Copper Chimney Indian Grill & Bar has been serving up tasty Indian food in downtown Vancouver for several years. I have had the pleasure of eating at Copper Chimney before and was recently invited to a food and wine pairing event. This event though was extra special as the dishes being served are dishes that Chef has created for their upcoming menu. I and others that attended had a sneak peek for the dishes and could provide Chef with our feedback. The other thing that was special for this event is we were able to taste several of the latest wine releases from Bordertown Vineyards & Estate Winery from Osoyoos in the South Okanagan. All the wines made by Bordertown come from their own vineyards and their wines are all VQA.
Our Tasting Menu
Chef’s Amuse Bouche paired with Bordertown’s Dry Riesling 2018
Onion and Farmer’s Cheese Layered Bread with Spiced Butters
Spinach Pakora Chaat with tamarind and sweet yogurt paired with Bordertown’s Pinot Gris
Oyster Duo with Indo chimichurri and five-spices paired with Bordertown’s Cabernet Franc Rose
Goan Fisherman’s Stew with rice noodles and tomatoes, paired with Bordertown’s Chardonnay
Tandoori Lamb Chops Hariyali, roasted heirloom carrots, and shallots paired with Bordertown’s Merlot and their Living Desert Red wines
Mango Cardamom Rice Pudding with kulfi ice cream paired with Bordertown’s Gewurztraminer
My Wine Tasting Notes
It is a little difficult to take detailed tasting notes when you are at a dinner like this as the lighting is subdued for dining, tablecloths are generally not white so it is hard to determine wine colour and clarity, and the delicious aromas of food are all around you to make it difficult to pick out nuances in the wine. That being said, you can still pick out the major aromas and flavours of a wine, and also have a fun time deciding how the wines pair with different dishes. Here are my notes for the Bordertown’s wines we were served.
Bordertown Dry Riesling 2018 – A bright lemon colour in the glass. Nice lemon-lime nose with a touch of petrol and stonefruits. Medium-plus body with tart citrus and stone fruit flavours along with petrol and some minerality. Medium-plus length and medium-plus acidity.
Bordertown Pinot Gris 2017 – A deeper lemon colour. It has ripe peach and other stonefruit aromas. It is off-dry with a medium-plus body. Tropical fruit, ripe pears, pear skin, and apple skin on the palate. Peaches on the finish. Round thicker mouthfeel.
Bordertown Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018 – Medium intensity Alberta rose blossom colour. It has a nice fresh strawberry nose. Dry with a medium body and acidity. Very flavourful with fresh BC fruits; red fruits, in particular strawberries. Some acidic prickle and peppery spice. A very bright and fresh wine. I was really taken with this wine. A definite buy!
Bordertown Chardonnay 2016 – Medium-plus intensity bright lemon in the glass. It has a medium intensity nose of apples and vanilla. Very elegant. Medium-plus body with higher acidity leading to some prickle on your tongue. Rich tropical fruit and butterscotch flavours. Very flavourful. Light oak. Medium-plus length.
Bordertown Living Desert Red 2015 – a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This wine has a deep garnet colour. Capsicum, coffee, and ripe black fruit aromas. The wine is dry, full-bodied with medium acidity. Semi-round mouthfeel. Ripe black fruits with light tannins and a peppery finish.
Bordertown Merlot 2016 – Deep garnet coloured. It has a light floral nose. It’s off-dry with a medium-plus silky body. Ripe black fruit flavours. Lower acidity and soft tannins.
Bordertown Gewurztraminer 2015 – A Gewurztraminer with some age! This one has a bright lemon colour. A nice nose showing roses, lychee, and lemon. It is off-dry, has a lighter body and higher acidity. Orange peel and lychee flavours.