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Fa-la-la-la-lamb for the Holidays!

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Another holiday meal that may grace your table as a family tradition is delicious lamb. A roast lamb has a natural sweet flavour that can be accented with a multitude of herbs and spices. Accompany your roast lamb with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, parsnips and other root vegetables to take your meal over the top!

To perfectly pair with this decadent dish, we suggest the following:

2008 Stratus Red
Stratus Vineyards, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
$44

This beautiful wine is an assemblage of multiple varietals, each a big bold red that results in a diverse and exciting flavour profile. With a dominance of Cabernet Franc accented by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, you can be certain that each element of your meal with have something to dance with when it comes to crafting an ideal plate to accompany. The gamey taste of the lamb with its rich earthiness will draw out the dominant bold flavours of this wine. A general rule in wine pairing is to never pick two superstars for the meal; instead, let either the food or the wine be the star. Don’t make them compete.  Sometimes, rules are made to be broken.  In this case, you are picking two equal partners in crime as the devilishly delicious flavours work together to ensure major flavour power!

Cuvee Catharine Rose Brut
Henry of Pelham, Pelham, Ontario
$29.95

A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this bottle is a Niagara wine rack staple; every home should have at least one bottle on hand for unexpected celebrations! This sparkling wine is dry, but matched with bright fruitful flavours of slightly unripened raspberry and notes of citrus, and the classic bread-like (almost brioche) flavours of a traditional method sparkling wine. Pairing this wine with lamb is a flavour experience unlike any you’ve had with this meat before. The berry flavours will draw out the sweetness of the meat while the effervescence of the wine will be a palate cleansing experience that results in a substantial and dry finish to each sip. Translation: your lamb will taste as good as the first bite every time! This bottle is a crowd pleaser, the bubbles are the sign of a celebration and the pairing is perfection on the palate! Enjoy!

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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