And the 2017 Winners are…

Congratulations to the winners of Thursday night’s Annual Quest for Pairing Excellence and thank you to everyone who participated!  Let’s not delay… here are the winners who make your cooking look like it needs improvement, or is that just me?

Judges Best Pairing – Dante Robere Vineyards and Sabio on Main

This team paired their 2014 Element 116 Bordeaux blend with a duck confit taco in a duck fat tortilla with a plum and mint pico de gallo.

Best Classic Pairing – Nottingham Cellars and Sauced BBQ & Spirits

This team paired their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon with smoked brisket French dip layered with horseradish cream, chipotle blackberry sauce atop a baguette.

Most Innovative – Longevity Wines and Backdoor Bistro

This team paired their 2016 Vintner’s Select Pinot Grigio with seared pork belly, local stone fruit pico de gallo and green goddess sauce.

Our panel of judges consisted of Carolyn Jung, Food and Wine Writer for, Catherine Fallis, Wine Reviewer and Author for, and Laura Levy Shatkin, Editor-in-Chief of Napa Sonoma Magazine.  The judges tasting was hosted by Chris Chandler, Executive Director for Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.  While they may be the experts, our guests voted the following as their favorites.

People’s Choice Red Wine Pairing – Wood Family Vineyards and First Street Ale House

This team paired their  2014 El Loco Rojo with a char siu taco of marinated pork wrapped in a tortilla and topped with a honey sriracha aioli and cilantro.

People’s Choice White Wine Pairing – Occasio Winery and Forno Vecchio

This team paired their 2015 Chardonnay with seared scallops with candied bacon and cauliflower puree, garnished with spicy citrus microgreens.

Again, thank you to everyone who attended and participated.  We hope that we’ll see you out at our participating restaurants and wineries.  Click here for the full list of teams.

Save the date for next year: Taste Our Terroir will be held July 19th-22nd.  Cheers!