For the latest Alta Bistro wine list here: Wine List June 28, 2013
What I am excited about right now:
The Italian’s have a bible. Actually it’s a book on wine, but needless to say, it provides reference and insight into Italy’s countless estates. Insight seems too light a word for an exhaustive, yearly revised tome of information which not only keeps us ‘cork dorks’ up to date on activities and improvements (I always look on the positive side) on each winery, but also a useful back dated reference for it’s most coveted award: Tre Bicchieri, or Three Glasses. What is Tre Bicchieri? It is obviously high quality wines with many outstanding attributes, but it also states that the wine must be typical. Being typical sounds boring, but change it to typicity and now we are talking terroir. Terroir is what wine always comes back to. And this is the essence the broad panel of wine professionals at Gambero Rosso (Slow Food) is looking for. In order to earn Tre Bicchieri you need to pass several rounds of blind tasting panels. If you earn 2 glasses, you get entered into the final round for 3 glasses. Only a small percentage make the final cut. So what did I find in the annals of Gambero Rosso?
Lungarotti’s flagship wine: Torgiano Rubesco Vigna Monticchio Riserva 2003. It is currently by the glass at Alta Bistro, and if you’re into Sangiovese with its best blending buddy Canaiolo as an experience, come and try it with the Beef — or on its own. The tannins are mature and silky but dusty like good sangiovese, subtle and powerful, grace, fruit density throughout, it harnesses the soils of limestone and what makes this wine so typical — it makes us blush. It is also a bargain.
Epic Pairing Continued: Schloss Lieser Auslese and Duck Liver Parfait: July is 31 days of German Riesling!
Update: Luckily we bought enough of this gem of a white wine to last us through the fun promotion germanwinecanada.com
Lieser was a little known town for Riesling on the Mosel river in Germany until Thomas Haag (son of Wilhelm at Fritz Haag) arrived. He single handedly put Lieser on the map with his incredible Riesling wines from Niederberg Helden vineyard. I am happy to say, we have that wine, and its by the glass at Alta Bistro. From the 2008 vintage the Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese, it is minerally, slately, perfumed lime zest, peach, very complex and intense. 7% alc and incredibly balanced. We are happy to serve it with Chef Nick’s Elk Tartare and Duck liver parfait. Come try it and make sure to hashtag #31daysofgermanriesling
~Eric Griffith, Director of Wine Consumption
We allow corkage at Alta Bistro for $35 per bottle. We would be pleased to open your rare, fine and special bottles. Please call ahead and let us know when you’ll be bringing something special in, and best to drop it off a few hours before dinning if possible to let it acclimatise to our cellar temperature.