Food and wine. Wine and food. Some things are meant to be together forever. Such is the reason why I found myself at Forage on an early afternoon. We were invited to celebrate a new winery from the Fraser Valley. A new winery called Singletree.
Singletree Winery was founded in 2010 by a family whose roots run deep in the valley. What started as a turkey farm by the Etsell family is now a 12-acre winery with wines that truly reflect the tastes and sights of the valley.
We were greeted with a glass of their 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – a crisp and fresh wine, with hints of fresh-cut grass. This was a fantastic introduction to what Singletree has to offer.
Our first course by Chef Chris Wittaker was a potato and roast garlic puree topped with a house-curedJumiper lonza and peas. This dish was paired with the Singletree 2013 Siegerrebe wine.
The Siegerrebe wine was a perfect pairing. And what a wine! This wine has notes of peach and lychee, has floral aromatics and a crisp finish. I have a feeling this is gonna be my go-to wine this summer.
Second pairing: Tuna crudo served with gooseberries and salad greens, and dandelion dressing. It was served with the Singletree 2013 Farmhand White wine. This wine has a spicy noise and tropical fruit notes.
Third course: Grilled duck, confit aranchini, grilled scapes served with a drizzle of cherry preserve. I’ve never had scapes before, what a treat.
The duck was paired with Singletree’s Pinot Noir – a limited release made with grapes sourced from the Okanagan Valley. With hints of berries and spiced oak, this wine is much lighter than a regular Pinot Noir.
For dessert, the best dessert I’ve ever had: An Elderflower cheese puff served with ice cream, and drizzled with cordial and gin spiked blueberries.
Each course was mastered by the team at Forage. Chef Wittaker’s menu was sublime.
The wines are not available at stores right now, but can be purchased at the winery. Trust me when I say their Siegerrebe is worth the drive.
Hours of operations are Friday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
5782 Mt. Lehman Road, Abbotsford.