Friday, August 31, 2018

A fantastic Taste Our Terroir in Livermore Valley

The 2018 Quest for Food and Wine Pairing Excellence of Taste Our Terroir, Livermore Valley’s premier food and wine affair, took place from July 26.  It provided food and wine lovers a chance to check out the best of Livermore Valley.   Judges this year included Jim Gordon of Wine Enthusiast Magazine; Ellen Fort, Editor of Eater SF and Ian White of San Francisco Magazine. In addition, guests had the chance to taste all pairings and then cast votes for People’s Choice awards for Best White and Best Red Pairings.  The winners were:

Best Classic Pairing: Mitchell Katz winery and Atria Senior Living 

  • Mitchell Katz 2013 Speechless Cabernet Sauvignon Blend from Livermore Valley paired with Wagyu ribeye topped with barrel aged Shoyu and fresh grated horseradish from Atria Senior Living

Most Innovative Pairing: Wood Family Vineyards and First Street Ale House 

  • Wood Family Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon VIVA from Livermore Valley paired with Indian Fried Chicken Frankie Curry fried chicken, pickled vegetables, spiced aioli and fresh cilantro from First Street Ale House.

Judges’ Best Pairing: Longevity Wines and Backdoor Bistro

  • Longevity Wines 2017 Pinot Blanc from Livermore Valley paired with shrimp Aguachili and local melon on a chili dusted potato chip with avocado crema Aguachili from Backdoor Bistro

The coveted People’s Choice Awards were given to: 

Best White Wine Pairing: McGrail Vineyards and Attraversiamo 

  • McGrail Vineyards 2017 Kylie Ryan Rose from Livermore Valley paired with Mexican street corn, local Brentwood corn, mayo, pimento, pine nuts, lime, chives topped with spicy Chicharron from Attraversiamo

Best Red Wine Pairing: Wood Family Vineyards and First Street Ale House 

Over the following three days wineries across Livermore Valley hosted dinners, cooking classes, blending sessions, vineyard tours and other unique experiences highlighting the region’s terroir. Most of these events were sell-outs.

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