As part of the event held by Longo's, there was a tasting in the new wine and beer bar upstairs, Corks. Nicely designed place, bright and airy, and with a patio too. It looks out onto Leaside, but you can't get everything you want now, can you. Anthony Longo kicked things off - certainly a great feeling of family, with the 3rd generation of Longo's coming up in the business. And then we got to the food.
The prime rib roast is spectacular, just jaw-dropping in all that beefy, succulent, richness. Desserts and all that are great, as is the chocolate from the in-house chocolatier (yes, they have an in-house chocolatier). The cheeses were fabulous, the crown being a French triple-cream described as cheese-flavoured butter. Wines being poured were a sauvignon blanc and merlot/cabernet from Creekside Estate Winery, and a chardonnay and pinot noir from Tawse Winery. As is usually with the case with young Niagara wines, both white wines showed better, with the Tawse chardonnay showing lovely perfume and great extract on the palate. Beer selection was great too. Really going for that craft brewing, all-in kind of beer. Corks focuses on local wines, and rotates the selections offering various price ranges by the glass.
I'm definitely coming back for a drink and bite. Man, I have pretty much zero sweet tooth, but the pastries look good too. And the beef . . . if ever there was a compelling reason to ditch turkey, this is it. Many thanks to everyone at Longo's who showed us around, and to Mansfield Communications for organizing.