Friday, June 16, 2017

A Dinner With Extraordinary Mystery Wines At Edulis Restaurant, Toronto

Edulis remains one of my very favourite restos in Canada. A group of friends with very important wine cellars agreed. So, we organized one of our periodic "mystery wine" dinners at Edulis and the chefs, Michael Cabbalo and Tobey Nemeth did us proud!

The extraordinary house churned, raw milk butter from a guernsey cow, presented with some freshly baked red fife wheat buns. This is probably the best tasting butter that anyone can enjoy in Canada.

Snacks for our tasting of the wines (this one, porcini gougeres). All wines are brought to the dinner wrapped in foil. The sommelier numbers the bottles and before we sit down, pours the wine in glasses arrayed in front of each seat, left to right. We are then asked to be seated and to begin tasting the wines and guessing where they are from (country and region), their vintage and who made them.

More snacks for the tasting: House made chorizo made with house made paprika, goose sausage and exceptional sliced ham from a milk fed piglet.

Morel mushrooms with dungeness crab and wild garlic veloute.

Pardon this picture, camera went on the fritz for this and the next photo. Hay grilled Joshu A5 wagyu from Japan, topped with imperial ossetra caviar and mussel jus. 

Wild Dover sole roasted on the bone accompanied by white asparagus and pig's foot. (see above and please pardon photo).

Saucy rice of mature lobster.

Dry aged squab in 2 courses: #1-broth of the leg with black winter truffles.

Dandelion salad with smoked squab heart accompanied the second squab course.

"Dirty potatoes" with finely diced black truffles also accompanied the second squab course.

The second squab course: pithivier of foie gras and rare squab breast topped with half a crispy pan seared squab head, which was delicious.

Cheeses for our port: benedictine blue and compte, accompanied by hazelnuts, and fennel seed-stuffed dry figs.

The wines unmasked: La mandotte vintage 2000, Quinterelli amarone vintage 1985 and Vega Sicilia Unico vintage 1962.

Cotes Rotie La Turque vintage 1989; Arnaldo Caprai vintage 1998; Fonseca port vintage 1963.

Henri Boillot Chassagne Montrachet 2005 (which was fading so drink up now if you have any); Bollinger 1995; Chateaux Beychevel vintage 1961.

Henri Boillot Chassagne Montrachet 2010 (great); not shown, Turley zinfandel vintage 1997; Rudd Oakville Estate vintage 2001 (not shown) and champagne Bollinger RD 1995.

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