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Middle Ridge, Black Market Host Beer vs. Wine Throwdown

Winemaker Chris Johnston (left) and brewmaster Andrew Marshall. (courtesy photo)

Call it a taste off, smack down, or plain old fashioned throwdown.

Whatever the description, Chris Johnston and Andrew Marshall will host a Beer vs. Wine Challenge at the Taste of Temecula Valley event in front of the Civic Center in Old Town Temecula on April 30th from 4 to 10 p.m.

Johnston (winemaker for Middle Ridge Winery) and Marshall (owner of Black Market Brewing Co.) will attempt to settle the age-old debate: Does wine or beer go better with food??

To participate in the challenge go to the Sorrel Restaurant/Bistro booth and grab some of their garlic and shallot crostini with eggplant tapenade and goat cheese.

Saunter over to the nearby Middle Ridge booth and see how the winery’s 2009 Mistik matches up with the fare prepared by Sorrel’s Chef Adrian Halmagean. The white wine is light and crisp with wonderful aromas of white grapefruit and lemongrass with a hint of jasmine.

Next, see how the food combines with Black Market’s Hefeweizen, a Bavarian style wheat ale.

Vote for whatever beverage tickles your palate. All it takes is a $2 ticket at each booth. Random entries will be chosen for a prize.

The $10 entry fee to the Taste of Temecula Valley includes a $2 ticket to use toward food, beverage and merchandise. Extra tickets are available for $2 each.

Proceeds benefit the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s efforts to enhance the student learning experience. Click here for more info.

Middle Ridge wines are available online and through The Collective at 28544 Front Street in Temecula, CA., which serves as a tasting room for Middle Ridge Winery. A variety of Middle Ridge wines is also available in Idyllwild at selected restaurants, Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe & Bistro, and Mountain Top Liquor Store.

Middle Ridge is a boutique winery born in the mountain arts community of Idyllwild, CA. The friendliness of the small town inspired winemaker Chris Johnston to bring people together with handcrafted, artisan wines in intimate settings. Middle Ridge’s philosophy is simple: to have a conversation with everyone who comes in contact with the winery.

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