North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

28th Annual Autumn Food and Wine Winners Announced

After a week of various festivities, ranging from a grape stomp to farm- to-table dinners and more, the 28th Annual Autumn Food and Wine Festival ended Sunday, Sept. 8, with the much-anticipated Grand Finale at the Village at Northstar.  The Sunday Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting featured more than 30 restaurants, wineries, brewers and distillers from across the region, resulting in over 90 wines poured and an assortment of food dishes as diverse as octopus soppressatta, rabbit and wild boar roulade and elk patty melts.

Grand Tasting participants were subjected to two different competitions, both a formal blind judging from official festival judges as well as people’s choice awards determined by festival attendees. A complete list of winners appears below:


Blind Judges’ Awards


Best Marriage of Food and Wine

Gold: Village Pizzeria (Meatballs Marinara/Kenwood ’10 Zinfandel)

Silver: Moody’s Bistro (Rabbit and Wild Boar Roulade/Paul Hobbs ’11 Pinot Noir)

Bronze: Jake’s on the Lake (Duck and Mushroom Tart/Handley Cellars ’09 Pinot Noir)


Best Pairing Food and Beverage

Gold: North Lake Tahoe Catering Gazpacho/Charbay


Best White Wine

Gold: Cristo di Campobello 2012 Grillo, Chard Insolia & Catarotto (Favorotta)

Silver: Long Meadow Ranch 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford, CA)


Best Red Wine

Gold: Orin Swift “Abstract” 2011 Red Blend (CA)

Silver: Paul Hobbs 2011 Crossbarn Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)

Bronze: Handley Cellars 2009 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)


Best Food

Gold: Village Pizzeria (Meatballs Marinara)

Silver: Moody’s Bistro (Rabbit and Wild Boar Roulade)

Bronze: PJ’s at Grey Crossing (Roasted Beef Canape)


People’s Choice Awards


Best Pairing

Northstar California/Stanger Vineyards


Best Food

Northstar California


Best White Wine

Frank Family Vineyards


Best Red Wine

Stanger Vineyards


Best Other than Wine

Charbay Winery & Distillery


Best Table Presentation

North Tahoe Catering/Charbay Winery & Distillery


Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off (Saturday)

In addition to Sunday’s competition, Saturday also hosted a competitive event between two top chefs in the region. The Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off featured 2012 Blazing Pans Champion Elsa Corrigan, Chef/Owner of Squaw Valley’s Mamasake, knife-to-knife with Mark Estee, Chef/Owner of Campo Reno. After an hour-plus long battle using goat as the secret ingredient, Mark Estee emerged victorious as the 2013 Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off Champion.


More than two thousand wine and food aficionados attended the three days of Autumn Food and Wine events at Northstar, and several hundred more participated in various activities throughout the week.

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