I'd like to think that I always keep a empty glass and an open mind when it comes to wine. I'm pretty adventurous. However, a recent three-hour breakfast with Megalomaniac winemaker Sebastien Jacquey had me thinking that I am not adventurous enough.
Oh, Canada! What a eye opener.
The winery in the Niagara region of Lake Ontario sure left an impression on my palate. Truthfully, Canada isn't the first place that comes to mind when I think of good wine. However, Megalomaniac is changing all of that.
In Ohio, we associate lake effect with many, many inches of snow. But Jacquey takes advantage of the year-round lake effect winds to keep the vines from freezing in the winter, and cool in the summer. Kind of like its own micro-climate.
The packaging is magnificently whimsical. The wine inside proved to be equally pleasing. Megalomaniac’s $14.99 Selfie is a blend of three aromatic white grape varietals: chardonnay, Riesling and sauvignon blanc.
Pour some in a glass, swirl it around and it will let you know that it's time to sip out on the patio. I tried it with grilled eggplant, ahi tuna and some spicy sushi. The fruit in the wine crushed the spiciness of the sushi. This is a pairing I will surely visit again.
If you are in the mood for red, try a bottle of the $16.99 Pompous. It's a nifty blend of cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. I had this one with nibbles of chorizo, and goat cheese on a cracker, and a hunk of lasagna. The winemaker recommends pasta bolognese, pizza and grilled chicken.
Wine event: On Friday, stop by Beau's Wine Experience in the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls for a wine and food pairing event. Yours truly and Chef Beau Schmidt will host. $45 per person. Call 330-920-7530 for reservations.
Buy these wines at Regency Wines, 750ml Fairlawn, all Fishers locations in Canton, Mustard Seed Market Montrose and Highland Square, Viva Bene Gourmet Hudson, H2 Wine Bar Medina and Canton, and all Heinen's.
— Phil Masturzo