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Beautiful Sparkler

While we would never try to disguise a mediocre sparkler with a fruit infusion, we would transform a really nice bubbly into a fabulous summer cocktail. To explore this idea, we decided to make a beautifully colored hibiscus syrup.  Nothing heavy or cloying...

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Roast Fruit

What a perfect time of year to discover the delicious flavors you can create by roasting fruit.  Roasting fruit intensifies flavors and allows the sugars to caramelize.  Almost any fruit can be roasted, even those that do not readily come to mind.  Below are some...

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GREEN CURRY CHICKEN

I love green curry so I decided to put together a chicken curry and challenge my sister to pair it with a fun wine from Locals.  This is a simple, rich dish.  It can be spicy or quite mild according to your tastes.  It comes together in...

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Cabbage and Sausage Roast

Cabbage and Sausage Roast (With credit to the New York Times for a lot of guidance and inspiration.) The Wine: The beauty of this dish is the complex flavors and a variety of textures that arise out of the basic simplicity of the ingredients. What this does is open up...

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From Disappointment to Discovery

For years I've struggled to make a good burger at home. I get a good burger at a restaurant and it always sends me back to the drawing board. Breadcrumbs, panko, egg, different seasonings, different fat content. I’ve tried them all and then some. I knew what I should...

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What To Drink?

In my last blog entry I looked into what wines pair well with spicy food.  This time I’m taking a different approach. I’m going to describe a meal I made recently and let Carolyn pick the wines. The Meal: I went to our local great fish shop in search of a simple nice...

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Don’t Let Habit Stand In The Way of New Experiences

Even though the weather is quite warm, that does not stop my desire for spicy food.  In fact, there’s a real pleasure to eating a spicy dish on a warm night. And what to drink with a spicy dish...  well, the easy answer immediately comes to mind... a cold beer of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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