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Import Selection: Semillon/Chardonnay, 1990. Penfolds

Penfolds was established in South Australia by Dr. Christopher Penfold in 1844. He had emigrat­ed from England bringing with him his wife Mary and some wax-sealed vine cuttings. Four miles from Adelaide in Magill they built a white-washed stone cottage, naming it The Grange after Mary’s home in England. The doctor used his wines, grown… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Zinfandel, 1990. Winterbrook

Although established in 1983, the Winterbrook Winery’s success with Zinfandel can be traced back to 1890 when the more than 100 wineries dotting the Amador County landscape specialized in Zinfandel production. The winery is located in the fer­tile Jackson Valley of the Sierra Nevada Foothills approximately fifty miles southeast of Sacramen­to. A three man partnership… read more »

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This Matter of Phylloxera

Of the many natural enemies of the vine, one is the most destruc­tive. It is a parasitical insect, the root-burrowing plant louse, phyl­loxera vasatrix. Many varieties of grape vines are fatally susceptible to its attack. Although phylloxera apparent­ly has always lived in the eastern United States, native American vines like Concord, Catawba, and Delaware have… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: 35-40 Valentine Cookies

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to cook and bake. I think I was the only person in home eco­nomics who took it seriously. It seemed so magical that one could mix together sugar, flour, butter and eggs and create cookies and cakes. I must say, I had a sweet tooth then,… read more »

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Import Selection: Merlot, 1987. Robert Allison

Although the label reads, “Rob­ert Allison”, this wine is a product of the Vina Santa Carolina winery which was founded in 1875 in Chile’s most famous wine produc­ing district, the Maipo Valley. As one of the country’s “Big Four” wine companies it maintains 2,450 acres of premium vineyards under its control. The winery is serious… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Chenin Blanc, 1989. Granite Springs

In 1979, Les and Lynne Rus­sell both left successful careers and their newly completed dream house in the Bay Area to move to the Sierra Foothills in order to be­gin fulfilling a new dream. They had decided to venture into the wine-grape growing business. The husband and wife team believed that the consistently sunny days,… read more »

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Understanding Common Wine Terminology

“Paul, I joined the club to learn about wines and enjoy thoroughly the wines you have sent. The in­formation is great and educational and I like the way it leans toward the humanist side rather than the technical side. Some of the bottles you have sent to me, however, list interesting information of which I… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Chicken Scrapple

This is my swan song. I can hardly believe I have been writing this column for 14 years. Son Paul surprised me by saying, “mom, I’m letting you off the hook. Cousin Leslie (my niece) agreed to be food editor.” This pleased me very much, as Leslie was a journalism major at UCLA and is… read more »

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Import Selection: Chamdeville Blanc De Blanc Brut, NV

This is that bubbly time of year when men and women’s fancies, young and old, turn to thoughts of Champagne. Whoops! Watch the use of that word. Chamdeville is produced in France (in Bordeaux, actually) but outside the strictly de-limited re­gion legally entitled the name “Champagne.” It must therefore go by the less recognizable handle… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Late Harvest Riesling, 1989. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie Winery is one of Washington State’s on-rush of good new wineries. Founded in 1983, it released its first wines in mid-summer 1984. The winery is located 27 miles east of Seattle close to the town of Snoqualmie (the winery quips this translates as “Twin Peaks”). This facility cur­rently only serves for an ageing cellar,… read more »

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