There are only a few certainties in life, and one of those came to complete fruition Thursday night. It’s never easy to choose a favourite. The iYellow wine crew held a home at home versus battle in a grand fashion featuring Trapiche Wines- Pure duking it out against sibling Extravaganza. Both wines are unique-Pure channeling its name, is a straight up tasty Malbec with a lovely plum component making it an easy drinking wine (especially considering the $15.95 price point). For our introduction to Pure, we entered the first battle ground (every good fight needs good distinct boundaries) the TOCA lounge at Ritz-Carlton. With pairings of tender medium rare steak cubes, pecorino cheese shavings and discs of dark chocolate, each bite channeled the wine with each step. Pure, simple and easy to enjoy.
Trapiche Pure is unoaked which results in a really honest tasting wine, no complicated after taste, a very what you see is what you get varietal. I took my glass of Pure for a walk into the stunning TOCA cheese cave, inhaling the pungent fumes coming off some magnificent cheeses further embodied the basic law of the finer things in life are usually the most simple.
To wrap up round one the crowd had the opportunity to witness the stunning work of Ritz-Carlton’s in house artist (best.job.title.ever) Jacqueline Poirier putting the finishing touches on a custom plate for Trapiche.
The crowd then ambled over to the second venue- the iYellow Wine Cave. Trapiche Extravaganza was toasted in a glamourous fashion, with masked servers in grand revelry pouring this blend of of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah with fruity tasting notes of blackberries, cloves and juicy red fruit. Guests matched these flavours with some challenging food pairings- first up, breaded frogs legs with a spicy aioli.
While I’ll basically eat anything that isn’t squealing anymore, some guests flocked to the decadent cheese smorgasbord for more familiar flavours. I enjoyed the frogs legs-much like a chicken wing, look out for bones and pull the meat off with your teeth. The duck tongue taco was also well paired with the spiciness of the wine, the tacos were a perfect hand held bundle, with a smattering of greens and some heat from the peppers marrying the flavours of the Extravaganza wine.
The last pairing earned points with me for not only the unexpected surprise garnish, but once again the profiles worked so well together- the chocolate with the unusual crunch! In all honesty I didn’t quite finish the entire donut, not because of the crickets, but mostly I don’t have a huge tolerance for sweets. I did pack a few to go- and my 5 year old happily ate one with her breakfast the next morning (protein!).
Every battle must eventually come to an end, and this one is no different…a winner must be declared. While the crowd was a solid split, I knew which direction I was leaning, firmly of the Extravaganza camp- I professed my love to Sarah and split.