(aka. Elbing, Monbaden)

How low this once mighty grape has fallen! There was a time when Burger produced more wine in California than any other single variety. In fact, Burger produced more wine in the Golden State than all other white varieties combined. However, Burger has plunged from its perch as the most planted vinifera variety in the pre-varietal revolution days. Today, it's a non-contender. Originally, Burger’s capability to produce generous yields and its tolerance for hot and dry conditions gave it a niche in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Its Central Valley plantings still play an important role in the jug wine and cooler market. Recent DNA investigations at UC Davis have revealed Burger to be the offspring of the Cognac grapes Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanc. This shouldn’t be such a shock, considering its geographic origins in the Charentes department of France.

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  • Hey fellow Snoothers,Haven't written in quite a while due to a slow down in wine consumption.Reason being I have switched my diet to Vegan, that means for those of you who don't know I do not consume any meat, poultry, pork, beef, fish. I also have discontinued all forms of Dairy.I did this for many reasons. Upon initiating it for more than a ye... Read More

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  • Wow, where do I start? Famed horticulturist Luther Burbank called Sonoma County ... one of my favorites is the Burger Builder where you can build the ultimate burger blend to your specifications. It's like taking the best steak you ever ate but ground in a burger form. One that you can safely grill a perfect medium rare without fear of getting ... Read More

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  • OK, what's your favorite market in your area for buying good meats, dairy, produce, etc. when you want to prepare a proper meal, likely accompanied by wine? Or just for everyday living? And what do they provide that you value so?Last couple of times I was through San Fran I realized Bi-Rite in the Mission would be mine there. Very much appreciat... Read More

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  • (Updated to add a couple pics)Another great day in the Willamette ... Valley.After a fantastic burger in a little restaurant inside a gas station in Carlton (believe me, this was good) we still had some time before our 3pm appt. so we headed over to Lemelson.  A decent dry Riesling, a very good rose of Pinot and several good '13 pinots were on ... Read More

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  • St. Cosme wines have gotten a ton of good press, but they haven't done it ... choice if you want to have a burger or steak on a weeknight and dress it up a little, and also something my father and I could drink, since he's much more of a Merlot-phile. Okay, Saturday I went to Bookfest and heard Matthews interviewed about terroir.  Afterward I ... Read More

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  • "Though it's good with fish tacos, sushi, and other seafood dishes, I ... ... and hotdogs, beer and a burger, beer and a sausage and pepperoni pizza, beer and schnitzel or kasseler rippchen or sauerbraten or eisbein or just about any German/Austrian/Czech/Scandinavian meat dish, etc., etc., etc.?? OT, how hot do you make your chil Read More

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  • Zin or Barbera?Have both on hand...2014 Bedrock Evanghelo, 2011 Elio Grasso Barbera.Something else?  Read More

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  • Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz Barossa 2012


    Whew - did the pepper ever come out as this sat. Kinda took over. The fruit was ... handled any Spnish, Mexican, burger or pizza food offerings out there. Just a little less and this would have been a 91. Drink now - Paul 90 poin Read More

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  • Speaking of drinking and eating cheaply, we brought Burger King burgers / chicken sandwiches and things of this nature over to Sandra's parents house tonight for our Wednesday evening 'Wheel of Fortune / Jeopardy' night, drinking a cheap white wine while doing so.  Coming back home, we opened this French GSM blend wine (2013 Chateau de Saint Cos... Read More

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  • Well there's always this approach to sales at Selfridges.Then there's ... ... am curious about which burger place it is, Mar Read More

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