I am so excited to tell you about the past four days! I feel like it may have been a dream?

When I received the invite to attend Kendall Jackson’s Sip, Bite Blog, I literally re-read the email five or six times. I rarely get invited to anything blog-related, and when I do I often turn it down because I really just like this little relationship you and I have got going on here… I tell you about recipes and weird life stuff and you tell me that I’m not always crazy and that seriously, I can’t call “crack brownies” crack brownies because I’ve never tried crack. You know.

But seriously, who could pass this up? I just feel so honored and lucky and blessed to have been asked on such a trip of a lifetime.

We began Friday night with a reception, and by reception I really mean a food and wine pairing.

I can hardly wait to show you the rest of my meals this weekend that were prepared by the amazing culinary team at Kendall Jackson. You know how I love when the passion for food oozes out of someone’s soul? Yeah. This was perfect. It was probably some of the best food I’ve eaten. Unfortunately I forgot to grab the menu for this first tasting, so bear with my sensory-overload mind.

We sampled a wine with each dish.

Fried green tomatoes +

buckwheat crepes that included a bit of apple butter… 

…smoked fennel and tomato soup + a sweet tea-brined pork belly slider + a baby taco which I will remember the name of five minutes after I publish this post…

…and with the dessert wines, a vanilla bean panna cotta with strawberry gelee…

…and famous homemade caramel corn.

At this point Lori turned to me and said “uh, Jessica? I don’t think you’re actually supposed to drink all of the wine.” Oops.


So after eating seven courses, we ate dinner.

We had wood-fire pizzas and these amazing vegetables which even I devoured.

And then we had this.

Tiramisu trifle. That was pretty outrageous.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the rest of the trip. I’m currently holed up in a San Fran airport hotel all by myself, watching a Boardwalk Empire marathon. I’m in wine withdrawal.

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59 Responses to “Sip Bite Blog: Part 1 {A Food Pairing Dream.}”

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    Amy — September 27, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Um, that sounds fantastic. My hubs works in the grocery industry and we get invited to some wine and liquor shows. We always have a good time! ;)

    Can you please, please, pretty please with some crack brownies on top recreate that tiramisu trifle? Seriously, OMGeeeeeWhiz that looks yummy!!!!!


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    lindsay — September 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    i am so jealous i can’t even stand to look at your amazing pictures…but i digress. i looked at every single one of them. love!!


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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — September 29, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Gorgeous pictures in this post!!!!


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    Dana B — October 1, 2011 @ 1:59 am

    oh wow. I didn’t see the Tiramisu trifle on any of the other blogs that talked about this event. I love a good tiramisu, and that doesn’t just look good; it looks incredible. yum.



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