Category Archives: Blog

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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Viognier – Do I Move You?

Pendleton Dry Creek Viognier does just that with its voluptuous summer-time in a bottle mystique, boasting floral and tropical fruit aromas. The gold standard of a beautifully balanced  Viognier, elegant and refreshing. I strongly encourage you to stop by the shop and taste this Viognier that promises to deliver.
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Locals is Dog Friendly!

Each summer morning we dutifully refill our pair of water bowls by the front door to quench the thirsts of our panting North County canines out for their daily constitutional. Why not bring Beau, Bella, Bailey, Buster, Bear, or Boomer next time you come up to Geyserville?  Locals loves our furry friends--bring them in with…
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Reading for a Cause

What’s better than curling up with a good book and a glass of wine?  How about having a sofa, a kitchen, walls, and a secure roof over them all. Locals now has a couple of shelves of donated books on sale for $5 each--the proceeds of which go to North Sonoma County Services (northsonomacountyservices.com), an…
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Rosé Springs into Season

It’s spring and that means get out the Rosés. Here at Locals we have a flight of 4 to tempt you with. The first is a brand new SPARKLING Rosé of Pinot Noir from the folks at Treasure Hunter Wines. Because they wanted a try Cava they went all the way to Spain to source…
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Bottle Shock

Many times I get asked about the term Bottle Shock” and its impact on wines. It in its benign form bottle shock refers to the confused state when wine is removed from barrel to bottle and usually gets a last adjustment prior to cork placement. This adjustment can include SO2 (sulfite) and or a last…
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How our Weather affects the Grapes

Recently a number of you have asked me what effect the warmer than usual weather will have on this season's harvest. It's a great question and for answers I went right to the source: our growers and winemakers. Again I am reminded of the great relationship that exist between Locals and the wineries. Our wineries…
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