Next weekend is my third romance with the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. This time of year I feel…I feel…what’s the word for patriotism for one’s city? Civicism? Well, that’s how I feel. And this year, perhaps because third time is a charm, the SDBWFF has collaborated to align its annual event along with SommCon, which promotes, distills, and elaborates on the business of wine. I’m drooling. I’m drooling triple because this time around, I’m representing my dear blog here, Just A Little Piece. So I’m proud of myself, my blog, and my delicious city. Check out Here and Here for some fantastic details that will encourage you to consider your own ticket to this southerly and westerly wine aficionado fest. Now SommCon is catered rightfully to the gurus and industry palates which makes my eyes sparkle with happiness as a the daughter of a certified wine specialist and a die-hard San Diegan. While many tastings and events during SommCon welcome the public, many trade conferences and seminars are bringing wine industry leads together for a unique educational opportunity.
One panel discussion I’m hopping on is the Napa Valley “Connect the Rocks” seminar and tasting. Napa Valley terroir expression will be doted over and presided by David Glancy and Rob Bigelow, both Master Sommeliers. Other open seminars and tastings include a Master Class on Chardonnay and White Burgundy, a Wine Faults Workshop, and more.
Want a little cheese with your wine? Of course you do which is why the SDBWFF’s Cheese: A Class to Make You Melt with James Beard Award winner Laura Werlin is on my docket. The significant lover is already eagerly anticipating kicked up mac and cheese and grilled cheese recipes that are featured in Werlin’s books. Aside from soaking up the specially selected wines, we’ll be answering the age old question (okay, not really age old), “Does cheese in it’s natural form or its gooey transformation pair better with wine?”
Later I’ll be taking on French pastries with Gale Gand, a James Beard Award winner among her many other accolades. Discussing the latest pastry trends as well as the tried and true of French pastry staples, I’m looking forward to the challenge of learning how to make an authentic French pastry.
The intimate seminars and classes put on by the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival are always my favorite part of the week long celebration but for those who may not be able to teeter in and out of all the happenings, the SommCon tasting on Friday and the Lexus Grand Tasting on Saturday are both fantastic opportunities for smash and grab drinking and feasting. Tickets can be purchased HERE.