Posted on Feb 12, 2016
VALENTINE’S DAY: WHERE LOVE & WORLD CLASS WINE CELLARS COLLIDE
It’s another season to celebrate love. To engage in the romance of fine dining, wine and great conversation. For the wine enthusiasts, that conversation most likely
Well kept in a place that ensures longevity and quality. Stored in a place that’s more than likely to be a wine cellar. And for the passionate wine lover, a world class wine cellar at best! A masterpiece work of art-built by a master craftsman who is a wine enthusiast himself!steers towards wine and the love of it! The taste, the aroma, the color and the year. Oh, and let’s not forget about the collection and all that goes into making sure each and every bottle is well kept and stored.
PASSION + SKILL = MASTERPIECE
Meet Richard Benson, a world class wine cellar expert, creator, designer and builder whose love and passion for wine drives him to create the best of the best in wine cellars. Why? Because when passion collides with skill, you can’t help but get a world class masterpiece! A recipe of art perfected and secured by the highest and utmost quality of products, service and standards. All based within the core values of honesty, integrity and trust.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder
Passion seems to drive all great adventures in life, all of which expand your memories for years to come. Your love of wine no doubt reflects the same.
Richard Benson – Founder of WCE is extremely passionate about the art of wine. Not only has Benson owned and operated a winery and specialty wine store in Washington State, he also has crafted a multitude of world class-wine cellars nationally. His interests in food, wine, design and woodworking prove to be a harmonious benefit for Wine Cellar Expert’s clientele.
With a few questions answered by Richard himself, these answers give a little deeper insight into his passion, skill and what creates the harmonious benefits for WCE clientele.
Q: Along with the art of wine itself, where does the passion to do WCE come from?
Richard: The Celebration-the beautiful gathering of family and friends, pairing gourmet foods with fine wines. This is what gives me the energy, the drive to do what I do and why I love it so much.
There are some things in the modern world that will always require the skill of true craftsmanship. Your wine cellar should require exactly that. Devotion and excellence are what you can expect from Wine Cellar Experts. We provide the finest craftsmanship and quality in North America.
Q: How old were you when you knew you had wood working skills and the ability to design and craft?
Richard: Growing up in Washington State, my grandfather was the one to inspire my creativity. At the age of 10, he built me a 10x10 shop to “work” and play in. At the age of 14, my junior high school teacher saw my abilities for woodworking and encouraged me to pursue my talents.
We are excited to assist you in creating a true masterpiece and elevate wine cellar craftsmanship.
Q: For those considering to hire you and WCE, what is the #1 thing you would want them to know. And why should they entrust you to create their world class masterpiece wine cellar?
Richard: I love to give each and everyone of my clients the experience & product that is not readily found. The reason for this is because the Masterpiece (the Wine Cellar) is unique to the customer needs.
Wine Cellar Experts also has a trusted sister company that works with us to complete the wine cellar project. CastleGate Inc. is a licensed, bonded and insured general contracting company with a full service electrical division. We have our clients covered from concept to completion!
PASSION + SKILL = MASTERPIECE. This is how Love and World Class Wine Cellars Collide.
Richard's favorite food recipes and suggested wines. A new feature in addition to the monthly articles.
FRENCH TOAST WITH MAPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE
A lover’s delight for Valentine’s morning with a suggested champagne to enhance your palate: Mountain Dome from Washington State with a touch of Crème de cassis finished by heart shape center slice of Strawberry.
6 large eggs
½ cup heavy cream
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
Salted butter for the pan or griddle
Twelve ¾-inch-thick slices of day old bread (Pugliese or Brioche would both do nicely)
1.In a large baking dish, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon and allspice.
2.Heat a large pan or electric skillet to medium heat.
3.Add butter and allow to melt and coat the skillet or griddle.
4.Dip one slice of the bread at a time in the egg mixture, coating both sides. Each slice should be moist, but not soggy.
5.Place the bread on the skillet, cook for about two minutes then flip and cook for another two minutes on the other side.
6.Transfer each piece of French toast to a serving dish and cover with foil, adding the pieces and recovering as you go.
7.Once you have cooked all the bread, top with the maple cranberry sauce and serve.
MAPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE
1 12-ounce package fresh cranberries
2 cups pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla
1.Combine all of the ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan.
2.Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
3.Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring often, until the cranberries burst, (roughly 10 minutes).
4.Transfer to small pitcher.
5.This syrup can easily be prepared ahead. Just cool completely, cover and refrigerate for up to five days.