13 June 2016 17:25
You have heard it before “Napa Napa Napa, Sonoma Sonoma Sonoma” great wine regions in the state and now a tourist destination for all who come and deservedly so. But what you may not know that just over the Atlas Peak Mountain is a rich and growing wine region east of Napa. When I talk to fellow wine tasters, they are shocked to what I am about to say. THEY HAD NO IDEA!
Yes I am talking about the great Suisun Valley in Solano County “ The Rustic Wine Country” www.suisunvalley.com. It is a little secret that is getting out.
This region has been making wine since the late 1800’s and now has come into its own since creating the Suisun Valley Vintners & Growing Association in 1982 www.svvga.com. It has a wide range of wine styles and varietals that would challenge some of the premier wines of Napa and Sonoma but for the fraction of the price. Blue Victorian and Vezer wines are some of the most premier wines in the valley with bottles running $35-$90 dollars a bottle. Yet while at www.svwinecoop.com the Suisun Valley Co-op, 5 local vintners offer you a taste of all their wines for no fee and their cost is $14 - $30 a bottle. Sometime they have specials going on that you can take advantage of. More and more tasting rooms are opening up every year. Wooden Valley (longtime winemaker) has Foodtruck Fridays so you can pair wines with gourmet foodtruck cuisine.
If wine is not your interest, no worries, the Valley has an unique area called Mankas corner where you can find Antique stores, Local Artist gallery, place to picnic with supplies from the Vezer Deli, and Manka’s Tapas and Steakhouse for you fine diners. If you are looking for local produce you will find your fill along Rockville rd, from fresh strawberries to a local stand with homemade ice-cream and cheesecake. But the most popular place daily is Larry’s Produce www.larrysproduce.com where he has fresh produce of any kind and priced better than supermarket. If you plan on visit him be warned that he is only open between June and Dec. So before making that journey to Napa or Sonoma and fighting with the traffic and crowds, drive into Suisun Valley and visit great quality wines, excellent food and peaceful settings.
Bon Appetite, Joe
2 June 2016 07:50
Vinyl, as in vinyl records, isn’t something that routinely comes up in conversations I have with my clients, but it just so happened the other day while I was out in Reno. An attorney client of mine got to talking to me about his home audio system, a $15,000 plus system, mind you. This got us talking about the purity of audio, audiophiles, and vinyl vs. today’s digital media. He said he often enjoys the sound quality of his vinyl record more so than anything he hears from the internet, satellite (garbage sound, he says), or CD.
Now, I have heard anecdotes of this from time to time and it really seems to be a very common theme out there-- that vinyl really stands out for the audio aficionado. I am a gen Xer, in the middle of the spectrum for our group, and so I’ve listened at one point or another to the different formats-- from the vinyl of my parents’ collections, 8- tracks, cassette tapes, CDs, and today’s digital variety of streaming, mp3, and satellite.
I’ll tell you a secret, I can’t say I ever noticed much difference! Today’s music sounds pretty good to me on my $500 home theatre set. I remember the stuff my Mom and Dad would play on the record player sounded great, too. Ok, so I’m a novice and my sound system is a far cry from $15,000 (maybe one day that attorney client will invite me to come witness just what kind of sound the equipment produces) nor do I have a vinyl collection today or the desire to invest in a record player—which, by the way, can get expensive; check out these sites showing turntables that retail up to and above $10,000: www.stereophile.com; www.soundstagedirect.com. So as you can see, I am not doing any scientific experimenting here, but I would like to hear from you. Leave a comment about what you think about vinyl vs. digital? Let me know if you’re an audiophile and what you use as a basis of comparison.
14 April 2016 14:16
The Gilroy Garlic Festival AKA ‘Summer’s Ultimate Food Fair’ is an incredible Festival to attend if you plan to be in the Bay Area during Summer time, towards the end of July. Founded in 1979, this event is hosted by over Four Thousand of community volunteers who have raised millions of dollars to aid local schools, Charities, and non-profit organizations. The Festival is held at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, about 30 miles South of San Jose, off Highway 101. Plenty of signs are placed on Highway 101 to direct you to the event during the Festival dates.
The festival is held in a outdoor park mostly grass with some compact dirt and asphalt walkways. You should plan on wearing comfortable shoes, dress in layers for the morning hours, and anticipate Super warm weather (98+) during late mornings and afternoons. Sun protection, sun screen, and sunglasses are highly recommended.
Some of the items presented:
- Garlicky Food from Gourmet Alley
- Free garlic ice cream
- Flame- Ups
- Garlic Cook
- 100 Arts and Crafts vendors
- Wine Pavilion
- Garlic Mercantile Shops
Although festival is held outdoor, no pets are allowed!
Visit: gilroygarlicfestival.com for additional information.