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Vine & Dine

wine glassPat Paulsen Vineyards Moscato 2012

A very fun wine to try that won’t break the bank is Pat Paulsen Vineyards’ Moscato 2012 (about $15).

This crisp bright wine, which has a slightly sweet finish, is a good sipping wine—or pair it with spicy foods and desserts. It exemplifies the delicious fruit and floral nature of the Muscat family of grapes—and it’s available at It’s Wine Tyme in Capitola Village. Pat Paulsen Vineyards also makes an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc for about $16 which you can try at Vino Prima wine bar at the end of the Municipal Wharf. Pat Paulsen Vineyards’ local contact is Dennis Walker: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit patpaulsenvineyards.com. 

Comerica Bank Challenger Tennis Tournament
Seascape Sports Club in Aptos hosts the annual Comerica Bank Challenger with professional young tennis players on their way up the ranks.  With a high caliber of players—this year’s Wimbledon champion, the British player Andy Murray won the Comerica tournament in 2005—it’s exciting to see this level of tennis right on our doorstep. Pat Paulsen Vineyards is providing wine for the Comerica tournament for the first time and will be pouring at the event. Other local wine and food vendors include Cafe Rio, Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine, Seascape Foods, Sid’s Smokehouse, The Haute Enchilada, Bargetto Winery, Lucia Highlands, Myka Cellars, Zayante Vineyards and Pelican Ranch Winery. The tournament runs from Aug. 3-11 and ticket prices vary. Visit seascapesportsclub.com for more information. Also visit Aptoschamber.com for information on the “Night to Rally” fundraiser during the quarterfinals of the Challenger on Aug. 9.

Exclusive Wine Bottling at River Run Vintners
Here is a heads up about a wonderful event taking place from noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 at River Run Vintners in Watsonville. For those who have ever wondered about the process of getting wine from barrel to bottle, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in the wine business while meeting others who enjoy the local wine industry.  Organized by the owners of The Wine Club of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Shannon Flynn and Traci Tompkins, this promises to be a fun afternoon—with food provided and wine available at the greatly reduced cost of $100 per case (discounted from more than $250 a case). For reservations and information visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 477-0500.

Berries & Bottles Boutique Winery Showcase
On Saturday, Aug. 3, these wonderful wineries—Myka Cellars, Armitage Wines, Bottle Jack Wines, Dancing Creek Winery, Domenico, La Honda, Roudon-Smith and Wargin Wines—are holding a Berries & Bottles event to honor the Watsonville Strawberry Festival taking place that weekend. Tanya DeCell will also be putting on a spread of appetizers. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 18 Hangar Way, Suite C, Watsonville.

Visit scwinemakerstudio.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“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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