Living in wine country never ceases to amaze me. I said to myself when I first arrive, “Dear God, don’t ever let me take any of this for granted;” and then, I got on with finding a job that would sustain me.

[Image borrowed from Edible Marin Wine Country]

As it turns out, there are plenty of people who can appreciate my energy, and there are so many diverse things to do that it’s impossible to get bored or take anything for granted.

PS I Love You has delivered many wonderful relationships to me. With each one, it’s fascinating to learn what we have – or don’t have – in common. Julie Johnson is one such devoted member.

For Julie of Tres Sabores, who would have known that we both lived in Maine for her four years of college, only 30 miles apart. And, who would also know that she’d be going to Bowdoin College while my Jose was also in school there? If you don’t know anything about this school, the one thing I can make perfectly clear is that legacy is everything. I have many uncles and a daughter, besides Jose, that went to Bowdoin. Mention Bowdoin and/or Brunswick, Maine, and the diehards come out. When we discovered that Julie’s a Bowdoin grad, it told me a lot about her character and class… and I adore her.

Julie’s having a very unusual festival this coming weekend. Tres Sabores is an organic farm, by-the-way, and so there’s a lot on her property that’s sustainable and “green.”

We, therefore, can’t be surprised when she pops up with a Pomegranate festival, now can we?

Sunday, November 13th 2011

Pomegranate Festival and SABOR Pick-up Party

Acclaimed chef, author, and their great friend, Sarah Scott, is preparing some very special savories featuring their pomegranates –but of course! Julie is putting on her mixicology hat and creating one of her infamous pomegranate concoctions. It’s going to be a gloriously delicious afternoon! The Guinea Hens and other farm products will be featured. They’ll also be previewing soon-to-be-released 2009 wine and there will also be some cellar sampling.

Join them for hands-on pomegranate de-seeding and juicing demonstrations, and tips about cooking with one of the best anti-oxidant foods around. They’ll be sharing recipes, ancient lore and tales about the sensuous “Granada.”

Chef Scott will also be selling & signing her book ‘The Wild Table,’ that she co-wrote with Connie Green.

Tickets are limited, Please RSVP ASAP

Price: $75 per person or $60 for SABOR Members.

Call 707.967.8027 or email

According to Julie:

As with all things organic—diversity is key and pomegranates play a big role on my ranch. Attracting hummingbirds and bees, deer safe, etc.

I would guess that I have over 60 trees!

Pomegranates: brought to California in the 1600’s and well suited to the Mediterranean climate of California—besides making my signature pomegranate margaritas and mimosas I infuse golden balsamic vinegar with the seeds (a wonderful result). All will be on display to taste, test, and experience this Sunday (with Sarah Scott’s wonderful cuisine). Among the special food items: a Persian pomegranate walnut sauce with our own guinea fowl, Moroccan-spiced lamb—perfect for Zin and—but of course: our new release of the Guarino Vineyard 2009 Petite Sirah!

You can check out the “Marin and Wine Country” publication of Edible- which has a great article detailing Julie’s commitment to a variety of pomegranate cultivars.




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