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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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