Hello dear friends, this welcome August!
"There's a time each year
That we always hold dear,
Good old summer time;
With the birds and the trees'es
And sweet scented breezes,
Good old summer time,
When your day's work is over
Then you are in clover,
And life is one beautiful rhyme,
No trouble annoying,
Each one is enjoying,
The good old summer time."
- Lyrics by Ron Shields, In the Good Old Summertime
Events: RRVW Grapes to Glass August 20, 21, 22 - Join the Russian River Valley Winegrowers for the 15th Annual Grapes to Glass week-end. For more info and to register, please check out the event program.
Cotati Accordian Festival Sat & Sun Aug 21-22: This festival is every accordian lover's dream come true. We are happy to promote this event because our friends the Accordian Babes will be there!
Paul Tepper : Photography Reception, August 14, 11-3 pm, Arrowood Winery, Kenwood, CA
Discover a world of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography as captured and created by local Sonoma artist Paul Tepper. His photography focuses on the landscapes of amazing places. Through HDR photography, his photo's capture the full range of light at a scene. Meaning, he shoots multiple photos of the same image at different exposure values. Then, through computer software, they are layered, creating a photo that accentuates all parts of the scene. As a result, Paul's photos tell a detailed, vibrant story of a landscape and accurately replicate what the scene looked like in that moment.
A collection of Paul's photography will on public display and sale at Arrowood Winery now through October.
Wine Emporium will have Paul's 2011 calendars available for sale shortly for $20 each.
In the Gallery: Charles Beck Sonoma County Landscapes until Labor Day.
Next up is Joe Jaqua. You will love his interiors, figures, cityscapes, plein-air and abstract paintings.
In the Tasting Room What we're pouring this month: we've got a delicious line-up for you. Check it out here, and then come over with a friend. We're open Wed-Sun 12-6 pm for tasting.
News: We've been lucky as all get out the last few months. Despite all the malaise in the news about the economy and the oil spill, we've been selling our fair share of wine, and enjoy serving you. What I've found over the last three recessions is that it's up to each of us to be the creators of our own destiny. We have to make it happen because nobody is going to do it for us. We succeed because we're fun to work with, we work hard, we work smart, and we capitalize on our opportunities. Remember, good luck is when preparation meets opportunity. It's out there.
This month it is with both sadness and joy that we say good bye to Kai Kliegl, who worked with us here as the store manager for the last 3 years. He is both getting married and starting a harvest internship at Copain Winery's custom crush facility this month. Thank you Kai, for everything you have done for us and for being a great person to work with. We wish you all the best and look forward to working with you in other roles in the years ahead!
We are also happy to report we were lucky enough to hire Ms. Carolyn Samples, also a Sonoma State graduate who majored in English and Psychology. She enjoys fine wine, movies, books, & the great outdoors! So watch out! She writes amazing copy.
Books: The Go-Giver, A little story about a powerful business idea, (2007) Bob Burg and John David Mann. An engaging book that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive” The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman. Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers:” a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector,” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving. Joe learns that changing his focus from getting to giving—putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives—ultimately leads to unexpected returns. Imparted with wit and grace, The Go-Giver is a heartwarming and inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the old proverb “Give and you shall receive.”
Movies: Amelia (2009) : I enjoyed this movie because my grandmother was one of the first women in aviation and a suffragette. It takes me back to times gone by when the world was a big, vast place waiting to be explored by wide-eyed courageous people. Hilary Swank stars as famed aviator Amelia Earhart in this dramatic biopic that follows the daring pilot's rise from obscurity in Kansas to her troubled marriage to businessman George Putnam (Richard Gere), who recruited her for her first transatlantic flight. Mira Nair (The Namesake, Vanity Fair) directs; Ewan McGregor, Joe Anderson, Christopher Eccleston and Mia Wasikowska co-star.
Jennifer's Body (2009) : This is a perfectly nasty teen slasher movie, just the ticket for a hot lazy afternoon with the blinds drawn and the AC on. After a supernatural romp with a satanic emo band, hot cheerleader Jennifer (Megan Fox) is transformed into a demon with an insatiable appetite for high school boys. Now, it's up to Jennifer's BFF, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), to protect the guys from the bloodthirsty man-eater. Penned by Diablo Cody (Juno), this one-of-a-kind horror comedy co-stars Adam Brody (The OC) as the devil-worshipping band's lead singer.
Kiss, Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) : Robert Downey, Jr. reminds me a little bit of Dustin Hoffman in this film noir comedy. Petty thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) gets caught up in a murder investigation by posing as an actor and heading to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition, where he finds an authentic acting coach in detective Perry Van Shrike (Val Kilmer). But the bright lights of Hollywood fade when a murder takes place and Harry, Perry and Harry's high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) become part of the investigation.
Recipes: Gnocchi with Pesto and sauteed garden vegetables
This recipe qualifies for a food-gasm award, it is that tasty. We're still figuring out creative things to do with zucchini and all other manner of garden vegetables. What we do here is get a stock pot of water cooking for packaged gnocchi (or make your own and either invite me over or call your therapist, please) . Then we crinkle cut a zucchini and saute in organic extra virgin olive oil with fresh garlic, onions or shallots, broccoli, geen beans, snow peas, bell peppers of any color, a little kale, whatever you can get your hands on. It's food from your garden. It's going to taste great! Make pesto by blending basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and salt and pepper together. When the saute is finished, add to your serving bowl, then add 2-3 dollops of pesto. When the water boils, add the gnocchi and cook til it rises to the top. Remove from pot with a pasta spoon and add to the serving bowl. Grate a pile of parmesan cheese half the size of your fist and add it in. Stir it together with a serving spoon. Add salt and pepper and a little paprika. Use this as a main course or a side with any kind of meat. A crisp salad is also nice. Enjoy with a smooth red like or a crisp white like ...
The Wines: It is no great accident the wines you get from us are excellent and great values to boot because we care! Go ahead and pick yourself out some wines to enjoy. Come on in, the wine's refreshing!
All the best, Al, Carolyn, Kai, Kyle & Tom James
Lucia Rosé Of Pinot Noir 2009
Lucy is the little sister to Lucia. The Rosé is made by allowing the grape juice to sit on the Pinot Noir skins for a couple days. After picking up enough color, the juice is ... more