Painted Rock Winery Dinner at Fraiche

John Skinner (l) & Chef Dino Renaerts (r)

I attended this amazing dinner at Fraiche Restaurant on Thursday October 21st that featured Painted Rock Estate Wines along with their Proprietor John Skinner.

Following the welcoming reception that featured the Painted Rock Chardonnay ‘09, Duck Liver Parfait canapés, we all sat down to dinner. I was fortunate to dine at the same table as John Skinner along with his friend/guest Torsten Allander who is the Winemaker/Proprietor of Foxtrot Vineyards.

Now on to dinner and the pairings!

First Course:

Foraged Chanterelle Mushroom Bisque with porcini creme

Paired with the Merlot ’07, Painted Rock Estate Winery

Second Course:

House-cured Pemberton Beef Bresola with Okanagan red onion jam, parmesan, truffle

Paired with the Cabernet Sauvignon ’08, Painted Rock Estate Winery

Third Course:

Grilled Lamb Sirloin & Spiced Lamb Boudin with lentils du puy, autumn harvest vegetables, sauce bordelaise

Paired with the Syrah ’07, Painted Rock Estate Winery

Fourth Course:

Artisanal Cheese plate with Macerated figs, toasted nuts, house-made soda bread

Paired with the Red Icon’07, Painted Rock Estate Winery

Red Icon '07 Painted Rock Estate Winery

Executive Chef/Partner Dino Reaerts of Fraiche and his team created a menu that was paired very well with these wines.

The meal ended with some heavenly Cinnamon Macarons filled with white chocolate ganache.

Comments:  All of the wines and courses were well paired, I found the Merlot ’07 to be outstanding paired with the Mushroom Bisque in the 1st course. The Red Icon ‘07 was the best wine and it paired well with the cheese plate in the fourth course. The food was delicious and I was absolutely in love with the Chanterelle Mushroom Bisque.

By: Richard Wolak