Livermore Valley’s premiere food and wine affair has expanded from one evening to four delectable days for 2013. The historic wine region will celebrate and educate wine lovers about its unique “taste of the land” July 18-21. A French term, terroir expresses “a sense of place,” the way local conditions of land, climate, culture and technique combine to create wine attributes specific to a region. Over the four days, local wineries will offer more than 20 different events including a food and wine pairing competition, culinary demonstrations, vineyard tours, wine tasting seminars and a five-course varietal dinner featuring 17 Livermore Valley Sauvignon wines.
Taste Our Terroir 2013 will begin Thursday night, July 18, 6-9pm, with the region’s signature event, the annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence. Twenty Livermore Valley winemakers have partnered with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors. Experts David Glancy of the San Francisco Wine School, food writer Ethan Fletcher of Diablo Magazine and Chef Jude Affronti of Sur La Table and Affronti Food + Wine Bar (see bios below) will sample the gourmet pairings in a blind tasting before awarding Most Innovative Pairing, Judges’ Best Pairing, Best White Wine Pairing and Best Classic Pairing. Guests will have the opportunity to taste all 20 pairings, bid on luxurious silent auction items, enjoy decadent desserts presented by US Foods and cast a vote in the People’s Choice competition. This popular public event will take place at Casa Real in Pleasanton. Tickets are $85 at www.LVwine.org.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, wineries across Livermore Valley will host cooking classes, barrel seminars, blending sessions, vineyard tours and other unique experiences highlighting the region’s terroir. Visit www.LVwine.org for tickets and details on 18 events, including:
Friday, July 19
- 29 Minute Meals with Chef Tracy at Rodrigue Molyneaux ($49)
- Olivina Tour & Lunch at Retzlaff Estate Vineyards ($60)
- Secrets of a Sommelier: The Art of Blind Tasting at Double Barrel ($60)
- Steven Kent Single Vineyard Cabernet Comparison ($45)
- Sushi 101 with Global Grub at Page Mill Winery ($45)
- Ports of Call Dessert Wine Stroll hosted by seven wineries ($45)
Saturday, July 20
- Cooking demonstration with Top Chef contestant Ryan Scott at McGrail Vineyards ($65)
- Livermore Valley Vineyard Tour and Tasting at three local vineyards ($60)
- Les Chenes Perfect Pairing: Rhone Renaissance and Food ($49)
- Grilling with Wente Vineyards and VinX ($49)
- Bordeaux Blending at Cuda Ridge ($60)
- Barrel Differences at Nottingham Cellars ($35)
- Let’s Talk Cabernet with Rodrigue Molyneaux ($49)
- Wine & Food Pairing 101 at Concannon Vineyard ($65)
- Livermore Valley Sauvignon Varietal Dinner at Martinelli Event Center ($125)
Sunday, July 21
- From Vine to Glass: Through the Winemaker’s Eyes at McGrail Vineyards ($35)
- French vs. American: Wine and Cheese Tasting at La Rochelle Winery ($45)
- Wine and Food Pairing at Auburn James ($49)
- Riedel Wine Glass Seminar at Las Positas Vineyards ($49)
Taste Our Terroir will culminate Saturday night July 20 as guests join local winemakers for a five course varietal dinner featuring 17 Livermore Valley Sauvignon wines—five Sauvignon Blanc and 12 Cabernet Sauvignon. This exclusive event will take place 6-9pm at Martinelli Event Center in Livermore. Cocktail attire is requested and tickets are $125 at www.LVwine.org.
Tickets for all Taste Our Terroir events are available individually or in packages that offer a 10 percent discount. The four-day celebration is sponsored by Dublin Hyundai-Toyota-Volkswagen, City of Dublin, City of Livermore, Visit Tri-Valley, Amos Productions, Diablo Magazine, ImageSetters, Livermore Valley Florist, Pleasanton Rentals and US Foods.
Taste Our Terroir 2013 Judges:
- David Glancy, San Francisco Wine School, Founder & CEO
David Glancy opened the doors to the famous San Francisco Wine School June 2011 while also running SFsommelier Consulting and residing on the Editorial Advisory Board of Sommelier Journal. David also taught wine and business management at Le Cordon Bleu’s California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He has worked in the industry for over 20 years, throughout the U.S. and in Asia.
- Ethan Fletcher, Food Writer, Diablo Magazine
Ethan is a food writer for the award-winning monthly publication Diablo Magazine and pens the weekly food and wine “Diablo Dish” column. He loves writing, reading, travel, music, sports, and, of course, food.
- Jude Affronti, Residential Chef at Sur La Table
Owner and founder of Affronti Food + Wine Bar
Jude attended the celebrated Culinary Institute of America where he received the Solomon Award for promoting the enhancement of culinary arts. In 2009, he opened his own restaurant, Affronti Food + Wine Bar in Healdsburg. He is sought after for lectures, demonstrations and judging in both Manhattan and the Bay Area.
For more information: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association