Oyster Boy also supplies premium mollusks to some of the city’s top restaurants. Open 7 days a week, the tiny Queen West seafood shack packs people in night after night with its top-notch selection of fresh oysters that are flown in throughout the week direct from harvesters on both coasts. Saddle up to the bar and watch professional shuckers deftly make quick work of a dozen oysters, or, if you’d like to get your shuck on, enrol in Oyster Boy’s “Shuck U” – a class designed to turn the uninitiated into a lean, mean shucking machine.