Sommelier Frances von Aesch invites you to join her in Aura for Tasting Tuesdays. 

We’ll open three unique wines from our wine list and pair them with the perfect bite.

Here’s what we’ll be pouring for the next three weeks;

Tuesday October 20 – Pinot Noir is known as the heartbreak grape because it requires specific conditions to thrive.  Although the grape originates in France good Pinot can be made in many places around the world, including B.C. Oregon, our neighbor to the South also makes an outstanding version of this grape.  We will feature the Haywire, 2018, and the Spearhead, 2017, from the Okanagan and finish with the Siduri, 2017, from The Willamette Valley in Oregon.  The Haywire is light with a more savoury bouquet while the Spearhead has more intensity and weight.  The Siduri is also lighter bodied with delicate tannins and bracing acidity. Any one of these would be amazing with the Duck Breast.

Tuesday October 27– Let’s celebrate B.C. wine history with this flight of wines from the Mavety family at Blue Mountain Winery. They were one of the first wineries to show what B.C. wine could really be. They also produce their wines only from estate grown fruit in their Okanagan Falls vineyard.   We will start with a glass of the Brut NV.  This sparkling wine has a fine mousse and a long toasty finish.  Their elegant Sauvignon Blanc, 2019, will be next up.  This wine is much more subtle than many and will be a fantastic pairing with the Pea and Ricotta Tortellini.  We will finish with the Gamay, 2017, which does well in the cooler climate of the Okanagan Falls.  This wine has good fruit and a lovely spicy finish.

Tuesday November 3 – Sangiovese is a grape made famous in the Tuscany region of Italy.   However, the grape may actually have originated in Emilia Romagna, a region on the east coast of Italy and it is now being grown around the world, even here in B.C.  We will start the flight with the Casa Boschino, 2016, from San Fabiano in Tuscany.  This fruit forward wine with a dusty finish is mainly Sangiovese with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Next, we will move to the Sangiovese Riserva, 2014, from Umberto Cesari in Emilia Romagna.  Medium bodied and elegant,  with approachable tannins,  this wine would be a fantastic pairing with the Lamb Shoulder.  Finally, we will end with the outstanding Single Vineyard, Small Lots Sangiovese, 2016, from Sandhill Winery in the Okanagan.  Aged twenty months in new Oak this wine is fuller bodied and a great example of what this grape can do outside of Italy.

Tasting Tuesday flights vary in price (three – 3oz pours) to allow us opportunity to explore the wine list with you.

The flights will be available from 5pm-9pm and are amazing accompaniments to our small plates menu.  And since the wines will be flowing, you’ll be able to enjoy any of the wines featured on the flights by the glass. Stop by, or make a reservation as seating is limited. See you soon!

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