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Alto Adige

We thought you might be interested in learning a bit more about Lagrein. The Praxis Lagrein is available at Locals and well worth trying. Alto Adige: A Great Source of Refreshing Summer Red Wines
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Learning Winegrowing in Ecuador, Dick Handal Now Hones his Reds in DCV

When Dick Handal pours his Venturi Family Blend of Syrah and Petite Sirah and explains, with a slight Brooklyn accent, that he started making wine during his thirty eight years in South America but bought his first vineyard in Northern California in the Asti area of Alexander Valley and then commuted between Sonoma County and…
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Mike Pendleton

Michall Pendleton, or Mike once you know him, is a winemaker like no other.  He is old world in the true sense that he does everything himself….yes, everything. He meticulously oversees his vineyards planted to Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, that are perched about 200 feet above the valley floor in the…
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Bill and Susan Arbios – Arbios/Praxis Wines

Susan Arbios, a former archaeologist transplanted to Healdsburg, had no intention of ever being in the wine business nor did she ever dream about scuba diving and could have cared less about marriage. Then she met Bill Arbios and now is a married, scuba-diving vintner. Life changes when you least expect it and Susan’s was…
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History of the Russian River

I often get asked about the Russian River and its history. As the water rises from our “once in a decade” rain fall, I wanted to provide a little information. The Russian River is approximately 110 miles long. The watershed area is roughly 1500 square miles, with large dams at Lake Mendocino in Ukiah and…
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You be the Judge!

A month ago Susan Arbios of Arbios/Praxis Cellars sent us an interesting article from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat about wine competitions and the wines that win medals at them. Here at Locals we happily note medal winners (mostly those that win at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair which is a useful benchmark for local…
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Pendleton Punching Down

On Friday morning June drove up Hwy 128 past Cloverdale to the last little patch of Sonoma County before Mendocino which is where our very own Mike Pendleton plies his trade. “I parked, Mike picked me up in his 4-wheeler and we zipped up into the vineyard to taste some grapes,” said June, “Cab Sauvignon,…
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Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m a peanut butter nut -- All I want when I get home is that tasty, salty rhizome. PBJ for lunch, A cookie with my tea; Smooth and creamy, Coarse ‘n’ crunchy, Peanuts do it all for me.     Recipe: ¾ cup extra Crunchy Peanut Butter ½ stick Crisco Baking Sticks butter flavored All…
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Boxo Mendo

In some hands the opening of a bottle of wine can vie with the Japanese Tea Ceremony for most arcane beverage ritual, in others it can be as perfunctory as twisting off a screw-cap—of course, neither protocol is indicative of the quality of the wine in the bottle.  Few of us when we get home…
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Sesame Oat Crisps Recipe

June’s adventures in cookie-land continue with a scrumptious new offering which would go fantastically well with the 2013 Eric Ross “Silver Image” Viognier… or, for that matter, a piping hot cup of PG Tips!     1 stick lightly salted butter 1 ½ Tbsp corn syrup 1 C raw sugar ¾ C rolled oats 1/3…
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“It’s a Cookie Blog”

OK  First cookie blog……..Here’s the recipe Ingredients: ½ stick unsalted butter ½ cup shortening ½ cup packed light brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ tsp baking powder ¼ cup macadamia nuts 4 Tbsp milk Variation: Substitute ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder for ¼ cup of the flour. Preheat oven to 350 F.…
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Locals FAQ

Frequently asked questions while tasting wine at Locals.   Would you pour us your favorite wine?  (does not matter because it likely won’t be theirs) Are you Australian? (This of Richard, who is clearly British) How much does it cost to taste and how many tastes do we get? (It’s free so go crazy but…
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Coca Cola, Veraison and Brix

Mike Pendleton was in the room pouring this weekend—he had just returned from a family trip to France and Italy, “I mainly stuck with all the house wines.  I mean they were excellent and for the cost—cheaper than a Coke.  Very balanced, very food friendly.” Now it’s back to business at his Alexander Valley vineyards,…
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Geyser Peak: The View

Each day that we work at Locals we’re reminded of how spectacular the view through the tasting room window is no matter the weather, season, time of year or day. Whenever we have people in for a tasting they are invariably  in awe of the view and depending on the season, we say “wait 5 minutes, it…
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IN THE VINEYARD—JULY

Usually it’s Susan Arbios who delivers Arbios/Praxis Cellars Tasting Room order but this Tuesday Bill dropped by with their 14 cases. It always provides a nice opportunity to catch up with each of our boutique proprietors who--as you all know, in their capacities as farmers, winemakers, and business owners—find themselves driving tractors, forklifts, and delivery…
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Cookie Blog Challenge

I have decided to take on a challenge..... A little homage to the “Julie & Julia” book. Besides my passion for wine, I have had a passion for baking. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be a pastry chef. When I was 11 years old I used to bake cakes and sell…
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Somm: Into the Bottle Movie Review

Do you like to watch, or do you prefer the real thing?  Somm,  the popular wine tasting documentary,  has been out since 2012 and follows a group of four hopefuls studying for “the hardest test you’ve never heard of” -- their Master Sommelier certification.  In history only 230 people have passed this test (even if…
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