Our first stop was Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan. Worth visiting for the vista alone, the winery overlooks the Twenty Mile Bench and affords spectacular views from all directions. The architecture of the buildings fits into the environment perfectly, which is not surprising considering Flat Rock’s commitment to environmental responsibility.
Flat Rock Cellars specializes in three types of wines: Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. They also have some Gewurztraminer, which they use in their very popular “Twisted” blend. We tried several of their wines, and they were all delicious. We were even able to taste some Pinot Noir straight from the barrel.
We also had our first food of the day: a “breakfast taco” filled with eggs, bacon, honey, tomatoes, and several other fresh, local ingredients. The food was prepared by Tamara Jensen and Adam Hynam-Smith, owners of a gourmet mobile food truck called “El Gastronomo Vagabundo”. This retro-fitted courier truck with a full commercial kitchen offers up globally-inspired street foods, such as tacos, tapas, and Southeast Asian dishes. The gourmet truck served food throughout the summer and fall at the winery, with diners eating on the Flat Rock Cellars Green Roof patio above the underground barrel cellar.
Gourmet food trucks such as this have really taken off in places like Los Angeles and New York. However, the street food regulations in Ontario have made it very difficult for a similar movement to develop here. For the most part, food trucks on public land can sell only food such as french fries, poutine, sausages, and soft drinks, which are not exactly healthy. As a result, mobile food trucks like El Gastronomo Vagabundo can only park on private land. There is a petition on the El Gastronomo Vagabundo site to try to get the regulations changed so that people in Ontario can start enjoying more healthy street food. In the meantime, you can visit Flat Rock Cellars on summer weekends (through October) to get your fix, or you can use El Gastronomo Vagabundo’s Find Us page to learn about other ways to experience their delicious food.