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Lodi food and wine pairing event March 13

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 12:15 pm in Corkheads.

It’s not too late to purchase tickets to what I imagine will be a very cool inaugural event. Tomorrow night, March 13, 22 Lodi appellation wineries will pair their wines with dishes created by students from the Art Institute of California at Sacramento.

The event, dubbed Pairing Perfection: Culinary Art Meets Lodi Winemakers, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wine & Roses Hotel in Lodi. I’ll be there as a judge as will Rick Kushman, Sacramento Bee columnist and author of “A Movable Thirst: Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country.”

The concept is great. If you’ve been to Livermore’s annual Taste of Terroir, it’s similar except there’s an educational component here because the dishes will be created by students. Trust me – these kids can cook. Like Taste of Terroir, general audience members also get to vote on a People’s Choice Award. Judging will be based on presentation, pairing creativity and quality.

Tickets are $60 and get you samples of all 22 culinary creations and wines in addition to a recipe book and glass. Purchase your tickets by visiting the Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Grape Commission or call 209-365-0621.

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  • Farnoosh

    Speaking of grapes from Lodi… check out Rapazzini! It’s a random little winery right off the freeway, 101 N before Gilroy. This odd little place has an awesome almond champagne and a number of other great ones for VERY reasonable prices. The label is not pretty… but the wine is great! I recommend you try their malbec, burgundy and symphony.

    Apparently, the owner is a former chef and doesn’t like to distribute broadly to restaurants as a result… who knows why! The wine doesn’t get distributed anywhere, actually. Only place they distribute is their garlic wine for the Stinking Rose restaurants in SF and SoCal.


  • jyadegaran

    Ahh, I have fond memories of stopping by Rappazini and indulging in that almond sparkling…

  • WonK SenK

    I’m impressed! It’s good to see someone very delighted about what they do. Looking forward to future posts.Cheers! Thanks

    WonK SenK