Only one week ’til downtown’s biggest street festival, ManyFest, takes over Broadway, and I’ve got a sneak peak of delicious details! Winnipeg’s wine aficionado Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson has conjured up the wine list to pair with our savoury food truck cuisine! The pairings look so good I’m hungry just reading them!
MANYFEST —WINE AND FOOD TRUCK PAIRINGS
A Little Pizza Heaven — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)
This organic, fruit-driven French red blend hits all the right buttons with A Little Pizza Heaven’s tangy tomato sauce and wide range of toppings. You’ll want refills.
BBK Barbeque — Brazos de los Andes Red (Mendoza, Argentina)
A Malbec-driven red blend, this Argentine red has big dark berry notes as well as plum, white pepper and modest savoury spice notes. It’s an ideal barbecue wine.
Better than Baba’s — Gabbiano Pinot Grigio (Venezie, Italy)
You don’t need over-the-top intense flavours to pair with Ukrainian fare — just clean, crisp, pure fruit flavours in a light-bodied dry white like this Venetian wine.
Burgers R Us — Casa Santos Lima Passion of Portugal (Alentejo, Portugal)
A blend of Portuguese indigenous grapes Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca as well as Pinot Noir, the Passion of Portugal brings equal parts ripe fruit, spice and tannin — an accessible wine ideal for burgers.
Estellia’s Ukranian Comfort Food — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)
Want perogies? Cabbage rolls? This crisp Portuguese white has just the right amount of freshness and acidity to go with the citrus notes that will work so well with Ukrainian fare.
Fired Up Mobile Wood Fired Pizza, Pasta and More — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Cochagua Valley, Chile)
Wood-fired pizza needs a wine with some structure, and the Cono Sur organic red brings it big time, working perfectly with blackberry, spice, dark chocolate and smoky notes.
Falafel Queen — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)
The spice of Falafel Queen’s dishes need something with tropical fruit and spice flavours with some decent intensity, and this organic Argentine white delivers.
Habanero Sombrero — Trapiche Reserve Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)
Inky black in colour, this full-bodied red is driven by dark berry, spice and black pepper notes — ideal for Habanero Sombrero’s spicy, earthy fare.
Healthy Eats — Bodacious Smooth Red (Canada)
No matter what healthy dish you go with, this smooth, approachable red will pair perfectly thanks to its ripe, rich dark berry notes.
Hot Rod’s Filipino Grill — Miguel Torino Cuma Torrontes (Mendoza, Argentina)
This intense aromatic Argentine white brings spice, floral and tropical fruit notes that will work in perfect harmony with Hot Rod’s pitch-perfect Filipino fare.
Iggy’s Family Doener —Radio Boka Verdejo (Castillo Y Leon, Spain)
Iggy’s savoury flavours need something bright, vibrant and with crisp fresh fruit notes. It’s tough to find a white in such a great price point that is right in that wheelhouse.
Island Fusion — Apothic Red Blend (California, U.S.)
Rich and robust with dark berry notes, this popular red blend’s black cherry, dark chocolate and plum notes will knock Island Fusion’s Caribbean flavours out of the ball park.
KYU Grill —Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)
For KYU’s killer grilled subs, you need something with some spice, a bit of weight and a bit of sweetness. The Speck brothers’ Sibling Rivalry white blend brings all those in spades.
Little Bones Winnipeg — Shot in the Dark Red (Australia)
This Shiraz-driven Aussie red blend has just the right amount of dark fruit and spice notes to pair with any spice Little Bones’ wings can bring.
The Meltdown: Gourmet Grilled Cheese — Gazela Vinho Verde (Portugal)
Green apple, citrus and modest herbal flavours, a hint of spritz and plenty of freshness — just the right combination to cut through the richness of a grilled cheese.
Maximum BBQ World — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S)
What better to go with tangy barbecue flavours than the Bear Flag Smooth Red? It’s tangy, rich and with a hint of spice that’s ridiculously barbecue-friendly.
Olybee’s Kitchen and Catering — Cupcake Red Velvet Red Blend (California, U.S.)
For a diverse menu like Olybee’s, you need a wine that can pair with a wide cross-section of dishes. The Cupcake Red Velvet is smooth, full-bodied and rich, and will do the trick just right.
PVG Breakfast Club — Jacob’s Creek Moscato (South Australia)
Breakfast wines should be crisp, bring a hint of sweetness and be a bit lower in alcohol — all traits the luscious Jacob’s Creek Moscato brings with great balance.
Red Dot Japanese Cuisine — Sibling Rivalry White (Niagara Peninsula, Ontario)
A Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay blend, this Ontario white retains just the right amount of spice, tropical fruit and red apple notes to pair with any Japanese fare.
Red Ember — Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere (Colchagua Valley, Chile)
An organic Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere blend, the Cono Sur red takes dark berry, spice, pepper and light oaky notes and delivers them in a remarkably well-priced package that’s pizza-perfect.
Simba Safari Grill Passion of Portugal Red (Alentejo, Portugal)
Indigenous Portuguese red grapes make up the bulk of this red blend, offering ripe fruit as well as earthy and smoky notes with red berry and licorice notes.
Tia Maria’s Taqueria — La Vieille Ferme Red (Ventoux, France)
This Carginan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah blend delivers just the right balance of earth, red berry, licorice and spice notes to stand up to the heat and intensity of any taco.
Smokin’ Haut — Bear Flag Smooth Red (California, U.S.)
Hearty dishes inspired by rural Manitoba calls out for something modest yet fun; the Bear Flag red won’t overpower this fare — it’s comfort food and a taste of home all rolled in one.
The Pretzel Factory — Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)
Pretzels and German Riesling are a classic combination — the light, bright but not-overpowering sweetness of the Relax balances the saltiness of your typical pretzel.
The Churro Stop — Bodacious Smooth White (Canada)
This white has the sweetness needed to pair with churros —rich tropical fruit and red apple notes as well as a hint of spice are luscious and round.
The Poutine King — Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)
The crisp acidity and green apple/citrus notes cut through the fries/gravy and cheese curds with focus and freshness. A killer contrast.
The Walleye Wagon — Radio Boka Verdejo (Castilla Y Leon, Spain)
Everything about this dry, crisp Spanish white is perfect for walleye — crisp citrus notes, a splash of acidity and modest herbal notes are the perfect pairing.
Tot Wheels — Sileni Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)
The innovative potato nugget-based dishes from Tot Wheels need something just as vibrant and as exciting — what better match than a racy, crisp, citrus- and green apple-driven Sauvignon Blanc?
Up South Barbeque — El Petite Bonhomme (Jumilla, Spain)
A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Syrah, this medium-plus bodied red delivers a beautiful balance of fruit, rustic earth notes and spice that will pair beautifully with barbecue.
Waki Temaki — Relax Riesling (Mosel, Germany)
This white wine, with a hint of sweetness, brings plenty of citrus fruit and red apple notes that works beautifully with fish and umami notes of sushi.