Though we’re late with our coverage of this weekends Gourmet Food & Wine Show, we’d like to say it was the three days (we took Saturday off from the show) of vintner, small and large food business owner, and export agency meet and greets we indulged in. With the array of exhibitors, and almost all with a unique and compelling story, we worked diligently to get a chance to speak with them all, and with so much to see and talk about, we were hard pressed to find only a few to highlight here. So, without further preamble, here are some of our mentionables from Toronto’s Gourmet Food & Wine Show.

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo Highlights

  • We’re still ranting about Lighthall Vineyards, 2011 Progression Sparkling wine that we had on day one of our expo exploits. Talk about an impressive prosecco like drink, with scents of pear and citrus, coupled with finely tempered acidity. We loved Lighthall’s sparkling so much, in fact, that we brought more than our share of friends over to the Lighthall Wines display. They truly had not only a superb wine showing, but a fabulous story.
  • We’ve covered one of Kevin O’Leary’s wines on the Wine Hobbyist already, Cabernet Merlot blend, and ranted and raved about it, so we though it only fitting that we give his Unoaked Chardonnay a try while at the show,  and to put it plainly, O’Leary knocked even this one out of the park.  It’s fantastic citrus and cream feel on the mouth, combined with exceptional scents on the nose, classed O’Leary’s Unoaked Chardonnay as one of our staple wines.  Now if, you want to go out and grab a bottle for yourselves, and you missed the LCBO launch event for the wine, you’ll have to head over to the Web site, where the wines are available online, for $14.95.
  • Wines of Portugal also had a stunning display that spanned almost the entire mid-section of the show floor. Their display gave show goers a chance to try ports, sparklings, reds and whites, with some made from indigenous grapes to Portugal.  We had the Qunito Do Crasto, from Porto, given our most recent fascination with port wines.
  • The sweet creativity award goes out to Rosewood Estate Winery, who provided purposeful pairings with cupcakes. Need I say more….
  • No Gourmet Food & Wine Expo would be complete without a Wines of France display. Louis Latour and Côtes Du Rhône galore for the inquisitive expo attendee.
  • Notable food displays were seen from Fire in the Kitchen, a specialty seasonings company where all of the recipes are hand crafted by owner Christian Horner, and El Paella, a catering company that creates paella dishes, from start to finish, on site at your event. They showcased their abilities at the expo, live music included.

The above represents only a few of the highlights from the weekends Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.  Though we stuck to only wines at the show, it truly was a time to discover, indulge and explore over 1,500 wines beers and spirit and gourmet foods. Needless to say, we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.