|Top Chef Finale Filmed at
Rutherford Hill & Chimney Rock Wineries
Tony & Bill Terlato Make Special Guest Appearances
Lake Bluff, Ill. – November 3, 2009— “Top Chef,” Bravo’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning show is coming to Napa Valley for their season six two-part finale. After 12 episodes filmed in Las Vegas, the exciting conclusion shifts to wine country where the final four chef'testants face off in a series of challenges that will decide the new Top Chef.
Bravo selected two wineries to host much of the action: Rutherford Hill and Chimney Rock both owned by the Terlato family.
“Our family owned wineries have one goal: to produce wines with a refinement that makes them ideal partners in gastronomy, so it is especially rewarding to have the top rated food show select Rutherford Hill and Chimney Rock as the perfect Napa Valley settings,” said Anthony Terlato, Terlato Wine Group Chairman.
Tony Terlato and Bill Terlato, TWI President and CEO, both make guest appearances. Tony hosts a wine-tasting for the four chef finalists in the historic, mile-long Rutherford Hill barrel aging wine caves. Bill Terlato is the first wine company executive to participate as a guest judge on the program.
“I offered a slightly different perspective from the other judges,” said Bill Terlato. “But considering that all of our wines pair well with food, our participation was a good match.” The wines featured in the finale include Terlato Family Vineyards, Rutherford Hill, Chimney Rock and Sanford. The two-part finale airs on Bravo on Wednesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 9 at 10 p.m. ET.
The Terlato Family has produced two new Napa Valley wines for Top Chef, Quickfire Napa Valley Chardonnay and Quickfire Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Named for the show’s exciting Quickfire Challenge, where chef’testants compete in fast-paced culinary trials, Quickfire wines are now available at stores across the country.
Terlato Wines International has a global portfolio of 50 brands from a host of world class wine producers and presently markets more than one out of eight bottles of wine over $14 sold in America. Terlato, with more 90+ ratings than any wine company in the world, is the flagship company of the Terlato Wine Group, the parent company of several independent businesses specializing in the marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the Terlato family, the Group also includes the family’s winery investments and partnerships in some of the world’s most esteemed wine regions, including: Napa Valley; Sonoma County; Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia; the Rhône Valley in France; and Montalcino, Italy.
The Terlato Wines International portfolio of brands includes: Napa Valley: Brandlin, Chimney Rock, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Luke Donald Collection, Markham Vineyards, Rutherford Hill, Tangley Oaks, Terlato Family Vineyards and Two Hands – Napa Valley; Sonoma County: Alderbrook, Hanna, Hideaway Creek, Rochioli and Terlato Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Sanford and Tangley Oaks; California Appellation: Glass Mountain and Seven Daughters; Oregon: Sokol Blosser; Italy: Baglio di Pianetto, Ca’ del Bosco, Ca’ Marcanda (Gaja Toscana), Florio Martinez Marsala, Gaja, Il Poggione, Kettmeir, MAZZONI (Toscana), Santa Margherita, Tiramisú, Torresella and Distillatori Nonino (Grappa); France: Champagne Bollinger, M. Chapoutier, Domaine Chanson, Josmeyer, Langlois‐Chateau and Mischief and Mayhem; Australia: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier, Domaine Tournon and Two Hands; Argentina: Tamari; Canada: Peller Estates Icewine; Greece: Boutari; New Zealand: Wairau River; South Africa: Anthonij Rupert, Cirrus, Guardian Peak, Engelbrecht‐Els, Ernie Els Signature and Rust En Vrede; Spain: Olvena; Switzerland: Xellent Swiss Vodka.; Japan: Shimizu‐No‐Mai Sake.