There sits a manor house in Cambridge Ontario that pleases. Proprietors Mary Beaton Bill Bennett recently celebrated 20 years of Langdon Hall. Top sommelier Zoltan Szabo and I had the good fortune to taste some wines with Bill and Langdons in-house sommelier Katy Moore. Chef Jonathan Gushue joined us, having just created the masterpiece lunch of our lives.

Zoltan Szabo, Bill Bennett, Wine Baron on the steps of Langdon Hall

I always feel a sense of peace, serenity and the ultimate in luxury when I come here. Ive heard that Helen Mirren recently remarked that this gem is one of the best shes ever experienced. Speaking of, they are the sole holder in Ontario of the coveted 5 diamond designation from AAA and 1 of just five in Canada (restaurant category, 2010).

We were tasting wines from Josef Andert (Austria), Wohlmuth (Austria), Valdievieso (Chile), Callejo (Spain), and Viewpointe (Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario). Among the varietals were:

  • Andert: Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, St. Laurent
  • Wohlmuth: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Valdivieso: Caballo Loco (Crazy Horse, solara method, non-vintage)
  • Callejo: Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
  • Viewpointe: Auxerrois, Cabernet Merlot, Balance Pointe Cabernet Merlot, Focal Pointe Cabernet Franc

LUNCH began with house-made charcuteries. They are cured and smoked on premise. The accompanying bread, and even butter, are made in-house. Following came Digby bay scallops flavoured with smoked pork hocks, very lightly pan-seared on a bed of locally grown baby dandelion greens and lentils. Mmmmmazing!

Scallops from Digby bay

And then the best sandwiches ever. How long have I lived? The best ever? Yes! I am raving about the inch thick Berkshire pork loin with cole slaw and a hint of mustard, sandwiched by grilled homemade sliced French stick style bread. Knock my socks off.

Best pairing of the lunch: the Andert Gewürztraminer with the scallops. We remarked that the two Viewpointe reserves would be excellent with savoury beef or lamb. Each of them worked really well as a sip-by-itself Bordeaux style red. Bill especially remarked about these two Ontario wonders and the Auxerrois and the Callejo.

Zoltan and I drove away with grins on our faces… all the way back to Toronto : )

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