Butternut Squash Soup with Pan-seared Duck Breast, Crispy Leeks and Carrots paired with Leaning Post
About the Wine:
This is, hands down, one of the better local, oaky, Chardonnays I’ve tasted, and it’s a fine example of how Ontario winemakers are expressing the Ontario terroir. Leaning Post is a boutique winery, crafting small production wines that balance on a thin wire between experimental and loveable. The winemaker, Ilya Senchuk, is one of the most talented, and artistic Canadian winemakers practicing today. Constantly exploring how far he can take his wines, his passion for experimentation in the vineyard and winery borders on obsession. This Chardonnay is full-bodied with brioche on the nose, lush and rich caramel on the palate, granny Smith apple-acidity and orange peel.
92 points by Sommelier Selects
About the Pairing:
As the soup and duck are both quite rich, this dish called for a wine with enough strength and personality to hold its own. I felt confident that this dish of all local ingredients – the duck, leeks, squash, and carrots – would pair best with a local wine, and I was right. In this case, the old adage holds true: what grows together goes together.