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Randy Caparoso
 
August 4, 2010 | Randy Caparoso

Pairing Perfection

Twenty two Lodi Appellation Wineries joined forces with culinary students from the Art Institute of California, Sacramento to create customized culinary hors d’oeuvres paired with a specific wine selection.

Culinary Arts meets Lodi Winemakers

If it’s perfectly paired wine and food you crave, then Lodi is the place to be then look no further than Lodi Wine Country! With events like Wine & Chocolate, the ZinFest Wine Festival and the Treasure Island WineFest, we thought we had food and wine covered. It wasn’t until our recent event, ‘Pairing Perfection – Culinary Arts meets Lodi Winemakers,’ that we truly began to appreciate the epicurean delight of perfectly paired food and wine.

On Saturday, March 13th, twenty two Lodi Appellation Wineries joined forces with culinary students from the Art Institute of California, Sacramento to create customized culinary hors d’oeuvres paired with a specific wine selection. The result was what you might call… gastronomic bliss!

Five food and wine experts and aficionado’s composed the professional judges panel while over 200 guests had the chance to vote for the “People’s Choice” award. While the competition was fierce, we narrowed it down to our top four:

1st Place
Chef Kathy Kalmykow
Pairing: 2008 Uvaggio Vermentino with roasted asparagus & bell pepper mouse crostini, topped with grilled squid.

2nd Place
Chef Charles Roger
Pairing: 2007 Peltier Station Viognier & Thai wrap with sweet red chili sauce

3rd Place
Chef Matt Riche
Pairing: 2 006 Jessie’s Grove ‘Vintners Choice’ Old Vine Zin & braised lamb shank with Parmesan polenta & kale

People’s Choice Award
Chef Macey Crist
Pairing: 2007 Borra Winery Red Fusion with ‘Tortelli con Zucca’

Of course, all the Chefs and wineries are winners in our book just for participating!

If you can’t wait for next years ‘Pairing Perfection,’ join us for the ZinFest Vintners’ Grille. With Papapavlo’s catering their famous Greek dishes along side Lodi’s finest old vine Zinfandels, your stomach will thank you for days to come!

Special Thanks to our Pairing Perfection Judges:
Mr. Rick Kushman – Sacramento Bee Columnist
Mr. Hank Beal – Nugget Markets Wine Buyer
Mr. Mark Finan – KCRA Channel 3 Chief Meteorologist
Mr. Didier Gerbi – Wine & Roses Executive Chef
Ms. Jessica Yadegaran – Bay Area News Group Features Columnist

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