Kelly Been
July 26, 2017 | Kelly Been

Gilroy Garlic Festival Food & Wine Pairing with Sunlit Oaks

The 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival is this weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 28, 29 and 30. 


This year's Gilroy Garlic Festival is bigger, better and bolder than ever before! Don't miss the great garlicky food, live entertainment and family fun.

Sunlit Oaks Winery will be pouring wine in the newly relocated Wine Garden. Sunlit Oaks will be serving 3 of our favorite wines along with many of the other Wineries of the Santa Clara Valley. Here are some guidelines to get you started with Wine and Food pairing at the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Sunlit Oaks 2016 Pinot Grigio will pair great with a brand new dish, Deep-Fried Gilroy Garlic Shrimp! Garlic LOVES the aromatic compounds of Pinot Grigio. Sunlit Oaks Pinot Grigio is completely dry, so that's a good starting point. Other Garlic Festival Dishes to pair with our Pinot Grigio include Garlic Calamari and Scampi.

(Deep-Fried) Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
Garlic Calamari
Garlic Scampi



Sunlit Oaks 2014 Moscato pairs well with spicy fare so try it with Zesty Garlic Fried Calamari or Cajun Fried Catfish- this sweet wine tames the heat from these festival favorites. Desserts are Moscato’s specialty meaning Garlic Ice Cream and Mini Donuts!!!

Garlic Ice Cream
Mini Donuts
Zesty Garlic Fried Calamari
Cajun Fried Catfish



2012 Rita’s Red Reserve is Sunlit Oaks Flagship Wine and a Wine Club Favorite, full bodied, and is a great match for hearty dishes. You will find a Garlic Festival staple Pepper Steak Sandwiches in Gourmet Alley. But if you choose to venture out to nearby food booths you can also try it with Italian Sausage Sandwiches, BBQ Ribs &/or Turkey Drumsticks.

Pepper Steak Sandwich
Italian Sausage Sandwiches
BBQ Ribs
Turkey Drumsticks




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