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Central Coast Winery Visits–July, 2016–Day 3:  Dragonette, Tercero, and Ken Brown

Central Coast Winery Visits–July, 2016–Day 3: Dragonette, Tercero, and Ken Brown

Day 3:  Dragonette, Tercero, and Ken Brown A.  Dragonette Cellars. Dragonette has already made a name for itself among the wine geeks I know, so I really was looking forward to visiting their Los Olivos tasting room.  It was started in 2005, with the first commercial release in 2006. 2014 Dragonette Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon. […]

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Central Coast Winery Visits–July, 2016–Day 2–Bien Nacido, J. Wilkes, and Loring Wine Company

Central Coast Winery Visits–July, 2016–Day 2–Bien Nacido, J. Wilkes, and Loring Wine Company

Day 2:  Bien Nacido, J. Wilkes, and Loring Wine Company A.  Bien Nacido Vineyard. Over the years, I’ve been able to taste dozens of wines sourced from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, primarily Pinot Noir and Syrah.  If you taste wines from nearby wineries, chances are pretty good that they produce […]

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Central Coast Winery Visits–July, 2016–Day 1:  Longoria, Arcadian

Central Coast Winery Visits–July, 2016–Day 1: Longoria, Arcadian

  After attending this year’s Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles, I decided it was time to make a trek back up to California’s Central Coast to visit wineries and taste through their lineups. Unlike HdR, this visit wouldn’t be confined to Rhône varietals. It was an excellent opportunity to taste through the lineups of […]

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Hospice du Rhone 2016–More Photos

Hospice du Rhone 2016–More Photos

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Hospice Du Rhône 2016—The Preliminaries

Hospice Du Rhône 2016—The Preliminaries

Before HdR formally began, there was a smaller, private welcoming party on Thursday, April 14.  Of the many wines served, here were some of my standouts: 2013 Treana White. A blend of Viognier and Marsanne, this was a wonderfully aromatic white wine full of peaches and white flowers, with a medium-weight midpalate.  Very nicely priced […]

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BerserkerDay VI is coming! More offers from wineries than EVER! (Jan 27, 2015)

BerserkerDay VI is coming up!! January 27, 2015, over 70 wineries and winemakers will be offering ridiculous deals on their wines and wine-related items. Last year, sales exceeded $300,000 FOR THE DAY, and this year promises to beat that number, handily! There is NO OTHER EVENT LIKE IT! The winery owners and winemakers make their […]

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Wine in a hot car – is it ruined?

Wine in a hot car – is it ruined?

A recent thread on the Wine Berserkers forum – http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=85187 – prompted me to write this post, which is likely experienced by many wine lovers around the world. Many of us have dropped into a store or restaurant with wine in our car, perhaps forgetting how hot it can become, in a very short time, during […]

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WineBerserkers announces the launch of BerserkerBuys

April 24, 2014   Wine Berserkers, the world’s largest and most active online wine community, proudly announces an innovative new feature of our forum community – BerserkerBuys. Playing off the tremendous success of the annual BerserkerDay, where wineries and retailers from around the world post offers available only during BerserkerDay, only on the forum, we’ve […]

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BerserkerDay V (Jan 27, 2014) – the biggest yet, with over $300,000 in wine sales

BerserkerDay V, the fifth iteration of the annual celebration of membership on Wine Berserkers, was held on January 27th, 2014.  Each year, on January 27th (the founding of the WineBerserkers community on its current domain), dozens of wineries and retailers participate in providing incredible offers to Wine Berserkers guests and members, often featuring veritcals, sample […]

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Ridge Lytton Springs – winery and tasting room

Ridge Lytton Springs – winery and tasting room

A highlight of our recent trip to Sonoma was a long-awaited visit to the Ridge Lytton Springs tasting room and winery.  This unique facility is primarily solar-powered, and built with hay-bale construction (rye hay, I’m told, which is the most critter-resistant).  One doorway has glass panels so you can actually see the hay-bale construction. The […]

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Pasta al forno

Pasta al forno

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 1 onion 1.2kg ripe tomatoes or 3 x 400 g tins of good quality peeled plum tomatoes 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil a pinch of dried red chilli flakes (optional) 500g short pasta: mezze maniche, rigatoni, penne, or macaroni 500g mozzarella 100g parmesan or pecorino fresh basil breadcrumbs (optional)   Preparation Take an […]

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Parmigiana di Melanzane

Parmigiana di Melanzane

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 1kg eggplant 700ml tomato passata (Mutti) 1-2 clove garlic thyme or basil and optional flat parsley 50-70g grated parmesan 50-70g fine breadcrumbs 125g mozzarella olive oil   Preparation Sauté chopped garlic softly in olive oil   2.  Add tomato passata and let it cook with lid on low heat for 30min.  At the end […]

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Impanata

Impanata

| August 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 10g dried yeast or 20g fresh yeast 1 tbsp sugar 500g flour, ideally semolina flour, but plain flour or 00-grade works too 10g salt 30ml extra virgin olive oil 150-200ml water   For the filling 500g mozzarella (well drained) 8-16 anchovy fillets Olive oil mixed with water or 1 beaten egg Salt and black […]

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