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Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association

July 21-24, 2016

LIVERMORE VALLEY’S PREMIER FOOD & WINE AFFAIR


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Weekend At-a-Glance Join us for this weekend celebration of outstanding Livermore Valley wines and fine cuisine. Savor the distinct flavor of our terroir and experience the unique wine country personality that makes guests feel like old friends.

THURSDAY, JULY 21 6-9pm

The Quest for Pairing Excellence

Casa Real Event Center

FRIDAY, JULY 22 12-2pm

Lunch and Learn: Pairing Summer Risotto

John Evan Cellars Big White House Winery

4-6pm

Chomped! A Whole Foods Mystery Challenge

Whole Foods Market Dublin

6:30-9:30pm

A Wine Country Progressive Dinner

Fenestra Winery Garré Vineyard and Winery Eagle Ridge Vineyard

SATURDAY, JULY 23 10:30am-1pm

Taste Our Terroir through Wine and Food

Wente Vineyards (Arroyo Road)

1:30-3:30pm

Sauvignon Blanc & Ghielmetti Vineyard: 1 Varietal, 3 Winemakers

The Steven Kent Winery

4-6pm

Cabernet Clones of the Livermore Valley

Nottingham Cellars

6:30-9:30pm

The Wine Country Lobster Feed

McGrail Vineyards and Winery

SUNDAY, JULY 24 10am-12pm

Vine to Table: Brunch with Posada

Retzlaff Vineyards and Estate Winery

12:30–2:30pm

Better with Age, Best with Chocolate

Charles R Vineyards

3-5pm

An Exploration of Port: From Portugal to Livermore Valley

Cedar Mountain Winery and Port Works

WEEKEND EVENT DETAILS START ON PAGE SIX.

TICKETS AT LVWINE.ORG

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Our Signature Event Thursday, July 21st at Casa Real Event Center Livermore Valley’s annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence features winemakers partnered with Bay Area chefs competing for honors. Meet chefs and winemakers while sampling creations that highlight the valley’s terroir. Judges will participate in a blind tasting and present awards to the winning teams. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice red and white pairing awards! A limited number of VIP tickets grant you access to the event an hour early. [$125 VIP, $85 GA thru 7/14, $95 after]

Teams

Winery Restaurant Big White House Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elisa's Catering Concannon Vineyard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Underdog Wine Bar Cuda Ridge Wines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sabio On Main Dante Robere Vineyards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Artistic Table Eagle Ridge Vineyard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terra Mia Garré Vineyards & Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Garré Cafe John Evan Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elisa's Catering Longevity Wines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnny Garlic's McGrail Vineyards & Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beet's Catering Nottingham Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Posada Restaurant Occasio Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Posada Catering Page Mill Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stonebrae Country Club Retzlaff Vineyards & Estate Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salt Craft Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lake Merced Country Club The Steven Kent Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Double Barrel Wine Bar Wente Vineyards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards The Winemakers Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Grill at Wente Vineyards Wood Family Vineyards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First Street Alehouse

In the Dessert Room

Sponsored by sysco

Cedar Mountain Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Fenestra Winery, Les Chênes Estate Vineyards and The Singing Winemaker

On the Patio

Sponsored by pinot's palette livermore

Darcie Kent Vineyards, Ehrenberg Cellars, Lone Dove Wines, Murrieta's Well and Vasco Urbano Wine Company

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People’s Choice Awards Your red and white chips are your ballot. Cast a vote before 7:45pm to select your favorite red and white pairing.

Silent Auction Don't miss the exclusive experiences, luxury items and wine lots in our Barrel Room Lounge.

The Judges Linda Carruci – Culinary Instructor and Author Based in Oakland, Linda Carucci is an award-winning culinary instructor and author of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Linda went on to earn a Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

Catherine Fallis – Wine Reviewer, Author, Speaker Catherine Fallis, MS is the world’s 5th female Master Sommelier and Proprietor at Planet Grape® LLC, a wine consulting firm providing corporate and private tastings, restaurant wine program development and speaking services. She created her alter-ego, grape goddess®, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers.

Fred Swan – Wine Writer & Educator, San Francisco Wine School Fred Swan is a San Francisco Bay Area-based wine writer and educator. He holds a diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, is a Certified Sommelier, California Wine Appellation Specialist and Certified Specialist of Wine. His writing and reviews appear in The Tasting Panel, Somm Journal, Snooth, PlanetGrape.com and NorCalWine.com. Thank you to our sponsors Eli Photographer LIVERMORE Win

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FRIDAY | JULY 22 Lunch and learn: pairing summer risotto 12PM – 2PM at John Evan Cellars and Big White House Linda Carucci, author of Cooking School Secrets for Real World

Cooks will demonstrate the preparation of a vegetarian risotto created with local, seasonal produce. Embark on an interactive guided pairing with a flight of three Big White House and John Evan Cellars wines as you enjoy your lunch. Leave equipped with the skills to create your own food and wine pairings for a perfect summer luncheon. [$45]

Chomped! a whole foods mystery challenge 4PM – 6PM at Whole Foods Market Dublin Four wineries and restaurants will be randomly partnered to compete for the title of Chomped! Champion. Each winery will bring three wines that could pair with the given ingredients, without knowing which chef they will be partnered with or what the chefs have created. The drama unfolds as each team chooses their perfect pairing. Best of all you will be the judge and decide who will take home the title of Chomped! Champion. [$35]

A wine country progressive dinner 6:30PM – 9:30PM at Fenestra, Garré, and Eagle Ridge Start off your evening at Fenestra Winery with hors d'oeuvres on this historic property. Once finished, ride the Livermore Wine Trolley to Garré Vineyard to enjoy your dinner al fresco. Finish the evening at the rustic barn of Eagle Ridge Vineyard with a sunset view over Livermore Valley and indulge in dessert paired with Port. This is one evening you will not soon forget. [$125]

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SATURDAY | JULY 23 Taste our terroir through wine and food 10:30AM – 1PM at Wente on Arroyo Road Join

5th

Generation

Winemaker,

Karl

Wente,

and

Master

Gardener, Diane Dovholuk, as they take you through an experience like none other. Sip on wines created in the very soil you are standing on as Karl guides you through the vineyards. Afterward, rest your feet and feast on a delectable meal made with fresh ingredients from Wente Vineyards' on-site organic herb and vegetable garden. [$100]

Sauvignon blanc & ghielmetti vineyard: 1 varietal, 3 winemakers 1:30PM – 3:30PM at The Steven Kent Winery Ghielmetti Vineyard has a certain mystique about it among Livermore Valley winemakers. Steven Kent, 3 Steves and Cedar Mountain all harvested Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Ghielmetti Vineyard in 2015 and have put their own unique style into the wine. Join the winemakers as they walk you through their processes and experience a side-by-side comparison tasting. Can you taste the differences? [$55]

Cabernet clones of the livermore valley 4PM – 6PM at Nottingham Cellars Livermore Valley has a rich history in Cabernet Sauvignon with Concannon bringing Cabernet vines over from France more than 130 years ago. Did you know that Concannon Clones 7, 8, and 11 make up nearly 80% of Cabernet plantings in California? Concannon, Nottingham, McGrail, and Steven Kent will explore these and other single clone Cabernet Sauvignons in an educational seated tasting with the winemakers. [$65]

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SATURDAY | JULY 23 The wine country lobster feed 6:30PM – 9:30PM at McGrail Vineyards

Sample five Livermore Valley small lot wines while watching the preparation for a typical East Coast Lobster Bake. Put on your lobster bib and dig in! The table will be filled with fresh Maine lobster, prawns, sausage, corn on the cob, garlic, artichokes, potatoes, bread, and lots of butter! After this fun family style dinner, you are invited to dance the night away under the stars with live music. [$125]

LEA D I NG THE W AY I N R I VER C R UI SI N G

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SUNDAY| JULY 24 Vine to table: brunch with posada 10AM – 12PM at Retzlaff Vineyards Have you ever had a bad day that started with brunch? Never. Discover a wonderful spread prepared by two-time Taste Our Terroir winner, Chef Eduardo Posada of Posada Restaurant among the vines at Retzlaff Vineyards. Explore six wines as members of the Taylor family describe their winemaking process and the rich history of Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore Valley. Toast with us to Sunday! [$95]

Better with age, best with chocolate 12:30PM – 2:30PM at Charles R Vineyards Winemaker

Michael

Chalkley,

will

lead

you

through

the

fascinating history of Livermore Valley wine country and the journey of the grape. Learn exactly what it takes for wine to mature and how it improves with time. Of course, what is wine without chocolate? Enjoy the elegance and complexities in flavors of the wines when paired with Brix Chocolate. [$45]

An exploration of port: from portugal to livermore valley 3PM – 5PM at Cedar Mountain Winery Join us for a Port seminar and tasting. Cedar Mountain's Winemaker, Earl Ault, will guide you through the history of Port and how it is made. Taste a variety of award-winning Cedar Mountain Winery Ports alongside other California and Portuguese Ports. Which will you prefer? [$35]

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LIVERMORE VALLEY’S

PREMIER

FOOD & WINE

AFFAIR

JULY 21-24

Tickets at LVwine.org 3585 Greenville Rd., #4 • Livermore, CA 94550

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