2012 Red & White Wine & Food Festival, Bakersfield College
April 12, 2012 (Thu) - April 13, 2012 (Fri)
from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Bakersfield, CA 93305
The 2012 Red & White Wine & Food Festival expands to a two-day event this year with three terrific events on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13.
The new format encompasses elements that will make for a complete wine experience for attendees.
The festival will feature a winemaker dinner on Thursday, a seminar/panel discussion on Friday morning, followed by the highlight of the festival, the annual grand tasting featuring some 50 different wineries.
Here’s the schedule of events:
- Wine for the Body — We asked a good friend of Bakersfield College, renowned Napa Valley vintner Andy Amador, to be the featured vintner at our very first winemaker dinner. The words were barely out of our mouths when he exclaimed, “Yes! Absolutely!” We couldn’t be more pleased, because his winery, MadoroM Vineyards, is one of the hottest wineries in the state these days, and it gives the Bakersfield College Foundation the opportunity to support and showcase the wines of someone who has been very generous to Bakersfield College.
Andy will be on hand for the festival’s opening night to pour his newest releases. Chefs Patrick Coyle and Suzanne Davis of Bakersfield College’s Culinary Arts Department have put together a splendid menu to complement MadoroM’s acclaimed wines. Here’s the menu:
- Sunset Reception
- Assorted appetizers paired with the MadoroM 2010 “Camouflage” Sauvignon Blanc.
- Moonlight Dining
- Roasted Beet Salad on spring greens with toasted walnuts. Wine: 2008 MadoroM “Camouflage” red wine blend.
- Filet Mignon with Madeira sauce, white-cheddar scalloped potatoes, heirloom carrots, and roasted tomatoes. Wine: 2008 MadoroM Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Starlight Dessert
- Orange chocolate parfait. Wine: 2008 MadoroM Napa Valley Merlot.
- Wine for the Mind — An esteemed panel of California winemakers will explore, through comparative sensory evaluation and discussion, “The Evolution of Pinot Noir on California’s Central Coast.” Participating vintners include Chuck Ortman, founding winemaker of Meridian Vineyards and most recently of Ortman Family Vineyards; Eric Johnson, winemaker at Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande; and Kathy Joseph, owner/winemaker at Fiddlehead Cellars in Lompoc. Panel moderator will be wine writer/wine educator/wine judge Mike Stepanovich, who also is the executive director of the Bakersfield College Foundation.
- Wine for the Soul — Our annual grand tasting, featuring more than 50 California wineries. This is one of the largest tastings in Central California, and essentially provides attendees with a grand tour of the state’s wine regions.
The tasting also showcases the talents of the BC culinary arts students who will prepare all the hors d’oeuvres featured at the festival, under the direction of culinary arts faculty members.
The Bakersfield College Jazz Combo, directed by Kris Tiner, will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening.