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Taste of Terroir - Livermore Valley's Wine & Food Experience  July 23, 2009
Taste of Terroir - Livermore Valley's Wine & Food Experience July 23, 2009
Thursday, July 24, 2008
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Palm Event Center in the Vineyard
1184 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton, CA, 94566

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").  Each winemaker and chef team has worked hard to create innovate wine and food pairings for guests to enjoy.  Guests can cast their vote for People's Choice Award as they taste all 16 of the creative pairings.  In a blind tasting, our Culinary and Media Judges for the evening will present awards for Most Innovative Pairing, Judges' Best, and Best Use of Local Ingredients (Awards announced at 8:15pm).  Guests can also enjoy live music on the patio and bid on silent acution lots.

COST:  $75 per person.  (Tickets on sale in June 2009)

Winners from 2008 event are (drum roll please...):

Best Expression of Local Ingredients
Livermore Valley Cellars & Faz Restaurant
2006 LV Zinfandel paired with mustard pork tenderloin with plum chtuney and rosemary foccacia

Most Innovative Pairing

La Rochelle Winery and Campo di Bocce
2006 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands paired with Squash Blossom Tamale
Judges Best
Wente Vineyards & The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
2005 Nth Degree Merlot paired with duck and shelling bean salad with lemon truffle vinaigrette

People's Choice
Mitchell Katz Winery and Palm Event Center
2005 LV Fatboy Cabernet Saugvinon paired with duck bratworst on house made caraway bun

2008 Participating Wineries:

Bent Creek Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Deer Ridge Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, El Sol Winery, Elliston Vineyards, Fenestra Winery, Garré Winery, La Rochelle Winery, Little Valley Winery, Livermore Valley Cellars, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Page Mill Winery, Ruby Hill Winery, Tamás Estates, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Wente Vineyards


2008 Participating Restaurants:
Campo di Bocce, Eddie Papa's American Hangout, Faz Restaurant, Garré Café, Hap's Origional Steakhouse, Mahalo Grille, Movida, Oasis, Palm Event Center, Patrick David's, Poppy Ridge Golf Course, Scott's Seafood, Terra Mia, The Grill at Wente Vineyards, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Zephyr Grill & Bar

2008 Culinary & Media Judges:

Rebecca Chapa, Adjunct Faculty, Culinary Institute of America
Lisa Rhorer, Sommelier and Owner at Cin-Cin Wine Bar in Los Gatos

Jessica Yadegaran, Wine Writer at Bay Area News Group



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