Category Archives: Blog

Wine Country Commuting

A month ago it was raining. The irrigation ditches you dug in September washed out and long webs of water the color of chocolate milk criss-cross your driveway, which is two miles long. Almost to the road, one of your property’s oldest oaks is downed. There are long white scars where the upper half canted…
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CORKED WINE – WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

There is a lot of commentary out about “corked” wine.  Some of that commentary seems designed to create mystery or intimidation. This post is not that.  The goals are simple:  Explain what corked wine is, how to tell if wine is corked and what to do if you discover your bottle of wine is corked.…
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The Vinegar Challenge

Have you ever made vinegar?  I haven’t but I love cooking and experiments.  And, vinegar is all the rage right now as a seasoning for many dishes.  Never let it be said that I am not one to get caught up in trends!  So, I’ve done (a little) research and feel up for the effort.…
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THE BLACK GLASS CHALLENGE

We are often told that enjoying wine involves all the multiple senses; taste, smell, appearance, temperature.  But you might not be aware of how critical the senses are to the wine drinking experience.  One way to get an idea of the importance of all the senses to our perception of a wine is to take…
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Shoes at Locals

You're deep in your reverie. What a find! You're sipping some of the best wines you've tasted in ages. Free tastes!!!!!!! Over seventy bottles from ten amazing small production winemakers. Looking up you see one of the coolest curated selection of shoes, yes shoes, you've seen in a long time, along with other carefully selected…
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What Is A GSM Wine?

This Blog entry is one of a series exploring some of the more common questions I get asked by visitors to Locals.  We will also delve a little bit into how the questions relate to the Russian River Valley wines and Locals’ wines in particular.  Today we are exploring the world of GSM wines. GSM…
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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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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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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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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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