Monthly Archives: December 2011

More Favorites From Peterson Winery

Peterson's Vignobles is a Petite Sirah lover's Petite Sirah. This wine, across the range of producers, can be all over the park and some are bland while others are stellar. The 2008 Peterson Vignobles is great even by Peterson's standards. I ordered more as soon as I tasted the first one and if y'all (yes,…
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2011 Tempranillo Harvest For Eric Ross Winery

Watch as the grapes used to make the Eric Ross Tempranillo Wine are harvested from the Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi, CA. Notice the special attention that is being paid to removing any leaves and extra materials that could get in the way of making this great wine. Here is how the Eric Ross Winery website…
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Peterson Makes Some of the Best Wines in my Cellar

I buy Peterson wines from Locals year in and year out. I've been a member since April of 2003 when I stumbled across the tasting room with a former girlfriend. I joined the Nouveau Hicks that day. The lady is long gone, but Locals is still with me. Then I met the lady that is…
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Feeling Crabby? Dungeness Crab and Pasta

After the annual haggling over pricing, the Dungeness crabs have arrived. Around Sonoma County, we can soon indulge in crab-eating orgies in support of various Rotary, Kiwanis, and Soroptomists. Or, you can grab whole crabs yourself for just $5.59/lb boiled and cleaned at your favorite supermarket. As a Northern California native with deep New England…
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Fish Stew Served in a Whole Pumpkin

Tod Hill - Locals Wine Club member....and friend Climate change be damned, there is nothing like a drought-on-the-horizon mid December day in Sonoma County. Yesterday I awoke to brilliant sunshine, frost on my roof and all three dogs under the covers. By mid day, I was sweating in the garden pulling beets, clipping kale, picking…
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2009 Peterson Zinfandel: A Match for Your BBQ or Cellar

When I go for a Dry Creek Zinfandel, I'm prepared for spice and jam. Dry Creek has made a name for itself for turning out great, and often full, jammy Zinfandels. The typical style has a lot of dark berries and fruits and then the spices kick in on the finish. With this in my…
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