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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, Dave Barry has it right..... The modern business meeting, however, might be better compared with a funeral, in the sense that you have a gathering of people who are wearing uncomfortable clothing and would rather be... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Wine Commonsewer
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Toppa the Mornin' to ya Gentle Readers, You do know why it's called a Paddy Wagon, right? Years before TWC's vagrant yoot, when he was but a wee lad, we had family friends that were turkey ranchers. The Patriarch spoke... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, We're only a couple of weeks from the Spring Equinox and the short days of winter are on the wane. Dawn broke this morning just before six and fifteen minutes later Old Mr Sol had made... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, The XXXIV doesn't refer to a vintage. Like the enumeration of Superbowl games, the XXXIV represents the number of years that Rosenblum has been making wine. In this case, it is thirty four years and my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, We got a little rain overnight and there's another storm coming. It's all welcome, but would have been more welcome a week ago. Some of the winter vegetation hasn't survived the last three weeks of warm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, I am typically against screw cap closures, but the Covey Run is a decent Cabernet at a really good price and I can overlook the screw cap. At $3.99 in Southern California money the wine is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Wine Commonsewer
Good Morning Gentle Readers, A guy I know was eating breakfast with his 10-year-old Grandson and asked him, What day is today? Without skipping a beat he said, It's Presidents Day! He's smart, so I asked him, What does Presidents... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, The grapes were sourced from a specific, high altitude estate vineyard in the Uco Valley on the slopes of Mt Tupungato in Mendoza, Argentina. Unfortunately, the 2011 Acordeón Malbec drinks like an export-only Oz Shiraz. It's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, The holidays have brought us some chilly weather this year, including several days of cold, dry, howling Santa Ana winds. TWC doesn't mind, though, because it's just not Christmas without a fire. Not that kind of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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Good Morning Gentle Readers, I’m never happy to see Christmas pass; it makes all the decorations and holiday gear suddenly seem sad and out of date. It shouldn’t be so, as we are celebrating The Season, and that lasts beyond... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
Good Morning Gentle Readers, The tune has been covered by scores of artists and nobody has ever come close to Nat King Cole's exquisite 1953 recording of this quintessentially American Christmas classic. On this recording, Nat Cole is accompanied by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at The Wine Commonsewer
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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 Dec 20, 2014 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 Dec 18, 2014 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 Dec 17, 2014 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