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Story of Soil: New Tasting Room in Los Olivos

Story of Soil: New Tasting Room in Los Olivos

I’ve written about Jessica Gasca in the past, if you’d like to refresh your memory, click HERE! Jessica was a person I met on one of our initial trips to Santa Barbara. At that time, she was working at Sanguis. She asked me to help bottle there once. First impression after watching her work as […]

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Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

A few years ago, while I was attending the Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire event, I was bouncing around tables with my crew when someone said, “There is a gentleman walking around that is looking to start a vineyard and winery”. We just so happened to end up at one of the tasting tables […]

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Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

A few years back, I went to one of the famous Au Bon Climat (ABC)/Qupe Open Houses in Santa Maria. If you are into Santa Barbara wine, and have NOT attended one of these, you MUST! I remember I parked my car on the dirt road, and had to walk about a quarter mile to […]

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The spectacular rise and fall of Maison Ilan – an exposé by Bill Nanson

The spectacular rise and fall of Maison Ilan – an exposé by Bill Nanson

‘Buyer beware’ has never been more apropos for lovers of Burgundy – published today, this Burgundy Report entry by Bill Nanson was months in the making, exposing a debacle that was years in the making – that of Maison Ilan and Ray Walker. Read here, and enjoy…  

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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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Story of Soil: New Tasting Room in Los Olivos

Story of Soil: New Tasting Room in Los Olivos

I’ve written about Jessica Gasca in the past, if you’d like to refresh your memory, click HERE! Jessica was a person I met on one of our initial trips to Santa Barbara. At that time, she was working at Sanguis. She asked me to help bottle there once. First impression after watching her work as […]

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Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

A few years ago, while I was attending the Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire event, I was bouncing around tables with my crew when someone said, “There is a gentleman walking around that is looking to start a vineyard and winery”. We just so happened to end up at one of the tasting tables […]

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Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

A few years back, I went to one of the famous Au Bon Climat (ABC)/Qupe Open Houses in Santa Maria. If you are into Santa Barbara wine, and have NOT attended one of these, you MUST! I remember I parked my car on the dirt road, and had to walk about a quarter mile to […]

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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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Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

| August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 200g palm sugar 100ml fish sauce 2 Thai chiles, sliced lengthwise or dry chili dash water 50ml sunflower oil 800g boneless chicken thighs+breast, cut into bite-sized pieces without skin 5cm piece fresh ginger julienned 3 medium shallots sliced into rings fresh cilantro dash lime juice basmati rice   Preparation 1. To make the caramel, […]

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Spaghetti alla Crudaiola

Spaghetti alla Crudaiola

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 300-400g Spaghetti 300-400g Datterini tomatoes bunch basil 1 clove garlic mozarella di buffalo olive oil   Preparation 1.Halve the tomatoes and put in a bowl   2.  Add halved clove of garlic   3.  Also add chopped basil   4. Then add salt&pepper and olive oil. Put clingfilm on top and put in fridge […]

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Paccheri with Guanciale and Ricotta

Paccheri with Guanciale and Ricotta

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 350g Paccheri or Rigatoni pasta 250g Guanciale or Lardo or Pancetta 50-100g Pecorino Sardo 1/2 – 1 tsp chili flakes 200g sheep Ricotta 1-2 tbsp butter 100-200ml pasta cooking water   Preparation 1. Cut the Guanciale in thin slices.  I made strips, which were too thick I found out.   2.  Sauté the Guanciale […]

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