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Recipe of the week!

Mexican-style Ceviche Ceviche is one of my favorite and traditional Mexican seafood dishes! It’s refreshing, healthy, light, and perfect with a nice cold white wine. Ceviche is a very popular seafood dish in South America. As summer comes around, ceviche is the perfect appetizer, meal, or snack, you really can’t go wrong! At Locals Tasting…
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Ideas for Reusing Wine Bottles!

Do you drink a lot of vino (wine) and throw away numerous bottles frequently? Well, you’re in for a treat! Here are some fun ways to reuse those empty wine bottles (that we tend to accumulate). Fun, easy, and cheap, what more could we ask for? Plant Containers: My personal favorite! Just add some beautiful…
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Corks

Do you work in the wine industry and have a million spare corks lying around? Or will you be going wine tasting soon? Ask the tasting rooms to give you their corks! They are FREE. We like free things. Below are a few great, quick, and easy ideas for making use of your corks. Corkboard:…
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Stay hydrated this summer!

It is recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Water is the ideal beverage that is refreshing, yet has no calories! So why not try easy infused water recipes to make water more appealing. With summer just around the corner, check out these quick water recipes to try at home!  …
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Seattle Meets Sonoma County

As a Seattleite with numerous West Coast amenities at her disposal—gorgeous topography, picturesque beaches, a necklace of mountains, and three prominent wine regions mere hours away—it’s been hard to justify a trip to California specifically to drink wine. That changed when my friend from Los Angeles called me to coordinate a girls’ wine getaway with…
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A Simple And Delicious Way to Eat Oysters

Hello bloggers! As summer is just around the corner, we have a nice little recipe for all of our Oyster lovers! Recipe by Carolyn's brother Robert Acosta -Lewis INGREDIENTS: One Dozen Oysters (or more) 1 Stick butter Saltines Siracha Put the oysters on a sheet pan and heat them over a grill (charcoal or gas…
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Locals2Creative

April 22, 2014 Hello fellow bloggers, wine club members, and potential Locals tasting room fans! We are very excited to let everybody know that our very own, Carolyn Lewis, has opened yet another great venue for the Locals. Locals2Creative is a unique, authentic boutique located right next door to Locals tasting room in Geyserville, California!…
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Cloverdale, California…

  Cloverdale is a unique, beautifully preserved area of Northern California. With a population of  8,618, its small town feel makes you feel right at home. The good news is Cloverdale is located approximately 7 miles North of Locals!   http://genuinelycloverdale.com/Home.aspx   Feeling hungry in Cloverdale? *Taqueria El Molcajete: Craving some authentic Mexican food? El…
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Rain dance

I hope everyone is doing the rain dance. Nor Cal is like living in Nevada. Hot dry days and cold nights. I am very grateful to have gotten the rain that we have gotten, it sure helps. But it is only helping the now. As far as the conditions of the lakes, they are in…
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Love at First Sniff ! a tale of Petite Verdot

I love the arrival of a new wine into the room and relish the opportunity to share it with customers, especially club members. So Fred Peterson arrives with a few new wines he's just bottled and wants to share to see if we want them for the room. The first Mendo Blendo is almost a…
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Winter in Sonoma

Winter is upon us and Sonoma is experiencing one of the warmest and driest I can remember!  The vineyards are sleeping, most are in the tender hands of pruners, getting the winter haircut in preparation for next spring. There is a tendency to romanticize grape growing, but at the end of the day it is…
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The pleasure of waiting..

Some things are worth waiting for! Just ask my pup Cooper as he patiently waits for me to throw the Frisbee as we walk the vineyard each morning.  He never jumps or grabs just watches my every move and WAITS….. I was reminded of the rewards of waiting as I opened a bottle of the…
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A tale of two chickens

So this is the way it went down.  I really love beer can chicken but like most good things I can’t leave it alone!  I have to put my twist on it, have a fiddle if you will. In this case it was to empty the beer and add a cup of Struttin White Albarino,…
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A Boxing Day tradition goes up in smoke.

Every year my husbands’ family traditionally finished off the ham from Christmas day with a sauerkraut potato salad, this has never been my favorite meal of our marriage, so this year we decided to do things a bit different.  Thanks to our Bradley Smoker we had made Apple cider brined, hickory smoked pork chops for…
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A few updates on things going on in the room.

We’ve just wound up the Winter Wine Land Weekend here in Sonoma and we have about 4 ½ weeks before the back to back Barrel Tasting weekends come up starting the 28th February, 2014. For those of you trying to avoid crowds and looking for a fun weekend or weekday while our great weather is…
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CRABS in Search of Viognier!

Well, Local’s Blog faithful, it’s Crab Season and I thought I should mention another great reason for living in Sonoma are the fabulous crabs from Bodega Bay.  I went down to the docks and picked up fresh crabs coming in from the days catch.  The air was alive with fresh salt air and lots of…
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Turkey two ways and a Praxis Viognier

My partner and I celebrated our anniversary recently and our gift to each other was a Bradley smoker, so for Thanksgiving we decided to divide and conquer. We smoked the legs and wings and boned, stuffed and rolled the breast. It was a whole lot of fun making up the brine, smoking the meat with…
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Dukka crusted cod with cauliflower, pepper ragout

Happy coincidences’ come along now and then and this week it resulted in an awesome meal! It involved work ( making Dukka for our November club shipment, this shipments little extra) and play ( a Sunday drive conversation with my hubby about Black Cod) and the result was a dish we hadn’t had for ages.…
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Pendelton Petite Sirah and Lamb who knew!

A great perk of working at Locals is getting the chance to try varietals I haven’t had a lot of exposure to, and my chef brain always starts ticking over as I taste, looking for the food match which will surprise and delight. As I tasted through our Pendelton range of wines (and what a…
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