Holiday wine pairings with a spicy Sri Lankan twist

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Toni Bulloni Resturant’s Siva shares his ideas for Wine pairing with Sri Lankan food. At a tasting recently, Siva was asked to pair some of France’s newest wines with our diversified and varied Sri Lankan menu. Here are some of his favourites with his suggested matches.

O Chardonnay and O Pinot Noir.

O Chardonnay and O Pinot Noir.

Siva

Siva

“Here are two of my favourites. These are organic wines and match perfectly with our fresh ingredients and spices.”

O Chardonnay

This O organic wine is an excellent choice for our spicy foods. Our dishes are made with masala, curry powder, spices, herbs and garlic. Therefore, the acidity of the O chardonnay is ideal for our meals. If you enjoy our curries with more coconut milk, the chardonnay is a great choice. White curries with the creamy ˜avour of coconut milk can be paired with this wine.

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O Pinot Noir

In our business, we call it the “cross-table” wine. This wine is easy going, pairing well with most meals. Remember, not all your meals will be formal this holiday season; you will ÿnd occasions when you need to pair a wine the snack or appetizer. From kothu roti, parathas, hoppers, naan, rolls, cutlets, the O pinot noir is a versatile wine.

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“The south of France is hot right now, and these are two examples of fresh, fragrant and clean wines that are sure to please even the most knowledgeable.”

Gassac C Chardonnay and Gassac M Merlot.

Gassac C Chardonnay and Gassac M Merlot.

Gassac C Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the choice for seafood, if you plan on serving any of our spicy seafood dishes, including fish or cuttlefish dishes, this wine will be ideal for you. If you’re hosting vegetarians, this wine goes well with spicy green dishes and salads.

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Gassac M Merlot

This wine goes well with most of our curry style dishes or even a spicy appetizer. Ideal to serve alongside our meat curries chicken, beef, lamb or pork. Mutton curry is a favourite among many Sri Lank-ans and M Merlot pairs well with ‘bites’, dry deviled meat dishes.

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About Siva

DYNAMIC DUO:  Siva Sathasivam and Sam Medoff, partners of Toni Bulloni restaurant. Over the years, the iconic establishment in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville has built excellent reputation of service and the best Italian food in town.

DYNAMIC DUO: Siva Sathasivam and Sam Medoff, partners of Toni Bulloni restaurant. Over the years, the iconic establishment in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville has built excellent reputation of service and the best Italian food in town.

Siva Sathasivam has been involved with Toni Bulloni and the Yorkville district of Toronto for over 20 years. From a humble start as a cook to manager and owner in 2010, Siva famously hosted many Hollywood celebrities, hockey stars, baseball players and Toronto socialites. Siva, who hails from Northern Sri Lanka, is an alumnus of St. John’s College Jaffna and spent time in Paris, France and European cities prior to his arrival in Canada. He has an excellent knowledge of international wines, European cuisine and will add a touch of Sri Lankan flare to your order upon request. Perhaps his greatest gift is hospitality; Siva has a natural ability to entertain his clients, make them feel at home, remembering their names and stories.

Toni Bulloni is located at 156 Cumberland Street, Toronto.

Toni Bulloni is located at 156 Cumberland Street, Toronto.

The restaurant offers an intimate area for wine tasting.

The restaurant offers an intimate area for wine tasting.