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Bargetto Chardonnay 2011 + Local Wine Events

Wine ChardonnayBargetto Winery produces a multitude of good wines—from high priced to very reasonable. I found a Central Coast 2011 Chardonnay in New Leaf for $13.99 (regularly $15)—a pretty good deal for this lovely wine.

A lighter style of Chardonnay, this vibrant straw-colored wine is aged in stainless steel tanks to maintain the true flavors and acidity of the fruit. With a soupçon of lemony zest on the tongue and aromas of citrus on the nose, the wine is very refreshing and bright. The winery suggests pairing it with fish, sushi and Thai food, and I also like this wine with some zesty cheese.

Deals are to be had by buying directly from Bargetto’s Winery in Soquel—six to 11 cases brings the price down to $13.50 a bottle, and if you buy a whole case, it’s $12.75 a bottle. It might be a good idea to stock up on this delightful Chard while the price is right. Bargetto Winery, 3535 N. Main St., Soquel, 475-2258. Bargetto.com.

Mission Hill Creamery
Dave Kumec recently celebrated one year in business at his centrally located store at 1101B Pacific Ave., in downtown Santa Cruz. Kumec says he is proud to make ice cream using “real ingredients,” such as organic cream, and seeking out local, sustainably raised ingredients. Available in the store are 16 flavors of delicious ice cream as well as sundaes, packed pints and milkshakes. Since opening, Kumec has added a full espresso bar. A scoop of Turkish Coffee ice cream and an espresso? Sure sounds good to me. Visit missionhillcreamery.com.

Cruzin’ Courses
There still might be tickets left ($150 each) for the popular Cruzin’ Courses—a progressive dinner for women taking place in downtown Santa Cruz, and the concept of Cathy Schlumbrecht of Comerica Bank. The event takes place from 4-9 p.m. on Oct. 17 and benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and also raises money for scholarships. Visit cruzincourses.eventbrite.com.

Beauregard Vineyards’ Tour & Tasting
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 & 13, Beauregard Vineyards will be doing a special Tour & Tasting event at their lovely winery in Bonny Doon. Tickets are $15 per person, and free for wine club members. Visit beauregardvineyards.com for more information.

Wine Harvest Dinner
The menu for the Wine Harvest Dinner looks absolutely delicious. The event, to be held at the Sesnon House in Aptos, is from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 18 and tickets are $55. Here is your opportunity to meet wine professionals, including master sommelier Ian Cauble who was in the movie Somm—which I saw and is absolutely riveting—and taste some incredible wines from our local wineries. Visit scmwa.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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