Their website, restauranttrokay.com, refers to “superlative customer service” and that is simply an understatement. From the time we were seated for dinner and paired wines until we stood up three hours later, everything was orchestrated to enhance our palate and assure the wine was just right in terms of temperature, presentation and timing.
|Sorelle Bronca di Valdobbiadene Prosecco|
We began with the Italian Prosecco from Sorelle Bronca di Valdobbiadene Superior D.O.C. This extra-dry bubbly had apricot, pear and apple as its predominant flavors, an aroma of pear and apple, and the sweetness and fresh acidity make it delicious by itself or as an appetizer wine. 11 per cent alcohol. $12/glass, $38/bottle.
|Prager's Gruner Veltliner|
Grunerveltliner is a food-friendly wine, and Trokay makes it a practice to always have one on the wine list. The one we tasted was from Austria, the Prager's 2011 Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Hinter der Burg. The name "Hinter der Burg", which has not been changed since the 13th century according to wine importer WineBow, means behind the old castle Weissenkirchen. Coaxed out of a 7 acre vineyard, this wine has aroma of citrus, spice and green apple, and taste of citrus with a pleasant herbal not and a good minerality. 12.5 per cent alcohol, $67/bottle.
Fans of Japanese sake too, the Weatherson’s presented the Rihaku (Dreamy Clouds) Junmai Tokubetsu Nigori Sake. “Aromas of rice and ripe red plums. Bright, mouthwatering acidity leads to a soft and chewy texture from the unfiltered rice particles. The rice flavor is joined by gentle nutty and slightly fruity flavors in the long finish,” notes the winemaker. 15.5 per cent alcohol.
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Gamble Family Vineyards in Napa has an aroma that is fresh and inviting, with notes of apricot, green apple and musky melon. The flavor follows on with taste of mango, honeysuckle and candied orange, and layers of citrus and minerality. 13.5 per cent alcohol. $10/glass, $35/bottle.
One of my favorite wines are those from the Languedoc region of France, and here at Trokay I tasted the 2012 Domaine de Nizas Rose blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Delicious. It is lush and lively, with aroma of strawberry, raspberry and spice. Additional flavors of melon, orange zest, and a crisp and medium body. 14 per cent alcohol. $10/glass, $37/bottle.
|E Guigal Gigondas Rose;|
Sequoia Grove Chardonnay