Toronto Star - - LIFE -

2013 Henry of Pel­ham Spe­cial Late Harvest Vi­dal (VQA Ni­a­gara) #395228 $19.95/ 375ml bot­tle: The lus­cious flavours of can­died cit­rus and trop­i­cal fruit in this late-harvest wine match the sweet­ness of the pud­ding per­fectly. Mean­while, the zippy acid­ity in­her­ent to Vi­dal cuts the rich­ness of the dessert, leav­ing the palate clean and re­freshed. But that’s just the be­gin­ning. As the suc­cu­lent flavours of sweet or­ange and pineap­ple un­furl, they con­trast the sea salt and bit­ter cho­co­late gar­nish to cre­ate a so­phis­ti­cated mood and mouth feel. Plus, the wine’s sub­tle whis­per of white blos­som and a whiff of bit­ter or­ange oil set off the berg­amot or­ange note from the Earl Grey quite el­e­gantly. In short, the com­ple­men­tary com­plex­ity of this pair­ing lifts the cho­co­late and Earl Grey pots from mid-week com­fort food to im­pres­sive din­ner-party fare. —Carolyn Evans Ham­mond

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