Despite the chillier temperatures, the community came out in great spirits for Yelp’s All-Local Wine & Cheese Tasting at City Wine Merchant in downtown Buffalo last Thursday. Yelp, a popular website for localized business and restaurant reviews, gathered together several purveyors for a fun, informal evening.
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, located on the Niagara Wine Trail, brought out a selection of their great locally-made wines. I sampled the 2009 Red Meritage, which I found to be quite intense- but in a good way. I could see it pairing well with a pork dish. Edible Buffalo’s editor, Michelle Blackley, sampled both the 2009 Chardonnay and the 2008 Vidal Ice Wine. The Vidal was a dessert wine which she noted was quite “citrusy.”
The wines from Arrowhead Spring paired well with the sweet and savory selections offered up by the other businesses in attendance. Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, which just opened on Elmwood Avenue this week, provided a preview of their cheeses. We sampled a three-cream brie as well as a goat’s milk gouda cheese, and both were delicious. The three-cream brie especially, when paired with Five Points Bakery’s rye bread offering.
Tuscany on Main, who also just opened up a location on Elmwood Avenue, offered up a selection of different olive oils and vinegars. The selections were unique- lime olive oil, raspberry balsamic vinegar and feta-stuffed olives, which went well with several of the different Arrowhead wine selections.
The tasting was a great event with a special focus on Western New York businesses. City Wine Merchant hosts tastings, wine classes and private parties often- for more on the store, and to check out their calendar of events visit them at citywinemerchant.com.
Contributed by Katelynn Padowski