This year, for the Wine & Herb, we forewent the numerical scoring - been there done that, and instead used a Good, Better, Best approach - plus gave bonus marks for unique and innovative foods and pairings, and also gave a few thumbs up and thumbs down for such things as "where was the herb" or "I'm making this at home". This year we were also a little tougher because it wasn't just about the food, the herb had to shine.
For those who are new to the event, Wine & Herb is a very simple concept: each winery is given an herb to create a unique food offering with , then they must pair it with a wine from their portfolio ... as with Get Fresh, the focus here is really on the food, we know these guys and gals can all make good wine ... the question is: can they prepare a cool bite to go with it?
|Slightly over-baked biscotti at Konzelmann|
|Buddy stands (lies) on guard at Palatine|
|Palatine's crazy (yet winning) combination: ice cream (?) and Chardonnay (?)|
|Cannonballs ice cream described|
|The Ice House pairing pesto pasta with ice wine - daring|
|Riverview's pairing station - "This tortilla soup's the best thing I've had all day, " said Glen Brown (far right)|
|Served with the cutesy labelled new Bianco|
|Reif's outdoor serving station for the Herb de Provence creation|
|Chateau des Charmes wowed with this lemon verbena scone ... looks simple, tasted awesome. (how does one get the recipe?)|
|PondView's Cab-Merlot paired with lamb cassoulet: "I want more garlic," cried the masses|