Monday, September 18, 2017

9/18 CHEF JENNIFER LUTTRELL, POINT REYES FARMSTEAD CHEESE, EVA BERTRAN, GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS, GLORIA FERRER’S 3RD ANNUAL GLORIOUS BITES CHALLENGE, ELIZABETH BURCHARD, BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS

CHEF JENNIFER LUTTRELL, POINT REYES FARMSTEAD CHEESE & EVA BERTRAN, GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS

GLORIA FERRER’S 3RD ANNUAL GLORIOUS BITES CHALLENGE OPENS FOR ENTRIES 

Do you love food & wine pairing and know how to pull together creative, crowd-pleasing appetizers worthy of a trophy?  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is searching for the nation’s most glorious appetizer recipe to pair with its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut and it’s willing to pay $5,000 to get it!  Starting August 15th, budding home cooks age 21 and over are encouraged to channel their inner-foodie and submit their signature appetizer recipe for the 3rd annual nationwide Glorious Bites Challenge. Each recipe entered will be reviewed by a panel of wine and food experts based on originality, perceived taste appeal and perceived ability to pair with the award-winning Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut.  For official rules, entry deadlines and more please visit www.gloriousbites.com.  
Last year, Chera Little of Leander, Texas, beat out over 1,800 entries to take home the grand prize for her recipe for Miso-Maple Glazed Cod Wonton-Cho’s with Crispy Bok Choy Slaw.  This year, twelve semi-finalists will be chosen from all entrants to participate in three live cook-off events scheduled around the country that will culminate in the Glorious Bites Challenge Finals at Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma, California. Tickets for all events are available now! Events include plenty of cookoff excitement, special guests, delicious Gloria Ferrer wines, savory bites and a cooking demonstration by Keynote Judge and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Executive Chef Jennifer Luttrell.

OUR SIGNATURE BITE FROM POINT REYES FARMSTEAD CHEESE COMPANY 
Gloria Ferrer is happy to once again partner with its Sonoma County neighbor, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, for the Glorious Bites Challenge.  The secret to all the cheeses made on the farm lies in the unique combination of 3 key ingredients: Grade A milk from a closed herd of Holstein cows that graze on the pastures overlooking Tomales Bay, the coastal fog and the salty Pacific breezes. Our three Glorious Bites Finalists will get to see the farm as VIPs and enjoy a five-course dinner the evening before the Glorious Bites Final Event prepared by Executive Chef Jennifer Luttrell.

Luttrell has been the Executive Chef of The Fork, a Culinary and Educational Center on the Giacomini family dairy at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company in Point Reyes, California, since 2011.  For the second year in a row, she will serve as our Keynote Judge at each Gloria Ferrer Glorious Bites Challenge event and has created a delicious signature appetizer using the iconic Point Reyes Original Blue!

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ELIZABETH BURCHARD - DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS 

Our entire selection of wine is treated with the same love and diligence shown in the gift of family.

We are a family-owned winery that specializes in the production of Cabernet Sauvignons. With each sip of our wine, there is no denying the taste of love and hard work put into every bottle.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

09/04 BROADCASTING LIVE FROM TASTE OF SONOMA

BROADCASTING LIVE FROM TASTE OF SONOMA
Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Sonoma County’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University offers an exciting new location for an event where Sonoma County’s top winemakers, growers and chefs come together to celebrate the region’s finest wine and food.

At Taste of Sonoma at Green Music Center at Sonoma State University you’ll taste your way through a microcosm of Sonoma County’s most incredible flavors. Wineries from across Sonoma County pour literally thousands of wines. Local chefs concoct their most perfect pairings. All set within the backdrop of musical inspiration.

Plus, you’re invited to experience seminars and demonstrations that cover a wide range of topics from terroir to technique, as well as chef’s tips and tricks. Taste of Sonoma is THE wine event of the year, and it promises a weekend filled with fabulous wine, food and fun.  Saturday, gates are open from 12pm to 4pm and Club Reserve ticket holders also receive exclusive VIP access to Taste of Sonoma on Saturday from 11:00am – 12:00pm, before the event opens to the general public.

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THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE JOINED MIKE AND LARRY ON THIS SPECIAL BROADCAST:

  • BILL SILVER - DEAN, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & ECONOMICS AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY 
  • RAY JOHNSON - DIRECTOR OF THE WINE BUSINESS INSTITUTE AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • CHEF THOMAS SCHMIDT - JOHN ASH & CO. AND CULINARY HOST  
  • RANDY ULLOM - WINEMAKER,  KENDALL-JACKSON
  • JOE ANDERSON - PROPRIETOR, BENOVIA WINERY 
  • JEAN ARNOLD SESSION - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SONOMA COUNTY VINTNERS 
  • KELIN CASTLEBERRY BACKMAN - MANAGING DIRECTOR,  SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND