Friday, June 12, 2015

The 22nd Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival

The California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo was a comfortable venue to sample wine & food & beer last Sunday. The assortment of California wineries, gourmet food and craft beer made this festival a great value and it all went to benefit a very good cause--the Casa Pacifica Centers For Children & Families.

Wine
In between a few craft beers and lots of tasty food I managed to sample these very nice wines. Devon tasted many of the white wines.
Calcareous Vineyard
2013 Chardonnay, Carver Vineyard, York Mountain
2012 Trés Violet, Paso Robles (45% Mourvèdre, 37% Grenache, 18% Syrah)
2011 Lloyd of Calcareous, Paso Robles (37% Merlot, 28% Cab Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot)
Clos Des Amis
2011 Pinot Noir - Bryman Vineyard, Ventura County (Camarillo)
Concannon Vineyard 
2013 Founder’s Chardonnay, Monterey County Cottonwood Canyon Winery
2012 Bistro Red, Sta Maria Valley, Pinot Noir-Syrah blend
Ferrari-Carano
2012 Siena, Sonoma County Red Wine (Sangiovese, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon)
Magnavino Cellars
2011 Tre Gemmé (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre)
Molly Dooker 
2011 Enchanted Path, McLaren Vale (71% Shiraz, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery
2014 Syrah Rosé 2012 GSM - The Crossing (Grenache 42%, Syrah 32%, Mourvedre 26%)
Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
2013 Chardonnay, SBC (84% Chardonnay, Goodchild Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, 12% Grenache Blanc, El Camino Real Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, 2% Viognier, Verna's Vineyard, Los Alamos, 2% Marsanne, Buttonwood Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley)
2014 Viognier, "Linda's Vineyard" (100% Viognier from Sunstone’s Estate Vineyard, Linda’s Block)
2014 Rosé (61% Syrah/Merlot, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley, 21% Pinot Noir, Goodchild Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, 14% Grenache Noir, El Camino Real Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, El Camino Real Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley)
2013 Rapsodie Bordeaux Blend (50% Grenache, Bella Cavalli, 30% Syrah, Los Alamos Vineyard, 13% Syrah, Sunstone Estate, 7% Mourvèdre, El Camino Real Vineyard, SYV)

The Yummies Culinary Competition included celebrity Chef Duff Goldman, who along with Charm City Cakes, created a huge cake version of Casa Pacifica’s therapy dog, Archie.

Oded Fahr presented Yummie Awards to top 3 in Savory & Sweet categories.
Savory Winners
1st - Cafe Firenze - House Cured Pancetta with smoked charred shallots vinaigrette, frisee, and pepper pecorino.
2nd - Tierra Sur - Ancho Braised Beef Cheek Nugget with Jalapeño Jam, Pickled Onion, and Corn Mash.
3rd - The Cave - Bacon Jam Crostini

Sweet Winners
1st - Scoops Creamery - Mojito Sorbet with white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint.
2nd - The Cave - Butterscotch Anti Griddle (flash freezing technique) ice cream with French toast sticks, chocolate cookie crumble, and vanilla bean whipped cream.
3rd - I Would Rather Be Baking - Chambord Raspberry Cupcake



Curtis Taylor presented The Best in Fest Beer Competition to The LAB Brewing Company with their winning entry of “Boris,” a barrel-aged Oatmeal Stout (9.6% ABV and 49 IBUs).
Second place went to Pure Order Brewing Company’s Santa Barbara Pale Ale.
And Institution Ale Company’s Delusions of Grandeur American Barleywine (12% ABV and 100+ IBUs) took third place, beating out the remaining five beers.
CLICK HERE for the TnT Blog Post about the 2015 Best in Fest Brew Competition.

When you have time, CLICK HERE to enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival in a Taste N Trip video.

The live music featured in the video includes:
Roni Benise and Band on the main stage.
Sound Effect Band in the VIP Lounge.
Wes Quave Live--Featuring Ariel Moore, Wes Quave and Noemi Del Rio performing on the main stage.

See you at the next festival!
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