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Belgian Endive Tarte

Belgian Endive Tarte

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

For me belgian endive is a vegetable quite difficult to cook with. But here we have a lovely side-dish for meat, fish, sea-food or solo. ENJOY   Ingredients 5-6 heads of belgian endive 25g butter 2tbsp golden caster sugar 150g Stilton&Roquefort&Gorgonzola 3-4 tbsp crushed walnuts or pecans ready-made puff pastry   Preparation 1. Halve the […]

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Wine in a hot car – is it ruined?

Wine in a hot car – is it ruined?

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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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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Ridge Lytton Springs – winery and tasting room

Ridge Lytton Springs – winery and tasting room

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

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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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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Ferrari-Carano – perhaps the most beautiful grounds in Sonoma

Ferrari-Carano – perhaps the most beautiful grounds in Sonoma

| November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Most wine lovers have enjoyed Ferrari-Carano wines, possibly quite frequently, as their Chardonnay, Fume Blanc, Siena, and Tresor have rather wide nationwide distribution, but if you have not yet had a chance to head far northward in Sonoma County to visit the tasting room, reward yourself with a visit, as the grounds are nothing short […]

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A Visit with Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith

A Visit with Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you don’t mind driving up scary one-lane mountain passes, you MUST visit our Berserkers friends and winemaking/wine growing legends Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith of Lagier Meredith. The views are utterly breathtaking from atop their mountain estate off Dry Creek Road. What view would you like? Want to see Atlas Peak? How about the […]

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A visit to Keever Vineyards

A visit to Keever Vineyards

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

The list of worthwhile Napa area wineries and winemakers to visit goes on forever, and Jen and I had the chance to visit with several luminaries during our most recent trip in the area. First on the list was Keever Vineyards, where Olga Keever gave us the facility and cave tour, and poured each of […]

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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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