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Pan Roasted Striped Bass with White Bean and Arugula Salad

Some time back my brother Robert who lives on the East Coast, and I decided to collaborate on food and wine pairings. Robert is an amazing cook and here is one of his favorite meals. Give this recipe a try and pair it with the Parmeson Chardonnay.... I promise you won’t be dissapointed! --Carolyn Living…
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The Best Kept Secret

Winter in Wine Country is “the best kept secret”-- at least that’s what I’ve always thought. I landed here in Sonoma County 8 years ago (almost to the day), and I have been working in the wine industry ever since. This means my career, and that of many others who work in Wine Country, relies…
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Codfish with tomatoes

Bacalao a la vizacaina is yet another example of the very tasty yet very simple dishes thatcome from the northern Spanish region of the Basque Country. It is one of the most popular Christmas dishes in Mexico. The main ingredient of Bacalao a la vizacaina is codfish. Cod is perhaps one of the most consumed…
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Vegan Curried Roasted Cauliflower Soup

With Fall in full swing its a great time to explore new rich soups for chilly evenings. The following soup is so rich and creamy you will be surprised that it is made without cream. And the smells that fill the house as you are making it are an added bonus! Ingredients: 1 head Cauliflower…
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Dia de los Muertos (DAY OF THE DEAD)

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated on October 31-November 2 of each year, is a celebration in honor to women, men and children who have passed away, this a tradition that has roots nearly 4000 years old. Dia de los muertos expresses the beauty and mystery of life and death. For many,…
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Thousands Throng To Downtown Geyserville

Earlier this year we were almost into the Spring before any measurable precipitation fell. The recalcitrant high pressure ridge sitting off the West coast for 13 months had growers predicting dire yields, indeed it was imminent that irrigation would no longer be feasible for acres and acres of vineyards all over the region. Come the…
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Week 5 Harvest 2014

Ok...by now it is all a blur of processing grapes as they are picked, pressing the grapes that have turned into wine, and punch downs...ALWAYS punch downs. There are a couple things that distinguished this week from others at harvest...we got our new French oak barrels and we had rain...nothing stops harvest, not even rain…
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Prickly Pear

Have you ever eaten prickly pear?. If you have not, you should consider it next time you see them at the farmer's market, prickly pear is a cactus with jointed stems and oval flattened segments, having barbed bristles and large pear-shaped, prickly fruits. This fruit is fruit is very common in Mexico which is known as "tuna",…
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Week 4…Harvest 2014 – We Have WINE!

We have WINE! The first fruit, Pinot noir, to come into the winery has now evolved into wine! I noticed that the cap of grape skins was falling on a small fermenter yesterday morning. By the end of the day it was completely submerged and we had wine. It tastes very fresh, with tart cranberry…
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Week 3…Harvest 2014

A thrilling and exhausting week it was! I had some of my first 10 hour days and we saw the first obvious signs that fermentation has begun. Harvest is a big, messy chaos of receiving and processing fruit, managing fermenting fruit, cleaning incessantly, and still dealing with all the other daily tasks of a small…
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Second Week….Harvest 2014

As predicted, the beginning of harvest week for us started with bottling all the 2013 Chardonnay.  As a small, family owned winery, most of the bottling is done in house and only very large lots require a bottling truck company.  We finished up in two days bottling nearly 500 cases of wine and we were…
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First Week…. Getting Ready for the Harvest

My life was good, maybe even perfect...but I got bit hard by the whole wine thing.  I was a happy, successful medical professional and I just couldn't be satisfied with the answers to my questions given to me in the tasting rooms....oh, no...I had to learn more...had to know more.  Here I am, a middle…
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Earthquake

What is an earthquake?, we all know is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden breaking and movement of large sections (tectonic plates) of the earth's rocky outermost crust. The edges of the tectonic plates are marked by faults (or fractures). Most earthquakes occur along the fault lines when the plates slide past…
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Friday Night Fun

It’s a warm Friday evening in Cloverdale, and some friends and I are brainstorming up a game plan for the night. In the distance the smell of BBQ beckons to me as it wafts through the house. We elect to head downtown and check out Friday Night Live for a change of pace. As we…
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Aug. 28th Locals Salsa Class and Dancing

Take your first step and find your next one with us. Join us at Locals for a glass of wine to loosen your hips then we will head upstairs for a Bachata and Salsa dance class! Hector, a native of Mexico City, will be our amazing teacher. No experience necessary just come and have fun…
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Xocolāt (Chocolate)

A little history about chocolate The History of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica there was evidence of chocolate beverage dating back to 1900 BC, the word chocolate comes from the Nahuatl xocolātl which means “bitter water “and entered the English language from Spanish. Originally was prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter…
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Recipe of the week!

Mexican-style Ceviche Ceviche is one of my favorite and traditional Mexican seafood dishes! It’s refreshing, healthy, light, and perfect with a nice cold white wine. Ceviche is a very popular seafood dish in South America. As summer comes around, ceviche is the perfect appetizer, meal, or snack, you really can’t go wrong! At Locals Tasting…
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Ideas for Reusing Wine Bottles!

Do you drink a lot of vino (wine) and throw away numerous bottles frequently? Well, you’re in for a treat! Here are some fun ways to reuse those empty wine bottles (that we tend to accumulate). Fun, easy, and cheap, what more could we ask for? Plant Containers: My personal favorite! Just add some beautiful…
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