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Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2011

Wine ChardonnayLocated in the northern region of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County, Lucia Highlands Vineyard is in a prime grape-growing region. Its proximity to the cool maritime influences of the Monterey Bay allows the fruit to ripen slowly, producing a luscious Chardonnay with intense tropical fruit flavors.

Winemakers Carol and Bret Sisney, who also grow grapes in their vineyards for other wineries, carefully harvest their fruit, gently press it and barrel ferment it in tight-grain French oak—softening the acidity and creating a round buttery character. The 2011 Chardonnay ($20) is rich and elegant with concentrated layers of apple, ripe pear and pineapple—with a hint of caramel from oak aging. The Sisneys recommend pairing this wine with grilled chicken, pork, or pasta dishes.

Lucia Highlands wine is available in local stores such as The Fish Lady in Soquel and Deluxe Foods of Aptos. It is also sold in local restaurants Bittersweet Bistro in Aptos, Stockton Bridge Grille and Britannia Arms in Capitola, as well as Rootstock Wine Bar in Los Gatos. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to purchase this wine for $150 a case. Locally it can be delivered free of charge, or $25 elsewhere in California. Visit luciahighlands.com.

McIntyre Vineyards Celebrates Harvest
McIntyre Vineyards presents their first annual Harvest Soiree from 2-6 p.m. on Sat, Sept. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. The party features “Vinifera Roulette: Name That Grape!” a grape contest with fresh-from-the vine grape tastings, prizes, delicious food, wine specials, bocce ball and merriment. Tickets are $30 per person, and are complimentary for McIntyre Wine Club members. McIntyre Vineyards is based in Monterey and has a “tasting studio” in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Visit mcintyrevineyards.com for more information.

Villa del Monte Winery
I ran into Joyce and Neil Perrelli recently at a party. They tell me their new wines are “absolutely spectacular,” so I’m taking their word for it and heading to their Villa del Monte Winery to taste them soon. Meantime, you have an opportunity to taste for yourselves from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 & 29 (they are not open every weekend). Wine tastings are $5 per person, refundable with purchase. 23076 Summit Road, Los Gatos, 888-788-4583 (toll free). Villadelmontewinery.com.

Galante Vineyards
I wrote about Galante wines in my last week’s column (GT 9/19). Their wine rep Bob Marsh contacted me to let me know that Galante wines are available in 515 Kitchen & Cocktails; Sawasdee on Beach Street; Booka Restaurant & Bar in Aptos, Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in Aptos; Soif on Walnut Avenue in Santa Cruz. Whole Foods in Santa Cruz also carries it. Visit Galantevineyards.com for more information.

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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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