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A Night In Amador County at Terra D’Oro

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A Night in Amador County at Terra D’Oro Winery


Several Amador County wineries hosted the California State Fair wine judges for dinner at Terra D’Oro in Plymouth. This was a thank you for their participation in the annual wine competition in Sacramento.


The judges took a shuttle to Terra d’Oro in Plymouth. There they met representatives from local wineries, sipped wine and enjoyed the cocktail reception. One of the passed appetizers is pictured below: smoked duck breast crostini with crushed olives, fava bean purée, spring onions and Manchego cheese.


Immediately following the reception, the judges sat down with local winemakers for a family style dinner. The first course was a combination of “Sea and Garden” dishes. Pictured below: a mixed fresh fish ceviche, braised octopus with chimichurri sauce, and arugula and shaved fennel salad with a “sangria” drizzle.


The second course channeled the traditional French dish coq au vin: deconstructed “duck au vin.” Duck legs braised in red wine, herbs and aromatics and served with roasted mushrooms and onions.


The guests took a brief pause in the Oak room to enjoy an intermezzo of oysters on the half shell with Meyer lemon-basil granita and Pellegrino.



Next platters of paella with escabeche of cauliflower, celeriac and golden beets were served with assorted sauces. Table side, guests had a choice of assorted grilled Argentinian specialties: lamb loin, beef flatiron and sweet peppers with eggplant.

At the end of the evening, everyone adjourned to the barrel room for a beautiful display of miniature desserts. Curry-lavender parfaits with smoked almonds and cinnamon adorned the table next to chile pots de crème with mini chirros. Port and muscat accompanied the dessert course.


Again, many thanks to those who participated in the California State Fair wine judging in Sacramento!

AUTHOR - Beth Sogaard

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