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Karl Wentes 9th Degree Merlot won Judges Best

Karl Wente's Nth Degree Merlot won Judges Best

So last night was the Taste of Terroir, Livermore Valley’s Wine & Food Experience at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton. This event is produced by the Livermore Wine Growers Association, www.livermorewine.com. I attended with our Director of Sales, Karie Geiger and we had a blast! 16 wineries were paired with 16 restaurants. The event had over 500 attendees and sold out two days in advance. Here is a list of the 2008 winners.

Most Innovative Pairing: La Rochelle Winery & Campo di Bocce
2006 Pinot Noir, Classic Clones, Arroyo Seco paired with Squash Blossom Tamale
Chef: Michael Wogen, Campo di Bocce
Winemakers: Steven Mirassou and Tom Statz, La Rochelle Winery

Best Expression of Local Ingredients: Livermore Valley Cellars & Faz Restaurant
2006 “Caboose” Zinfandel, Livermore Valley paired with Honey Mustard Rubbed Pork Tenderloin on Rosemary Foccacia with Shallot Butter, Balsamic Plum Chutney and Brentwood Corn
Chef: Dolly Jacoby, Faz Restaurant
Winemaker: Tim Sauer, Livermore Valley Cellars

Judge’s Best: Wente Vineyards & The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
2005 Nth Degree Merlot, Livermore Valley paired with Braised Duck, Shelling Bean Salad, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Arugula, Lemon Summer Truffle Vinaigrette
Chef: Arthur Wall, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
Winemaker: Karl Wente, Wente Vineyards

People’s Choice: Mitchell Katz Winery & Palm Event Center
Duck Bratwurst on House-Made Caraway Bun with Cranberry and Stone Ground Mustard Glaze
Chefs: John Jackson and Alex Olson, Palm Event Center
Winemaker: Mitchell Katz, Mitchell Katz Winery

Outstanding Dish: Palm Event Center, Duck Bratwurst on House-Made Caraway Bun with Cranberry and Stone Ground Mustard Glaze
Chefs: John Jackson and Alex Olson, Palm Event Center

Outstanding Wine: Murrieta’s Well 2006 White Meritage, Livermore Valley
Winemaker: Phil Wente, Murrieta’s Well

We have the most talented winemakers and chefs in Tri-Valley and Livermore Valley! Kudos to all of the participants!!

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I am excited to see this movie!Β  Bottle Shock is the story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris”.Β 

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I’m so excited to attend Livermore Valley’s Wine & Food Experience on Thursday!!Β  The Taste of Terrior offers pairs wineries with local restaurants and is always a blast!Β  Tickets are still available online at www.lvwine.com

I’ll post pictures tomorrow night from the event!

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