With Toasted Pecans on Pimento Cheese
The world can be divided into people who are loyal to one or two wines and people who love to try new ones at every opportunity. My wife is a loyalist and a big fan of this sharp, clean-cut, unoaked Assyrtiko. I’m a seeker of curiosities, always happy to welcome aromatic anomalies like Flat Rock’s intriguing blend. The two whites are so different but both work with this recipe, the Niagara wine providing a complementary richness and a swirl of ripe fruity flavours that pick up the nuts and the pimento, the Greek one cutting through everything like a surgeon’s knife.
SANTO SANTORINI ASSYRTIKO LCBO 459032, $15.10
The windswept, almost barren volcanic vineyards of Santorini pack so much minerality into this dry, crisp and complex wine it almost tastes salty. Assyrtiko is such a fashionable variety!
FLAT ROCK TWISTED WHITE VQA VINTAGES ESSENTIALS 1578, $17.95
This luscious, medium-sweet blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay offers pineapple and citrus aromas and still has enough acidity to keep things fresh and lively.