Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Livermore Valley Taste Our Terroir wine & food pairing event

This year the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association has expanded their Taste Our Terroir event to spread over four days.  However, the premier event continues to the Food and Wine Pairing classic on Thursday, July 18 at Casa Real.  This year over 650 visitors enjoyed the 28 Livermore wineries 20 Tri-Valley restaurants for a great wine and food pairing event.

The Judges for this year’s Taste Our Terroir are:

  • David Glancy – Founder and CEO of the San Francisco Wine School
  • Ethan Fletcher – Food and Wine Writer for Diablo Magazine
  • Jude Affronti – Chef at Sur La Table and Owner/Founder of Affronti Food + Wine Bar

Everyone had a great time working their way through the 20 Food and Wine pairings and then sampling an additional four wineries on the patio and tasting the fine ports and dessert wines in the dessert room from an another four wineries. And US Foods provided and extensive layout of great desserts to go with those dessert wines.

The winners for this year are:

  • Most Innovative Pairing:
    Team: Cuda Ridge Winery and Beets Hospitality Group
    Pairing: Cuda Ridge Winery 2010 Malbec from Livermore Valley paired with a house-made Steamed bun, black plum Char Siu, spice-cured and charred pork belly with pickled root vegetables, cilantro and green onion.
    Judge David Glancy said, “This pairing was yummy, taking me back to the Tenderloin with Vietnamese comfort food”
  •  Best White Wine Pairing and People’s Choice Award (People’s Choice was selected by the visitors in attendance):
    Team: Page Mill Winery and Piccola Casa
    Pairing: Page Mill 2012 Chardonnay from Chandler Vineyard in Livermore Valley paired with a WonTon shell topped with a lightly blackened Scallop with an avocado Pico di Gallo and Chipotle Aioli
    Judge Jude Affronti said, “A nice buzz in the mouth with rich flavor and not overcooked”
  • Best Classic Pairing:
    Team: Rodrigue Molyneaux and Castlewood Country Club
    Pairing: Rodrigue Molyneaux 2009 Estate Sangiovese from Livermore Valley paired with a lightly crusted Dutch Valley Veal Scallopini with tomato coulis and fresh Mozzarella on citrus infused focaccia.
    Judge Ethan Fletcher said, “This combination makes me happy, content and satisfying.  It is a milder dish paired great with a mild wine.”
  • Judge’s Best Award:
    Team: Concannon Vineyard and Underdog Wine Bar
    Pairing: Concannon 2011 Reserve Righteously Rose from Livermore Valley paired with “Off the Hook” seafood sausage with a Rose Cream Sauce.

    Judge Jude Affronti said, “Loved the wine and loved the food and the pairing worked great.”

 There were other great pairings at this event, showing the skills of the chefs and the winemakers.

  • Occasio Winery served their 2010 Del Arroyo Vineyard Zinfandel with a Kobe beef Carpaccio Lollipop from Mangia Mi.  This was a thinly sliced Kobe Beef, wild arugula, capers, stone ground mustard and Pecorino Cheese.  I felt that this pairing just popped and the food really mad the wine full and delicious
  • Eckert Estate Winery paired their 2010 Petite Sirah with a house cured Cherry Wood smoked California Angus beef brisket from The Compass Star.  It is was crusted with Peppercorn and Coriander, topped with mashed Sunchokes and Mascarpone Cheese, with a drizzle of Petite Sirah Demi and an Italian style.  The pairing not only looked delicious but came together well with some nice flavors.
  • Mitchell Katz Winery served their 2011 Chardonnay with a dish from Handles Gastropub.  It was green heirloom tomatoes from Terra Bella Farms in Pleasanton, breaded and fried, fresh Mozzarella, grilled corn salsa and basil Aioli.  The acid and flavors of the tomato, plus the roundness of the Mozzarella really brought out the flavors of the Chardonnay.

Taste of Terroir is produced by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and sponsored by Dublin Toyota, City of Dublin, Amos Productions, Image Setters, Livermore Valley Florists, Faye Champlin Studio and US Foods.

Funds raised at this event benefit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.

See the full photo show at the Examiner.com website.

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