Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rosewood Winery's All-Stars In The Vineyard

I had the pleasure of attending All-Stars In The Vineyard at Rosewood Estates Winery (@Rosewoodwine) this past Sunday, August 19. This unique winemaker's dinner featured Rosewood's top award winning wines (as well as their unreleased wines) with dishes specifically prepared by chefs from Ortolan (@0rt0lan), Torito Tapas Bar (@ToritoTapas), Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 (@NNUptown21), and Richmond Station (@richmondstn). Unlike your typical sit-down dinners, All-Stars In The Vineyard lets guests stroll, sip and savour food and wine pairings at the various stations within Rosewood's beautiful vineyard. After attending Rosewood's Bees, Mead & Cheese class last month at Le Dolci and subsequently falling in love with their honey and mead, I was really looking forward to tasting Rosewood's other wines (as well as all the chefs' creations) at this one-of-a-kind event.

Rosewood's picturesque vineyard

Guests were each given a map detailing the location of the four stations.


Rosewood wines at this station:
2011 Semillon (Special Pre-Release, $18)
2010 Cabernet Franc (Special Pre-Release, $22)
2011 Mead Noir ($25)

Peaches with Home-made Ricotta
Pairing: 2011 Semillon

Grilled Lamb Spiedini
Pairing: 2010 Cabernet Franc

Seafood Medley Escabeche 
Pairing: 2011 Mead Noir 


Chef Luis Valenzuela (@chef_valenzuela) of Torito Tapas Bar

Paella being cooked over a large pan (or patella)

Rosewood wines at this station:
2010 Merlot (Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards, Silver - Ontario Wine Awards, $22)
2008 Riesling Reserve (Top Riesling - International Value Wine Awards, $20)

Heirloom Tomato Tostada with Serrano Ham 
Pairing: 2008 Riesling Reserve

Summer Seasonal Vegetable Paella 
Pairing: 2010 Merlot


Chef Nick Benninger of Nick & Nat's Uptown 21

Working the big green egg!

Rosewood wines at this station:
2011 Gewurztraminer (Silver - Ontario Wine Awards, $20)
2010 Cab Franc Barrel '67 (Special Pre-Release, $36)

Saukerkraut Pork Goodies with Apples & Crispy Chips 
Pairing: 2011 Gewurztraminer

Walnut Breaded Zucchini, Blue Cheese Aioli, Stewed Tomato & Fresh Herb Salad 
Pairing: 2010 Cab Franc Barrel '67

Another picture of Rosewood's gorgeous vineyard.


Chef Carl Heinrich (@ChefHeinrich) of Richmond Station

Rosewood wines at this station:
2009 Pinot Noir Reserve (Gold - Canadian Wine Awards, $40)
2010 Natalie's Sussreserve Riesling (Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards, $15)

Wild Boar Croquettes with Sour Cherry Relish
Pairing: 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve

Cream Louisa with Preserved Local Cherries
Pairing: 2010 Natalie's Sussreserve Riesling

I had a fantastic time at All-Stars In The Vineyard. I can't emphasize enough just how terrific it was to be able to stroll around Rosewood's vineyard sipping on wine and feasting on all the delicious food. Mother Nature was definitely on our side as well; couldn't have asked for better weather. Excellent event!

My favourite wines from All-Stars In The Vineyard: 
2008 Riesling Reserve 
2010 Natalie's Sussreserve Riesling

My favourite dishes from each station at All-Stars In The Vineyard:
Seafood Medley Escabeche - Ortolan
Summer Seasonal Vegetable Paella - Torito Tapas Bar
Saukerkraut Pork Goodies with Apples & Crispy Chips - Nick & Nat's Uptown 21
Cream Louisa with Preserved Local Cherries - Richmond Station