Five-Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings guided by Jackson-Triggs Winemaker Marco Piccoli

WineAlign is delighted to present a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings on Thursday, April 10 featuring the wines of Canada’s award-winning Jackson-Triggs Winery.  

Join us for an exclusive dinner at EPIC with winemaker Marco Piccoli, as he guides you through a select offering of Jackson-Triggs wines, each paired with a specially prepared gourmet dish. Marco will speak about the unique viticulture and terroir of the Niagara region and talk about some of the history behind one of Niagara’s most iconic wineries.

Marco will be joined by WineAlign’s David Lawrason.

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Event Details:

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: EPIC (The Fairmont Royal York Hotel)
Reception: 6:30 – 7pm
Dinner: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Tickets: $95.00 (plus taxes and fees)

Please note tickets are limited to 50, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Reception Wine:

Entourage Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Sweet Pea & Dungeness Crab
Davinci Caviar, Double Smoked Bacon, Spruce

Wine pairing:  Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Wild Ontario Mushroom & Ricotta Ravioli
Maitake, Honey & King Oyster Mushrooms, Cipolini Onion, Cress, Butternut Squash Emulsion

Wine pairing:  Grand Reserve Pinot Noir

Butter Poached Lobster Claw
Monforte Chevre Polenta, Chili Spiked Lobster Broth

Wine pairing:  Grand Reserve Gewurztraminer

“Yorkshire Valley” Organic Cornish Hen “Coq Au Vin”
Winter Savory, Pearl Onions, Asparagus Tips, Patty Pan Squash, Rye Berry Risotto, Cabernet Jus

Wine pairing:  Grand Reserve Merlot

Lemon Lime
Lemon Lime Curd, Steamed Meringue

Wine Pairing:  Riesling Icewine

*There are no substitutions*


About Marco Piccoli:


Marco Piccoli

Growing up in Northeastern Italy in one of the world’s most established wine regions, it is hardly surprising that Marco Piccoli’s interest in winemaking started at an early age. However, it wasn’t until his late teens that his true passion was fully realized.

In 1995, after completing high school where he specialized in agriculture, Marco started work as a cellar hand at a local winery called Bidoli Vini. Recognized for his unbridled enthusiasm and keen desire to learn, he soon assumed more supervisory roles, including winery assistant. He then spent the next few years working at wineries and receiving a joint masters degree in grape growing and winemaking from the University of Udine in Italy and the University of Applied Science in Wiesbaden-Geisenheim, Germany.

Prior to beginning his master’s studies in Germany, Marco jumped at the opportunity to come to Canada when a new partnership between the University of Udine and the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University was announced. Keen to learn more about new world winemaking, and the unique terroir of the Niagara Peninsula, Marco set his sights on returning to Canada to pursue a career as a winemaker.

In September 2004, Marco accepted an internship at the Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winery and was then rewarded the position of assistant winemaker at Vincor International. While there, he heard about the winemaker opportunity at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery and eagerly applied. Marco has been part of the Jackson-Triggs team since September 2005 and has worked diligently to bring Jackson-Triggs recognized style to each wine that he makes.

About EPIC

Located in The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, EPIC takes a reputation for innovation and quality and infuses it with premium quality regional elements. EPIC’s fluid, contemporary design is an effective backdrop for a menu that features the best of Ontario’s growers. Seasonally, hand-nurtured herbs from the rooftop garden, 15 stories above Front Street brighten each dish. Desserts are flavoured with hand-harvested roof top honey. And as a certified Ocean Wise restaurant, EPIC’s fish and shellfish choices contribute to sustainable oceans for generations to come.

Note: Our winemaker events have been consistently and quickly selling out.  If you are interested in attending then we advise you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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