By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 11:28 am in Corkheads.
I hate it when this happens. I wrote a round-up of summer wine events coming out tomorrow in the Times Food & Wine section and forgot to include the East Bay’s best. Drat. I think I’m Tweeting too much.
The Livermore Valley Wine Association’s Taste of Terroir is next Thursday, July 23, and you simply must go. I was a judge last year. The venue is stunning. The food is spectacular.
And the judges are….fabulous. Okay. Yes, I am a judge this year too. But this is not about shameless self-promotion. First of all, I am in serious wine-elite company, as my fellow judges are wine writing colleague Sara Schneider of Sunset magazine, and master sommelier Evan Goldstein, good Jewish boy, author of “Perfect Pairings” and son of my bud, chef and author Joyce Goldstein. They have super palates.
You may recall me raving about the food last year. The other judges and I were beside ourselves. Chefs John Jackson and Alex Olson of Palm Event Center won our vote for Oustanding Dish and the People’s Choice for their Duck Bratwurst on House-Made Caraway Bun with Cranberry and Stone Ground Mustard Glaze. It was paired with the 2004 “Fat Boy” Cabernet Sauvignon, McGrail Vineyard. Deelish.
Here’s how it works: Sixteen wineries are grouped with 16 local restaurants to come up with pairings of heavenly proportions. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased on the link above. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton. The price gets you a tasting of each of the 16 pairings plus the opportunity to cast a vote in the People’s Choice competition. It also gives you access to an insanely decadent dessert and cheese spread paired with Livermore Valley ports.
Honestly, I felt my inner-grandmother beckoning me to wrap some of those chocolate dipped strawberries in napkins with chunks of stilton. What? I can’t waste cheese. Oooh….. stilton, strawberries, and chocolate ….now that’s a pairing.
See you there. No seriously, see you there.