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Foxglove

Dining_FloxgloveChardonnay 2009

The United States is such a geographically diverse country that I never cease to be amazed. Coming from the pint-sized country of England, when I travel the wide-open spaces of the U.S., it always takes my breath away. My husband and I recently did a road trip to Yellowstone—our second time there—taking in Badlands National Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota also. Because we were staying in cabins in the national parks, we took our own wine – as well as an abundance of snack food.

One of the wines that traveled really well was a Foxglove Chardonnay, a medium-priced wine that I bought in Vinocruz for $13.75. J-P Correa at Vinocruz had recommended it when I went in to check out what’s new. I was looking for an inexpensive bottle of wine to take on our trip that I could write about after, and this one fit the bill. The 2009 Chardonnay, Central Coast, is a flexible wine that goes well with most food – especially picnics in national parks! It certainly traveled well – and came out unscathed after being jostled around in the trunk of our car.


Made by Varner Wines under the Foxglove label, this smooth Chardonnay has luscious flavors of pears and apples. Serve it lightly chilled and you’ll most certainly taste an abundance of tropical fruit as well.


Bob and Jim Varner, who own Varner Wines, say their mission is “to grow perfect Chardonnay fruit, then leave it be.” They know what they’re doing.


Varner Wines, 648 Menlo Ave., Suite 5, Menlo Park, CA 94025. (650) 321-4894. varnerwines.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Wine Events

The Palm Deli in Aptos is now putting on wine tasting events on the first Tuesday of every month starting at 6 p.m. sharp. A $10 tasting fee includes light appetizers. During warm weather, wine tasting will be on the patio and will move inside in the winter. Dates through the end of the year are:
Oct. 5 – Italy
Nov. 9 – Paso Robles
Dec. 7 – France


Note: The Palm Deli (which used to be called Piggie’s Market) has undergone a complete makeover. Proprietor Ericka Glaum keeps a pretty good selection of wine in stock from many corners of the globe – as well as local. Palm Deli, 3000 Valencia Ave., Aptos, 688-Deli (3354). ThePalmDeli.com.
Wine News

Vine Hill Winery has released “Sea Change” – a new Pinot Noir. Complementing the wine’s tribute to the symbiotic relationship between land and sea, the wine is blended from the very best Pinot Noir Vine Hill has to offer. It’s $39 a bottle. A percentage of sales goes to the Seymour Marine Discover Center. Info: vinehillwinery.com or call 427-0436.

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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