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Why Pick Up When Patrick Calls

Well, if you are man or woman ages 25 through 75 and single you absolutely shouldn't—the salt and pepper looks and lachrymose sighs are but tarpits of charm. But, if you have a passing interest in wine then keeping him on the line may just learn you a thing or two—after all I did teach…
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The Solipsistic Nature of Wine and Myself

The nature of self is fickle, prone to temper tantrums, runs of bad behavior, and can easily be abraded when brushing up against the ideals and ideas of others. But without the reflections seen in the shining eyes of an audience the self could lack validity--after all, without mirrors we might all believe ourselves beautiful,…
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Welcome to Alexander Valley

Didn't I grow up in a quiet stretch of country? Every passing year, I hear the name of my small sun-soaked valley on the tongues of people further and further abroad. There are some things they can't know. No one but me saw my grandfather sketch and paint a sign whose grape clusters parted to…
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Bedarra Wines

Look closely at the Bedarra label and the graphic of the grape leaf that is the Bedarra Vineyards logo. Embedded is the image of a palm tree and that leaf sums up the approach of Jeff and Brigid Harris to winemaking…bring the beach to the vineyard, make beach-worthy wines and capture your memories of the…
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Phylo Failure and Redemption

Part One - In which a baking neophyte watches the Great British Baking Show and thinks, without any basis in reality, “I can do that.” It looked doable. Not easy, but only few ingredients and a lot of hard (but simple) labor. After watching the Great British Baking show I was determined to take a…
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Friday Night Sushi

When you are lucky enough to find a gorgeous piece of fresh sushi grade tuna its time to pull out the stops and go for “Friday Night Sushi.” And since we were feeling adventurous we decided to try “inside-out” rolls among other things. We’d had these rolls in Sushi Bars but had not attempted them…
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William Gordon Winery

Bill Pesonen learned about wine early…like really early before he was old enough to drink it and long before he even thought about making wine. Bill’s parents were early appreciators of wine and discovered Napa Valley when legendary characters like Louis Martini were still running their simple tasting rooms. A master marketer as well Mr.…
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Peterson Winery

  Fred Peterson may have been a doctor if he had been a bit more focused on academics. Advice from his advisor at UC Santa Cruz to take some time away from school and figure out what he wanted to study, led to an offer of a job in a classmates family vineyard in Mendocino…
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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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