The Rutherford Dust Society (RDS) recently held the original Rutherford Chili Ball on a beautiful warm Sunday evening in August at the Pestoni Family Winery.
This festive, family-friendly event included a Chili Cook-off competition between vintners, growers, firefighters, chefs, and self-proclaimed chili connoisseurs of the Rutherford community. A live vote by attendees decided that Alpha-Omega got the ultimate glory and bragging rights for having the best chili in Rutherford! However, Honig’s chili was my personal fav as it hinted of mole and cornbread flavors.
Wines by RDS members were available throughout the afternoon. A very notable red, St Supery’s Merlot, was quickly enjoyed by many. All these great Rutherford wines were complimented by a full BBQ spread from Black Bean BBQ as well as all the chili from the (8) contestant wineries.
Most fun of all though was an opportunity to buy (for only $25 each) premium Rutherford wines which were hidden in bags. My two surprise purchases yielded a Caymus Zin and a Honig Cab. What a score!
Large format bottles of Rutherford wine and tasting experiences throughout the appellation were available to buy at the silent auction. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit local non-profits like the Rutherford Fire Dept who were in attendance.
#Rutherford Dust Society (RDS)
#Pestoni Family Winery
#Rutherford Fire Dept