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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/.

 

The Society Improv at The Main in Newhall

| Entertainment | September 14, 2017

They say that laughter is the best medicine — so this Friday, trade in your life-saving medications, dump your insurance plan and trade it all in for a night of comedy with The Society improv troupe at The Main in Newhall at 8 p.m.

The Society Improv Troupe has been Santa Clarita’s resident comedy crew since 2006. Once a month these 10 seasoned performers get together and perform family-friendly comedy in front of strangers, all on the spot.

Comedy improv is a performance style that involves making up scenes without preparation, and begins with a single suggestion from the audience. The Society notes that this style is similar to that of the hit show “Whose Line is it Anyway,” except that they “don’t force you to listen to Drew Carey.”

Tickets are available online and at the door for the show on Friday, September 15, 2017. The Society highly recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are $15 for adults, with a 20 percent discount for seniors and students.

For more information about The Society or to purchase tickets to the event, visit their website at www.jointhesociety.com. To order tickets at the box office call 661-290-2255. The Main is located at 24266 Main Street in Newhall.

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 14, 2017

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

Sep 14, Thurs    6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Lance Allyn                         Classics, rock–jazz & more

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Sep 15, Fri       6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p                    American Legion 507      Dead to the Core              Grateful Dead tribute band

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

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Lance Allyn                   Classics, rock–jazz & more

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Copycats                      Stones to Radiohead

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

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Sep 16, Sat       12–2p               49er Saloon in Acton     Rebel Heart – rock         Fundraiser & motorcycle ride finish

5–12m              Agua Dulce Women’s Club    A.D. Country Fair          Chili, games, live music, etc
4–5pm              Davenport Rd to Darling Rd   A.D. Fair Parade                       temp. street closures

6–10p               Vincent Hill Station        Michael Gabriel             Contemporary, stirring

7–11m              Backyard Grub n Brews Right Side Up               Classic rock

8p–12m                        VFW 6885                     Generation Gap             Classic  50’s to 70’s

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Sean Hughes                    Rock & originals

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

9p–1a               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Rick Berthod band        Blues & Rock

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Sep 15 & 16, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and  Sun 5–8pm     Salt Creek Grille           Live music

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Sep 17, Sun      10a–2pm           Saugus Swap Meet       the Saloonatics             Live music

10a–1:30p         TPC Valencia                Lance Allyn                   Classics, rock–jazz & more

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Alan Wright band           Blues & rock

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

5–8p                 TPC Valencia                Robert Heft blues band Blues & classics

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Cold River band                        Country

4–9pm              American Legion 507     Blues Jam                      Large dance floor

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Sep 19,  Tues    7–10pm            Bergies steakhouse       Big Coyote                   Country & originals

Sep 20,  Wed    6–9pm              Vincent Hill Station        Miles 2 Go                    Classic rock

Sep 21, Thur       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

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

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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

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

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

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          PULP band                   Rock

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

Brewery Benefits SCV Senior Center in September

| Entertainment | September 7, 2017

Every month, Wolf Creek Brewery hosts its Community Pints Program benefiting a non-profit every Tuesday with donations from its total sales. This month, the SCV Senior Center is receiving 10 percent of all sales at the brewery on Tuesdays in September, plus proceeds from the purchase of Golden Eagle Ale at Wolf Creek’s Restaurant.

Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia, will host live music and special food on the following Tuesdays in September:

Sept. 12—Monkey Bump Band/BurgerBar LA Food Truck
Sept. 19—Bob Heller Acoustic Rock/Pacific Pizza Food Truck
Sept. 26—Jackie Beckwith Easy Rock/Swami Sandwiches

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 SCV Senior Center.

The Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company, located at 27746 McBean Pkwy in Valencia, will donate 50 cents from every pint of Golden Eagle Ale purchased on Tuesdays this month.

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

Celebrate Grenache this Month!

| Entertainment | September 7, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine varietals in the world. It grows well in hot, dry and windy climates like Agua Dulce and ripens much later than most varietals. There are different types of Grenache: Noir, Blanc, Gris and Rose. It is mainly grown in France, Australia, Sardinia/Italy and the Central Valley of California. Most likely, the grape originated from Spain during the period when the Aragon Crown ruled, according to ampelographical evidence, the field of study that identifies and classifies grapevines.

The 2015 Grenache, sourced from Alonso Family Vineyards in Agua Dulce, is a limited edition, member-only wine. It has aromas of strawberries, ruby-red grapefruits and raspberries. Your palate will experience raspberry, honey, white pepper and a bit of anise. It can be a spicier, fruity wine with higher alcohol content than most red wines. This jammy wine can be enjoyed with chicken dishes, cheese or chocolate-covered strawberries.

International Grenache Day is Friday, September 15, 2017. To celebrate, Reyes Winery will feature the Reyes 2015 Grenache and Alonso Family Vineyards 2011 Juan’s Red (Grenache blend) on Ladies Night that evening from 5-8 p.m.

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 7, 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 7, Thurs 6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Siren Valley Acoustic band

Sep 8, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Classic-Current

6–10pm TPC Valencia Magnolia Drawl (Mary White) Country

7–10p American Legion 507 Deplorables Country/Dance

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

8–12m Backyard Grub n Brews Mod U Lates Classics/sax

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic mix

9–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live musi

c9p–1a Rock Inn Michael Gabriel Contemporary,

Sep 9, Sat

5-10p Ventura Blues Society Fundraiser Channel Islands in Camarillo

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

8p–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up band Classics, varied

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co Retro Station band Classic rock

9p–1a Rock Inn Jimmy White Live music

Sep 8 & 9, Fri and Sat

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

Sep 10, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Urban Soul Live music

10:30a–1:30p TPC Valencia Mary White band Country acoustic

1–5pm Rock Inn Sean Wiggins & Lone Goat Classics & originals

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

5–9pm VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country

4–9pm American Legion 507 SCV Blues Society   2nd Sunday Blues Jam
Sep 12,  Tues

7–10pm   Bergies steakhouse Eliot Witherspoon Classic rock etc

Sep 13,  Wed

6–9pm   Vincent Hill Station Eli Locke Country

Sep 14, Thur

6–10pm   Vincent Hill in Acton Lance Allyn Classics to popular

 

Sep 15, Fri

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

7–10p American Legion 507 Dead to the Core Grateful Dead tribute band

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

8:30–11pm Wine 661 TBD Live music

9–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music

9p–1a Rock Inn Jimmy Long Live music

Reyes Winery Wine of the Week – Amber Chardonnay

| Entertainment | August 31, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

When you go shopping at a store for wine, you have choices of red, white, sparkling and rose. But now, you also have Orange Wine, also known as “Amber Wine.” It is considered to be the oldest style of wine in the world. Archaeologists have found grape seeds that were assumed to be 8,000 years old in countries such as Georgia in Eastern Europe. The skin of the grape used to make amber wine adds tannins, astringency and color. They make white and red wine, but they process their white wine in the same manner as red wines by leaving the skins on to macerate for approximately 30 days to six months. This process is still used today in that region of the world.

They consider their process “natural” because they don’t use additives or chemicals to enhance the flavor or color of their wine. At Reyes Winery, we process our wine in the natural way also, by not using herbicides or pesticides in our vineyard, nor animal bi-products or chemicals that would alter the quality of the wine.

In the country of Georgia, when they harvest their grapes they actually put them in a log that was hollowed out and then stomp on the grapes. Today and in this part of the world we use machinery to do the same thing. After they crush and de-stem the grapes, they put them into clay pots called qvevri. They do not remove the skin of the white grapes and when they’re ready to do their bottling they just filter from one pot to another without a machine.

I wanted to create something similar to that, but I did not want to have the wine age in clay, so we have aged our “orange” wine in French Oak. Our first vintage is 2013 “Amber” Chardonnay wine. It became available for tasting and purchase on December 1, 2016. We now have less than a case of this vintage. The 2015 vintage of the Amber Chardonnay will be released in November 2017.

Comedy Mashup – Back to School with Larry Omaha

| Entertainment | August 31, 2017

If you are in dire need of laughter — and watching YouTube videos of birthday clowns every Friday night just isn’t cutting it for you anymore — look no further than the Comedy Mashup at The Main in Newhall this Friday at 8 p.m.

This Back to School themed show will feature Comedy Mashup’s very own improv crew, followed by stand-up comedians Julian Fernandez and Greg Lynch. Headlining the event will be Larry Omaha, a Santa Clarita native with an IMDB page to brag about. Omaha has opened for big names like Gabriel Iglesias, and is known for his appearance on American Indian Comedy Slam: Goin’ Native No Reservations Needed.

The recommended age limit for the evening is 18+, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show starts and seating is first-come, first-served.

For more information about Comedy Mashup, follow
@comedymashup on instagram.

Live Entertainment

| Entertainment | August 31, 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!

Aug 31, Thurs

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Aaron Taylor Country7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Susan Rey band Classic rock

Sep 1, Fri  

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Sean Wiggins Classics & originals

7:30–11:30p American Legion 507 Mod U Lates Classics, saxy & dancing

8-11p Vincent Hill Station Big Coyote on the patio Country

8–12p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alex Ronca from Italy Live music

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Colene & Co Swing, blues, jazz

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co the Mighty Anchovies Classic Rock

Sep 2, Sat

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Michael Gabriel Contemporary, stirring

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Steve Fekete duo Pop (Gwen Stefani style)

8p–12m VFW 6885 Alan Wright band Blues, classic rock

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music

9p–1a Shot Exchange Frankly Speaking Classic rock

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Karson City Rebels Country n Rock n roll

Sep 1 & 2, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

Sep 3, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Gypsy Breeze Live music

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

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

5–9pm VFW 6885 Breakfast with Barbie Classic rock

4–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam Large area for dancing

Sep 5,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Artur Menezes Blues & more

Sep 6,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic rock mix

Sep 7, Thur

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

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

Sep 8, Fri

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

6–10pm TPC Valencia Magnolia Drawl (Mary White) Country

7–10p American Legion 507 Deplorables Country

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

8–12m Backyard Grub n Brews Mod U Lates Classics and fun sax

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic rock mix

9–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Contemporary, stirring

Buy a Dog a Beer Festival at Wolf Creek Brewery

| Entertainment | August 31, 2017

The flavor of an upcoming event is best described by its tagline: “Saving Lives one Taste at time!”

The creators of Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival are bringing the Santa Clarita community an evening celebrating a favorite beverage with the Buy a Dog a Beer Festival at Wolf Creek Brewery in Valencia on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

This craft beer festival (4-9 p.m.) will take place outside of Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia, under the stars. To add to the atmosphere, there will be live entertainment by DJ Hecktik.

Guests will enjoy beverages from more than 25 independent craft breweries and cider companies from 5-9 p.m. There is also a VIP session from 4-5 p.m. It is a limited ticket event, allowing visitors to sample from some of the best breweries in California without battling crowds.

Breweries already registered include Wolf Creek Brewery, Pocock Brewing Co., Three Weavers, Lucky Luke, Firestone Walker, Rob Rubens Distilling and Brewing, Karl Strauss, Kinetic Brewing Co., King Harbor Brewing, Alosta, Hand-Brewed Beer, El Segundo, Poseidon, Indie, Smog City, The Dudes Brewing Co., Green Flash, Alpine Beer Co., Yorkshire Square Brewery, Ventura Coast Brewing Co., North Coast Brewing and Einstok. They will also have Common Cider Co. and 101 Cider House on site.

The Buy a Dog a Beer Festival benefits the Dirty Dog Squad, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that saves pets from death row in local high-kill shelters. Dirty Dog Squad devotes their energy and resources to providing the pets they save with veterinary care, rehabilitation and training, and then adopting them out to loving, forever homes.

VIP tickets are $55 and include an hour early entry with special brews not available during the General Admission Session. General Admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited samples from all of the breweries and ciders on site.

Tickets and more information are available at www.buyadogabeerfest.com.

The Canyon Santa Clarita Opens Doors in October

| Entertainment, News | August 31, 2017

Westfield Town Center Mall is getting a life — a nightlife, that is, beginning next month.

The attraction? The opening of The Canyon Santa Clarita, a food-and-concert venue that’s music to the ears of local residents.

Sterling Venue Ventures is taking up seven former retail store spaces in the Westfield Town Center Mall with a nightclub not unlike some of the company’s others, which include The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills and The Rose in Pasadena.

Approximately 1,000 guests will be able to fill the concert venue, where food and drinks are served to add a flavorful backdrop for the musical performances.

The corporation’s owner Lance Sterling developed the gold standard in nighttime entertainment since he ran operations at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

“Treating a customer well used to be looked down upon,” Sterling told the Gazette in January. “We had to explain we were a concert entity, but we did things differently. Now, at Canyon Club, it’s acceptable to go to a venue and have dinner.”

October 5 will feature Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin cover band, and many of Sterling’s “regulars” will appear at the new venue in the coming months. They include names such as Jefferson Starship, Kenny Loggins, and the Gin Blossoms.

It is clear the business owner has it down to a science, considering he was pretty much “spot on” in estimating construction time.

“We’re doing well. The city’s been great — everybody’s pushing me along as best they can,” Sterling says.

Sterling gets some deja vu by including CaliBurger in the plan, a restaurant also at The Rose, and he has worked with Westfield in the past.

“They called us in and showed us locations in the mall. It was amazing that a city actually asked us to come,” Sterling says, underscoring Santa Clarita’s readiness for such a newcomer.

Sterling’s son, also named Lance, will be general manager of the new location. He had moved to Santa Clarita and felt the area was economically ready for the company’s brand. In addition to music, The Canyon Santa Clarita will host comedy and murder mystery events, as well as private parties.

For tickets, go to The Canyon’s website, Wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.

Artist of the Week – Diggy Kat of Vufcup

| Entertainment | August 24, 2017

Vufcup, an experimental rock band from Santa Clarita, recently released their 6th album earlier this month, a monumental accomplishment for anyone in the music business. For Diggy Kat of Vufcup, this album represents years of hard work, creativity, and many, many bass players.

Diggy Kat, the lead singer of Vufcup, has lived in Santa Clarita for most of his life. Growing up, Diggy was homeschooled – which he jokes was due to the fact that he couldn’t be trusted out in public. Because he was able to spend so much time studying what he loved, rather than learning traditional public school material at a rigid pace, he developed his passion for history and music.

Diggy Kat’s music expertise eventually lead him to perform in many different groups throughout the years – all of which have pointed straight to Vufcup. As each band came and went, Diggy took his songs with him, adding to Vufcup’s current discography.

But one of the most unique takeaways from each musical endeavor has to be from the summer of 1996, when a band mate of Diggy’s suggested stage names – and that’s when the name “Diggy Kat” stuck. The name Vufcup, according to Diggy, was born in 1992: “It was originally kind of a nonsensical name. I made up a meaning for it.”

Vufcup’s legacy has spanned far beyond the borders of Santa Clarita. After releasing a demo cassette in 2002, their music reached over 20 different states and 9 countries. And although Vufcup was gaining traction across the world, their hometown of Santa Clarita had virtually no music scene.

“The only part of the SCV music scene was the Vu – a bar in Newhall,” said Diggy. “That closed down. But we travel about an hour and we are in Hollywood and Los Angeles.”
Diggy also co-hosts Lucky Star Radio, an online alternative radio station which he co-founded with his friends Miss Mouse and BK Diaz.

For now, Vufcup has not planned any live performances, but Diggy said that could change: “We want to come back hard. We aren’t messing around anymore.”

For more information about Vufcup, visit vufcupofficial.bandcamp.com. To tune in to Lucky Star Radio, visit luckystarradio.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 24, 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!

Aug 24, Thurs 6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Z Band Classics & blues 7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues and classics

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Aug 25, Fri

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

7:30–11:30p American Legion 507 Mod U Lates Classics, sax & dancing

8-11p Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on the patio Live music

8–12p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Live music

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Jeff Ross (Badfinger) Classic rock

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co PULP band Classic to current rock

9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Dole – Humphries Classics & Indie style

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Aug 26, Sat

7–10pm Central Park the Sun Kings Beatles tribute band

7-11pm Persia Right Side Up Classic rock

8:30–11pm Wine 661 Jukebox Heros Classic rock

8p–12m VFW 6885 Miles 2 Go Easy classics mix

9p–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Classics & more

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Aug 25 & 26, Fri & Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music

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Aug 27, Sun

10a–2pm Saugus Swap Meet Lucky Sons Live music

10:30a–1:30p TPC Valencia Mary White band Country

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

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

5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Dole – Humphries Classics & Indie style

5–9pm VFW 6885 Susan Rey band Classic rock & originals

4–9pm American Legion 507 Blues Jam Large area for dancing

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Aug 29,  Tues

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Chris Wilson Live music

Aug 30,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Eli Locke Live music

5:30 – 7:30p TPC Valencia Dole – Humphries Classic & Indie style

Aug 31, Thur

6–10pm Vincent Hill in Acton Aaron Taylor Live music

7–10pm       Bergies steakhouse Susan Rey band Classic rock & originals

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Aug 25, Fri

6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Sean Wiggins Classic rock to current

7–10p American Legion 507 Mod U Lates Classics, sax & dancing

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

8:30–11pm Wine 661 TBD Live music

9–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music

9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alex Ronca from Italy Live music

Wine of the Week – Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat

| Entertainment | August 24, 2017

There are wine snobs, aficionados of fine wine, individuals who love wine, and those who just enjoy wine. There is no right or wrong in wine; it’s what appeals to your palate that matters.

When sampling a flight of wine in a tasting room, make sure you sample the wines from light to dark, then to sweet or sparkling for the best experience. Always remember when tasting wine at a winery, or a wine bar, you don’t have to drink all of it; there are usually spit/dump buckets on the counter. Drinking bad wine may hinder your experience. Wine is subjective. Everyone has different tastes.

Make sure to eat crackers when wine tasting, for two reasons. First, it helps to clear your palate in between wines, and second, it helps to keep something in your stomach. Drinking on a full stomach is a good choice. Occasionally, crackers, or other food that pairs well with a vineyard’s wines, are available. Don›t expect to make lunch out of their crackers.

Pairing food with the wine you taste will enhance the flavor and give you a better experience. In the tasting room at Reyes Winery, I always have goodies that vary each week. One of my favorite pairings is lemon crème almonds to pair with the Reyes Winery 2011 Muscat. This is a lighter tasting Muscat with aromas of Meyer lemon and orange blossom. It pairs well with chicken Alfredo, lemon Stilton cheese, or lemon thyme curd with raspberries.

The Muscat grape has more than 200 varieties. These grapes are grown all over the world and come in a variety of colors. The most familiar of the varieties of Muscat is Muscato Asti from the Piedmont region of Italy, which is used for sparkling wine. In Spain, they fortify the grapes and call them Moscatel. Muscat can be dry to very sweet. History tells us these grapes have been around since at least 2,000 BCE. The Muscat name might have originated from the Italian word “mosca,” meaning fly. These grapes have high levels of brix, or what we call sugar levels, which attracts fruit flies and bees. Every year, about two weeks before harvest, we start to see them in the fields at Reyes Winery. When we harvest the grapes, I love to sample a few. They taste just like the wine. Our Muscat grapes have a lemony floral taste, as does our Muscat wine.

Band of the Week – Scallion

| Entertainment | August 18, 2017

Although scallions aren’t the kind of onion to make you weep, Scallion – a local experimental band from Santa Clarita – is the kind that might make you shed some tears of inspiration.

Unreachable by most forms of social media, Scallion uploads most content to Bandcamp, where listeners can download their discography in the form of MP3 files, or purchase cassette recordings. That’s right: cassettes. Pop them into your Walkman, snuggle into a pair of earphones, and get ready to cry about art.

Nothing Can Depress Me

Each of the band’s releases is showcased with unique album designs. One song uploaded by Scallion is entitled, “NOTHING CAN DEPRESS ME,” and is paired with an out-of-focus picture of a dog wearing a bandana.

For more information about Scallion or to listen to their tunes, visit www.scallionpa.bandcamp.com.

Reyes Winery – What Causes ‘Red Wine Headache’?

| Entertainment | August 17, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

For years, the cause of “red wine headaches” was believed to be sulfites; however, it may not be that simple. Sulfites are a preservative found in various quantities in wine and many other foods, including canned tuna, pizza dough, jams, gelatin, trail mix, cheese and deli meat. Sulfur has been used in wine as far back as Roman times to keep wine “fresh.”

Research done on red wine headaches has found that histamine and tyramine, which are other chemical substances naturally present in wine, may be the culprits. Several studies done in Europe indicate that red wines, in general, contain more histamine than other wine. Other possible causes of red wine headaches include an allergy to an enzyme found in red wine, or from the residue of herbicides and pesticides that some farmers spray on their grapes. Some people have severe reactions to an enzyme found in certain foods, such as pineapples, avocados, chocolate, soy, mangoes and apricots. These foods are known to trigger migraine headaches in some individuals. It is likely that the enzyme found in red wine could have a similar outcome for some people. Those who lack a chemical in their intestines that helps metabolize histamine can be at risk for developing a red wine headache. Tyramine can cause blood pressure to rise, which can cause a headache in some people.

The whole discussion of a red wine headache can be a headache for wine producers, as no clear cause has emerged. Most likely it is a different “trigger” for different people. The one fact that most experts agree on is that wines made in California, Washington and Oregon are physically tolerated by more people than European wines.

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 17, 2017

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

Aug 17, Thurs    6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Lance Allyn                         Classics & originals

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

7–10pm                        Downtown Newhall        Senses, 3rd Thursdays  Flashback to the 80’s theme

7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Steve & Ryan Arklin      Live music

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Aug 18, Fri        6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Dole – Humphries          Classics, folk rock

6–8pm              Valencia Marketplace     Sgt. Pepper                  Tribute to the Beatles

7:30–11:30p        American Legion 507      Another Time Around      Fogerty, Orbison & dancing

7:30–10p              Vincenzo’s Pizza               Code Red band                 Classic rock

8-11p                     Vincent Hill Station          the Fulcos on the patio      Live music

8–12p               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Matt Loewy                   Live music

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Jeff Ross (Badfinger)    Classic rock

9p–12m            Valencia Wine Co          Dallas Hodge band       Blues & classic rock

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Aug 19, Sat       7–10pm                        Central Park                  40 oz to Freedom          Sublime rock tribute band

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

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Sean Hughes               Classic & folk rock

8p–12m                        VFW 6885                     Emerald City                 Rock

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

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

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Aug 18 & 19, Fri & Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm       Salt Creek Grille           Live music

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Aug 20, Sun      10a–2pm           Saugus Swap Meet       Two Dogs band                        Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   New & Emerging Artists from Song Writing School of L.A.

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

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Rob Staley                    Country

4–9pm              American Legion 507     Blues Jam & remembering Stephen Semola night

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Aug 22,  Tues    7–10pm            Bergies steakhouse       Gary Coppola               Blues & classic rock

Aug 23,  Wed    6–9pm              Vincent Hill Station        Miles 2 Go                    Classic easy rock

Aug 24, Thur       6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Z-Band                                  Classics & blues

7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Alan Wright                    Rockin’ Blues

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Aug 25, Fri        6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

7–10p                    American Legion 507      Mod U Lates                       Classics, sax & dancing

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

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Jeff Ross (Badfinger)    Classic rock

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Pulp band                     Rock & classic rock

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

Car Show at Wolf Creek Brewery

| Community, Entertainment | August 17, 2017

Residents who like the look of hot rods and classics can see a variety of vehicles while quenching their thirst with ice cold beer at Wolf Creek Brewery’s Car Show. There will be food trucks and live music from the band Right Side Up, so guests can dance or belly up to the bar while enjoying a host of cars on display.

The Car Show will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 6 p.m. and family members of all ages are welcome. One car will earn the People’s Choice Award. Wolf Creek Brewery is located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia. For more information, call 661-294-9977.

The Canyon Comes to Town

| Entertainment, News | August 17, 2017

In the three decades since Santa Clarita was founded, the community’s never grown a reputation for notable nightlife. That could change by October. Sterling Venue Ventures is nearly ready to open the doors to Canyon Santa Clarita, taking up seven former retail store spaces in the Westfield Town Center Mall.

Approximately 1,000 guests will be able to fill the concert venue, where food and drinks are served to add a flavorful backdrop for the musical performance.

The corporation’s owner Lance Sterling developed the gold standard in nighttime entertainment since he ran operations at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

“Treating a customer well used to be looked down upon,” Sterling told the Gazette in January. “We had to explain we were a concert entity, but we did things differently. Now, at Canyon Club, it’s acceptable to go to a venue and have dinner.”

Many Santa Clarita residents have made the trip down to Agoura Hills to go to Sterling’s concert site The Canyon Club. He says the newest site will resemble the Agoura venue and The Rose in Pasadena, another one of Sterling’s clubs.

Most bands are “regulars,” playing every year at one or more of Sterling’s venues. They include names such as Pat Benatar, Kenny Loggins, Willy Nelson, and the Gin Blossoms.

“We have standard operating procedures — the bands expect a certain thing and customers expect a certain thing,” Sterling says.

It is clear the business owner has it down to a science, considering he was pretty much “spot on” in estimating construction time.

“We’re doing well. The city’s been great — everybody’s pushing me along as best they can,” Sterling says. “We’ve given ourselves 3-4 weeks of just stuff happening, and only one of those four weeks has been eaten up.”

Sterling gets some deja vu by including Caliburger in the plan, a restaurant also at The Rose, and he has worked with Westfield in the past.

“They called us in and showed us locations in the mall. It was amazing that a city actually asked us to come,” Sterling says, underscoring Santa Clarita’s readiness for such a newcomer.

Sterling’s son, also named Lance, will be general manager of the new location. He had moved to Santa Clarita and felt the area was economically ready for the company’s brand. In addition to music, The Canyon Santa Clarita will also host comedy and murder mystery events.

The grand opening bands will be a surprise, but tickets for fall concerts can already be purchased on the Canyon Club website. Visit Wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.

Band of the Week – Love Underwater

| Entertainment | August 11, 2017

Half New Brunswick, half Santa Clarita, Love Underwater is the geographical centaur of the Antifolk genre — you can decide later which city represents the head and which is assigned to the lower body in this particular metaphor.

Love Underwater originated in New Jersey, but due to lead vocalist Leila Bishop’s recent move, takes up residence in SCV. Other members included Ben Brown-McMillin, Lex Douras, Wyatt Rydelewski, Marc Stasio, Jill Deegan, Kai Kiernan, and Victoria Romano.

Together, the band is a large ensemble sporting a gigantic harp. The harp part might sound strange to some, but that’s exactly what the genre antifolk is built for. Some describe antifolk as the evolution of folk, or the merging of punk and folk. The genre puts lyrical content above all else, and promotes uniqueness and personality as a staple.

The New Jersey natives put out their latest album Crosswick in the summer of 2016. As of recent months, the group began donating all merch proceeds to charity, particularly the Transgender Law Center.

For more information about Love Underwater, find them on Facebook or visit https://loveunderwater.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

Reyes Winery – History of the Corkscrew

| Entertainment | August 10, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Did you ever wonder how people opened a bottle of wine before corkscrews? Since winemaking has been around for 8,000 years, you would think that efficient wine storage would have had more progression. But then again, most wine is still made the same way in some parts of the world. For many centuries, the winery would sell barrels to stores and the stores would bottle as they sold it.

Kenelm Digby is considered the creator of the commercial wine bottle. In the 1630s, Digby manufactured wine bottles which had a tapered neck, a collar and a punt. Digby’s bottles were much more durable than what was available. He made them in green or brown color, which protected the contents from light. In 1662 parliament recognized his invention for the modern wine bottle.

The original corkscrews were called “worms.” They had handles and what attached in the center was a pointed helix. You would screw the worm into the cork and extract it. Corkscrews became necessary, as it was difficult to remove a cork. Its original design was derived from a tool that was used by the musket men to remove gunpowder from charges that were unsuccessful. In 1681, it seems to be the earliest reference to a corkscrew, referring to the “steel worm” used for removing corks.

In 1795, a patent for the first corkscrew was issued in England. This alteration from the original had a disk attached, which prevented the worm to go in too far and get stuck. Then, in 1802, the next patent was issued for a single hinged corkscrew in 1882. From there you had the single-lever, double-hinged, screw pull, winged and all the modern styles including the “rabbit.”

Live Music

| Entertainment | August 10, 2017

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

Aug 10, Thurs    7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Deep Fried Daddys       Blues & classic rock

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Aug 11, Fri        6–9pm             Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Classic rock to current

6–8pm              Valencia Marketplace     Platinum Groove                       Pop, disco, & dance music

6–10pm                        T.P.C. Westridge           Mary White band                       Country

7:30–11:30p        American Legion 507      Shari Puorto !                     Blues, rock & dancing

8-11p                     Vincent Hill Station          Morgan Ridge on the patio                Country

8–12p               Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Gil Karson                     Live Music

8:30–11pm        Wine 661                       Dole – Humphries          Classics, folk-rock

9p–1a               Docs Inn                       Frankly Speaking band  Classic rock

9p–12m            Valencia Wine Co          tbd                               Live Music

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Aug 12, Sat       7–10pm                        Central Park                  The PettyBreakers         Rock tribute bands

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

8p–12m                        VFW 6885                     Apache Rose                Live Music

9p–12m                        Valencia Wine Co          Barfly                           Rock & Roll

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

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Aug 11 & 12, Fri & Sat  9p–12m and 8/6 Sun 5–8pm       Salt Creek Grille                       Live music

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Aug 13, Sun      10a–2pm           Saugus Swap Meet       Lee & the Real Deal       Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   The New Mexican           Live music

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

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Lynn Rutherford                        Country

5–9pm              American Legion 507     SCV Blues Society – Jam       large area for dancing

7–10pm                        Acton Park concerts      Miles 2 Go                    Classic easy rock

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Aug 15,  Tues    7–10pm            Bergies steakhouse       Jim Gustin & Truth Jones      Blues & classic rock

Aug 16,  Wed    6–9pm              Vincent Hill Station        Eli Locke                      Country & classics

Aug 17, Thur       6–10pm                Vincent Hill in Acton        Lance Allyn         Classics & originals

7–10pm                        Downtown Newhall        Senses, 3rd Thursdays  Flashback to the 80’s theme

7–10pm                Bergies steakhouse        Steve & Ryan Arklin      Live music

 

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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Aug 18, Fri        6–9pm             Wolf Creek Brewery       Dole – Humphries          Classics, folk rock

6–8pm              Valencia Marketplace     Sgt. Pepper                  Tribute to the Beatles

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

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

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Dallas Hodge band       Blues & classic rock

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

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