Lloyd Cellars & Prescription Launch ‘Back to Fine Dining’ Parallel Promotions in June

Carl Wockner Headlines Friday-Eve Live in Tampa
Lloyd Cellars & Prescription Vineyards Launch 'Back to Fine Dining'  Parallel Promotions in June 2021

Lloyd Cellars Partners with Former Food Network Executive Rob Bleifer for Instagram Influencer Awareness Campaign, Recipe Blog Series

Prescription Vineyards Sponsors Tampa Bay Restaurant Week June 17 – 27, Launching New Wine & Music Showcase Event ‘Friday-Eve Live’ on Opening Night at Epicurean

(June 2nd, 2021, Napa Valley, CA) – Lloyd Cellars and Prescription Vineyards are returning to in-market work after fourteen months of sheltering in place. Lloyd Cellars, founded in 2008 by Rob and Bonnie Lloyd, felt that an important mission when getting back to market work is to bring awareness and support to restaurants as the nation begins to reopen.

“In our small way, we want to inspire people to get back to fine dining,” said winemaker Rob Lloyd. “If all the small, medium, and large wineries made this a priority, the wine industry could have a positive impact on a segment of our business that was the hardest hit.”

Lloyd Cellars has partnered with former Food Network Executive Chef Robert Bleifer to create delicious content for its June’ Back to Fine Dining’ Instagram Influencer campaign with Social Media agency, ApexDrop. In his 24-years at Food Network, Chef Bleifer was responsible for everything from managing the kitchen of 18 food stylists and recipe developers to coordinating with production teams, chefs and hosts, guest chefs, and much more. He was also an on-air presence, judging numerous Food Network Challenges, catering the three Food Network Wedding specials, and many other ‘cameo’ appearances. He’s now in the development stage of several new projects, including a book. Chef Bleifer can be followed on Instagram: @chef_robear.

In 2015, Rob and Bonnie founded their second label, Prescription Vineyards. Primarily focused on retail, Prescription Vineyards is presenting the opportunity for restaurants to feature its Clarksburg Chardonnay and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on wine-by-the-glass menus. “We saw Tampa Bay Restaurant Week as a way present our wine-by-the-glass program in a high-profile way,” said Director of Sales, Greg Moore, “while also supporting and bringing awareness to restaurants and getting people back to the table. We’re excited to be the first exclusive wine sponsor in the 15-years that Creative Loafing Tampa has produced the event.”

As part of the in-market efforts, Prescription Vineyards is also launching a new consumer event, ‘Friday-Eve Live.’ Playing off the pop-culture phenomenon of people jump-starting their weekend by calling Thursday nights’ Friday Eve’, the event is part wine tasting, part musical showcase. ‘Friday-Eve Live’ will launch on the opening night of Tampa Bay Restaurant Week on Thursday, June 17th, in partnership with Creative Loafing Tampa and iHeartRadio/Central Florida, and hosted by Epicurean and Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar in Tampa, Florida. Tickets are $25 advance, $35 at door if available.

“iHeartMedia is excited to be a part of and attend ‘Friday-Eve Live’ on June 17 at Epicurean,” said April Easterly, Promotions Director at Rumba 106.5 and US 103.5. “As the kick-off to Tampa Bay

Restaurant Week, our very own Tampa Talents can’t wait to experience the great food and sips from the Bay. Katie Sommers on middays with 93.3 FLZ, and Ian Beckles, who is on evenings as Co-Host of Beckles and Recher on 95.3 WDAE, will be attending.”

Musical guest Carl Wockner was named the first and only Australian artist to win Top Honors at the International Acoustic Music Award’s 2015 (USA). He also scored in the top of the AAA category for the release of his album Crayon Days with producer Michael Flanders in Nashville, Tennessee. He was recently awarded “Musician of the Year 20/21” by Western Australia Prestige Awards. “Bonnie and I love music,” said Rob Lloyd, “and helping artists get back to work just feels right.”

A portion of Tampa Bay Restaurant Week proceeds benefit Feeding Tampa Bay!

Former Food Network Exec Chef Rob Bleifer Partners w/Lloyd Cellars – Serves Up Savory Biscotti as Starter!

Che Bleifer Cameo - Savory Biscotti
Chef Robert Bleifer
Chef Rob Bleifer teases his Lloyd Cellars ‘Back to Fine Dining’ six-part recipe series with his Savory Biscotti

As part of our June 2021 celebration of getting ‘Back to fine dining’ (yes!), we’re excited to announce our partnership with Chef Robert Bleifer, who most recently served as Executive Chef & Vice President of Culinary Production for Food Network for 24-years. Chef Rob has created six recipe pairings to share with our Members and fans, which we’ll dole out in a six-part blog series now through June!

Chef Rob was responsible for everything from managing the kitchen of 18 Food Stylists and Recipe Developers to coordinating with Production teams, Chefs/Hosts, Guest Chefs, and much more. He was also an on-air presence, judging numerous Food Network Challenges, catering the three Food Network Wedding specials, and many other “cameo” appearances.

We invite you to follow Chef Rob on Instagram @chef_robear! He’s got a lot of new projects in works and you’re going to want to be the first to know!

FYI, sister winery Prescription Vineyards is also celebrating ‘Back to Fine Dining’ by being the exclusive wine sponsor for Tampa Bay Restaurant Week this June 17 through 27. Click here to learn more…

We’re going to jump-start Chef Rob’s series with something we’ve never seen before, a Savory Biscotti recipe to pair with our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay. This certainly redefines the idea of ‘breakfast for dinner.’

Happy home cheffing!

Chef Bleifer's Savory Biscotti

Chef Bleifer Savory Biscotti

Sure, you love biscotti with your coffee in the morning, but now it's wine-thirty and you're still craving pastry. Chef Robert Bleifer comes to the rescue with his Savory Biscotti to pair with our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients

  

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parm
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

 

  • Set an oven rack to the middle shelf and preheat oven to 350.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk eggs and then whisk in oil, herbs, and honey.
  • Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula.
  • With floured hands, transfer the dough to a floured work-surface.
  • Roll into a log about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide (it will be flat).
  • Place the log on the cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until the dough is firm to the touch and lightly golden in color.
  • Cool the log on a rack and lower the oven temperature to 325.
  • With a serrated knife, cut the log into 1/4 inch wide cookies (slice straight across for shorter biscotti or at a 45 degree angle for longer biscotti.
  • Place the sliced biscotti cut-side down onto the cookie sheet and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until dry and golden.
  • Cool on racks and serve immediately, or when fully cool, store in an air-tight cookie tin for several days.

Keyword Chardonnay, Chef Robert Bleifer, Lloyd Cellars, Savory Biscotti

Winemaker Rob Lloyd to be Featured in The SOMM Journal & National Geographic Webinars

The SOMM Journal — in association with National Geographic and SommCon – Webinars

In the spirit of continuing education for beverage professionals and consumers, The SOMM Journal — in association with National Geographic and SommCon — invites our members and trade partners to participate in a complimentary, one-of-a-kind wine-tasting webinar series entitled Geographical Digest. The events are hosted virtually by winemakers from across the globe and broadcast live. Videos of the webinars are available on-demand soon after airing.

Winemaker Rob Lloyd will be featured in two of the eight webinars for 2021. For the May 11th webinar, Rob will be speaking to Sta. Rita Hills AVA where we source our Pinot Noir. In the fall, on September 14th, he’ll speak to the Carneros Region and our Chardonnay. We’ll be sharing registration details in the coming weeks!

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May 11th 2021 @ 9:00am PT
National Geographic “Pinot Noir: Aspects from Delicacy to Durability Webinar, moderated by Master of Wine Andrea Robinson, in association with the Somm Foundation
Winemaker Rob Lloyd to Speak to Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

September 14th 2021 @ 9:00am PT
National Geographic “Balancing Act: Chardonnay at its Best’ Webinar
in association with the Somm Foundation

Winemaker Rob Lloyd to Speak to Carneros Chardonnay


For the first time since 2011, National Geographic Books has fully updated The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, the comprehensive guide for enophiles now in its sixth edition. The launch of the highly anticipated New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by National Geographic Books was the catalyst for the innovative approach and synergies among industry leaders in their categories.

This essential reference—long used as the go-to text for the prestigious Master Sommelier examination—is the most comprehensive guide to the world of wine, featuring authoritative information on related history, culture, geography, and more. (Source: Tasting Panel Magazine)

Lloyd Cellars 2019 Chardonnay Scores 94 Points – Makes Cheers Mag’s Top 50

Cheers magazine scores Lloyd Chard 94 Points

‘Favorite Wines We Drank in 2020’ Article Scores Lloyd Cellars 2019 Carneros Chardonnay 94 Points

Cheers magazine wrote: We asked our panel of independent wine professionals to recall their favorite bottles they drank in the past year. As always, these selections include brief tasting notes, a grade and the wine’s retail price (which can vary from store to store and market to market). Unless noted otherwise, prices reflect 750-ml. bottles. Tasting notes: Ripe pear, apple and tropical fruits are potent, elegant and all over the nose and palate. Structure and balance are provided by rich vanilla notes, and the finish is powerful and luscious. Read more…

Click here to purchase from our online store!

We Duck for Lloyd Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir!

Gastronaut Bob Blumer's Liberty Duck Breast
Jim Reichardt and daughter Jennifer of Sonoma County Poultry. Click the FeedPeopleDuck.com logo above to see a list of featured restaurants! (photo: radiomisfits.com)

In the fifth and final installment of our Blumer Recipe Series, we champion small ranchers like our friends at Liberty Duck

Throughout the United States, there are local ranchers and farmers whose specialty is raising ethically produced foods. Many of these folks had created such a demand for their quality products that they only had enough to sell exclusively to restaurants. Then the pandemic hit, and again the word for 2020 pivot became a necessity with these producers having to open up direct-to-consumer channels immediately. Not an easy task.

A great example of this is the San Francisco Bay Area’s Sonoma County Poultry, producers of Liberty Duck, some of the finest duck raised in the nation. Sonoma County Poultry was founded in 1992 by Jim Reichardt, a fourth-generation duck farmer, in response to chefs’ demands for a larger, meatier, more flavorful duck. Their Liberty Ducks are a strain of Pekin Duck that was developed in Denmark and is suited to a slower, less stressful style of rearing. Of note, the Reichardt family has been raising ducks since the early 1900s in the Bay Area.

Currently, in addition to supplying the finer Bay Area Restaurants with their fresh duck needs, Sonoma County Poultry ships Liberty Ducks directly to restaurants and individuals across the United States. In the western United States, shipping is accomplished economically by using Golden State Overnight. Further east, they use UPS Next Day Air Saver or Two Day Air service (source: libertyducks.com).

We have been extreme fans of Liberty Duck for decades, and can certainly remember the days when we could only taste it at our favorite Bay Area restaurants – direct ordering was about impossible. In celebration of Gastronaut and Author Bob Blumer’s new cookbook, Flavorbomb, he has paired his Pan-seared Liberty Duck Breast recipe below with our Lloyd Cellars 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Jim Reichardt’s daughter, Jennifer Reichardt, has become an integral partner in Sonoma County Poultry over the years. She is also an accomplished winemaker and launched her own label in 2016, Raft Wines. She produces classic varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, and Sangiovese, yet more rare varieties for Califonia such as Primitivo and Grenache Blanc!

Check out Eatwild.com to find quality regional products throughout the United States and Canada!

Gastronaut Bob Blumer's Liberty Duck Breast

Pan-Seared Liberty Duck Breast

Duck has the texture of a fine cut of steak, but a flavor that is deeper and far more distinctive. That’s why it’s a perennial favorite of French chefs. Cooking a whole duck can be an unwieldy experience because of the thick layer of fat that insulates it. Fortunately for those of us whose kitchens don’t come equipped with six-burner stoves and an army of sous chefs, duck breasts deliver all the flavor without the fuss.

~ Pair with Lloyd Cellars 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinto Noir

Cook Time 20 d

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Servings 2 People

Ingredients

  

  • 2 6 – 8-ounce Liberty boneless duck breasts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper divided
  • 2 shallots diced finely
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons black currant jam ideally unsweetened, black cherry, or similar preserve
  • 2 tablespoons Crème de Cassis

Instructions

 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and set out a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
  • Use a paper towel to pat dry duck. Using a sharp knife, score four ¼-inch-deep cuts across the duck skin at a 45-degree angle. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper over the meat side of each duck breast.
  • Heat a heavy pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add duck breasts to the dry pan, skin side down, and cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until skin is brown and crispy. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat, reserve the drippings in pan, and transfer duck breasts, skin side up, to cookie sheet. Bake on the top rack of the oven for about 7 minutes for medium rare, or to your desired degree of doneness.
  • While duck is roasting, carefully discard all but two tablespoons of duck drippings from the pan. Return pan to medium heat and add shallot. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes, or until shallot begins to turn golden. Remove from heat, Add vinegar to the pan and stir with a wooden spoon to loosen up the browned bits left by the duck. Add jam, Cassis, and remaining teaspoon of black pepper. Return to heat and stir occasionally for 3 minutes. Reserve.
  • Remove duck from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest, for 5 minutes. Slice each breast at a 45-degree angle into ¼-inch-thick strips (properly cooked duck should resemble medium-rare steak). Arrange in a fanlike pattern on a warmed plate and spoon cassis compote overtop. Serve immediately.

Notes

Advance Work

Duck and sauce can be prepared an hour in advance. In this case, duck should be slightly undercooked and left uncut. Reheat in a 425°F oven for 3 – 4 minutes just before slicing and serving. Sauce should be rewarmed just before serving.

Liquidity

Lloyd Cellars 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Keyword Bob Blumer, Liberty Duck, Lloyd Cellars, Pinot Noir

Down to Earth – Blumer Mushroom Cupcakes Paired with Our Pinot!

Blumer's Mushroom Cupcake

We’ve certainly been having a lot much fun partnering with Gastronaut and Author Bob Blumer on his new cookbook, Flavorbomb! A few years back, we also teamed up for one of Blumer’s Surreal Dinners in the Napa Valley. On the menu were Blumer’s deceptive and delicious Lamb Cupcakes (recipe in Blumer’s previous cookbook, Glutton for Pleasure).

Considering Blumer was pairing his dishes with wines made by Rob Lloyd, a pescatarian, he pivoted. Our favorite Gastronaut came down to earth and made Rob a variation, Mushroom Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Icing, to pair with the Pinot Noir. As a call back to this tasty memory, Blumer has formalized the recipe as the fourth post in our five-part recipe series.

Pinot gets 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast

The artistry of Blumer’s dishes blew me away at that Surreal Dinner – and then I took a bite of his mushroom cupcake. I’ve been a fan ever since!

~ Winemaker Rob Lloyd

Purchase our Lloyd Cellars 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Blumer's Mushroom Cupcake

Mushroom Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Icing

Gastronaut Bob Blumer

These Pinot Noir-friendly mushroom cupcakes never fail to confuse and amuse.

~ Paired with Lloyd Cellars 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  

  • 2 Sweet potatoes aka yams
  • 4 Tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Green onions trimmed and sliced finely
  • ½ pound Assorted mushrooms the more exotic the better, stemmed and cleaned of any dirt, then sliced
  • 1/4 Red bell pepper diced finely
  • 4 Sprigs fresh thyme stems discarded
  • 1 oz Brandy or cognac optional
  • ¼ cup Panko or bread crumbs
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 Lemon for zesting
  • 2 ounces Goat’s cheese log form, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper To Taste
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 4 Cupcake liners
  • 1 Muffin tin

Instructions

 

  • In a preheated 400F° oven, bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour. Reserve
  • In a sauté pan over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil. When butter is bubbling, add garlic, green onions, mushrooms, bell pepper and thyme. Sauté for 10 minutes, or until mushrooms are well browned.
  • Add Cognac to pan, let sit for five seconds and then light a match to it. Flame should burn out after approximately 10 seconds. (Note: keep your distance. If you have a gas stove, be aware that spattering particles will likely cause the alcohol to ignite prematurely as soon as it is poured in the pan. And if you have big hair, keep it under wraps! If flame continues to burn, put it out by placing a lid on the pan).
  • Transfer contents to a bowl and let cool.
  • Add panko, egg, zest of the lemon, goat cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly with a fork.
  • TO FINISH & SERVE
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line a muffin tin with 4 foil or paper liners. Generously spray interior of liners with spray oil. Spoon mushroom mixture into liners. Gently press mixture down and flatten level with the top of the tin.
  • Just before putting mushroom cupcakes in the oven, spoon sweet potatoes out of their skin, transfer to a mixing bowl, cover with aluminum foil and place it over a pot of boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes. When potatoes are steaming hot, add 2 tablespoons butter and a pinch of salt. Blend thoroughly with a fork.
  • Bake cupcakes for 8 minutes, or until cakes are fully set, yet still moist. Remove cakes from tin immediately so that they do not continue to cook.
  • Use a piping bag with a star tip, or a table knife to ice the cupcakes with the sweet potato icing.

Notes

Uncommon Goods

Vegetable oil spray; cupcake liners; muffin tin (not uncommon, but crucial); piping bag with a star tip (ideal, but not necessary)

Advance Work

The mushroom mixture can be prepared earlier in the day, to the point that the cakes are ready to be baked. Bake and ice just before serving; Sweet potatoes can be made earlier in the day then reheated over a double boiler just before serving.

Liquidity

Lloyd Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Keyword Bob Blumer, Lloyd Cellars, Mushrooms, Pinot Noir, Sweet Potatos, Vegetarian

We’re Celebrating 91 Point Pinot Noir Score from Wine Enthusiast w/New Blumer Recipe!

Gastronaut Bob Blumer’s Cream of Nostalgia Soup with Bacon & Grilled Cheese

Our recent 91 Point score from Wine Enthusiast for our 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir truly warms our hearts during these chilly days. So it feels appropriate to celebrate the news with a heart-warming recipe from gastronaut and author Bob Blumer – the third installment of our blog series, as we raise a toast to his new cookbook, Flavorbomb!

Pinot gets 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast

Read installment one. Read installment two.

Pinot Noir is a classic holiday meal pairing as it’s so versatile the many holiday dishes that can land on one table. We also have a lot of nostalgic memories of sipping our Pinot Noir with family and friends during the holidays. This is why we thought a classic recipe like Blumer’s Cream of Nostalgia Soup with Bacon & Grilled Cheese was the perfect pairing to celebrate with.

CLICK HERE to order our 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir or gift our Flavorbomb Your Holidays Collection!
Gastronaut Bob Blumer’s Cream of Nostalgia Soup with Bacon & Grilled Cheese

Cream of Nostalgia Soup with Bacon & Grilled Cheese

Gastronaut Bob Blumer

Few things in life that can compete with the nostalgia of cream of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. But if anything can, it’s this deeply satisfying, modern-day version. Add a grilled cheese sandwich with a complex, aromatic cheese and an extra crispy crust, and you will be flooded with memories of your youth—as channeled through the sophisticated tastes of your adult life. Cream of nostalgia soup with bacon

~ Pair with Lloyd Cellars 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Servings 6 People

Ingredients

  

  • 1 Head garlic
  • 12 Strips best-available bacon about ½ pound
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Small yellow onion diced
  • ½ Fennel bulb cored and chopped, or 3 celery stalks
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 – 28 ounce Can tomatoes whole or chopped
  • 5 cups Best-available chicken stock
  • 1 Bouquet garnis with 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme and 2 bay leaves, broken.
  • 2 teaspoons Harissa
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ – ½ cup Heavy cream optional

Instructions

 

  • Preheat toaster oven or oven to 400°F.
  • Slice the pointy top off garlic to expose each of the cloves. Set on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in the foil. Roast until cloves are lightly browned and tender, about 50 minutes. Reserve.
  • In a large pot, cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and all but roughly 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Reserve bacon.
  • To the pot, over medium-high heat, add butter, onion, fennel and carrot. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables start to brown. Add flour and stir constantly for 1 minute, allowing the flour to brown slightly (this thickens the soup in the same way that a roux is used to thicken gumbo). Add tomatoes along with all the juices, stock, 10 strips of bacon, and bouquet garnis.

    Simmer for 30 minutes.

    Let soup cool, remove bouquet garnis and squeeze out remaining juices back into the pot. Squeeze roasted garlic cloves directly into the pot and add harissa.

    Purée soup in a blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The soup is plenty rich and creamy as is, but if you really want to go for the gusto, finish with cream or drizzle a bit over top before serving.

    Serve in warmed soup bowls. Crumble remaining bacon over top.

    For the grilled cheese sandwich (per sandwich)

    2 slices sourdough loaf

    2 slices cave-aged Gruyere cheese, or any Gruyere, or emmental

    2 tablespoons mayonnaise

    Make a cheese sandwich, then spread the outside of each side with mayonnaise. Grill in a panini makeror a frying pan until well-browned and crispy.

Keyword Bacon, Bob Blumer, Grilled Cheese, Lloyd Cellars, Pinot Noir, Soup

Flavorbomb Your Holidays with Our Exclusive Gift Collection with Celeb Chef Bob Blumer!

Flavorbomb Your Holidays Collection
Our Flavorbomb Holiday Collection includes four wines with Blumer's new cookbook.
Our Flavorbomb Holiday Collection includes four wines with Blumer’s new cookbook. Read on…

From our family to yours, we hope you remain safe and healthy. Certainly, the holidays will be like nothing any of us have experienced before. During shelter-in-place, we’ve found ourselves cooking as a family more than ever. This is why we share a holiday gift collection that includes each of our four wines and the new cookbook, Flavorbomb by Gastronaut and Author Bob Blumer.

Blumer is also an eight-time Guinness World Record holder, creator and host of the television series Surreal Gourmet and Glutton for Punishment, and a producer and host of World’s Weirdest Restaurants. If you’re like us and not dining out like you used to, then this is the cookbook for you. It’s loaded with insider tips and recipes to achieve the widely addictive flavors served up by your favorite chefs and restaurants!

CLICK HERE to Order Your Flavorbomb Holiday Collection!

  • 1 bottle – 2018 Prescription Chardonnay, Clarksburg
  • 1 bottle – 2018 Prescription Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley (Inaugural release!)
  • 1 bottle – 2019 Lloyd Cellars Chardonnay, Carneros
  • 1 bottle – 2017 Lloyd Cellars Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
  • 1 book – FlavorBomb by Bob Blumer

Exclusive Gift Package: $170 with shipping included!

(WINE CLUB MEMBER DISCOUNTS APPLY / CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER OFFERS)
Holiday shipping deadlines. NOTE: Due to Covid, UPS has no guarantees this year, so order early!
Shipping Selection Christmas Deadline New Year’s Eve Deadline
Ground December 16 December 21
2-Day Air December 20 December 23
Next Day Air December 21 December 28

Or Visit Our Online Store to Stock Up on Your Favorite Wines for the Holidays!

Gastronauts, Pescetarians & Barbie Agree, Lloyd Chard is the Bomb!

Grilled Lobster Tails with Citrus-Infused Butter

Don’t let Barbie tempt you, this blog feature is about Bob Blumer’s lobster recipe, not shrimp!

If you haven’t heard the rumor swirling around the Napa Valley, winemaker Rob Lloyd is a pescetarian. This may have been why Rob selected our next recipe ‘Grilled Lobster Tails with Citrus-Infused Butter’ by Gastronaut and ‘Flavorbomb‘ cookbook author Bob Blumer in Part II of our five-part Holiday Series. Read Part I…

Blumer has long been known for his surreal recipes that look like, say, a flower pot, yet turns out to be a to-die-for salad. Humor has also been a signature of Blumer’s culinary artistry. On one occasion, a couple of years back, Blumer served up his famous ‘Shrimp on the Barbie’ recipe at a Napa Valley dinner to appease Rob’s pescetarianism ways. The guests were quite amused and then sated by the pure deliciousness of the dish!

For our Holiday Series, we’re taking the crustacean-theme up a couple of notches with Blumer’s grilled lobster recipe. As Blumer says, “Nothing says decadence like grilled lobster tails basted with a cilantro-chili-citrus butter.”

Of course, we’re pairing the dish with the equally decadent Lloyd Cellars 2019 Carneros Chardonnay! Order your Chardonnay now…

Gastronaut Bob Blumer's Lobster Tails

Grilled Lobster Tails with Citrus-Infused Butter

Gastronaut Bob Blumer

Paired with Lloyd Cellars 2019 Carneros Chardonnay

Prep Time 20 mins

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Servings 4 People

Equipment

  • Grill

Ingredients

  

  • 4 lobster tails
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper To taste
  • 3 ounces best-available butter about 1/3 of a cup
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro minced
  • 1 red jalapeno chili stemmed, seeded and minced
  • zest of 1 lime + 1 tablespoon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon + 1 tablespoon juice
  • zest of 1 orange

Instructions

 

  • Using a heavy sharp knife, cut the lobster tails in half. Place your knife on the end where the flesh is exposed and cut down through to the tail. Alternatively, you can butterfly the tail by cutting through the top shell and the flesh, but not through the bottom shell.
  • Brush all of the exposed flesh with oil and season with salt and pepper. Reserve.
  • In a small pan, over medium heat, melt butter. When it starts to bubble, add garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, citrus zest and juice. Stir for 1 minute, then remove from heat and reserve.
  • Preheat grill to medium/medium-high direct heat, or heat a heavy skillet to medium-high.
  • If you have halved the tails, place cut side down on grill or pan and cook for 4 minutes. Flip, and baste generously with butter. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until tails are cooked throughout.
  • If you have butterflied the tails, place cut side down on grill or pan and cook for 4 minutes. Flip, and baste generously with butter. Cook for 4 more minutes, or until tails are cooked throughout.
  • Serve immediately with remaining butter.

Notes

Fresh and frozen lobster tails can be sourced year-round at Kolikof.com

Keyword Chardonnay, Lloyd Cellars

Lloyd Cellars Pairs with Gastronaut Bob Blumer to Celebrate His New Cookbook, Flavorbomb!

Sta. Rita Hills Salmon Burger

Flavorbomb

A rogue guide to making everything taste better

If you live for wildly addictive, life-affirming taste sensations that knock you off your feet, yet can’t figure out how to make them at home, you have just found your kindred cookbook spirit. Welcome to Flavorbomb, by Bob Blumer, and published by Penguin Random House Canada.

Blumer, a gastronaut, artist, and eight-time Guinness World Record holder, is the creator and host of the television series Surreal Gourmet and Glutton for Punishment, and a producer and host of World’s Weirdest Restaurants. His shows air on various networks in more than twenty countries worldwide.

Brunch the Salmon Burger
Rob Lloyd, Lamar Engel of Wine Militia, and Greg Moore of Lloyd Cellars and wife Jennifer Moore dive into Blumer’s Swingin’ Salmon Burger at Hollywood Hills brunch!

Rob and Bonnie Lloyd have been fans of Blumer’s mind-bending creativity and ‘flavor bomb’ dishes for many years. Luckily, Blumer is a fan of Lloyd Cellars’ wines. For the 2020 holidays, the trio has decided to team up to pair a couple of Blumer’s Flavorbomb recipes, along with a selection of other past cookbook recipes that love Lloyd Cellars wine!

The Lloyd’s met Blumer through their years as wine co-hosts for MUSEXPO: The United Nations of Music & Media in Los Angeles. Each year, Blumer hosts a private brunch at his home in the Hollywood Hills for the conference’s winery partners. It was at one of these brunches that Blumer ‘tested’ the following Swingin’ Salmon Burger recipe on the Lloyd’s and friends, so we thought it appropriate to start the Flavorbomb narrative with this delicious pescatarian burger.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing some amazing holiday gifting ideas, including one with Blumer’s new book, as well as five recipes in a series of stories as part of the launch of our new News & Recipes blog. We now share Blumer’s Swingin’ Salmon Burger recipe, which pairs beautifully with both our Carneros Chardonnay and Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir!

UPDATE: Purchase our Flavorbomb Gift Collection Including Blumer’s Book and Our Four Wines!
Sta. Rita Hills Salmon Burger

Swingin’ Salmon Burger

Gastronaut Bob Blumer

This juicy salmon burger goes both ways. It swims upstream and down—and it pairs equally as well with our big luscious Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir or our complex Carneros Chardonnay.

Pair with Lloyd Cellars 2019 Carneros Chardonnay or/and 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Prep Time 1 hr

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Servings 4

Equipment

  • food processor

Ingredients

  

  • 1 lb Fresh salmon fillet Avoid previously frozen salmon if possible
  • 1 Poblano chili or jalapeño chili
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Green onions, finelysliced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Red bell pepper, trimmed and diced
  • 2 tbsp Sourcream or mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijonmustard
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, roughly stemmed
  • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs or Panko
  • 4 Airy burger buns (ideally brioche)
  • 4 tbsp Homemade aioli or store-bought mayonnaise
  • 1 Zest of lemon + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Dill, chopped finely
  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil, divided

Instructions

 

  • Using a sharp knife,remove skin from salmon. Remove any pin bones from the salmon, then roughly cutsalmon into ½-inch cubes. Reserve.
  • Blacken poblano over a gas burner or BBQ. Put it in a bagfor 5 minutes, then peel off and the discard skin along with the seeds andstem. Reserve.
  • To a food processor, addegg, green onion, garlic, poblano, bell pepper, sour cream, Dijon, cilantro,breadcrumbs, lemon zest + juice, salt ad pepper. Pulse four or five times. Addsalmon and pulse another 4 or 5 times or until coarsely chopped and blendedwith the other ingredients—but well before the point that it turns to mush. Ifyou don't have a food processor, chop salmon into tiny pieces, then blend withall the aforementioned ingredients in a bowl. Form salmon mixture into 4patties. Reserve.
  • In a small bowl, blend aioli or mayo with dill. Reserve.
  • In a medium bowl, use afork to mash avocado. Add a pinch of salt and lemon juice. Blend and reserve.
  • Ifbuns are too thick or too dense, pull a little bread from the center of the tophalf, or slice a bit off from one or both of the cut sides. While patties are cooking, brush buns with oil andtoast, cut side down, in a pan or on a grill until cut side is lightly browned.
  • To a sauté pan overmedium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. When pan is smoking hot, add patties andcook, loosely covered, for about 4 minutes per side, or until the outsides arecrusty and the centers are just cooked (i.e. opague).

Notes

To serve Schmear bottom bun with aioli, and top bun with avocado

Advance work Aioli can be made up to a day in advance. Patties can be made up to a day in advance. Plan-overs Patties freeze well and will last in airtight wrapping for up to 6 months.

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