Archive for the Tag 'California'

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If you want the truth, ask a consultant, like D. A. Miller

I’m usually brutally honest, because lying is abhorrent to me. I think it ended when I stopped going to confession. As a small child, I’d have to make up lies; so I’d have something to discuss with the priest, who then would bless me. “Dear Father, please forgive me, because I did this, I did […]

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Bucolic Valley ~ a.k.a. Suisun

Behind the scenes, I’ve been connected to Suisun Valley for a very long time. I have the inside skinny on moves happening in “the valley.” Since my relationship began with them, I’ve been very impressed that growers and producers have been able to maintain their core values: being connected to the earth staying clear of […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Windrun Wine’s Pinot Noir

Mark Oliver, a partner of Windrun Wine, located in Santa Barbara County, emailed to ask if I’d like to taste his Pinot Noirs. As his company is a négociant wine brand,  there’s a lot of freedom to choose wine grapes that are grown in the finest vineyards, which makes the most sense to some.  Windrun Wine […]

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PS in Paso ~ D&D Face Lift Worked Really Well

The PS in Paso event is done, and I’ve caught up… I just read that an event planner is the most stressful job; maybe brain surgery might be more, but not by much, I’m betting. Every second, something could go wrong and event planners are just waiting with anticipation for the shoe to drop… while dealing […]

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Wine of the Week ~ 2013 Artezin Verdelho Amador County Sisney Ranch

Today’s Wine of the Week is the 2013 Artezin Verdelho, Amador County Sisney Ranch. Bright fruit, a bit of alcohol (14.5%), and still very much in balance and pairing well with food. Trust me, it takes longer to say it than it does to sip and really enjoy it. This is one really flavorful wine, […]

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Why, Luther Burbank? Why?

In wine country, not everything is about wine; at least not for those of us who live here. For us, its 24/7/365; and as a result, we also notice other things besides grape vines and how they’re doing. This story is part of that “noticing.” I’ve long wondered… well, ever since I moved to California […]

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This Full Moon in Capricorn Celebrates Prominence – Dan Gustafson is in the House

The Capricorn personality is geared towards that of leadership and achievement, they always want to climb the corporate ladder and be the best they can be. Capricorns have excellent sense of time and manage it very well, they are excellent organizers. Capricorns are very creative, not spontaneously creative but it is incorporated into their time […]

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Why is Petite Sirah still so obscure, you might wonder?

I hear this wonderment all of the time about Petite Sirah… “Why is it still so obscure?” Well, one would think that it is. What it is, though, is a best kept secret, sort of like my grandfather’s blueberry patch. As a kid, we’d go blueberry picking, high up a mountainside in Wales, Maine. Even […]

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Polly Klass, every year I say “hello” again

Angel on my tree, Miss Polly Klass, how I do miss thee. As the angles come out each Christmas to adorn our time of generosity, There you are. Someone finds you in a box marked fragile, mostly me, and hangs you on our holiday tree. I am reminded of you, Polly Klass, who returned to […]

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D&D = Done and (Re)Done + Official Wine of Millennial American Males

Certainly, I could also add Official Wine of Millennial American Females to this title, but the title itself would just be too darn long… I know plenty of women who also love Petite Sirah. Petite loves that the Millennials are gravitating toward this “ain’t your papa’s Cabernet” wine. I’ve always felt the same way about […]