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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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Heard in the Tasting Room — PETILLANCE

“Pétillant Naturel” wines were apparently quite the in thing this year among wine nerds. Pet Nats as they are over-cutlely coined are low alcohol wines—usually whites or rosés—frequently fermented only by the yeasts that are naturally present on the skins, then bottled as soon as or even before that process is complete, usually with a…
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Crush!

Grape truck pulling through the 128/Geyserville Ave intersection (right outside Locals) Geyserville is buzzing with harvest traffic.  This is by far the busiest time of the year in the wineries--the fruit is picked, transported to the winery and "crush" begins.  Here are some simplified steps involved in the process: Red Wines First, pick the grapes…
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Savvy on 1st

As you all know, Sonoma County has a lot of great eateries, and now an exciting new restaurant has opened up that is especially near and dear to my heart. My very good friend Kristine Bodily-Gallagher recently opened a lovely place called “Savvy on 1st”. It’s in rapidly up-and-coming Cloverdale—and, you guessed it— it’s on…
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Jolee Jane’s Jewelry

It’s been almost a year since Jolee Jane, our jeweler-in-residence—or just “Jane” to her friends here at Locals—moved back down to San Diego to be nearer to her first grandchild. Happily we are regularly re-supplied with new collections made from her eclectic mix of raw gemstones, leather, feathers, antlers, old photographs and slogans hand punched…
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Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce

Pork and cherries are a great way to enjoy all those summer cherries. Enjoy this recipe before the short fresh cherry season ends! 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. 4 (8 ounce) bone-in pork chops Salt and pepper ¼ cup butter ¾ cup sliced shallots 1 ½ cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved 2 tablespoons red wine…
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The Best Kept Secret

Winter in Wine Country is “the best kept secret”-- at least that’s what I’ve always thought. I landed here in Sonoma County 8 years ago (almost to the day), and I have been working in the wine industry ever since. This means my career, and that of many others who work in Wine Country, relies…
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Codfish with tomatoes

Bacalao a la vizacaina is yet another example of the very tasty yet very simple dishes thatcome from the northern Spanish region of the Basque Country. It is one of the most popular Christmas dishes in Mexico. The main ingredient of Bacalao a la vizacaina is codfish. Cod is perhaps one of the most consumed…
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