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Texas Food and Wine — What a Sensational Pair


Chef Kelly Casey (with pastry bag) of Hudson's on the Bend in Austin plates her dinners.

It wasn’t about the prosciutto-wrapped quail, so juicy and tender with each bite. It wasn’t about the cocoa powder and raspberry flavors that mingled so beautifully in each sip of the Inwood Estates Tempranillo-Cabernet blend.

It was, however, about how the lush red fruit flavors of the 2007 Fall Creek Meritus joined with slices of Texas beef tenderloin marinated in coffee and chipotle to reach new  gustatory heights.

That was the point of the first Edible Texas Wine-Food Match, held Friday at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin.

Five chefs, narrowed down from a field of more than 35, were competing to see who could make the most successful pairings of Texas ingredients with Texas wines.

It was clear to both the celebrity judges’ panel and to the audience who did that best: David Garrido of Garrido’s in Austin.

Susan Auler (left) of Fall Creek Vineyards and celebrity chef Jacques Pépin enjoy the Edible Texas Wine-Food Match.

The chef, who once worked for Bruce Auden at the original Biga, took home the $5,000 grand prize as well as the People’s Choice Award. The centerpiece of his meal was the already-mentioned beef tenderloin with the Meritus,  but he also presented a crispy oyster with habanero-honey aïoli partnered with the Fall Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2010 and a pastel de calabaza, or zucchini cake, with lemon crema and spicy caramelized pecans served with the Sister Creek Muscat Canelli 2010.

Patrick James “P.J.” Edwards of San Antonio’s Bin 555 won a second place commendation from the judges for his meal, which started with a crudo of Gulf Coast group with cured Poteet strawberries and Becker Vineyards Provençal Rosé 2009. It was followed by roasted lamb loin with herb-glazed turnips and porcini-raspberry soil, which was presented with the Becker Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. A Grapefruit “Dreamsicle” with vanilla semifreddo and the Becker Vineyards Clementine 2010 rounded out his meal.

Organizer Marla Camp

Other chefs in the competition included Peter Smith of the JW Marriott in San Antonio as well as Kelly Casey of Hudson’s on the Bend in Austin and Josh Raymer of Navajo Grill in Fredericksburg. Each presented small plate versions of his or her entire menu to the crowd.

Chef Josh Raymer of Navajo Grill's Prosciutto-Wrapped Quail alongisde a Fredericksburg Market Salad with Pickled Peaches.

The local ingredients included a number of treasures worth seeking out at farmers markets as well as grocery stores: Pure Luck cheeses, Round Rock Honey, quail from Diamond H and Texas Quail farms, Shiner Bock, Broken Arrow Ranch Venison, Bluebonnet Hydroponics lettuces, and Texas olive oil. Alongside Casey’s blue cheese cheesecake were figs from her own trees.

Other Texas wines poured included Messina Hof’s Riesling and Riesling “Angel,” Perrisos Viognier and Petite Sirah, Stone House Scheming Beagle Port, and Flat Creek Muscato, Estate Syrah and Port.

Kelly Casey's Hopelessly Blue Cheesecake with her homegrown figs.

The judges included celebrity chefs Jacques Pépin and John Besh as well as Mozzarella Company found Paula Lambert, François Dionot of L’Academie de Cuisine and Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Proceeds from the evening, planned by Marla camp of Edible Austin and Terry Thompson-Anderson of the Texas Food and Wine Gourmet, will benefit the not-for-profit Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts, which is being planned for Fredericksburg. The goal is to raise all of the money needed to operate the center before it opens in October 2013.

 

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Want a Great Wine? Check Out the KLRN Winners


Wine lovers, it’s time to stock your cellars. The winners of this year’s KLRN Wine Competition have been announced.

This year, the best in show winners went to a robust Texas red and an icewine made with the uncommon grape Vidal. The champions are the Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Wilmeth Vineyard 2007 and the Jackson Triggs Vidal Ice Proprietor’s Reserve 2007.

The judges sampled more than 500 wines and awarded about 300 gold, silver and bronze medals. The wines were from all over the world, from Spain and Italy to Canada and Australia.

In the end, medals went to a host of well-known wineries, including Trinchero, Sutter Home, Rodney Strong, Franciscan, Banfi and Marques de Riscal.

In addition to Becker Vineyards, Texas wineries to win medals include Brennan Vineyards, Dry Comal Creek, Flat Creek Estate, Grape Creek, Haak, Kiepersol Estates, Llano Estacado, McPherson Cellars, Mandola, Messina Hof, Pillar Bluff, Singing Water, Sister Creek, Texas Hills Vineyard and Water 2 Wine.

For a complete list, click on the PDF link below.

KLRN Wine Competiton – 2010 Medalits

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Daily Dish: Texas Wines Win at San Fran Competition


A host of Texas wineries took home medals in the recent San Francisco Wine Competition.

Fuqua Winery in Dallas did best, winning a double gold for its 2006 Fuqua Vat No. 3 Tempranillo which sells for $33 a bottle.

“This is really a big deal for any winery” owner Lee Fuqua said on his website.  “Not many people ever win a double gold medal.”

Here’s a list of other winning Texas wines:

Becker Vineyards

  • Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2008 Viognier, Texas $15.
  • Silver Medal Becker Vineyards 2008 Syrah, Texas $19.
  • Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Canada Vineyards, Texas $30.
  • Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Martin Vineyards, Texas High Plains $14.
  • Bronze Medal Becker Vineyards 2007 Claret, Les Trois Dames, Texas $17.

Flat Creek Estate

  • Silver Medal Flat Creek Estate 2008 Viognier, American $18.
  • Bronze Medal Flat Creek Estate 2008 Pinot Grigio, Texas $18.
  • Bronze Medal Flat Creek Estate 2008 Pinot Blanc, Estate Grown, Texas Hill Country $35.

Grape Creek Vineyard

  • Silver Medal Grape Creek Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Trois, American $19.
  • Bronze Medal Grape Creek Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Blanc, American $15.
  • Bronze Medal Grape Creek Vineyard 2006 Mosaic, American $37.

San Martino Winery

  • Silver Medal San Martino Winery & Vineyards 2005 Tempranillo, Texas $28.
  • Bronze Medal San Martino Winery & Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, American $27.
  • Bronze Medal San Martino Winery & Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Barrel Select, Texas $32.
  • Bronze Medal San Martino Winery & Vineyards 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ramos Private Reserve, Texas $50.
  • Bronze Medal San Martino Winery & Vineyards 2005 Premium Bordeaux Blend, Texas $60.

Sister Creek Vineyards

  • Silver Medal Sister Creek Vineyards 2007 Cabernet / Merlot / Sangiovese, American $19.
  • Silver Medal Sister Creek Vineyards 2007 Cabernet / Merlot / Sangiovese / Malbec, Reserve, American $30.
  • Silver Medal Sister Creek Vineyards 2007 Cabernet / Merlot / Sangiovese / Malbec, Vintner’s Collections, American $40.
  • Silver Medal Sister Creek Vineyards 2006 Merlot, American $16.

Stone House Vineyard

  • Silver Medal Stone House Vineyard 2006 Norton Reserve, Claros, Texas Hill Country $24.
  • Bronze Medal Stone House Vineyard 2003 Cabernet / Shiraz, Angela’s Wish, Barossa Valley, Australia $40.
  • Bronze Medal Stone House Vineyard 2008 Late Harvest Riesling, Sticky, Barossa , Australia $18.

For a full list of medal winners, click here.

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