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Recently, David Ramey, proprietor/winemaker at Ramey Cellars visited with us here at the Bernards Inn. David is quite a character, interesting, entertaining, down to earth, and extremely intelligent. He is the type of guy you just want to hang out with to hear all the interesting stories he has to tell. We pour his Ramey Russian River Chardonnay by the glass, and without a doubt, a most popular Chardonnay that is Burgundian in style. David sources his fruit from all high end single vineyards of: Rocholi, Dutton Ranches, Charles Heintz, and Green Pastures Vineyards. Gravelly soils provide a cri...
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A big milestone that occurs in the month of December are couples getting engaged.  Christmas and New Years Eve are really big days that seem to prompt the question (in fact, I got engaged on New Years Eve).  We see a lot of couples get engaged here at The Inn and it is always exciting to be around a table when we know this is going to occur.  Just last night a young man proposed to his girlfriend in front of the fireplace in the lobby.  I am so proud that people choose our home for this major event in their lives.  I know I can tell you exactly where I was when I propo...
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Charcuterie is defined as sausage, ham, cold cuts of meat, pâtés, roulades, terrines, etc.  It was developed as a way to preserve meats, before the use of refrigeration.  Today, we use this ancient art to add and develop flavor through the use of salt and other spices.  Here at the Inn, we have recently started our own line of charcuterie.   From left to right; house-made chorizo, smoked ham hocks, venison lonzino and foie gras torchon.  My favorite, the smoked ham hock, is a simple way to add a lot of flavor to a soup, broth or stock.  The French lentil sou...
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Fabulous sweet  RED dessert wine: Toucan Wines “Estate Toucanet”, Arroyo Grande Valley This wine is made from a blend of grapes from the 2007 vintage and grapes from 2008 late harvest vintage. These grapes have been fortified with brandy spirits distilled from the 2006 Zinfandel Vintage. Consequently, this is a blend of three different barrels from 3 different vintages from the estate vineyard of Toucan, made in the style of Port using Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. This was aged in oak for up to 22 months. That’s the technical side of it, now the beauty of this unique sweet dessert wine is the...
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              Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  There is no pressure to choose a proper gift or get dressed up and religion plays no part in it.  All you have to do is eat!  What can be better?  Growing up in my family, the meal would go on for four hours with patched together tables extending out of the dining room and into the kitchen. Getting involved at the Bernards Inn has brought a new meaning to Thanksgiving.  First of all, you work that day, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. ...
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