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Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year 2011!

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A New Year’s Toast..

As a dear friend said, “To life’s greatest passions”.

Cheers to 2010 and all of its successes.  And may we learn from our experiences and knowledge gained from 2010 and build on that foundation in 2011. Next year is going to be a great year and I look forward to many new opportunities and  of course… life’s greatest passions!  Eat, Pray, Love & Drink great wine.

Happy New Year!

Frost in the Vineyard!

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A very chilly morning, it was 30 degrees at 7:30 am this morning.  Such a pretty sight to see.  I pray that my newly planted Sangiovese vines which still have not dropped their leaves, make it through this frost.  More freezing temperatures and rain are predicted in the near forecast. Eeek.


 Weather History Max Temperature: Min Temperature:
Normal (KRNM) 66 °F 37 °F
Record (KRNM) 80 °F (2000) 24 °F (2006)
Yesterday 50 °F 27 °F

Tri-tip and Salmon on the Smoker

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Mike and his big ol’ smoker bbq.  Here he is smoking a tri-tip, salmon, mushrooms and onions = YUM!  The smoker takes alot of effort, like starting it 3 hours before cooking. That’s what Mike tells me.  I was out entertaining wine guests and came home to a special meal accompanied with Pamo Valley’s 06 Estate Syrah, what a treat!

Clean Glasses a MUST!

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I don’t care what anyone says (I agree to disagree), but I am a stickler when it comes to drinking wine from clean glasses. I’m still getting over my paper dixie cup experience from my previous post on San Antonio Winery.  People, whatever happened to “first impressions”?  Have you ever been served a glass of wine in a spotty wine glass? EEK!  UGH. That is one of my biggest pet peeves.  My attention is immediately drawn to the spots or the residue on the glass and I cant properly focus on the wine about to be treated ever so special and tasted as it is meant to be.  If you ever catch me serving you a taste or glass of wine in a spotty glass, please, shoot me.  It’s all part of the experience!  Nice, crystal glasses make the experience all the more better. I was fortunate to inherit some nice Maxima crystal red and white wine glasses from a friend clearing out a storage unit who knew I was a wino and they no longer drank and therefore had no need for them.  I was given 4 boxes, each of 4 wine glasses.  2 boxes are for white wine and the other 2 for red wine.  I have gotten more use out of these glasses than you could ever imagine.  They are such a treat to drink wine from and to serve guests from. As soon as I wash them, they are immediately hand dried with a paper towel to get rid of those hideous spots.  Maybe there is a remedy out there that I am unaware of. If anyone has any great tips, please forward them to me!

Fall Sets In

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I LOVE this photo. Taken today. We are in the early part of December, fall has passed and we are into winter (although these are what you call Fall colors!).  The contrast of dark green, brown, yellow and orange foliage of the different varietals offset by the bright green grassy weeds (thanks to all the rain we’ve received).  Absolutely beautiful!!!  Click  on the photo to get a true, clear shot. 🙂

San Dimas Wine Shop & Tasting Room

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The San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room is within walking distance from dad and Karen’s place on 3rd St.  I remember when the owner, Heidi, first opened her shop. I was so excited for her.  I later brought down some Pamo Valley Wine for her to try in hopes of getting into her store but also to get her feedback on the wines in general.  She had tried our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon several years ago on the patio with a friend of hers.  She was very pleased with this wine, in fact, this is the wine that won us an award at the National Women’s Wine Comp.  Sadly I did not produce enough of this wine and what little I had left, I was going to hold onto. In fact, I have one single bottle left in my private stash. The second to last bottle I opened was amazing.

I’ve been following Heidi a little here and there with updates on how her business is doing through my dad and Karen who are residents of San Dimas.  It seems over the years she’s gone through some hurdles with the county, etc which I totally sympathize with her.  I love that she has stuck through it and every time I drive by, she always has lots of people in her store which makes me happy that another wine loving woman has succeeded in following through with her passion!  Cheers to you Heidi!