Hey there all my midwestern and far eastern friends. Here is what we do in California while y'all are freezing your rear ends off with ice storms and power outages. We go to wine releases here in the valley! We went to the Fat Boy release at Mitchell Katz in Pleasanton today. As you can see another brutal California winter is being suffered here:
|Dew Point:||49 °F|
We had a reprise of last year's Taste of Terroir Peoples Choice Award winner:
For the second year in a row, the Palm Event Center was presented with the People’s Choice award at the annual Taste of Terroir Event organized by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association.
For this year’s competition, the Palm Event Center was teamed up again with the Mitchell Katz Winery to create the perfect food/wine pairing. Sixteen chef/winery teams were chosen for the event and judged on a variety of categories including best use of local ingredients and most innovative. The Palm’s winning dish featured house-made duck and cranberry bratwurst on a house-made caraway roll with whole grain mustard and local micro mustard greens, which was paired with Mitchell Katz Winery’s Fat Boy Red Wine 2005. Executive Chef John Jackson and Chef de Cuisine Alex Olson worked hard on creating another dish to live up to the standards set by 2007’s winner of Wild Boar Sliders on Sweet Potato Brioche with Syrah-Sour Cherry Ketchup.
When asked about the complexity of the dish, Chef de Cuisine Alex Olson explained, “The sweet
and savory flavors of the bratwurst along with its creamy texture was meant to balance nicely with the acidity of the red wine.” The bratwurst/caraway roll also won a second award as Best Dish at the event.
Good wine, good food, good music, sunny and warm... ah yes, the winter here can be so very brutal... we picked up 6 bottles of 2005 Fat Boy Cab, 2 bottles of Alicia's Elixir Zin and 2 Bottles of 2005 Sangiovese Port. Yum, yum and yum.