August 2020 News from Cambridge Wine Excellence


The Bacchus Report from Cambridge Wine Excellence 

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It has been an exciting couple of weeks.  Wonderful to meet all the great folks that have come into the store to order some wine and look forward to seeing some more new faces (although we all have the masks on, so really just seeing your eyes).

That brings me to my next point.  Although the weather is nice now, we know what is coming.  Autumn and then a word I won’t mention.  It is going to get colder.  Why not start your batch now and avoid standing in line at LCBO due to Covid restrictions.  

On a happier note, with some restrictions being lifted, it appears that we will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with our families.  Now is the time to start that batch and enjoy the meal, a glass of wine, and better still, time with the family.  I don’t know about you but I definitely have missed those family meals and get togethers.

 Plus congratulations to Wayne Mundy for winning the draw for a wine decanter.  Hope you enjoy it Wayne! 

New at the store

Check our social media feeds for updates on the construction.  The roundabout is progressing nicely and it looks like soon you will be able to get to the store by both Franklin Boulevard and from Avenue Road.   

New at the store from our great Winexpert products!

Introducing Fiero – a lush Primitivo from Salento, Italy. Loaded with flavours of dark berries, cherry and plum, with accents of warm baking spice and dried fruit character. Juicy ripe fruit is perfectly balanced with racy acidity and fine-grained tannins for a smooth rounded finish.

Available for a limited time.   Give us a call or stop in.

  

Know your wines

One of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, sparkling Blanc de Blancs to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak.  This wine is enjoyed either oaked or unoaked, depending on your tastes.  Medium body, no tannins and would be described as somewhat fruity, specifically apples.  For food pairings you are looking at it pairing excellently with brie cheeses, fish and other seafood as well as chicken and pork.  Vegetarians can serve it with a nice mushroom risotto or a butternut squash ravioli.  Here at Cambridge Wine Excellence we sell Chardonnay from California in our Classic and Private Reserve products and Australian Chardonnay with our Reserve line.  

Recipe Corner

Cooking with wine is great.  Not only does it add flavour to your dish, but you probably only use a cup or so in each recipe, so you open the bottle and there is enough wine for you to drink while you are cooking.  That is what I call a win win situation.

This recipe uses the wine highlighted in the previous section. Involtini Di Pollo Al Gamberi is from Northern Italy and served with some nice steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes will make a great dinner.
 

6 Skinless and boneless chicken breasts

6 Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined.

Salt and pepper to taste

Flour for dredging

25 ml olive oil

20 ml butter

2 garlic cloves mashed

75 ml Chardonnay

250 ml whipping cream 

  1. Pound chicken breasts into scallopine about 5 mm thick.  Roll one piece of chicken around each shrimp.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper then dredge in flour.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and brown chicken on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes.  Remove chicken from the pan.
  3. Drain oil from pan.  Blend butter and garlic and then melt in the pan.  When melted return the chicken to the pan.  Cook for 5 minutes, turning frequently.
  4. Transfer chicken to a platter.
  5. Increase heat to medium high and add wine and cream.  Stir and reduce to half.  The sauce will start to thicken and when it coats a spoon you are ready to pour over the chicken.
Serve and enjoy.  Don’t forget some Chardonnay for yourself.



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