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Flat Rock Cellars' Ed Madronich hosts the second sold-out Winemaker's Table event in early May.

Meat & Greet

Intimate winemaker’s dinners feed hunger, knowledge

By Amanda Allison

Do you love enjoying a glass of wine surrounded by new friends? Are you a wannabe winemaker, but wanna stay out of the dirt? Is your mind swarming with food and wine pairing questions? 

If so, perhaps a winemaker’s dinner is what you’ve been searching for. The season has begun for these more involved and interactive experiences.

Flat Rock Cellars’ first two intimate At the Winemaker’s Table lunches in Jordan, Ontario were sold-out successes. President Ed Madronich and winemaker Ross Wise entertained their guests with a three-course gourmet meal matched with the finest Flat Rock wines.

“For me the true essence of wine is not simply the product itself, but the joy of sharing it with friends over great food. That is what this program is all about,” said Madronich.

You can share in Madronich’s passion for $75 (plus GST) while enjoying a pre-set menu and the beautiful view of the 98-acre vineyard. Future dates are set for August 22 when The Good Earth Cooking School’s Nicolette Novak will guest star and the lunch scheduled for November 14 will showcase the talent of Chef Erik Peacock of Wellington Court.

This spring also holds your chance to go behind the scenes at a restaurant and pick the brain of CityLine personality and chef, Jason Parsons. Peller Estates Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake gives you this opportunity at their Chef’s Table Dinner Series. Running May 22, June 5 and 19, you can enjoy a reception in Parsons’ kitchen discussing wine and food pairings. A seasonally inspired tasting menu paired with Peller Estates wines follows, for an experience that will delight your senses.

Peller Estates Winery winemaker Lawrence Buhler said this is a chance to get at the heart of Peller Estates.

“Chef's table is a great way for guests to get to know our wines on a very intimate level, and to really experience how our wines are crafted to complement our chef's creations.”

To get backstage, you can purchase tickets online now ($140 plus GST). 

On the opposite side of the country resides another gourmet adventure. God’s Mountain Estate in the Okanagan is home to the Winemaker’s Culinary Series run by Joy Road Catering. Since 2007, Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart having been serving up local food and wine at a long harvest table amongst the Riesling vines.

“The food and wine all come from our local growers and foragers and winemakers. It is a way to experience the Okanagan through all of your sense,” said the passionate chefs. 

Each Thursday night dinner has a different winery showcased and Smith and Ewart have hand picked those they feel represent the best of the valley.

With a gorgeous view of Skaha Lake and an inspired menu of the freshest regional cuisine, this is a special food and wine experience not to be missed. Reserve your seat ($110 plus GST) online now.
 
For more information, visit:
Flat Rock Cellars  
Peller Estates Winery
Joy Road Catering



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