Join Livermore Valley Winemakers and Bay Area Chefs for a delectable evening of wine and food pairings showcasing the Valley's bountiful "terroir" (a french word for soil and is pronounced "ter-wah"). Winemaker and chef teams work together prior to the event to create innovative wine and food pairings for guests. Cast your vote for People's Choice Award. And, in a blind tasting, our Culinary and Media Judges will present awards for Most Innovative Pairing, Best Classic Pairing and Judges' Best (Awards presented at 8:15pm). Enjoy live music on the patio and bid on spectacular silent auction lots.
Tickets are $85.
This event sells out every year so get your tickets early. Must be 21 to attend. ID Required.
Taste of Terroir 2012-- Judges Panel
Food & Wine Staff Writer, Bay Area News Group
Jessica Yadegaran is a wine writer, educator and judge whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines nationwide for more than a decade. She covers food and wine for Bay Area News Group, which reaches 2.5 million readers in print and online every week. She has judged the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Next Gen Millennial Wine Competition as well as three years of Taste of Terroir.
Lynne Char Bennett
Food & Wine Staff Writer and Test Kitchen Director, San Francisco Chronicle
Lynne Char Bennett is a staff writer and the test kitchen director for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food & Wine department, which has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards for best food section among largest circulation, and most recently in 2011 for best food coverage in the nation in a general interest publication. Bennett has also been a co-recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for best newspaper series. Bennett writes the “Pairings” column, for which she creates recipes with wine recommendations, and contributes as well to The Chronicle’s coverage of restaurants, chefs, wine and spirits and overall San Francisco Bay area culinary scene. When opportunity and time permits, Bennett also caters, consults and teaches.
Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Innovation, Safeway Inc.
As Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Innovation for Safeway Inc., Chef Anderson engages consumers through a variety a channels and showcases the interesting and unique private branded food products, as well as a myriad of ways in which to use the specialty goods. He provides recipes and demo for customer outreach, regularly participating in food focused events such as Celebration Weekend, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Cooking for Solutions, Savor the Central Coast, and other privately held events. Chef Anderson previously held the Corporate Executive Chef role with Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., developing signature items and opening many of the new properties for the company. He also was the owner of both The Black Crow Grill and Taproom, and The Rawbar Restaurant and Sushi, located in Chico CA. He attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and then focused his work experience on the newly emerging American cuisine, working at Campton Place Hotel, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Postrio and The Cypress Club.
2012 Participating Wineries & Restaurants:
Cedar Mountain Winery
Crooked Vine Winery
Cuda Ridge Wines
Darcie Kent Vineyards
Eagle Ridge Vineyard
En Garde Winery
Garre Winery & Vineyard
La Rochelle Winery
Las Positas Vineyards
Les Chenes Estate Vineyard
Little Valley Winery
McGrail Vineyards & Winery
Page Mill Winery
Rios Lovell Winery
The Steven Kent Winery
Castlewood Country Club
El Sacromonte Restaurant and Bar
First Street Ale House
Neil Marquis Catering
Porter's Restaurant at Poppy Ridge
Sanctuary Ultra Lounge and Restaurant
Scott's Seafood Restaurant and Grill
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
Underdog Wine Bar
Silent Auction Items
One Birthday Party Package to Clubsport Pleasanton 4 Tickets and Parking Pass to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
One year Lifestyle RX Year Membership for a family Two Tickets Livermore Shakespeare Festival and Underdog Gift Certificate
Entwine Basket- 4 btls, cookbook, apron and a tour for two Sideboard Café-$25 Gift Certificate and Sweet Street - $20 Gift Certificate
12-1lb Gerard'Z Honeybees Honeys 4 hrs Lincoln Limo Charter Four Ten
49ers #21 Frank Gore Autographed Football Safrinia Artwork
Aventine Medspa Gift Package Bay Area Glider Flight Lesson
Courtyard Marriott Livermore Romance Package One Night Stay Cycling and Wine Tasting Tour for Two from Livermore Valley Wine and Cycle Tour
Fenestra Private Wine Tasting and Tour for 6 with glass and cheese pairing Poppy Ridge Four Rounds of Golf Including Golf Cart
$100 Garré Gift Certificate $25 Gourmet Works Gift Certificate
Hawthorn Suites Livermore – Two Night Wine Getaway Package 6 Bottles From Las Positas College Wine Program
LanVie Pleasanton- $50 Gift Certificate And Blazer Olivina Basket - 4 Olive Oils, tour and A Gift Certificate
Riedel Decantor Rose Hotel – One Night Stay
Tap 25 Livermore - $25 Gift Certificate Uptown Girls Livermore Basket
AND THE 2011 WINNERS ARE:
Most Innovative Pairing:Cedar Mountain Winery & Porter's Restaurant at Poppy Ridge: 2007 Zinfandel, Hansen Vineyard, Livermore Valley Paired with Local Lamb Meatballs on Black Bean Sopapillas with Jalapeño Jelly
Best Classic Pairing: Concannon Vineyard & Market Cafe at Pleasanton Marriot: 2007 Reserve Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley Paired with Braised Short Rib Bruschetta
Judges Best Pairing:Nottingham Cellars & Wild Vine Hideaway Bistro & Lounge: 2009 Malbec, Livermore Valley Paired with Seasoned and Garnished Lamb Skewers Drizzled with a Zesty Malbec Red Wine Sauce
People's Choice Award: Ruby Hill Winery & Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery: 2008 Intesa Blend Paired with Braised Goat with Hints of Cloves, Coriander and Vanilla. Served on Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta with Fresh Cherry and Micro-Arugula Garnish.