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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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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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