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Vintage 2014 Twitter Event on 12/10/14@5:30pm (Pacific)

Vintage 2014 Twitter Event on 12/10/14@5:30pm (Pacific)

| December 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The grapes of Santa Barbara are about to take a different kind of lead role. Thanks to the vision of Wil Fernandez, folks will be able to see a full documentation of the 2014 growing season and harvest through a series of short films. The project is titled, “Vintage 2014: The Stories Behind the Vines“. […]

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Deadline for Comments on Sta. Rita Hills Expansion Ends Soon (DEC. 5)!!

Deadline for Comments on Sta. Rita Hills Expansion Ends Soon (DEC. 5)!!

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Photo I took while at the 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance “Wine & Fire” event The due date to submit comments on the proposed expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills (SRH) American Viticultural Area (AVA) is December 5th! This rather controversial proposition could, if approved, radically change the composition of this esteemed AVA. Now […]

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If You Don’t Know…Now You Know! 6 Santa Barbara Winemakers to Watch

If You Don’t Know…Now You Know! 6 Santa Barbara Winemakers to Watch

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Perhaps the most exciting thing about following Santa Barbara wine is watching good people and their labels develop before your eyes. There are always new folks to meet and new wines to get to know. In my first post on this new blog, I thought it would be fun to profile a few folks that […]

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Poulet au vinaigre

Poulet au vinaigre

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 2 chicken breast or guineafowl suprémes 250ml cream (30%) 50ml tarragon vinegar 1 glass white wine 350ml chicken stock 4-5 twigs tarragon 1 shallot + knob butter   Preparation 1. Heat butter and shallot softly   2. Add white wine, chicken stock   3. Also  add vinegar and 100ml cream   4. Add fresh […]

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WineBerserkers announces the launch of BerserkerBuys

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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

| 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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Pinot Days at The Skirball Center

Pinot Days at The Skirball Center

| December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

I was very excited to attend Pinot Days on Dec. 7th at The Skirball Center in W. Los Angeles. This was my first time at this event and won’t be my last. I was excited to try so many new (at least to me) and exciting Pinot Noir wines from such a wide variety of […]

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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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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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2010 Lapierre Morgon: “S” vs “N”

2010 Lapierre Morgon: “S” vs “N”

| February 24, 2012

For those that do not know Lapierre makes a sulfur and non-sulfur version of their Morgan (maybe other cuvees too?).  I bought a bottle of each and was interested in trying them side by side. When I first opened them they both had reduction with The “N” (non-sulfur) version having more but the “S” version […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Volnay 1er Cru “Robardelle” starting in 2011

Volnay 1er Cru “Robardelle” starting in 2011

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello everyone! Just in from the Côte de Beaune with some exciting news. Starting in 2011, we will be sourcing fruit from Volnay 1er Cru “Robardelle”! This cru is not too well known as of late, though it is situated quite well and has an an impressive history indeed. The vines of Robardelle are situated […]

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