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TWC
Casa de las Rocas Grandes
Just a guy who loves red wine
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, I'm thinking that a lot of chicks out there could really use one of these. As Always, Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, TWC doesn't know if LA was a better place in 1953, but it was certainly classier and less crowded. Note the smogless, azure blue sky. It is said that the sweet fragrance of citrus blossoms perfumed... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wine Commonsewer
Good Morning Gentle Readers, Although the Google calendar app didn't quite get it right, the Jewish Festival of Lights began last night at sundown. Here's sending Hanukkah blessings to all my Jewish friends. Back in the days of my vagrant... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, TWC isn't big on prepared food to begin with, but there are a few prepared foods that aren't bad. Trader Joes Coconut Shrimp isn't one of them. We found them inedible as did Beans. It's kinda... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
Good Morning Gentle Readers, 85 street level degrees doesn't feel much like Christmas, but it gave me a chance for some tan maintenance. It is the Friday after Thanksgiving and that's when we open for Christmas with a raucous, upbeat,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
Good Morning Gentle Readers, As Ever, Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
Gentle Readers, Ahhh, Thanksgiving's past. The House Blonde's Thanksgiving Poem, Jake's plea on behalf of turkeys everywhere, mesquite roasted turkey, a visit from Stevie the Spy (Minion of the Dark Side who denies being Harriet the Spy's daddy), the Kosmik... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote in Oldtown Folks that..... The king and high priest of all festivals was the autumn Thanksgiving. When the apples were all gathered and the cider was all made, and the yellow pumpkins... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, The purpose of the brine is to ensure a juicy and succulent turkey. Of course, nothing can overcome bad luck or roasting the turkey too long, but brined poultry is typically more tender. For those who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, The Meyer Lemons are maturing nicely and I've got me a jones for a from-scratch lemon pie to finish off the Thanksgiving feast. Meyer lemons are sweeter than Eurekas, which are the most common market lemon... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
Good Morning Gentle Readers, An eternity ago, we grade schoolers learned this Christmas tune about a sleigh ride over to Grandma's house. Nobody once mentioned that it's a poem about Thanksgiving set to a catchy little tune. As Ever, Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, WTH do you think is going to pop out of this bottle when you pull the cork? And good luck shoving the cork back in when it does. It'd be like that old joke about the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, I love this picture of The House Blond and I at Anapolis Harbor on Thanksgiving 2011. Photo Credit: Mrs TWC Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
Thanks, Russell. Beans can feel the love.
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, If you don't know Beans, he's ostensibly The Boy's dog, though somehow he seems to be hogging up my bed most nights. And he snores. Like a drunk. All Jake wanted for his 17th birthday was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Pretty much every Chilean Cabernet is touted as a reserve bottling, which renders the term entirely meaningless. Whether true or an advertising ploy, the accuracy of the statement is irrelevant to winos in the US where... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
Pete, I don't really know. :-)
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, From day one, Daisy was runner. I once clocked that dog at twenty-eight miles an hour. Up a steep grade. She could outrun a jack rabbit and if she was on it soon enough, she'd snag... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Terry and I had been out on Lake Mohave for a couple of days. We were seriously roughing it. You know. New York Strip grilled over a campfire with good red wine. After we'd swapped enough... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, It is pomegranate season here at the Casa. Last fall we had over a hundred but this year's crop has been meager. What are pomegranates good for, anyway? Like, artichokes, pomegranates are difficult to eat and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Many people believe that Southern Californians miss out on the gorgeous autumn color displays that our friends back east enjoy. That's not entirely true. Both pics are of Mexican Sage (purple) and what TWC believes is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, I intended to work up a little historical narrative about the amalgam of Mezzo-American, Scots-Irish, and Catholic traditions that when taken together form the nucleus of what we modern Americans call Halloween. Instead, I will defer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Here at the Casa, we're done with all that pumpkin carving and trick or treating with the kids. It was loads of fun, but they are off on their own now, hanging with friends and happy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, TWC nearly drowned while bobbing for apples in old galvanized wash tubs. I wasn't worth a tinker's damn at it, neither. Looking back, I think it's because my mouth was too small to get a good... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer