Cristall Wine Merchants in the Sunnyside Mall, Bedford, carries two red wines from Mossback in California, including a 2009 Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (both $25.90).
The Cab wins out, well-structured with stone fruit, chocolate, and leather notes; tannins are firm and ripe–this is well worth drinking now but will hold up in the cellar for several years as well.
The Pinot follows close behind, and is once again well-rounded and very drinkable, perfect with lamb, trout, or salmon. There’s excellent blackberry and cherry flavours, without being too jammy.
Trout Point Lodge and other top Nova Scotia restaurants have both featured on their lists.
In 2012, Trout Point Lodge placed its new Chez la Tousquet dinner venue into full operation, with white table cloths contrasting with painted wood panelling and a handcut red sandstone fireplace, views of the river. A hewn hemlock bar rests atop wine racks. Riedel crystal stemware and fine flatware complete the picture. Guests can now enjoy several possible dining spots at the Lodge for an expanded 4-course fixed menu with options . . .
Spanish Mojama w/ Breviro caviar
choice of soups: Black Eyed Pea w/ shrimp or Roasted Yellow Squash w/ mussels
Fennel & Tangerine Salad
choice of main dishes: Homemade Fettuccine with Wild Mushroom Sauce or Fresh Local Hadock w/ Dill & Sesame
Choice of desserts, including Homemade Chocolate & Caramel Ice Creams with Merengue, Chocolate Gourmandise, Raspberry-Rhubarb Custard Tart, or Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
choice of amuse bouche: Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms marinated w/ White Wine or Homemade Gravlox w/ Homemade Creme Fraiche
choice of soup: Oxtail Soup or Eggplant & Pepper Soup w/ Coconut
Greens from the Garden w/ Tarragon Vinaigrette
choice of main dishes: Grilled Local Swordfish (harpoon) w/ Sage Beurre Noisette or Homemade Porcini Ravioli
Choice of Desserts
House Smoked Sturgeon w/ Acadian Sturgeon Caviar
choice of soups: Black Eyed Pea Soup w/ Cabbage & Leak or Wild Mushroom Soup
Mixed Green Salad from the Gardens
choice of main dishes: Local Scallops Ravigote w/ Lobster & Chanterelles or Homemade Squid Ink Spaghetti alla Arrabiata
Choice of Desserts, including Lemon Curd Tart w/ Vanilla Ice Cream or Homemade Passion Fruit Sorbet
Charred Trout Point Grape Leaves stuffed with Beef & Lemongrass
choice of soups: Creole Red Bean Soup w/ Coconut & Pork or Carrot & Ginger Soup w/ Shrimp
Baby Spinach Salad w/ Homemade Yoghurt Dill Dressing & Lamb Confit
choice of main dishes: Rainbow Trout Almandine w/ Leek & Potato Mash or Handcut Paparadelli w/ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Choice of desserts, including Blueberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding or Pear Tart w/ Maple Glaze
Trout Point’s 180 selection wine list includes selections from $29 to $1245, with strengths in French and Spanish wines. Trout Point has just recently joined Small Luxury Hotels of the World. www.troutpoint.com