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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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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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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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