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TWC
Casa de las Rocas Grandes
Just a guy who loves red wine
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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 4 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Indeed he did. LOL ^
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2014 on Cream At The Whisky at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, My mother hung on to this promotional newspaper all these years, before sending it on a few years ago. The newspaper with a headline announcing my arrival was a clever marketing tool, brimming with ads and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, This is the Walker River, a few miles east of Sonora Pass on Highway 120. The river eventually empties into Walker Lake in Nevada. Like Mono Lake, Walker Lake has no outlet except evaporation or absorption.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Wishing my Jewish friends all the very best of their new year celebration, Rosh Hashanah, which began at sunset last night. There were untold numbers of heroes of the Big War, most of whom are unknown... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, Had breakfast with Mrs TWC at Mimi's before whisking her off to Orange County's John Wayne Airport. LAX could take some lessons here, starting with John Wayne's dedicated offramp lane from the 55 that drops in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, It will be a hectic Sweet Sixteenth for my Renaissance Girl. We're in the throes of a heat wave and the triple digit temps have bumped her two hours of cross country practice from after school... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer