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Empire of Booze

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Perhaps my favorite part of France is the Roussillon, the area closest physically and culturally to Spain. My wife calls it Sprance. I love it for the scenery, the food, and the rugby-mad locals but most of all for its traditional fortified wines. One I tried last summer was a Rancio Sec from Domaine des […]

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A Brief History of Florida Wine

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Where in America were the first grapes planted to make wine?  California?  New York?  Washington? How about Florida?  That’s right – a state largely known for growing oranges can trace its winemaking roots back over 400 years, when starving French Huguenots harvested grapes near what is now known as the city of Jacksonville.  And […]

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The ‘vineyard of popes’ offers some of the best wine France has to offer

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

[Advertorial] From the ancient Roman times up to the present day, France has built a name as the vineyard capital of the world. Producing an estimated of 5 to 6 billion litres of wine every year, France is the largest wine-producing country on the planet. While its map is marked with distinct wine regions – from […]

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Phelps Insignia Dinner

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The most generous people I know are my wine friends. And it’s great to have a sizable group of those friends scattered about the country. It gets better if they have nice cellars and even better if they are great cooks and enjoy having wine dinners. Two months ago one of these wine cellar/chef guys […]

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Fifth Annual Pinot Days – Los Angeles

Fifth Annual Pinot Days – Los Angeles

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

I attended the Fifth Annual Pinot Days event on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Skirball Cultural Center in West Los Angeles.  Pinot Days is the brain child of Steven and Lisa Rigisich, who first held an exhibition devoted to Pinot Noir in San Francisco about a decade ago.  Its formula is simple – put […]

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A Passion for Chardonnay – Wine Berserkers Liquid Farm Dinner and Tasting

A Passion for Chardonnay – Wine Berserkers Liquid Farm Dinner and Tasting

| November 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

Most people would never think about wine in terms of a personal journey of either the wine drinker or the producer and why would they? Many of the widely available wines commonly found in grocery and liquor stores are the product of large commercial businesses and are designed to satisfy the broadest cross-section of consumers. […]

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Wine Berserkers Weekly Burgundy Appellation Tasting Series

Wine Berserkers Weekly Burgundy Appellation Tasting Series

| April 12, 2012

Hello everyone and welcome to Week Two of the Wine Berserkers Weekly Burgundy Appellation Tasting Series. This week, we are in Gevrey-Chambertin (and including any wines from vines planted in Brochon as is allowed). This week, there are many videos to add and tons of photos. Clos de Bèze by maisonilan Hello everyone and welcome to […]

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My Wine Epiphanies

| March 20, 2012

I was reading the message board at Wine Berserkers today and came across a thread that was discussing people’s wine epiphanies. I’ve always loved this subject so I began eagerly typing out my answer but as it grew in length I realized that this would be better off as a blog post, so here it […]

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I am getting excited for the Burgundy Olympics – La Paulee

| December 2, 2011

I think it is fair to say that the most passionate group of wine geeks are Burgundy Geeks.  Given this enthusiasm, it is no surprise that the annual La Paulee celebration hosted and produced by Daniel Johnnes is one of the most anticipated wine events every year in this country.    Even months before the event, […]

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Terrible Twos and Wonderful Pinots

| November 21, 2011

My eldest son is about to turn two years old.  He is a beautiful, intelligent, energetic little tyke.  He loves to run around, and often mimics things that he sees me do.  For instance, he saw me hammering nails into a wall to hang a few frames.  Moments later, he had a plastic toy hammer and […]

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A brief harvest reflection in Burgundy

A brief harvest reflection in Burgundy

| October 5, 2011

Just finished placing everything into barrel including Le Chambertin, the vineyard that closes out each harvest for us. It is always a time of having mixed feelings for me personally. You go from looking at the bare vines to getting excited about the developing grapes, and veraison strikes. The maturity of the grapes increases and […]

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Can A Bottle Possibly Be Worth $3,000?

Can A Bottle Possibly Be Worth $3,000?

| August 11, 2011

When in college, most of the parties I attended had two mouthwatering drink choices:  Keystone Light or bum wine.  For most 21 year olds, those aren’t usually unappetizing options—but by my third year of college, I had traveled to Napa and was seriously addicted to fine wine.  Or, at least, I was addicted to wine […]

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WWPD #1 :Krug Popsicles a Tasty Summer Treat *slurp*

WWPD #1 :Krug Popsicles a Tasty Summer Treat *slurp*

| August 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

Welcome to the inagural post of What Would Parker Do? or for short… WWPD? We’ll explore a slightly different world of wine that hopefully you’re enjoy, basically What would Parker NOT do. Remember how your parents always told you to not play with your food? Well in this space, I’m going to play with my […]

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Sur La Viticulture du Centre Nord de la France, Dr Jules Guyot (1866)

Sur La Viticulture du Centre Nord de la France, Dr Jules Guyot (1866)

| August 8, 2011

Looking between these time-worn covers awaits an important book written in 1866 by one Doctor Jules Guyot. The same Dr Jules Guyot that has a pear which bears his name. Though he did more than what was asked of him in his day job as a physician and agronomist. He would study, detail and alter the […]

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The Birth of the Bionic Frog

The Birth of the Bionic Frog

| July 27, 2011

Last night we opened the first vintage (2000) of the now very famous ‘Bionic Frog’.  This bottle had been sitting in my wine storage as I was convinced to save this for a special evening to see where the legend of the Frog all started. I had been slightly concerned as to the ageability of […]

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2011 Burgundy: Moving towards véraison

2011 Burgundy: Moving towards véraison

| July 20, 2011

  This time of year in Burgundy is really a bit of a transition of sorts. You can get the feeling of this shift even when speaking with people in the markets, the mechanics, and even business types in Dijon. All eyes begin to focus on the harvest, the subtle changes in weather, and generally […]

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Do you serve your good wines to your non-geek friends?

| July 18, 2011

This may look off-topic. What does it have to do with dueling wine palates? Bear with me for just a minute. I’m a lawyer, and I offer the next few paragraphs, as they say at trial, “subject to connection.”

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Dominus, Grange, and the World’s Finest Comb-Over

Dominus, Grange, and the World’s Finest Comb-Over

| July 16, 2011

I took one sniff of each glass and said a quick prayer of thanks.  It went something along the lines of, “thank God they aren’t corked.”  It was May 21 of this year, and my father’s 60th birthday.  As the day began to wind down we sat side by side in a ludicrous honeymooners’ booth […]

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Washington State Delivers: 2000 Andrew Will Sorella

Washington State Delivers: 2000 Andrew Will Sorella

| July 15, 2011

While at dinner over the weekend with friends I brought a bottle of 2000 Andrew Will Sorella. This is Andrew Will’s flagship wine; Bordeaux blend that has garnering much press over the years and deservedly so. What makes this wine so special? Chris Camarda. As owner and winemaker, he has been continuously putting together amazing […]

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If you have to search for flavor in your wine, buy something else!

If you have to search for flavor in your wine, buy something else!

| July 7, 2011

If I’m going to write a blog about wines with flavor, I might as well start with a wine that dances across the tongue with the force of an Alvin Ailey composition, instead of a Petipa ballet who, by the way, trained in Bordeaux. So let’s go rummage in the cellar to find a wine […]

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VINE TALK Blind Tastes Sonoma Chardonnays: Peay, Ramey, Flowers, MacRostie, Schug, and La Follette

VINE TALK Blind Tastes Sonoma Chardonnays: Peay, Ramey, Flowers, MacRostie, Schug, and La Follette

| July 6, 2011

As a fan of blind tasting, I was intrigued when I stumbled across a television program promising not only a weekly exploration of a particular varietal from a specified geographic area but accompanying that overview with not one, but two blind tastings.  The program is called VINE TALK (the caps are theirs, not mine) and […]

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Happy 4th of July!  Skirt Steak, Seattle Weather, and 2007 Col Solare Cabernet

Happy 4th of July! Skirt Steak, Seattle Weather, and 2007 Col Solare Cabernet

| July 5, 2011

This sunny, warm Fourth of July could not have come at a better time for us here in Seattle. As a lifelong Seattleite we have become accustomed to the defending our city in rainy times to others by telling them that our summers are underrated and the rain isn’t as bad as they hear. This […]

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The 11 Spiritual Stages of the True Wine Geek

The 11 Spiritual Stages of the True Wine Geek

| July 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

A true wine geek goes through the following spiritual stages:  

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2011 Burgundy Growing Season + Update

2011 Burgundy Growing Season + Update

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

  2011 has been an amazing growing season! No, I wouldn’t say it is amazing in the sense that everything has gone to some sort of plan. Rather, it forces one to watch in awe, in amazement of just how varied the weather can be here in Burgundy. We closed out October with quick and […]

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Another addition in 2011: Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes”

Another addition in 2011: Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes”

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello again everyone! It is with great pleasure that I share this news with everyone. Just this past week, we entered into contract on fruit from Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes”!! This is too exciting to place into words, really. As with Volnay and Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny was one of the three villages I was really […]

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