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Live Music

| Entertainment | November 16, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!
Nov 16, Thurs
6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Z – Band Country, blues, rock
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys Classic rock, blues, fun6:30–9pm Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
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Nov 17, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current 7p–11p Backyard Grub n Brews Mod–U–Lates Classic rock & wild sax
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on the patio Classic rock, R&B
8p–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Guitar James Live music
8:30–11pm Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic oldies & country 9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Pop, soul, rock
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Nov 18, Sat
6p–10p Vincent Hill Station TBD Live music
8p–12m VFW 6885 Soundwaves band Classic surf & oldies
8:30–11p Wine 661 Jeff Ross & friends Classic rock
9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Snareheads Stones to Prince
9p–1am Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Controlled Chaos Classic rock & country
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Nov 17 & 18, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and 11/19 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Nov 19, Sun
10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Urban Soul Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins Classics & originals
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
4–8pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam Large dance floo
5–9pm VFW 6885 Mary White band Country
5:30–8:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Meridian SCV band Live music
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Nov 20, Mon
7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, indie rock
Nov 21, Tues
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright, guest artist Blues & rock
Nov 22, Wed
6–9pm Vincent Hill Station John & Terri Live Music
7–11pm Valencia Wine Co Mike Fitzgerald & Billy Davis Live music
Wine 661 Ron Suffredini Classic rock
Nov 23, Thur Happy Thanksgiving!
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Nov 24, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current 8p–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Live music
8:30–11pm Wine 661 Chris Ralles Classic rock
9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Copycats Classic rock

Band of the Week – Apollo 69

| Entertainment | November 10, 2017

If you weren’t alive when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon (or when Stanley Kubrick directed the moon landing), you can still experience the next best thing, right here in Santa Clarita.

Apollo 69, a psychedelic punk/rock band from Santa Clarita, was established by Andre Shahjanian, Nate Ramer, Zach Lindquist, and Tyler Bernstein after the friends began making music last summer.

Last month the group released their debut album, “Homemade Honey,” and after one month of Sound Cloud exposure, their single, “Flowers,” has been played over 2,000 times.

According to Andre Shajhanian, the album name came from the crude practice of irrigating their throats with honey before singing. “We used to down honey before we sang so we could hit the notes,” he explained.

So far, Apollo 69 has played two concerts, and the group is planning additional performances for the coming months. To find out more about Apollo 69, visit www.facebook.com/Apollo69band. To find out the truth about the moon landing, ask the band after one of their shows.

The Myth Behind the Title of a ‘Reserve Wine’

| Entertainment | November 10, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Many people think that there are certain descriptive words that people look for on a winery’s label, like reserve, estate grown, single vineyard, old vine, etc. This past week, I had someone ask what our “reserve wines” were.

In the U.S., “reserve” doesn’t theoretically mean anything. When applying for label approval from the TTB (Tax and Trade Bureau) in our country, reserve is nothing more than a brand name. “Estate grown” sometimes is synonymous with reserve, but it isn’t supposed to be; you can be both. For instance, Reyes Winery wines are estate grown and, yes, I can consider them a reserve wine in the sense that we oversee and assist in the whole process to make sure the quality is the best, from growing to bottling.

The term “reserve wines” most likely started in the cellar when winemakers would hold back or “reserve” some of their wine from a certain good tasting or favorite vintage. In this day and age, the insinuation of a reserve wine is that it’s a higher quality wine that has been aged longer. But the reality is, you’ll find most wineries that use the term really do put their best product into their reserve wines.

When creating a label, you never know if it will be a reserve type of wine until after it’s bottled and labeled. You may, two years later, see an additional sticker that says “reserve.” For instance, Reyes Winery’s 2011 and 2012 Syrah that has won Double Gold medals from the San Francisco International Wine Competition means that now I could add that second label saying “reserve.” We generally put aside a certain number of cases in the cellar, so that a few years later, when the inventory in the tasting room has been exhausted, we will bring out a certain quantity to share with our customers.

Robert Reyes, our winemaker and owner of Reyes Winery, said his favorite is the 2009 Syrah. Even though it didn’t win the prestigious awards, it is now part of our “reserve” or “library” wine list which is for members now, unless it’s on the monthly wine list in the tasting room.

Live Music

| Entertainment | November 9, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Nov 9, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Siren Valley Acoustic music

7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Coyote Country

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Nov 10, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio 70’s & 80’s rock

8p–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Midnight Ramblers Country & Blues

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Cary Classic rock & originals

9–12m Valencia Wine Co P ULP band Hard rock & dance

9p–1:30am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock classics

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Nov 11, Sat

12n–2p Oaktree Gun Club Miles 2 Go Oldies rock & more

6p–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country

8p–12m VFW 6885 Gypsy Breeze band Classic rock

8:30–11p Wine 661 David Blassucci & friends Soulful to Toto & more

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co The Keys band Classic rock & originals

9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classics, R&B, varied

9p–1am Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright Rockin’ Blues

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Nov 10 & 11, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and 11/12 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Nov 12, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Emerald City Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Lance Allyn Classics, R&B, varied

3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic  Live music

4–8pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam Large dance floor

5–9pm VFW 6885 Cold River band Country

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Nov 13,  Mon

7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, indie rock

Nov 14,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Chris Wilson, guest artist Live music

Nov 15,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic oldies & country

Nov 16, Thur

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Z – Band Country, blues, rock

6:30–9pm Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals     (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys Classic rock, blues, fun

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Nov 17, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7p–11p Backyard Grub n Brews Mod–U–Lates Classic rock & wild sax

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on the patio Classic rock, R&B

p–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Guitar James Live music

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic oldies & country

9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Pop, soul, rock

Full Safari Hosts Artist Showcase

| Entertainment | November 2, 2017

A rag-tag group of local musicians build a music festival from the ground and pull it together against all odds. That sounds like the plot of “Wayne’s World 2,” but for Joey Voge of Full Safari, the idea of organizing last Friday’s music festival was spawned without the inspiration from Jim Morrison in the form of a dream.

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“This started after we played at famous places like The Whisky, and we realized that playing at places with reputations matters less than having a good crowd and playing well,” Voge said.

That realization eventually inspired a four-hour festival with a 12-band lineup and numerous local artists. With the help of Gryffon Benepe, the two booked a venue at a local clubhouse, contacted musicians, and handed out hundreds of flyers across the city.

Two concertgoers listen to the performers

Although Voge took initiative, due to his young age, many were skeptical of his leadership capabilities. “My biggest obstacle was with the owners of the venue, because they saw me as a kid and didn’t treat me with respect, even though we followed the rules down to the letter,” Voge said.

Joey Voge, lead singer of Full Safari performing at Vincenzo’s in October

Despite some minor setbacks, everything went as expected, according to Voge.

“The event went great, given it was our first time,” he said. “Everything went as closely to the plan as possible.”

Because this artists’ showcase received such a great response, Voge is in the process of planning and perfecting future events.

He added: “There will be more events like this … probably with food, a better schedule, and a ticket table actually at the door.”

For more information about Full Safari, check them out on Spotify, or visit Full Safari’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheBandYouLove/.

Wine of the Week – 2012 Syrah Double Gold Medal Winner

| Entertainment | October 26, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

The Reyes Winery 2012 Syrah is on a six-city tour for earning the Double Gold Medal in the San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition. It includes New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago and San Francisco, where I had a ball pouring our 2012 Syrah for our second Double Gold Medal (the 2011 Syrah won two years ago). I met a handful of people up in San Francisco who live in Stevenson Ranch and the Valencia area. One gentleman had lived there for over 40 years and worked in the wine industry, but didn’t know about our little wine region. One day, Santa Clarita’s wine region will be like Napa Valley. We have more than 50 vineyards and wineries between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley.

I am in New York for the Double Gold Tasting event. When I meet the media from New York I love to share that we are the only winery here from Los Angeles County. To receive the Double Gold Medal, all the judges have to unanimously award the wine a gold medal. The 2012 Syrah also received 94 points.

The Reyes Winery Syrah is layered with complex, sweet-smelling nuances of Black Velvet apricots, figs and blackberries. This wine was aged in French oak barrels, which provide the elegance to balance its robust structure.

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 26, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Oct 26, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Z Band Zane Wood Classics & country

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Oct 27, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Stunt Road featuring Carmen Grillo   Large dance floor

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Juke Box Blender on the patio Halloween party

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Ron Suffredini Classic rock

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Helen Wheels Classic rock & dance

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirpatrick Classic rock

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Oct 28, Sat

8p–12m VFW 6885 Chad & Pam Country

8:30–11p Wine 661 David Blasucci Classics rock

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Barfly band Classic rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Freddie’s Bomb Factory Halloween party

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Oct 27 & 28, Fri and Sat  9p–12am and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Oct 29, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet The Reign Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft Blues & rock

3–7p Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic  Live music

5–9pm VFW 6885 Breakfast with Barbie Classic rock

5–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam Large dance floor
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Oct 31,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Bunky Sperling & friends Classic rock

Nov 1,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic oldies

Nov 2, Thur

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Classics & more

6:30-9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals     (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

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Nov 3, Fri  7–10p American Legion 507 TBD Large dance floor

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote on the patio Country

8:30–11pm Wine 661 TBD Live music

9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Mighty Anchovies Classic rock & dance

Coffinwood Cemetery Haunted House

| Entertainment | October 20, 2017

For those who would like to trade in the frights of everyday life for a night of spooky horror and Halloween fun, get ready to put away that business casual uniform, shred those bills and head on over to Coffinwood Cemetery.

Coffinwood Cemetery is an interactive home haunt that began 20 years ago in Canyon Country. Now located in Valencia, the festivities will take place over the next two weeks on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on Halloween from 7-10 p.m.

Non-Scare Nights will be on held on Fridays (Oct. 20 and 27), with games and prizes available for children. Scare Nights are on Saturdays and Halloween night (Oct. 21, 28, and 31).

Coffinwood Cemetery is located at 27159 Waterford Drive in Valencia.

Table Grapes vs. Wine Grapes – Is there a Difference?

| Entertainment | October 19, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Just like the various apples you see at the market — Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, etc. — every fruit and vegetable has different varieties. The same goes for wine grapes; for instance, Merlot comes from Merlot grapes.

Is there a taste difference between wine and table grapes? Yes. Table grapes tend to be less sweet than wine grapes. We measure sweetness or sugar levels by Brix, which is a scale to measure the percentage of sugar in a liquid. Wine grapes are usually between 24-26 when we harvest them, while table grapes that you get from the market are between 17-19.

Wine grapes are smaller, have very thick skins, lots of juice and have numerous seeds per grape. Table grapes are grown to be more physically eye-catching, less juice and more pulp, less acidity, and sugar with thinner skins. Some table grapes do come seeded, which tend to be more flavorful than a seedless variety.

Almost all cultivated grapes that are grown around the world are vitis vinifera. It is generally called the European grapevine, which has ancestral roots in Iran. It includes wine grapes, like Merlot or Syrah, and table grapes like Red Globe grapes. There are more than 70 different species within the vitis genus.

In 2016, we harvested Merlot grapes equaling three barrels of wine. There are approximately 25 cases per barrel, which means in two years, when the wine is ready to be bottled, we should have about 75 cases of wine. With all the rain we had this year, we harvested 12 barrels of Merlot. For our annual Pig Roast on November 4, we will be sampling our harvest for everyone to try.

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 19, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Oct 19, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton John & Terri Live music  6:30-9:30p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals     (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

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Oct 20, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Mod-U-Lates Classics with a sax

8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Rock & country

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Gigi Worth, John Davis & Chris Ralles Classic rock

9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Classic rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Jimmy White Country

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Oct 21, Sat

11a – 2p Old Town Newhall Library Drum circles & Drum concerts

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Live music

7–11p Backyard Brews ‘n Grub Right Side Up Classics rock, variety

8p–12m VFW 6885 Deplorables Country

8:30–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes Classics & originals

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Classic rock

8p–10p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Illegal Download Live music

10p–12m Rock Inn Noble Creatures Rock with horn section

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Oct 20 & 21, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Oct 22, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Midnite Crisis Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Rick Berthod band Rock & blues

3–7p Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic  Live music

5–8p Miles 2 Go Salt Creek Grille Classic rock

5–9pm VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country

5–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam Large dance floor
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Oct 24,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse John Davis & friends Classic rock / Fogerty

Oct 25,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Michael Gabriel Live music

Oct 26, Thur

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Z Band Classics & country

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Oct 27, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Stunt Road featuring Carmen Grillo       Large dance floor

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Juke Box Blender on the patio             Halloween party

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Ron Suffredini Classic rock

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Helen Wheels Classic rock & dance

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirpatrick Classic rock

Wolf Creek Brewery Benefits Non Profits in October

| Entertainment | October 13, 2017

Community Pints
Every month, Wolf Creek Brewery hosts its Community Pints Program benefiting a non-profit on Tuesdays with donations from its total sales. In the month of October, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center will benefit from the program, with special food and entertainment on October 17 and 24:

October 17 – Sean Hughes/LA Burger Bar
October 24 – Jackie Beckwith/Pacific Pizza Truck

Wolf Creek Brewery is located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. The brewery is open from 4-9 p.m., with music starting at 6 p.m. Ten percent of all Tuesday sales go to the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center.

Weekends at Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek Brewery will benefit the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild during the month of October on the following weekends:
October 20-21 – OKTOBERFEST!!
October 22 – Brats, Brews, and Beetles (VW) Car Show
October 27 – Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9 p.m. Future X Husbands is the featured band and the Pickles & Peas food truck will be on site early in the evening.

For more information, call 661-294-9977 or visit Wolfcreekbrewingco.com.

October is National Merlot Month!

| Entertainment | October 12, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

The first wine labels with the word Merlot on it was in 1784 in Bordeaux, France. Very recently, as in the last 25 years, UC Davis has done research to find the history of Merlot. They have found out that it is an offspring of Cabernet Franc and another grape from Brittany that, at this time, has not been named.

California originally started to grow Merlot as a single varietal and not a blending grape. This wine is among the most popular blends and we are celebrating it all month long.

In 2011, we sourced Merlot grapes from Amador County. The Reyes Winery Renaissance Merlot is soft, medium-bodied, and has aromas of molasses, mocha and plums with notes of anise. On the palate you get intense, ripe plum, a soft, balanced acidity, silky tannins and a lingering finish of spicy, toasty oak. The velvety, ruby color and aromas will inspire anyone to have another glass. It will pair well with duck or with a coffee-crusted pork roast with a Merlot au jus. We will feature this wine for our monthly hike. The Reyes Winery 2011 Merlot has won two medals from the 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition and 2016 Toast of the Coast, plus it was rated with 88 points.

 

Artist of the Week – Mochi Robinson

| Entertainment | October 12, 2017

There is no right way to listen to music – but for songwriter Mochi Robinson, taking off your shoes and groovin’ with “stank face” is the only way.

From ambient music to electronic and neo-soul, Robinson hopes to create honest music as an intimate way to connect with the world around him. When it comes to defining his style of music, Robinson prefers not to confine his music to a specific genre: “There’s nothing that I don’t want to play, there’s nothing that I don’t make.”

Playing guitar since the age of 12, Robinson has been developing his passion for music and songwriting for nearly a decade. Robinson moved to Santa Clarita in 2012 to study music at CalArts. After two years, he moved back to Pennsylvania to finish his schooling at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Throughout Robinson’s time at CalArts, he performed around SCV, sharing his music with audiences and conversing with the crowds – all without shoes on. “The most wonderful feeling is to have a crowd be genuinely excited and waiting for the next song, project – anything,” said Robinson. “That’s a very powerful feeling and is something that I hope I could sustain.”

Not only does Robinson perform music as a universal language to connect to others, he has goals to move to Japan and become an English teacher. Before he begins his next journey, he plans on making Santa Clarita his final stop in the United States.

For more information about Mochi Robinson and to listen to his music, check out his Bandcamp page at https://mochirobinson.bandcamp.com/, or visit his Sound Cloud at https://soundcloud.com/mochi-robinson.

Friday Night Films Screening of ‘CinemAbility’ Educates and Entertains

| Entertainment, News | October 12, 2017

Like many award-winning documentary films, the latest release by Gold Pictures seeks to amuse viewers while turning the spotlight on an unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable, topic. A screening of “CinemAbility” at College of the Canyons on Friday is a golden opportunity for Santa Clarita residents to take a fresh look at the ways Hollywood has shaped the worldview of disabled individuals.

But if your mental image is that of a depressing, difficult film, think again.

“It’s funny, it’s uplifting, and entertaining,” said Jenni Gold, director of “CinemAbility.”

Viewers will see Geena Davis, Ben Affleck and Jamie Fox, among other A-listers, in the film.

“I put in as many people as I possibly could to make it attractive,” Gold said. “You hear ‘documentary’ and ‘disability’ and you run for the hills.”

Typically, Gold Pictures’ productions are narrative films. One of the company’s releases is about killer cockroaches that attack a college campus, for instance. In this case, the director said, “CinemAbility” is “a love story to Hollywood,” but also an informative look at how the public’s perception of disabilities has been shaped by media portrayals.

Gold works in Hollywood while grappling with the challenges of muscular dystrophy herself, which is one reason she was interested in the project. She is one of only two members of the Directors Guild of America with a visible disability, she said.

“We have a lot of truth that people either overlooked or never knew,” Gold said.

The movie never would have come to town if it wasn’t for the will of Santa Clarita resident and “CinemAbility’s biggest fan,” Leland Lewitt.

“He was very determined,” Gold said. “He wouldn’t come to any of our screenings — Leland insisted that we come to Valencia. It really meant something to him.”

And despite the fact that scheduling a screening is no small feat, Lewitt was successful.

“I was born with an intellectual disability,” he explained. “When I was attending junior high school, I was called ‘retard’ and made fun of almost daily. This film will show the people in my community that people with disabilities have feelings and deserve to be treated with respect. No one in my community has even heard of this film, and I want to change that.”

The 101-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion, all part of College of the Canyons Friday Night Films program.

“The film fits nicely into our program and Leland is very persistent, to say the least,” said Gary Peterson, COC cinema department chair, who has not seen the film yet. “We are happy to show the film to the community.”

The filmmaker seeks to inform the public about the experience of anyone underrepresented or misrepresented in the media.
“We’re united in one front — inclusion,” Gold said.

It took Gold about 10 years of research, pulling in celebrities and putting the filmmaking pieces together. Once it was “in the can,” she joked that it’s a whole second career promoting it.

“CinemAbility” is only available through specialty screenings and will be officially released in 2018. That means they show the film at corporate events, industry events, etc.

“It’s a slow, grassroots campaign,” Gold said. “We are independent and under-funded.”

Viewers will see both sides of the story, because Gold is careful not to inject her own opinion. She wants audiences to develop their own opinions, never forgetting to keep it light and engaging.

“We realize we’re just here to entertain,” she said. “We can’t educate unless people are having fun.”

Even famous comedy filmmaker Peter Farrelly said that “CinemAbility” got more laughs than some of his films, according to Gold, who added, “People leave in a very good mood.”

The program begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13 in Hasley 101 on the COC Valencia Campus, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Valencia. It is free and open to all, starting with an introduction by the director and a Q & A after the film. For more information, email Gary.peterson@canyons.edu or visit Cinemability.com.

 

The Addams Family, Review by Michelle Sandoval

| Entertainment | October 12, 2017

America’s spookiest family is calling Santa Clarita home this October as the Canyon Theatre Guild presents “The Addams Family,” putting us all in the Halloween spirit. With a very talented cast and crew to bring the creepy characters to life, this show is great for everyone — young and old. And with the importance of “Family” embedded in the roots of the play, there is no better reason to gather up your kooky clan and make it over to the theatre for a night of undead fun!

“The Addams Family” is a musical comedy straight from Broadway with lyrics and music by Andrew Lippa and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon characters created by Charles Addams. Directed by Ingrid Boydston and assisted by Musette Caing, the two have accomplished something phenomenal. Shedding the constraints of a small hometown playhouse, they bring us a Broadway quality show with a cast full of rising stars. Everything is top-notch, from the choreography, courtesy of Annette Sintia Duran, to virtually flawless vocal performances under the direction of Virginia Stewart Britton. Together they present us with a magically macabre show that will make you fall in love with this crazy family all over again.

The story centers around Wednesday Addams, who is not a little girl anymore. In fact, she plans on getting married to a guy who comes from a “normal” family. The audience gets a firsthand look at the awkward dinner party where both the bride and groom will unite their families for the first time. The outcome is not what anyone would expect, and questions whether or not true love can conquer all.

I cannot say enough about the cast. Everyone on stage not only embodied the spirit of their creepy characters, but did so with a passion that filled every inch of the theatre. Skylar Cutchall shines as Wednesday, giving us a young woman filled with romantic angst, being thrown in the middle of two different worlds as she struggles to find her place in both. Her love, Lucas Beineke, is played by Colin Robert, who comes off as a sincere “nice guy,” who finds he might just have to dig a bit into his dark side to win the girl. The two have great chemistry on stage and you are rooting for their happy ending from the very beginning,

At the heart of the family are Gomez and Morticia Addams, a couple whose every word drips with passion for each other. Played by Brandon McCravy and Savannah Marie, the two give us a pair whose love can literally wake the dead. McCravy is great as a husband and father who is torn between the two women he loves. His performance is hilarious and anything but kooky. The star of the show has to be Marie, who gives us an outstanding Morticia at her deadly best. She commands the stage from the second she steps onto it to the moment she leaves. Everything about her performance, from her flawless vocals to her complete embodiment of the macabre mother, is pure magic. Marie accomplishes something Morticia is very well known for — she will leave you completely bewitched.

Everyone in the cast is simply great, with stellar performances from Jennifer Teague as Alice Beineke, a mother who discovers she has a bit of wild side hidden inside; and Jane Arnett as Grandma Addams, who manages to push the envelope to the extreme. Young star Brandon Loprete is great as Pugsley, complete with a sinister scream that had the audience in stitches.

While you and your family are carving pumpkins in the weeks to come, also carve out some time to spend an evening with the Addams Family. You’ll laugh, you’ll grimace, you’ll look away in horror, but overall you will have an absolute blast. The show is playing until October 28, so grab your tickets and get ready for a spooky ride with a family that is bound to be crazier than yours.

“The Addams Family” is playing at the Canyon Theatre Guild on Main Street in Newhall. For information or tickets call 661-799-2702.

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 12, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!   There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Oct 12, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Dan Parra Live music

6:30-9:30p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals     (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

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Oct 13, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Big Coyote Country & dance floor

7–11p Backyard Brews & Grub Mod-U-Lates Classics with a sax

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on the patio Live music

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Cary Classic rock & originals

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Counterfitz Classic rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Fred Gray Piano man

9p–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock n roll classics

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Oct 14, Sat

1p–10p American Legion 507 SCV Blues Society hosts Battle of the Bands!

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Michael Gabriel Live music

8p–12m VFW 6885 Emerald City Rock

8:30–11p Wine 661 Miles to Go Classic rock

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Vinyl Gypsies Classic rock

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Oct 13 & 14, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Oct 15, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Seventh Switch Live music

10a–1:30p TPC Valencia Dallas Hodge & Robert Heft Blues & more

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes Classic & originals

5–9pm VFW 6885 Alan Wright band Blues & classic rock

5–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam Large dance floor
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Oct 17,  Tues

7–9pm Lutheran Church CC Jam for the Lamb Classic rock to gospel

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys Classic rock & blues

Oct 18,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic oldies

Oct 19, Thur

6:30-9:30p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals     (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

7–10p Old Town Newhall Skinny Little Twits Senses – Halloween Haunt

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Oct 20, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Mod-U-Lates Classics with a sax

8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Rock & country

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Gigi Worth, John Davis & Chris Ralles Classic rock

9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Classic rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) TBD Live music

October is International Merlot Month!

| Entertainment | October 5, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Last week we featured our Reyes Winery 2009 estate grown merlot, and in this issue, the Wine of the Week is our 2010 merlot.

The Reyes Winery 2010 merlot has less fruitiness and more notes of cinnamon. Depending upon the age of the oak and the day you pick the fruit, the weather can alter the flavor and the aromas. This wine won a silver medal at the 2012 Orange County Fair, 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru, 2012 Sunset International Wine Competition and 2012 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. It pairs well with pork chops with a cinnamon jerk rub, Toscano cheese dusted in cinnamon or a flourless chocolate cake. We will be featuring this for our pig roast this year.

Social media has a hashtag for it, #MerlotMe. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Merlot. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass and post it with #MerlotMe and #Reyeswinery.

 

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 5, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Oct 5, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Lance Allyn Classics rock, blues, etc

6:30-9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals     (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

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Oct 6, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Full Circle Classic rock & dance

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on the patio Country

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Chris Ralles, Steve Fenete & Jeff Ross Rock & pop

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Copycats Rockin’ dance music

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) String Theory Live music

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Oct 7, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station TBD Live music

8p–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up Classic rock

8:30–11p Wine 661 Gigi Worth, John Davis & Chris Ralles Classic rock

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Stone Soul band Tower of Power with soul

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Saloonatics Rock n roll

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Oct 6 & 7, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Oct 8, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet The Fulcos Rock & country

10a–2pm Amer Legion parking lot Phil n The Blanks Car show – Hot Rods for Heros

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Live music

2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz

5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley band Country

5–9pm American Legion 507 2nd Sunday Blues Jam SCV Blues Society
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Oct 10,  Tues

6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Sean Wiggins 10% goes to charity

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse TBD Blues & rock

Oct 11,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station John & Terri Live music

Oct 12, Thur

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Dan Parra Live music
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Oct 13, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Big Coyote Country & dance floor

7–11p Backyard Brews & Grub Mod-U-Lates Classics with a sax

8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Rock & country

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Cary Classic rock & originals

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Counterfitz Classic rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Fred Gray Piano man

9p–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock n roll classics

Band of the Week – Fruit Stand

| Entertainment | September 28, 2017

If there’s one thing this world is in desperate need of, it’s more platonic friends playing guitars — and Emma Thompson and Tate Dickens are more than ready to answer that call.

After local band Submediocre split off this summer, Dickens and Thompson decided to pick up their guitars and start anew with Fruit Stand, an indie-alternative rock group with a brand new sound. The two College of the Canyons students have been making a name for themselves within Santa Clarita’s budding music scene, recording music and rebranding through music platforms like Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

Their latest single, Blistered Sun (and the August Moon) is available on their Bandcamp page online. Fruit Stand will also be performing at the Hipified Records showcase hosted by Vincenzo’s in Newhall Oct. 6.

For more information about Fruit Stand and upcoming events, visit www. twitter.com/fruitstandband.

October is International Merlot Month!

| Entertainment | September 28, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Merlot is one of the primary grapes used in Bordeaux wine. The word merlot is said to be a derived from the word merle, meaning “blackbird” in French. History tells us that one of the first wine labels with the word “merlot” was in 1784 in Bordeaux, France.

It is a very popular red grape that is generally planted around the world for blending, because merlot adds body and softness to other grapes when combined. It is full-bodied and intense wine, which can be high in alcohol. Tasting notes could include plums, blackberries, blueberries and black raspberries. Some notes might include mint, oregano or thyme. Notes that come from the oak might be caramel, coffee, mocha, molasses or vanilla.

Every year, merlot, like any wine, will have similar notes, but sometimes it can have other characteristics that create an amazing tasting wine. For instance, our 2009 estate grown merlot is very fruity, with minty aromas and not a lot of oak. It has won a gold medal in the 2011 Long Beach Grand Cru and a silver medal in the 2011 LA International Wine & Spirits Competition. It pairs well with porterhouse steak with a wild mushroom demi glace sauce, mushroom brie or blueberry cheesecake.

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 28, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!   There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Sep 28, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Z Band Classics rock, blues, etc

7–10pm Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic Rock

Sep 29, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10pm American Legion 507  * Stunt Road w/special guest Carl Verheyen of Super Tramp

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Mystic Posse on the patio Eclectic rock

8:30–11p Wine 661 Chris Ralles & friends Rock & pop

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Snareheads Rockin’ dance music

9p–1am Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock

9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic rock

Sep 30, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station TBD Live music

8p–12m VFW 6885 Lynn Rutherford Country

8:30–11p Wine 661 Gigi Worth & Guy Thomas Classic rock

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Freddy Lopez trio Jazz Fusion & dance

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft band Blues & rock

Sep 29 & 30, Fri and Sat

9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

Oct 1, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Brothers & Others Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Classic rock & more

2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duo Classic rock, blues & jazz

5–9pm VFW 6885 Henry Becker Country

4–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam   Large dance floor
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Oct 3,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Robert Heft Blues & rock

Oct 4,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic oldies

Oct 5, Thur

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Lance Allyn Classics rock, blues, etc

6:30-9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style traditionals     (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

Oct 6, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Full Circle Classic rock dance band

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on the patio Country

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Chris Ralles, Steve Fenete & Jeff Ross Rock & pop

9–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) String Theory Live music

Wine of the Week – 2017 Wine Education at the L.A. County Fair

| Entertainment | September 21, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Last week, I attended a wine education class at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona for Award-Winning Wines of Southern California. They presented our 2013 Syrah, which won a silver award. I was so excited to be there and experience a class that I attend every year which included one of our wines. This was the first time we were included in this class or, for that matter, any class. As I waited in line, people kept looking at me and I kept turning behind me trying to figure out what or who they were looking at. The person checking people in told everyone that I was a representative of the #4 wine they were tasting. They asked me to stand up and share a little about us.

I made my way up to the stage, and the judges thought our 2013 Estate Syrah was one of the best wines they have had. And if I do say so myself, it was definitely the best wine of the night! Even Vince Ferragamo said our wine was amazing and said he wanted to come up and visit. I shared where we are located in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Our 2013 Estate Syrah was aged in French Oak for 23 months and brings blackberry, plum, pepper and fall herbs to your senses. Its silky finish lingers with soft tannins and a touch of smoky oak. It pairs with lamb burgers or a mixed berry trifle. We will be releasing this wine on February 17, 2018 for International Syrah Day, which is February 16. But, I will say, you never know if I might put this on the menu for the “wine of the day” to preview it before its official release date.

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 21, 2017

There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!  There are several opportunities to go out and enjoy live music this week in SCV!

Sep 21, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton John & Terri Live music

7-10pm Downtown Newhall Senses, 3rd Thur Chocolate Factory theme & G-3 Band

Sep 22, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Another Time Around SRBQ – Fogerty, Orbison & more

7–10p Backyard Grub n Brews Alan Wright band Blues & rock

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Red Rock on the patio Live music

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Ron Suffredini Classic rock, surf to pop

9–12m Valencia Wine Co PULP band Party rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Contemporary & rap style

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Sep 23, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country

8p–12m VFW 6885 Sound Waves Surf music & more

8:30–11pm Wine 661 David Blasucci & Paul Angers Soft rock classics

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Barfly band Rock radio hits

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band Live music

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Sep 22 & 23, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Sep 24, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet the Splinters Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes Rock & originals

2:30-5:30p Valencia Wine Co Morris & Sullivan, guitar duoClassic rock, blues & jazz

5–9pm VFW 6885 Miles 2 Go Classic Rock  4–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam   Large dance floor
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Sep 26,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Sean Wiggins Classics & originals

Sep 27,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Eli Locke Live music

7–9p MJ’s Tap House Sheldon Botler Live music

Sep 28, Thur

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Z Band Classics rock, blues, etc

8–10p +/- Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic Rock

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Sep 29, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Stunt Road w/special guest Carl Verheyen of Super Tramp

8–12m Vincent Hill Station Mystic Posse on the patio Eclectic rock

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Chris Ralles Rock & pop

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Snareheads Rockin’ dance music

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock

9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic rock

Wine of the Week – Celebrate One of the Oldest Wine Varietals … Tempranillo

| Entertainment | September 15, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Tempranillo ripens earlier than other varietals. It grows around the world, but is mainly grown in the Rioja region of Spain. This varietal has been growing since Phoenicians settled in the Iberian Peninsula somewhere around 1,000 BC, when the wine trade was flourishing. The Phoenicians had created a widespread wine trading network around the Mediterranean Sea ports at the time. It is possible that they started trading around 800 BC when they founded Carthage in 814 BC. They also founded Málaga, Spain in 770 BC, which is on the southern coast. From there they went inland and spread winemaking throughout Spain.

In 1905, Frederic Bioletti brought Tempranillo to California, but it did not get a great response from people due to the pre-Prohibition era. But also, the hot, dry climates made it difficult for the grape to flourish.

Later, in the 1980s, Californian Tempranillo started to increase when it was found that growing in rocky areas suited it best.

Tempranillo is considered neutral in flavor and is often blended with other grapes, like Grenache, and aged in oak for a longer period of time. It tends to have fruit flavor notes of strawberries, cherries, figs or plums. Sometimes it can have earthier notes of cedar, leather, tobacco or vanilla.

Oso’s Blend was aged in French Oak for 18 months. It is crimson in color with soft aromas of blackberry, cassis and leather. On the palate, notes of cherry, plum and ripe tomatoes with a hint of vanilla and clove can be perceived. This is a blend of 54 percent Merlot and 46 percent Tempranillo. We sourced the Tempranillo from Alonso Family Vineyards in the Sierra Pelona Valley and the Merlot is estate grown. Last Sunday, we opened a bottle to celebrate Oso, who passed away on July 27, 2017. He was the gentle giant German shepherd at the winery, where he grew up and spent his life in the freedom of the vineyard. Oso’s Blend will be released October 14-15 for a Vertical Merlot Tasting to celebrate “Merlot Month.” It will be one of eight merlot wines being featured and the community is invited to celebrate Oso’s life at Reyes Winery. You can make reservations at https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

 

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