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Hospice du Rhone 2016–More Photos

Hospice du Rhone 2016–More Photos

| April 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

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Hospice Du Rhône 2016—The Preliminaries

Hospice Du Rhône 2016—The Preliminaries

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

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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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Châteauneuf-du-Pape Seminar

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Châteauneuf-du-Pape Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The HdR seminars are usually one of the main highlights of the HdR experience, and this year started with a bang.  Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate (formerly The Rhône Report) presented this seminar, which was my personal favorite.  Many years ago, I started my wine journey with CdP’s.  Even though I have wandered far […]

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2016 Hospice du Rhône–Costières de Nîmes Whites Seminar

2016 Hospice du Rhône–Costières de Nîmes Whites Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate came back to moderate this panel Saturday morning, April 16.  The panelists were Diane de Paymorin of Château d’Or et de Gueules, Francois Collar of Château Mourgues du Grès, Michel Gassier of vignobles Michel Gassier, and Luc Baudet of Clos des Centenaires. Jeb started off by joking that perhaps […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Seminar

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This seminar was moderated by Matt Kettmann of the Wine Enthusiast, and the panelists were Trey Fletcher of Bien Nacido Estate, Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estate, Chris Hammel of Hammel Wine Alliance/True Believer, and Russell From of Herman Story Wines. Let me be direct and say that I think this seminar was not as informative […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Opening Tasting

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Opening Tasting

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The other highlights of HdR are the massive, multi-producer tastings held in Building D.  As in past years, the two tastings are divided into (1) an Opening Tasting on Friday that focuses on older, “library” bottles from various producers, and (2) a Closing Tasting on Saturday that focuses on current release bottles from the various […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Tasting

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Tasting

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since the Opening Tasting concentrates on the older “library” wines, the Saturday Closing Tasting concentrates on current releases from the various producers.  Again, I put more emphasis this year on tasting the whites and rosés at HdR than in past years. —Alban.  The two whites were the 2012 Roussanne and the 2014 Viognier.  For my […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Thoughts

Hospice du Rhône 2016–Closing Thoughts

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

At the end of a wine festival like Hôspice du Rhone, it’s worth remembering that the festival is more than just a chance to get your wine geek on.  It’s a social affair, including a Rosé lunch, a wine auction, and a closing BBQ dinner.  Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to meet a large […]

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Hospice du Rhône 2016—Hospice Returns to Paso Robles

Hospice du Rhône 2016—Hospice Returns to Paso Robles

| April 26, 2016 | 5 Comments

After a four-year absence, April 15-16, 2016 marked the return of the Hospice du Rhône wine festival to Paso Roble, California.  Having attended several HdR festivals in past years, I was very happy to see HdR return to Paso.  This year’s HdR was different for me.  Not only did I attend specifically to write this […]

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2016 Hospice du Rhône–Washington Rhônes Seminar

2016 Hospice du Rhône–Washington Rhônes Seminar

| April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This seminar was moderated by Patrick Comiskey of Wine & Spirits, and the panelists were Sean Boyd of Rôtie Cellars, Bob Bertheau of Tenet Wines, Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars, and Todd Alexander of Force Majeure Vineyard. Patrick spent much of his time discussing the history of winegrowing in Washington State, dating back to the […]

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BerserkerDay VII is coming!  January 27, 2016 (one day only)

BerserkerDay VII is coming! January 27, 2016 (one day only)

| January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 7th annual celebration of Wine Berserkers as the largest and most vibrant online wine community in the world is soon upon us.  On January 27, 2016, dozens of small wineries and nationwide retailers, as well as wine product suppliers (like Gabriel Glas, The Wine Check, etc) will offer deals NOT to be missed, never […]

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La Voix Tasting, Hollywood, CA  November 4, 2015

La Voix Tasting, Hollywood, CA November 4, 2015

| November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, La Voix Winery had its release party at Capitol Records in Hollywood. La Voix is a new project for Steve Clifton and his wife Chrystal, whose other projects include Brewer-Clifton (past) and Palmina (present). The new releases included a rosé and three Pinot Noirs. La Voix mean “the voice,” and […]

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

| November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 500g pumpkin 500ml coconut milk 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 fresh red Thai-chilli (without seeds) 1tbsp chopped lemongrass 1tbsp chopped ginger 2tbsp peanut oil 2tbsp peanut oil 1tsp sesame oil 1/2 lemon 1tbsp fish sauce 1tsp sugar Preparation 1. Chopp onion, garlic, chilli, lemongrass, ginger and pumpkin 2. Cook onion, garlic, chilli, […]

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Cinnamon Lamb

Cinnamon Lamb

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 1kg lamb (leg or shoulder) 2 red onions 2 clove of garlic 4-5 tbsp olive oil 1 cinnamon stick (optional 1 1/2 stick) 1-2tbsp allspice 2 bay leaves 800g canned tomatoes 750ml beef/veggie broth or water 300g greek Kritharaki Pasta parmesan Preparation 1. Cut the lamb meat in cubes 2. Sauté the meat in […]

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 2 red peppers 2-3 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, cut into small dice 4 cloves garlic, minced – 1 kept separate 3 ripe tomatoes, cut into small dice, plus juices 2 oxheart tomatoes, cut into small dice, plus juices 3 sprigs of thyme, plus 1tsp thyme leaves Pinch of saffron 1-2 tsp balsamic […]

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Watermelon-Goat Cheese-Mint Appetizer

Watermelon-Goat Cheese-Mint Appetizer

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 1/2 water melon cold 150g goat cheese fresh 1/2 lime 3-5tbsp olive oil touch spicy pimenton de la vera mint leaves Preparation 1. Chopp the watermelon in slices and make vinaigrette of lime juice and olive oil 2. Put the slices of watermelon on a plate, add the pieces of goat cheese, add part […]

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Pasta Salsiccia

Pasta Salsiccia

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 300g-400g Pasta (Penne, Tagliatelle, Strozzapreti etc.) 500g salsiccia picante (italian pork sausage with fennel seeds) 800g canned tomatoes 2-3tsp fennel seeds 1 onion 1-2 clove garlic dash red or white wine thyme parmesan Preparation 1. Pull out the sausage meat from the sausage casing 2. Make little balls with the sausage meat 3. Sauté […]

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Lamb Casablanca

Lamb Casablanca

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 1,2-1,7kg leg of lamb or lamb shoulder 3 onions 4 cloves of garlic 6tbsp olive oil 800-900g canned tomatoes 1tbsp cumin 1 cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf 3 clove 1 jalapeno pepper/bird´s eye chill flakes 3 carrots 600-700g canned chickpeas 5 dates without pit 1tsp sugar 1tsp Ras el-Hanout Preparation 1. Sauté the chopped […]

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Roast Apple Parfait

Roast Apple Parfait

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ingredients 2-3 apples 1-2 tsp cinnamon (or 1/2 stick each apple) 2-3 cloves 2-3 tbsp almonds slices 2-3 tbsp hazelnut 2-3 tbsp raisins 50ml white wine 50ml white rum 5 egg yolks 120g sugar 500ml cream 1tbsp sugar 2-3 tbsp aged rum Preparation 1. Cut a cap from the apple 2. Remove the core from […]

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Nine Days in Heaven: Day Two: BIG Day of Tasting! Part 1

Nine Days in Heaven: Day Two: BIG Day of Tasting! Part 1

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Day Two started hangover free. Which was surprising considering the night before, I capped Day One’s festivities with fellow Berserksers, Jim Salvito and Charlie Fu. Fun filled night of Burg and Pliny. Day Two was going to be my busiest day. We had a morning appointment with Drake Whitcraft, an afternoon appointment with Mark Horvath […]

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Nine Days in Heaven: Day One: Start-in SLO

Nine Days in Heaven: Day One: Start-in SLO

| January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve never taken a trip to Santa Barbara wine country for granted. I used to drive from San Diego for even one-day visits! Now that we’ve moved to the United Kingdom, our trips to my favorite place in the world are even more valuable. The trip previous to this one was really short. This last […]

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

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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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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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