If you have not yet enjoyed lunch or dinner at Provence Marinaside in Yaletown, maybe this wine and food pairing menu will entice you. Tomatoes are now ripening on the coast, and are already ripe in the interior. Provence Marinaside is pairing Heirloom tomatoes with Clos du Soleil wines (partially owned by Dr. Henry). Here is the press release with the pairing menu. Enjoy!
From now through mid-September you can enjoy this special two-course Heirloom Tomato with Clos du Soleil Menu for only $62. The optional wine pairing is available as a regular pour ($25) and petit pour ($15). If guests don’t wish to have the full pairing, wines may be purchased individually by the glass or the bottle.
“The heirloom tomato is the ultimate summer flavor. They are the taste of the sun, and remind me of long summer days when I was a child in Provence,” says Provence Marinaside’s Owner / Executive Chef Jean Francis Quaglia. “They are so versatile. Tomatoes can be enjoyed any number of ways – chopped into salsas, sliced into salads, juiced, roasted, dried – there are almost as many ways to prepare them as there are heirloom varieties.”
“For me the wines of Clos du Soleil were the obvious pairing choice,” comments Carlson. “They produce ultra-premium quality wines, borrowing an aesthetic derived from the great wines of Bordeaux, but stamped with the flavours and aromas of their particular piece of rocky Similkameen land. Through traditional winemaking techniques, informed by research, but adhering to the philosophies of minimal-interventionist winemaking and biodynamic viticulture, they produce wines that are complex and elegant.”
The Featured Winery Menu dishes are unique to it and do not appear on Provence Marinaside’s regular menu. As with previous Winery Menus, this one also contains a QR code so that guests can access more information on the winery/ featured wines. Carlson has also added a featured winery page in the wine list which gives technical notes on the wines.
Winemaker: Michael Clark
Two-course Menu: $62
Two-course Wine Pairing: $25
Two-course Petit Pour: $15
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Dungeness crab, micro-greens salad, tomato granita
Clos du Soleil Rosé 2020
$15 glass / $60 bottle
The Malbec grapes for this Rosé were grown specifically for this wine, on a steep, southern-facing slope of Clos du Soleil’s La Côte Vineyard on the Upper Bench of the Similkameen Valley. From a winemaking perspective the focus was on gentle-handling of the juice and wine, to protect the beautiful flavours and aromas of wild strawberries, cranberries, ripe cherries, and lime zest.
Heirloom Tomato Sampler with Burrata
Fresh tomato and basil salsa; Dijon, tomato and Kalamata olive tarte
Stewed heirloom tomato
Clos du Soleil Winemaker’s Series
‘La Côte Vineyard’ Viognier 2020
$15 glass /$60 bottle
The grapes for this wine were grown in Clos du Soleil’s “La Côte” vineyard, on the Upper Bench of the Similkameen Valley (vineyard in transition to organic status). The grape clusters were harvested by hand at peak maturity, and then pressed very gently, whole cluster. After a brief settling, the juice was fermented in old, neutral puncheons of French oak, and then aged in those puncheons, on the lees for 6 months. The perfumed nose is full of ripe fruit: peaches and nectarines, pineapple and mango, with notes of wild flowers.
Heirloom Tomatoes Stuffed with Braised Lamb and Spiced Couscous
Tomato coulis, sautéed arugula
Clos du Soleil Winemaker’s Series ‘Middle Bench Vineyard’ Syrah 2017
$16 glass / $64 bottle
Hand-harvested at peak maturity, the grapes for this wine were very gently de-stemmed, crushed, and then fermented in small-lot open top fermenters for a full month with daily manual punch downs before pressing. It was then aged for 16 months in French oak barrels with 12% new oak. As in all Clos du Soleil wines, the focus was on attention to detail, minimal interventions, and the expression of terroir. With a full mouthfeel structured on a backdrop of stony tannins, this exclusive and limited-production Syrah is an opportunity to see another side of Clos du Soleil.
Tomato Acquerello Risotto with
Grilled Prawns and Branzino
Grilled tomato, tomato confit, baby basil
Clos du Soleil Capella 2019
Sauvignon Blanc / Sémillon
$16 glass / $64 bottle
Each vineyard block was separately harvested, by hand, at peak maturity. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed, and then fermented entirely in barrel (82% French oak puncheons, 18% stainless steel barrels) with the majority undergoing only wild, spontaneous fermentation. One quarter of the barrels were also allowed to undergo wild malolactic fermentation. All lots were barrel aged for nine months, on the lees, with lees stirring. The final wine was created by blending together just the very best barrel lots, in order to create a wine of true complexity and elegance.
Provence Marinaside is committed to the health and safety of its guests and staff in keeping with the protocols set by the BC Ministry of Health. You can find the details of Provence’s standards here
Provence is open every day for Dine-In service on its heated patios – Brunch (M-F: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Sat & Sun: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.), Lunch (M-F: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), Dinner (Mon – Sun: 5 – 10 p.m.) and Happy Hour (Mon – Sun: 3-5 p.m.). Enjoy Live Jazz every Wednesday from 6 – 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
In addition to Dine-In service, Provence Marinaside continues to offer its regular menus for brunch, lunch and dinner for Provence at Home Takeout. If you prefer to cook Provence’s food in the comfort of your own kitchen, they also offer four French Food Made Easy kits.
Provence Marinaside is also supporting The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre with the donation of meals and funds along with a donation option on their should the public also wish to support the organization. Details can be found on Provence Marinaside’s Home Page.