Food and Wine Festival winners announced
A judging committee and the attendees at the 15th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival last weekend cast their votes, judging more than 30 restaurants, caterers and wineries in several culinary/wine categories.Thirty-year wine veteran, William Ryan, former vice president for Beringer Wine Estates, headed the judging committee.The 2000 Autumn Food & Wine Festival judging committee honors are as follows:Best marriage of food and wine:- Gold: Lahonton Golf Club (seared venison loin)/Rombauer ’98 El Dorado County Zinfandel- Silver: Graham’s of Squaw Valley (frico taco with tuna tartare)/ZD Wines ’98 Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve- Bronze: Cottonwood Restaurant (Asian-style halibut ceviche)/Chalone Wines ’98 Chalone ChardonnayBest specialty pairing- Gold: Java Sushi (contemporary sushi hand grenades)/Tamon Premium Cold Gold Flake SakeBest white wine- Gold: ZD Wines ’98 Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve- Silver: Robert Mondavi ’98 Stag’s Leap District Sauvignon Blanc- Bronze: Chalone Wines ’98 Chalone ChardonnayBest red wine- Gold: Rombauer ’98 El Dorado County Zinfandel- Silver: Sherwin ’97 Spring Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon- Bronze: Fetzer ’96 Napa Valley Cabernet ReserveBest food- Gold: Graham’s of Squaw Valley (frico taco with tuna tartare)- Silver: Citronee Bistro & Wine Bar (duck pistachio galantine)- Bronze: Mountain Magic Catering (Oriental sea bass)Best dessert- Gold: D Lish Catering (Sorbet in a Cone Topped With Cotton Candy)2000 People’s Choice Awards- Best Food: Magic Mountain Catering (Oriental sea bass)- Best Dessert: D Lish Catering (sorbet in a cone-topped with cotton candy)- Best Red Wine: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars ’97 Fay Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon- Best White Wine: Ferrari Carano ’98 Reserve Chardonnay- Best Ice Sculpture: Steve Wickham, Resort at Squaw Creek (Pegasus)- Best Table Presentation: Red’s Old 395Marriage of Food and Wine1. Lone Eagle Grille/Louis Martini2. Tie: D Lish Catering/Korbel and Timbercreek Restaurant/Ferrari Carano3. Lahontan/Rombauer
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