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Thomas Hill Organics

We have a wonderful restaurant here in Paso, Thomas Hill Organics. I was recently invited to a private pairing. Wines from four different wineries were paired with food that the chef made. Each one of us also had the opportunity to talk to the journalist that were visiting the area. The other wineries had their wine makers there, and I was the only one that was an owner. Everyone was so engaging and it was an excellent atmosphere for the journalist and all of us. The seating arrangement was intimate, and the exchange wasn’t just about us, but about the pairing of the food. How food changes the taste of the wine, and how all the different aspects of the dish change the taste of the wine. I was the first one there, so here is what the seating arrangement looked like before everyone got there…

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Our first course was paired with an Albarino. It truly is a seafood lover wine. IMG_0304.jpg

Salmon, jalapeno peppers, olive, tomatoes, and wafer slice of watermelon. It was so delicious!

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This was paired with our Zinfandel. This is a prime cut of grass fed beef, topped with a clove of garlic. Polenta is the side dish for this course. I usually don’t eat beef, but I was surprised how well it paired with the Zin.

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Out and About

“Branding is the process of connecting good strategy with good creativity” Marty Neumeier

One of the biggest aspects of branding is making sure that people are aware that you exist. This has been an issue for a long time, but we are working hard to change all that by getting out there, and engaging with people that enjoy wine.

Recently, I was at our 2nd annual charity dinner. All of us on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, host a dinner at Hartley Farms. We hired Trumpet Vine Catering, and we were very pleased with their food. We pair the foods with the wine, and sell tickets for people to join us “Under the Estella Sky”. We then gave our money to the Pleasant Valley School, so they could have computer equipment. Here are some photos of our shenanigans after the party…

 

Then, I was off to Petaluma for a Polo Match, and pouring wine…

 

Pouring wine in Pismo…

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Pouring wine in Fresno for Wine and Wishes…IMG_0283.jpg

This next month, is full of pouring at more events, and meeting more people. We love being out there and engaging with an audience that enjoys wines!

 

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San Jose Jazz Festival

“Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.” Ahmad Alaadeen

Just a few weeks ago I attended the San Jose Jazz Festival, and it rocked! I was pouring wine in the “Blues” section, and other were pouring our wine in the VIP section. Here is my booth…

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I was just so excited to be a part of the festival, and the city was just buzzing with energy. Since I was a vendor, I got to go behind the scenes, you could feel the city waking up…

This was the longest amount of time that I had ever spent in San Jose, and I loved it. Additionally, I visited the San Jose Museum of Art, St. Joseph Basilica, and did some people watching at a cafe.

One of the most exciting aspects of the whole trip was going to the Mayor’s Brunch, and he even thanked us at the brunch. A view from the rooftop at Scott’s Seafood, and the crowd coming in that day.

We donated 25 cases to San Jose Jazz Festival, and all the pours that were sold went to the festival, so we were happy to help.

 

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Baby Goats

“Every mans can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

The babies are staying in the breezeway until they are bigger. If I put them in the pasture, they can wiggle under the gate. We don’t want that to happen.

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Fawn McNeill

“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?” Vincent Van Gogh

One of my favorite artists (of our modern age), that paints scenes of nature, is Fawn Mc Neill, she see’s and transfers her vision on canvas so beautifully. I unfortunately, only own one of her paintings, but it is one that I see everyday. IMG_0198.jpg

I love flowers, and this is perfect to see first thing in the morning to remind me that it’s going to be a great day. Fresh cut flowers die, but flowers on canvas life for eternity. I life the face that she add the leaves of the flower as contrast to the stark pink. It’s magnificent!

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This Really Happened

“I’m not really scared of a lot of things. I’m scared of possums. And I’m scared of raccoons sometimes, it depends on how big it is – I’m scared of the smaller raccoons because the bigger ones are slower.” Vince Staples

Last week, I needed to find something to do before I picked up my daughter from her trip with the school. So, I thought, I will just go to the Mission, and say a prayer for all my family, friends, and those that have touched my life.

I pulled out my phone, and I see a possum. I take a photo, and then..

He or she, saw me, and continued to come down the stairs to me. It was daylight, and all I could think about was “rabies”. A nocturnal animal that is out durning the day, and trying to interact with a human? I made a weird sound, then both of us took off in opposite directions

After I said my prayers, I saw it again as I was leaving. This time, it headed under the bushes. Spooked me out a little bit.

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Baked Chicken and Magical Mashed Potatoes

Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well. Michael Pollan

Magical Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs of potatoes  4 ounces of butter, 2 cups of milk, teaspoon of salt

Potato ricer, and a mixer

Peel the potatoes, and cut them into small pieces, cover them with water, and start to boil. Add a teaspoon of salt to your water. Once the potatoes are boiling, check them with a fork to see how if they are soft. Drain the water off the potatoes, and in the mixing bowl add the 4 ounces of butter.

Spoon out the potatoes to the ricer, and push the potatoes through the ricer into the mixing bowl. Continue until you are finished. Add about 2 cups of milk, you may need a little more or a little less, it depends on how fluffy or pureed you prefer your potatoes.

Baked Chicken

Stop buying your bread crumbs! When your bread is starting to lose it’s freshness, leave it out so it can become dry. If you have a food processor, put the pieces of bread in there, and store your bread crumbs in a container or plastic bag. What are you going to need?

Chicken,  3 cups of bread crumbs, 1 cup olive oil, spices and herbs you like, use at least a teaspoon of each, Italian Parsley, Oregano, Basil, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Tarragon, Sage and Rosemary are our favorites, but you can add what you like. Three bowls are needed, and a cookie sheet.

Preheat your oven to 450, wash your chicken and put it in a big bowl, Your going to need three bowls. One bowl for your chicken, one bowl for olive oil, and one bowl is going to have the fine breadcrumbs and all your herbs and spiced mixed together.

Give your chicken a bath in the olive oil, and then your going to roll the piece of chicken in the bread crumbs. Add each piece to the cookie sheet.

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It takes about 30 minutes to bake your chicken. Make sure they are crispy and brown before you take them out of the oven. The naked ones I have in the oven are ones I save for lunches. They are just given a olive oil bath, and herbs and spices.

Enjoy!

 

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Lady Ann Baroness Herbert Countess Pembroke Devereux

“Princes have but their titles for their glories,
An outward honor for an inward toil;
And, for unfelt imaginations,
They often feel a world of restless cares.” William Shakespere

 

 My 17 Great Grandmother, from Alda Tribble line…Anne Devereux

 

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Anne Devereux (c. 1430, Bodenham – after June 25, 1486), was the daughter of Walter Devereux (1411–1459), the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and his wife Elizabeth Merbury.[1]

About 1445, Anne married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423–1469), in Herefordshire, England. He was the son of William ap Thomas, a member of the Welsh Gentry Family, and his wife Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam. Anne bore William several children, including:

  • William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.[2]

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Devereux

  • Anne Devereux1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
  • F, #21885, b. circa 1433, d. after 25 June 1486
  • Father Sir Walter Devereux, Sheriff of Herefordshire & Gloucestershire, Constable of Wigmore, Keeper of Leominster1,2,3,10,5,6,7,8,9 b. c 1412, d. 22 Apr 1459
  • Mother Elizabeth Merbury1,2,10,7,9 b. c 1412, d. b 1459
  • Anne Devereux was born circa 1433 at of Bodenham, Herefordshire, England.11 She married Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales, son of Sir William ap Thomas, Sheriff of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, & Glamorganshire, Steward of Abergavenny and Gwladys Gam, circa 1455; They had 3 sons (Sir William, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, 2nd Lord Herbert, Earl of Huntingdon; Sir Walter; & Sir George) and 7 daughters (Maud, wife of Sir Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, 7th Lord Percy; Katherine, wife of Sir George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent; Anne, wife of John, Lord Grey of Powis; Margaret, wife of Sir Thomas Talbot, 2nd Viscount Lisle, & of Sir Walter Bodrugan; Cecily, wife of John Greystoke; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Thomas Cokesey; & Crisli, wife of Mr. Cornwall).1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Anne Devereux died after 25 June 1486 at Wales.1,4,7
  • Family Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl Pembroke, 1st Lord Herbert, Sheriff of Glamorgan & Morgannock, Chief Justice of North & South Wales b. c 1423, d. 27 Jul 1469
  • Children
    • Maud Herbert+12,4,5,7,8 b. c 1456, d. bt 17 Jul 1485 – 24 Feb 1489
    • Sir George Herbert13 b. c 1457
    • Sir William Herbert, 2nd Lord Herbert, 1st Earl Huntingdon & 2nd Earl of Pembroke+14,4,7 b. c 1458, d. 16 Jul 1491
    • Sir Walter Herbert13 b. c 1458, d. 16 Sep 1507
    • Katherine Herbert+15,3,4,16,6,7 b. c 1459
    • Anne Herbert+13 b. c 1462
    • Margaret Herbert13 b. c 1463, d. b 1503
    • Cecilia Herbert13 b. c 1464, d. 1499
    • Elizabeth Herbert13 b. c 1465
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 3.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 280-281.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388-389.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 346-347.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 132-133.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 278.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 359.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 249.
  • 10.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 388.
  • 11.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 250.
  • 12.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 579.
  • 13.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • 14.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 395-396.
  • 15.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 167.
  • 16.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 109.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p729.htm#i21885
  • _________________________
  • Anne Devereux1
  • F, #158297
  • Anne Devereux is the daughter of Sir Walter Devereux and Elizabeth Merbury.2 She married William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke, son of Sir William ap Thomas and Gladys Gam.
  • Her married name became Herbert.
  • Children of Anne Devereux and William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke
    • 1.Lady Catherine Herbert+3 d. b 8 May 1504
    • 2.Lady Maud Herbert+1 b. 1448, d. a 1485
  • Citations
  • 1.[S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.
  • 2.[S1916] Tim Boyle, “re: Boyle Family,” e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as “re: Boyle Family.”
  • 3.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VII, page 167. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p15830.htm#i158297
  • ________________________
  • Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
  • Born: 1436/42
  • Died: 1486
  • Father: Walter DEVEREUX (Sir)
  • Mother: Elizabeth MERBURY
  • Married: William HERBERT (1º E. Pembroke) ABT 1440, Hereford, Herefordshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Maud HERBERT (C. Northumberland)
    • 2. William HERBERT (1º E. Huntingdon)
    • 3. Walter HERBERT (Sir Knight)
    • 4. George HERBERT
    • 5. Phillip HERBERT
    • 6. John HERBERT
    • 7. Margaret HERBERT
    • 8. Thomas HERBERT
    • 9. Cecily HERBERT
    • 10. Isabel HERBERT
    • 11. Anne HERBERT
    • 12. Catherine HERBERT (C. Kent)
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/DEVEREUX.htm#Anne DEVEREAUX (C. Pembroke)
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Traveling, Pouring, and Having Fun

“We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.” Henry David Thoreau

 

One reason why I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog is because I haven’t been able to keep up with my own life.

Honestly, I need a vacation!

Recently, I have been gone just about every weekend. A few weekends past, Sunni and I went to Los Angles. OMG! So, in Los Angles double yellow lines are only suggestions to the people that reside in the area. If you are a visitor in the area of Los Angles make sure that you remember that it is like driving in the wild, wild, west. If you’re in the fast lane, you better being doing at least 70 MPH. AT LEAST…wink, wink.

When I am done working at a venue, I like to take a little side trip to learn something. This particular time, it was going to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Sunni and I rented the head sets, and were off on our adventure through the Mission. It was so beautiful and informative. Here are some photos of our adventure…

 

 

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Shoes for a Day

I get that people think that owning a winery and having a farm is so romantic. It is also a lot of work, every single day…no holidays. The animals have to have food and water everyday, so no getting sick and just staying in bed. You have to get your ass up out of bed and feed and water everyone. So, when the kids go back to school, I go back to having several jobs everyday.

My day starts in my moccasins, and you may be able to see that I have hay inside my shoes. One thing I have learned about hay, it’s like sand in many ways, it ends up in areas that you wouldn’t expect. I don’t like to go barefoot, I never have. I put my moccasins on first thing in the morning. I have to have my coffee, read my paper on my iPad and discuss what is going to happen for the day with my husband. He usually leaves a little earlier than I do. I have the pleasure of taking care of all the animals.

Next up, my cowboy boots. When I first moved to the county, I was one of those people that said “I’m not going to wear cowboy boots and become some cliche.” Well, guess what? I do wear them, and they are really comfortable. I really mean it, they are comfortable enough to wear all day. In fact there have been days that I do wear them all day. They are great for gong through the tall grass, just in case there are some snakes. The boots are not going to stop a rattlesnake, but I would have a better chance of survival with these on instead of my other shoes. Plus, there are hills and the hay doesn’t easily get inside the boots, unlike my moccasins.

My Gucci loafers are the most comfortable shoes I own, and some days I have to stand all day long. Pouring wine at events or going to conferences these are my preferred shoes. I have pumps, but I have learned the hard way that wearing pumps at a winery is tiring. If you have to go to another winery, you may have to cross a huge area of all rocks and gravel or even dirt. I just play it safe now and wear some comfortable loafers.

When I get back home, I take off my loafers and get right back into my old moccasins. Ive had these things for years, and until they are worn out on the bottom, I have not plans to replace them.