Wine Rock with Chef Rob Rainford

I mean what else goes better with some food and wine than listening to an awesome acoustic set by Canadian rocker Ian Thornley? ya.. you got it… nothing.

Last Thursday I was at the Wine Rock event where we got up close and personal with the music of Ian Thorney, all while tasting wines from Ravernswood Winery and noshing on delicious creations by the host of Food Network Canada’s Licence to Grill, Chef Rob Rainford.

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99 Sudbury was the perfect venue to enjoy the different Zinfandels from Sonama Valley’s Ravenswood Winery. Each wine was paired with the food so well – it was obvious these guys knew what they were doing. The two wines that stood out to me the most were the 2009 Vintners Blend Zinfandel and the 2007 Vintage Single Vineyard Old Hill Zinfandel. Try looking for these at the LCBO – they both should be there.

I made sure to try all the food from Chef Rob Rainford – it all looked amazing! The Owner of the winery was there and listening to Ian Thornley surprisingly made my afternoon – he was soo good and kinda hot too! lol

We had Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Arugula and Toasted Pine Nuts and also enjoyed Grilled Lamb Chops with Quinoa Pilaf, Mint and Kumquat Relish.

My two fave dishes were The Jerk Chicken Supreme Served over Mango and Jicama Slaw and Cilantro Pesto and The Bacon Wrapped Medallion of Venison with Celery Root Hash and Ontario Blackberry Compote – this was cook perfectly.. like so good!!

OK maybe I lied.. this might have been my fave dish – Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs on Caramelized Onion Mash Potatoes with a Rich Wine Jus & Frizzled Onions – yah YUM! My least fave dish was The Grilled Quail, however the Beet Salad with Dill underneath it was fantastic. The Quail was dry.. me no likey.

Rob Rainford doing his thing and the oh so yummy Ontario Strawberries and Sabayon dessert shot… amazing day!


Cheers to getting tipsy and enjoying some amazing food and wine on a Thursday afternoon! Check out my YouTube Channel to watch Ian Thorney play a tune IanThorneyWineRock



    July 21, 2011

    Great pairing! Amazing wine and food! I love everything about your blog!

  2. Tommy Killington
    July 26, 2011

    I liked watching Rainford on License to Grill. I especially liked when he “hooted” like an owl and made animal sounds when grilling up his goodies. Give him another show. Get rid of Mooking.

    • Erin
      July 27, 2011

      hah too funny.. but cmon, I like Roge.. Im always kinda into seeing what his obedient ingredient is. Thanks for the comment.. made me smile anyways.. keep reading it Tommy.. xo


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