The 12 Days of Christmas: five golden rings…

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On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…

…five golden rings.

For this one, I chose a Canadian wine: 5 Mile 2009 from Coyote’s Run Estate Winery (LCBO $14.25).

5 Mile 2009

5 Mile 2009

This Ontario white is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gewurtztraminer. I served it with a penne amatriciana (olive oil, pecorino cheese and pancetta) and it was a great match.

The flowery Riesling was nicely counterbalanced by the Pinot Blanc. The latter is a mutation the Pinot Noir grape, more common in Northern Europe, and is characterised by crisp apples and mineralogy. You could really taste it in this wine, followed by the lychee and roses of the Gewurtztraminer. All in all, a crisp, green wine in the mouth with some hints of white flowers that held up nicely against the smokiness of the pancetta and sharpness of the pecorino cheese.

I would avoid lemony foods with this wine and would pair it with sweet and sour stir fries, pineapple ham or even a chocolate pudding.

Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.