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Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association Announces Winning Teams from Taste Our Terroir 2022 Pairing Competition 

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Esteemed Culinary Event Held At Garré Vineyard & Winery On July 14

Livermore Valley, CA (July 20, 2022) – Eleven wine and culinary events took place during Taste Our Terroir, Livermore Valley’s premier wine and food event held July 14-17. Kicking off this four day extravaganza was the Wine and Food Pairing Competition on July 14 at Garré Vineyard & Winery. Three esteemed judges including Clay Kallam of Diablo Magazine, Jessica Yadegaren of Bay Area News Group, and David Glancy of San Francisco Wine School tasted 12 wine and food pairings and selected the following winners:

(credit Ron Essex)

Best Classic Pairing: Fenestra Winery and Oyo Restaurant

  • 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Aaron Luna, Winemaker)
  • Jack Daniels pepper filet mignon & duck fat braised potato fondant (Maurice Dissels, Founder & Executive Chef)
 Most Innovative Pairing: Occasio Winery and Sabio on Main
  • Occasio Sweet Vermouth, Winder and Bow, Livermore Valley (John Kinney, Founder & Director of Winemaking)
  • Citrus-poached gulf shrimp with K&J Orchards nectarines, Prosciutto di Parma, Olivina Mission Olive Oil (Francis Hogan, Executive Chef & Partner)
 Judge’s Best Pairing: Wood Family Vineyards and First Street Ale House
  • 2019 Viva Cabernet Sauvignon (Rhonda Wood, Winemaker & Owner)
  • Creamy polenta with queso fresco, green onion, braised short ribs with Colorado aioli (Savannah Meier, Chef)

 The coveted People’s Choice Awards were given to: 

Best White Wine Pairing: McGrail Vineyards & Winery and BottleTaps

  • 2021 Kylie Ryan Rosé (Mark Clarin, Winemaker)
  • Pork rillette with balsamic glazed strawberries & herbed goat cheese (Andre Muller, Executive Chef)
 Best Red Wine Pairing: The Lineage Wine Collection and Posada Restaurant
  • 2018 L’Autre Côte Cabernet Franc (Steven Kent Mirassou, Winemaker & Owner)
  • Braised short ribs with blackberry mole poblano on a bed of black beans with Mexican chorizo, vegetables en escabeche & queso fresco (Eduardo Posada, Executive Chef & Owner)

About the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association:

The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association is a 501(c)6 organization dedicated to advancing, protecting, and promoting the quality wines, vineyards, and experiences of Livermore Valley Wine Country. For more information, visit www.LVwine.org.

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