Simple Secrets to Wine Pairing and BBQ (Recipe Included!)

Angela Aiello of iYellow Wine Club is spending her summer chatting with some of Toronto's best chefs over a bottle of Aveleda Vinho Verde, a refreshing wine from Portugal that is light enough to pair with some of your favourite summer dishes.  iYellow Wine Club is a Chew Street favourite and we are so happy to share these food and wine conversations with you! Angela's first conversation in this series is with Executive Chef & Pit Master Aidan Galligan from Uncle Smoke BBQ.  Chef Aidan was born in Toronto but raised in St. Louis Missouri the heart of BBQ nation.  He talks about his love of Southern style BBQ and wine. 


Aidan Galligan, Uncle Smoke BBQ

Aidan Galligan, Uncle Smoke BBQ

Where is your favourite place to sip on a refreshing glass of white wine?

Nothing is better than sipping a glass of crisp white wine lakeside at the cottage, surrounded by friends and family, with some slow-cooked barbecue, watching the sun go down. Simply unbeatable.

Your food showcases your unique cooking philosophy.  Who inspires you?

I am most inspired by my family, my friends and my community. Cooking isn’t just about feeding people – it’s about caring for those around you, and trying to make the moment a little bit better.

What is the most challenging thing about being a chef? 

Balance. Whether it is finding the right balance with flavours in a dish, or balancing my time in the kitchen with my family at home. I’ve learned that even being a little bit out of balance can end in disaster if left unchecked.

Balance. Whether it is finding the right balance with flavours in a dish, or balancing my time in the kitchen with my family at home. I’ve learned that even being a little bit out of balance can end in disaster if left unchecked.

What do you love most about the Toronto culinary scene? 

The endless inspiration it has to offer. Even after working in London and New York, I find Toronto is unmatched when it come to culinary influences and creativity. From my home in East Toronto to my kitchen in the West, I pass by so many vibrant cultures with their unique foods and flavours. No other city can boast such diversity!

When you were thinking about a dish to pair with Aveleda Vinho Verde from Portugal, what kind of ideas came to mind? 

Freshness. Spring is a very fresh time of year, the energy of the world around us awakening from the winter is what really drove this
dish.

What do you like about Aveleda wines?

The wines were very refreshing; exactly the thing you’d want after a hard day of work. Sipping them relaxed and invigorated me; highly recommended after a long day in a hot kitchen!

Talk to us about your Smoked Asparagus and Corn Salad.  Why did you choose these ingredients and why would you pair it with Aveleda?

The dish is simple; I wanted to showcase Ontario asparagus and add a little smoke to add another dimension of flavour. It pairs well with Aveleda because the crisp profile of the wine balances with the smoked asparagus. Both the dish and the wine are two sides of the same coin; both flavourful and refreshing in their own way.



Angela Aiello is the Founder of iYellow Wine Club, Toronto's coolest place to learn about wine. After you try this delicious recipe, learn more about Angela, iYellow, and Aveleda.