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Really wanted some comfort #food last night and Keeper #Chef knew a @dewberryfarms roasted chicken with @boggycreekfarmstand and @farmeredeneast veggies would do the trick. Since the chicken would take several hours from beginning to end we decided to open a white and red #burgundy with the white @laloubizeleroy 2009 #Aligote (thinking of you @stevenpaulmcdonald ) as the chef’s prep sipping #wine and the @domaine.pavelot.jmh 2010 Narbantons for pairing with the dinner. Both #wines were delish and if you have questions on either feel free to ask in the comments below. #sommchat

You know we love our #nature posts and today was extra special as we were able to take a morning walk and enjoy the spring blooms. Thankful to be able to get outside and exercise while practicing #socialdistancing. Wishing all of Keeper community the best during these difficult times.

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Thanks Keeper friend Carlton McCoy for your leadership and compassion during these times. Heitz Cellar is fortunate to have you at the helm and in addition to having enjoyed these wines for several decades, this just makes us want to support and enjoy even more. https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/a-napa-winery-closed-its-tasting-room-but-is-still-paying-its-staff-ceos-reasoning-is-powerful.html?fbclid=IwAR32BNLioArKOkLIyAwOXr1Mnujuz8F6cVXWwZSNPjmUY8tB1HzVaQfMVi4

Time to work on #sake pairings and these were sooooo good. Up first from Keeper #chef was Boggy Creek Farm golden beet green (fresh arugula, romaine and butter lettuces with spinach mix) salad with #goatcheese orange 🍊supremes and sunflower seeds as the 1st course and 2nd course was fresh #mushroom rice stir fry with fresh #snowpeas from Boggy Creek Farm and onion and bell peppers. Highly recommend this #junmaidaiginjo #sake brought to #usa by Mutual Trading Co., Inc. and to #texas by Genji Sake Remember Sake is good with so many dishes besides just fish! This is a great time to try something new 👍 #sommchat

Thanks to our Keeper #chef we had an exceptional #bltsandwich for lunch using as many local products as possible purchased as much as possible from the local farmers @boggycreekfarmstand and @farmeredeneast and from vacuum-sealed frozen foods from farmers like @richardson_farms #bacon #oatbread from @texasfrenchbread #lettuce from #edeneastaustin mayo from @sirkensingtons and #microgreens from @central_market. Can’t wait to see what dinner brings on this Sunday! #pleasestaysafeeveryone

Do you have plans for this weekend???? You all know how much we love to #TRAVEL ✈️ and plan out our details to have the most positive experiences. Many of you have asked about our weekend plans considering the current conditions, so we thought it might be nice to share our plans with you in advance. The first pic is how we started our planning process for the weekend. Once we could properly visualize all of our options, we quickly knew the answers on how we could truly make our weekend #travels most memorable. As you can see in the second pic, we have our travel map in place. You are welcome to copy our plan and then select your #wines to enjoy at each stop this weekend. In order to make sure we have followed all social distancing guidelines, please post in our comments below which #wines 🍷you picked to drink this weekend, so we can have a #socialmedia virtual tasting:) Hoping for the best to all our Keeper friends around the world during these trying times! #sommchat @ Austin, Texas

With all that’s spinning around us, having something that makes you feel a little more grounded and you can rely on is a definite plus. These are 2 wineries that we love and are always in our cellar - that won’t change. Thanks @domaine_michel_lafarge and @silviaaltare79 for making such beautiful #wines that brought some calm to us at the end of a stressful day. And thanks to all in the #wine 🌎 that bring these #wines to all of us who enjoy them. #sommchat

It is easy to support local in #Austin with restaurants like Foreign & Domestic, Austin. Last night we enjoyed #duck/dove/pork boudin, #goat pot pie, Fish collar, and flame beet salad. And if you prefer to eat at home, #Chefs Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley have created an online takeout menu so you can still support. Thanks for another great meal Sarah and Nathan!!! @ Foreign & Domestic, Austin

Oh my goodness just a few pics of some Texsom International Wine Awards #wines that we were able to learn about from Master #sommelier James Tidwell. If you have not visited the #Texsom International wine awards database to see the 2020 medal winners, you are missing out on learning about some delicious #wines from around the world. For example this #willamettevalley #chardonnay by 00 Wines was soooo good. When looking for wine resources make sure you add the #texsomiwa database to your list. #sommchat

Such a special day when we can visit @keithkreeger, and especially to be able to learn with @winejames. So excited to start using Keith’s creations in our Keeper Kitchen. Keep you eyes posted for pictures with this handmade Dinnerware. Thanks Keith for taking the time to show us your beautiful works.

Did you know that it is said the Monterey cypress grows naturally only in Pebble Beach and Point Lobos? Called ‘The Lone Cypress’, this Monterey cypress tree in Pebble Beach, #California is on a granite hillside off the 17-Mile Drive and one of the most photographed trees in North America. It is suggested to be as old as 250 years and held in place with cables for 65 years. #travelfornature

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To drink the #wines of a #winery with the #winemakers and eat #food prepared by the #chefs for the #wine is so lovely and tonight with @gdangerville & @rajatparr provided us with added knowledge not to mention just pure pleasure thanks to all who made this happen in #austintexas #sommchat

Love when we #travel and find a bar that makes their #cocktails with @taittingerusa #champagne if you find yourself in #Frankfurt #germany🇩🇪 check out John F Kennedy Bar @villakennedy1901 and ask for the JFK 🍾#cocktail #sommchat

Thanks to @vomboden for another chance to learn about #German #wine and this time we had the pleasure to learn about @julian.haart #wines. Nadine Haart is a wealth of knowledge and shared much about the intensity with which she and Julian approach their #winemaking and attention to every detail in the vineyards and in the cellar. This is a small estate of 5 HA so keep your eyes searching to find these #wines if possible. #sommchat

When you drive after an early dinner towards your room on the #Mosel river in #bernkastelkues #travels to #germany🇩🇪 #wine region become magical. You feel as if time has stopped and you are floating in total peace over the water and through the mountains 🏔.

What a delightful afternoon for some #wine education @j._b._becker in the #Rheingau thanks to @vomboden we got to see #vineyard management, a cellar visit, and of course taste the wines. We can’t wait to try the #trocken #wines with #japanese dishes as was recommended. #Sommchat

For all those #Sommeliers that are studying and those #wine enthusiasts that just love trivia - here we go with a clue from #heidelberg #germany🇩🇪 : Q. Where is the largest wooden wine Barrel ever to be made, when was it built, and what is its capacity? A. In the cellar of @heidelberg_castle , there stands a large wooden barrel with a capacity of 220,000 liters (58,000 gallons) which was built in 1751. This was built by the King and put in the kitchen of the castle to entertain and impress his guests. The only problem: It leaked! Well at least it shows the presence of the wine culture in the area in that time period. #sommchat #travelforwine

Important lesson learned in southern #Corsica while at lunch @hotelgoeland in #portovecchio: don’t worry if the sky is overcast and it is raining like in the pic in the upper left hand corner because in Southern Corsica 5 minutes later your view will change and the sun ☀️ will shine and the #mediterraneansea water will be clear and blue again like in the other 3 pictures #travelislife

In Old Town #bonifacio #corsica you can find a family restaurant called Stella D’Oro “Chez Jules” established in 1965. Upper left hand pic is a local dish called Aubergines Bonifacienne by some. It is a very traditional dish and this one has now become our ‘best ever’ Eggplant Parmesan which paired beautifully with Canerelli Rose. The bottom left is a fresh local area John Dory fish with olive oil, lemon butter parsley sauce along with sides of potatoes tomatoes and onions. What a lovely lunch in the old town. #sommchat

What is the first thing you should do after #flying into the #Ajaccio airport in #Corsica??? Find the closest seaside restaurant (la table du marche at hotel les Mouettes was a good choice) with the table closest to the water and order a bottle of Clos Canarelli Blanc - #lifeisgood❤️ thanks @ianmccaff @rootstockwinesatx and @lylerailsback @kermitlynchwine for introducing us to this #winery. Stay tuned to learn more about these #wines when we visit and taste their this coming week. #sommchat

What a lovely surprise to have some #burgundy tastings with @yannickbenjamin and @heiditurzyn and then to share a magnum of @domaine_michel_lafarge Rose 2017 in #Bouilland with the @beckywasserman.co team. From the first tasting together @benjaminlerouxwines to dinner last night each moment was a treat. Also a shout out to @elizabeth.gabaymw on the rose for her book! #Sommchat

Always great to see @nico_rossignol while in #burgundy to hear about all he is doing in the vineyard and cellar to make his #burgundy #wines. #Sommchat #domainenicolasrossignol

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