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Buy Local Wine! September 2010

Blog 🕔September 27, 2010

At a recent local wine competition awards dinner, I spoke to one of the judges who is a well qualified gentleman from New York, who was a judge for the famous Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.  This year was his first year judging our

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Harvest Weekend #1

Harvest Weekend #1

Blog 🕔September 26, 2010

Yesterday we had 27 wonderful buyers and volunteers here to harvest 3,300 pounds of Petite Syrah grapes. It was VERY hot. 90 at 9 a.m. There are another 600 pounds out there that the buyers will come to pick next Saturday.  We were

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Judging Wine

Judging Wine

Blog 🕔September 22, 2010

A paper written some time ago by our friend Lum Eisenman on Judging Wine, talks about the consumer oriented competitions and the Davis 20-point system to judge wine – originally devised to expedite bulk-wine transfers between wineries (like quality transferred for like quality). Lum goes

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Cucamonga Curly

Cucamonga Curly

Blog 🕔September 21, 2010

Cucamonga was the first true home to the earliest vineyards planted by the Spanish missionaries moving northward from Mexico into California.  Long before Napa, Sonoma, the Central Coast and other well-known and respected appellations, Cucamonga vineyards were home to thousands

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Harvest – Finally!

Cookbook 🕔September 20, 2010

The whole state of California is about 15 days on average, late harvesting wine grapes.  We’d normally have harvested on Labor Day Weekend, but now are not picking the Petite Syrah until September 25th and the Zinfandel will likely be harvested on October

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Vineyard & Wine Expert Visits Chinook

Blog 🕔September 19, 2010

One of the instructors from the Mira Costa College Wine Technology Program, a well respected grape and wine expert from this area, came to visit this morning.  Pete Anderson and another friend who makes wine toured the vineyard and we had them address our concerns

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60’s Cooking continued

Cookbook 🕔September 17, 2010

Apparently they didn’t do any barbequing back in the 1960’s.  Baked Chicken Californian was pretty good with the wine in it and done in the oven with bacon and onion on top, and the family said they’d like that again. 

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Cooking 1960’s style #1

Cookbook 🕔September 13, 2010

I was part way into making the recipe for Pacific Crab Salad from the California Winemakers book circa 1963 for last night’s dinner, when 2 things occurred to me.  One was they didn’t have the selection in the grocery stores of

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1963 Cookbook – Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers

Cookbook 🕔September 12, 2010

Julie, move over.  I have just received my second copy of this cookbook, printed in 1963.  One belonged to Norm’s Mom and the other belonged to the grandmother of a friend.  I take it as a sign that I am supposed

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9-11-2010, The USS Halsey departure

9-11-2010, The USS Halsey departure

Blog 🕔September 12, 2010

This Blog posting today has nothing to do with wine or grapes, except perhaps to be thankful for the freedom to pursue our dream because we live in America.  Norm’s son, Matt, is a Petty Officer E-8 in the U.S. Navy, the chief

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