30 Days of Local Wine

The 2010 Riesling from Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards is the personal favourite of Cooper’s Hawk staff member, Tracie Gonneau. It is 100% Riesling – an off dry medium bodied wine with hints of Granny Smith apple and petrol on the nose. Plenty of acidity and minerality fill the palate with a long finish of pear. This Riesling is a food friendly wine and pairs nicely with local perch or pickeral. With Christmas and the holidays upon us it is also a perfect match for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. This wine also begs for salty cheeses, potato chips and popcorn.

Seafood Risotto from Chef Scott Edmunds of Centro to pair with the 2010 Riesling from Cooper's Hawk Vineyard during the 30 Days of Local Wine

Back on Day 8 of the 2011 30 Days of Local Wine, Chef Scott Edmunds of Centro started off a 4-course meal with a Pear Salad. He used this Riesling as the inspiration for course two:

Seafood Risotto


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups seafood stock
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 pound (2 cups) Arborio rice
  • 2 pounds assorted Mediterranean shellfish and seafood
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup hand crushed canned tomatoes

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the onions. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring. Saute until the onions are slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Add the stock and garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for about 6 minutes. Add the rice and simmer for 12 minutes, stirring constantly.

Clean, trim and dice the shellfish and seafood. Season the seafood with salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 6 minutes. Stir in the butter , and hand crushed canned tomatoes. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Spoon the risotto in the center of each shallow bowl.