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| Entertainment | March 1, 2018

Mar 1 Thurs
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Gil Carson w/ Neil Deic SR Vaughn
7–10p Wine 661 Michael Gabriel Acoustic rock
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Mar 2, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Sean Wiggins & Colin Classics & orig.
7–10p Amer. Legion Newhall Jim Gustin B-day music Blues & roc
8–11p Wine 661 All Access band Pop, Top 20
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go on the patio Classics w fiddle
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Guitar James Live music
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Mar 3, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Michael Gabriel Acoustic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up Classic rock
8–11p Wine 661 Jukebox Heros duo Classic rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Classics & orig
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Mar 2 & 3, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Mar 4 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Mar 4, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Blaze Live music
10:30–1:30 TPC in Valencia Mary White acoustic Country
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron duo Mixed genre
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Morgan Ridge Country
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Mar 5, Mon
7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 6, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Jim Gustin & Truth Jones Blues & more
Mar 7, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 8, Thur
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Coyote Country
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Mar 9, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Chris Ralles trio Rock mix
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Walt & Pam Country
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on the patio Classic rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock & classics

Canyon Theatre Guild Holds Over ‘Buddy Holly’ a Second Time

| Entertainment | March 1, 2018

Residents of Santa Clarita have a lucky break – especially if they like ‘50s music.

The latest show at the Canyon Theatre Guild was such a success it was held over for two weeks … and now it’s been extended again, to March 11. That gives show-goers two more weekends to catch the popular “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” a musical covering the rock & roll singer-songwriter’s life through his tragic death in an airplane crash in 1959. Other iconic characters in the local show include The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, both of whom died in the crash with Buddy Holly.

After depicting Holly’s beginnings in the early days of rock & roll and a little of his personal life, such as his marriage to Maria Elena Santiago, “The Buddy Holly Story” ends with a sort of mini-concert. All three of the legendary singers perform songs that include “Chantilly Lace” by The Big Bopper and almost every Buddy Holly song you know. That’s where Josh Aran as the Bopper and Jacob Boscarino as Valens pull off the look and sound of the originals very well.

Needless to say, the lead actor/musician playing Buddy, Will Riddle, nailed it, or the show wouldn’t have been such a big success. He is hoping to go forward professionally, and it’s well-deserved. An audience member always wants the person in the role of an icon to sound like the original, but Riddle achieves something more. He is altogether believable. It’s a pretty high bar which, according to audience response, he’s been doing.
With the apparent talent of Jennifer Teague, she could probably put on a show in the barn. By herself. For “The Buddy Holly Story” she plays keyboards, has an acting role, is a member of the ensemble, and best of all – she plays an amazing violin.

Another noticeable aspect of this show is the enthusiasm of the whole cast. It may be because being in this show means you’re singing, dancing and physically engaged almost the whole time. Even after the curtain goes down, members of the cast go out front to greet people as they leave, beaming as much themselves as the individuals congratulating them.

The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. For tickets, call 661-799-2702 or visit Canyontheatre.org.

Wine of the Week – What is a Blended Wine?

| Entertainment | March 1, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Contributor

A mix of two or more wines … not blended in a blender!

I was reading an article the other day about wine blends and their origins when I came across an article about blending wine in a blender. Combining two or more wines makes each one better than they would be on their own. Sometimes wine varietals need other wines to help them have the complexity that a wine needs. A wine can be flat, but if you blend it with an acidic wine, it can create a blend that is balanced. By blending, you generally balance out the flavor characteristics. Typically, red wines are blended with other red wines. In France’s Rhone region, occasionally they will blend Syrah with Viognier.

Traditionally, blends are two or three varietals of the same vintage. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a complex blend and sometimes can be up to 13 different types of varietals. Some wines like a Port or Champagne, is a blend of grapes from different vintages and different varietals. These are usually labeled as NV (non vintage), like our Agua Dulce Delight (a Port style wine). Certain regions have specific types of blends. The Bordeaux region of France, for instance, can contain up to six red varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Here in the United States, we have Meritage, which is an association that was created in 1988 by Napa and Sonoma area vintners. The Meritage blend must contain at least two of the Bordeaux varietals. Also, the state of Washington has CSM, a blend of Cabernet and Merlot which are both Bordeaux grapes, with a touch of the region of Rhône’s Syrah to make it balanced.

In 2013, at Reyes Winery we wanted to use our 2011 grapes to create a blend. I had created 25 different blends and numbered the glasses. I then had my taste-testers come over and give me input. One particular wine that everyone agreed was their favorite was a Syrah/Merlot blend, which became the 2011 Julia’s Blend. The second favorite was a CMS blend (Cabernet/Merlot/Syrah) called Robby’s Blend. And the third was a Bordeaux blend (Cabernet/Merlot) named Les Deux Rois.

Our 2014 Syrah and Merlot tasted amazing when it was blended together, but by themselves they were just OK. The 2011 Julia’s Blend has been so popular that we have only four cases left in the tasting room. The 2013 vintage has completely sold out, so we are releasing the 2014 vintage this weekend.

Oxidation in Wine, the Most Common Wine Fault!

| Entertainment | February 22, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Oxidation in wine is the most common wine fault. It can happen during different stages of winemaking, including while it’s aging in the bottle. It can cause a loss of color; for instance, red wine will develop a brownish tint, like the color of a raisin. Sulfates are added to wine to prevent this.

The Romans used sulfur dioxide in winemaking. They had discovered that burning candles inside empty wine containers kept them fresh and clean from vinegar. Sulfites are even present in unsulfured wine. It will just contain a smaller amount, approximately 10 mg per liter. It is used like an antioxidant, which protects from spoilage. Adding sulfates also controls and minimizes the “volatile acidity,” which is another word for vinegar.

Sulfur dioxide is also an extremely significant compound in winery sanitation. All equipment must be kept clean, but bleach can cause cork taint, which was explained in last week’s article.

A small percentage of people have allergies to sulfur dioxide, so many wineries are trying to lower the quantity used. The legal amount is 350 ppm (parts per million). At Reyes Winery, we currently use 50 ppm. When wine has over 200 ppm, the odor is more predominant.

Sometimes oxidation will start to occur in the bottle before you uncork it; when you do open the bottle and notice that either your white or red wine seems a bit brown, smell it. White wine tends to have a nutty aroma, while red wine will smell like vinegar.

Live Music this Week

| Entertainment | February 22, 2018

Feb 22 Thurs 6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
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Feb 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Lance Allyn & Chris Ralles Sinatra to Stones
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Boys Night Out on the patio Blues & classics
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Ric (James) – Ilejay duo Live music
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Feb 24, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station John & Terri Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 Chad Watson & Pam Loe Country
8–11p Wine 661 Chris Ralles, Al Kim & Steve Fekete Rock mix
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic variety
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Saloontics Rock tribute
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Feb 23 & 24, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Feb 25 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Feb 25, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Emerald City Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
3–8pm Amer. Legion Varied bands & music Fundraiser for Eric Davis
5–9pm VFW 6885 Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
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Feb 26, Mon
7–11p Sisely in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Feb 27, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Crooked Eye Tommie Mars Blues & more
Feb 28, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 1, Thur
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
7–10p Wine 661 Michael Gabriel Live music
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Mar 2, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
7 – 10p Amer. Legion Newhall Jim Gustin B-day music Blues & rock
8–11p Wine 661 All Access band Pop, top 20
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go on the patio Classic ez rock

Cork Taint, One Of the ‘Wine Faults’

| Entertainment | February 15, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Have you ever opened a bottle of wine and gotten a whiff of a strange odor? Last week, as I removed the cork from a bottle it smelled like a wet dog! I took a small sip to make sure, and then I knew the bottle had “Cork Taint.” I put the cork back in the bottle and went to open another bottle. As the day progressed, every time I walked past the bottle I could smell the odor (definitely not a desirable odor).

Have you ever wondered why people first look at the cork and smell it before sampling the wine? Then they actually pour a full glass? I sometimes can tell if there is a problem with the wine by the color of the cork. It usually has a look of blue cheese veins, which is the growth of mold. That is the origin of the wet dog or wet cardboard odor.

What is “Cork Taint”? Why does it happen? Its official name is “2, 4, 6-Trichloroanisole,” or TCA. There is an antimicrobial agent that is used when processing the cork that interacts with the phenols and fungi (mold), creating a chemical reaction. It is a bacterium that gets transferred from the cork to the wine that causes this “wine fault.” The “C” in TCA – chlorophenol – is an industrial pollutant that is found in pesticides and wood preservatives. It can occur in the chlorine when sterilizing the corks. Now they use peroxide instead. TCA occurs in about 7 percent of all bottles.

Live Music

| Entertainment | February 15, 2018

Feb 15 Thurs
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Coyote Country
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Feb 16, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classics ez rock
8–11p The Local Pub & Grill Soul Purpose Pop, rock, jazz
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Family band
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft duo Blues & originals
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Feb 17, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk Rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Emerald City Rock
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Live music
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Feb 16 & 17, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Feb 18 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Feb 18, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet The Reign Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley band Country
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Feb 19, Mon 7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Feb 20, Tues 7–10p Bergies steakhouse Mike Tuttle Live music
Feb 21, Wed 6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
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Feb 22, Thur
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
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Feb 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Lance Allyn & Chris Ralles Sinatra to Stones
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Boys Night Out on the patio Classics & blues
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Ric (James) – Ilejay duo Live music
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Feb 25, Sun 3–8pm Amer. Legion Newhall Varied bands & music Fundraiser for Eric Davis

Live Music

| Entertainment | February 8, 2018

Feb 8, Thurs
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright – Birthday Blues & more
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
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Feb 9, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Cary Park Classics, originals
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Country rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Lance Allyn Classics & more
9–12m Valencia Wine Co Snareheads & PULP Farewell to VWC !
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic hard rock
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Feb 10, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Siren Valley Acoustic
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
8–11p Wine 661 Ron Suffredini Classics
9–12m Valencia Wine Co Vinyl Gypsies tentative date
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Right Side Up Classic rock
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Feb 9 & 10, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Feb 11 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Feb 11, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Dance Workshop Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robby Duron & Walker Gibson Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Lynn Rutherford band Country & more
5–9pm Amer. Legion Newhall SCV Blues SociAety – 2nd Sunday Blues Jam
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Feb 12, Mon 7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, indie rock
Feb 13, Tues 7–10p Bergies steakhouse Jeff Mann Americana orig.
Feb 15, Thur 7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Coyote band Country
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Feb 16, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classics easy rk
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Family band
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft duo Blues & originals

Viognier: The Other White Wine!

| Entertainment | February 8, 2018

Part 2

by Beth Heiserman

Viognier is a white wine varietal from the Rhône Valley in France. Winemakers occasionally ferment Viognier with Syrah, both from the Rhône Valley. When blending Viognier with another grape it adds a delightful bouquet and slightly lightens the colors to make it vibrant. This is a common practice in Australia to blend the two together, generally 85 percent Syrah and 15 percent Viognier.

It’s not customary to blend two different regions of grapes together. I love to think out of the box and experiment with unusual choices. In 2016, I wanted to make a more traditional rosé. That year, our harvest brought us a lot of Merlot from the Bordeaux region. As we picked the Merlot, a batch was waiting for us to de-stem and crush, so we could start the process. We started to pick around 6 a.m., and by 3 p.m., the color was so intense. I felt we needed to add a bit of Viognier to lighten the color and add a bit of fruitiness and a floral aroma.

Our 2016 Rosé of Merlot was awarded 83 points in Wine Enthusiasts Magazine in December 2017. One day I was walking from the tasting room to the office and I saw a rose that was so beautiful, I took a photo of it and that became the picture on the label. This special wine is a skin-contact rosé, which is Merlot and Viognier. It has light tannins and medium acidity and is bursting with young, vibrant fruit. It has notes of blueberries, anise, peach and orange peel, which complement a slight sweetness for perfect balance.

Live Music This Week!

| Entertainment | February 1, 2018

Feb 1, Thurs
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Robert Heft RH+ Blues & more
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Feb 2, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Colene & Co. Jazz, Swing, R&B
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on the patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Live music
9–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music
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Feb 3, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Classics & more
8–12m VFW 6885 Robert Heft RH+ Blues, country, rk
8–11p Wine 661 Dole / Humphries R & B, indie rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Karson City Rebels Country
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Feb 2 & 2, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Feb 4 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Feb 4, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Midnite Crisis Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Morgan Ridge band Country
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Feb 5, Mon
7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, indie rock
Feb 6, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Artur Menezes & Celso Salim Blues & blues
Feb 8, Thur
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues & rock
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Feb 9, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins Lone Goat Classics & originals
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Country rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Lance Allyn Classics & more
9–12m Valencia Wine Co PULP Party Rock
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic hard rock

Wine of the Week – Viognier…the other White Wine!

| Entertainment | February 1, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

Viognier is a white wine varietal from the Rhône Valley in France. Officially, it is the only white grape allowed in the region. It is also grown around the world, such as Australia, North and South America. We brought in our 2016 Viognier from Lake Los Angeles. That is approximately 50 miles northeast of Santa Clarita. It is my favorite white varietal.

Viognier is a full-bodied white wine that is full of aromatics such as peaches, tangerines, violets and minerality. Generally, it is not aged in oak, because the exposure to oxygen in a barrel can strip the amazing aromas in the wine. It needs a long, hot summer to produce a good crop, which makes the north Los Angeles County the optimum place for it to grow.

Viognier’s origin is unknown at this time. It is thought that the Romans brought it from an area which is now in Croatia. When the Romans went west they brought wine. In 2004, UC Davis did DNA profiling that showed it is related to an Italian grape from the region of Piedmont called Fresia. It has a substantial amount of tannins and acidity. It has notes of strawberries, raspberries and violets. It is also a cousin to Nebbiolo.
For the month of February, I will have all three of our current Reyes Winery rosés, including the 2016 Rose of Merlot, plus you can try the 2013 Viognier and many other award-winning wines.

Is Your Beverage Vegan?

| Entertainment | January 25, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

With more emphasis on organic and vegan options, winemakers are changing the way they make wine.

What do you know about your wine? Is it vegan? How can you find out?

Winemakers, brew masters and distillers may include animal by-products directly, or use them during processing and filtration. In the course of processing beverages, sometimes dairy, honey and other items are added. During filtration, which happens just prior to bottling, products like isinglass (from fish bladder), gelatin, egg whites and other materials are used.

These products hold onto the impurities and make it easier to grasp them in the filters. Winemakers that create vegan wines don’t use these types of products when filtering; instead, the wine is filtered several times. However, customers will find that there can be a slight amount of sediment when not using any of the conventional filtering aids. Sediments can be sulfides, proteins, or various other minerals. Eliminating as much sediment as possible enhances the clarity of the finished product.

Animal-derived ingredients are considered “natural,” but can pose difficulties for those seeking to live a pure, vegan lifestyle. As a substitute for animal products, bentonite, which is a clay mineral, can be used during filtering, and some organic farmers use bone meal instead of chemical fertilizers.

Many servers and bartenders may erroneously tell you that beverages are vegan, but they are ill-informed. For instance, beer isn’t naturally vegan, such as selections that are made with honey.

For the record, Reyes Winery is a “natural winery” and produces vegan wines. I have learned that many wineries in California have converted to this way of wine production.

Local Band Opens for The Tubes at The Canyon Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | January 25, 2018

Based in San Francisco, The Tubes broke into the music business in the 1970s with the hit single from their debut album, “White Punks on Dope,” which later anchored the band’s live finales. The rock band became legendary for their theatrics during live shows, and appearing on MTV in the early days.

The original band recorded eight albums, with two hits in “She’s A Beauty” and “Talk to Ya Later,” as well as FM classics like “What Do You Want From Life” and “Turn Me On.” They worked with some of the top producers in the business such as Al Kooper, Ken Scott, Todd Rundgren and David Foster, says an industry insider.

Today The Tubes still performs with four original members. There is singer Fee Waybill, guitarist Roger Steen, bassist Rick Anderson and drummer Prairie Prince, as well as newer bandmate Gary Medd who make up the group.

They are appearing Saturday, January 27 at the recently opened The Canyon Santa Clarita inside the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall. Like the other clubs owned by Sterling Venue Ventures in the L.A. area, they book a diverse blend of musical and comedic acts, including many classic rock bands like The Tubes.

Local band Right Side Up will open for The Tubes on Saturday. Made up of three veteran musicians, the classic blues and rock band plays approximately twice a week at local venues such as Persia Lounge, Vincenzo’s, Sierra Saloon and Wolf Creek Brewery. It is a first for Right Side Up to play for any of the clubs associated with The Canyon.

“It’s kind of exciting for us,” said Peter Smith, drummer for Right Side Up. “It’s a major venue, with a major sound system. It should be a nice notch in our belt that we’ve played there.”

Drummer Snappy Smith moved to California from Boston in the ‘70s and appeared with bands in venues from Las Vegas showrooms to “The Tonight Show” stage.

Dan Kirkpatrick, guitarist and singer of the band, has written songs for several hit television shows, including “My Name is Earl” and “The Goodwin Games.” He is a seasoned musician, mostly performing in blues and rock groups.

Bass player Robert Heller has been playing since he was a teenager in South Africa. He moved to England in his early 20s and played in local pubs for a few years. Later, he moved to Canada and raised a family before arriving in Los Angeles.

Right Side Up will perform at The Rock Inn in Lake Hughes on February 10. For their full schedule visit RightSideUpMusic.com.

They will play classic blues and rock songs with their own kind of treatment at The Canyon Santa Clarita Saturday from 7:15-7:45 p.m. The club is located at 24201 Valencia Blvd. #1351 in Valencia. To buy tickets, visit WhereMusicMeetstheSoul.com.

Live Music This Week!

| Entertainment | January 25, 2018

Jan 25, Thurs
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Sean Wiggins & Lone Goat Classics & originals
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Jan 26, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 David Blasucci & Bill Cinque Classic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on the patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Live music
9–12m Valencia Wine Co Peacock & the Feathers Funk rock
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Jan 27, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Z Band – E Zane Wood Classics & country
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Cary Park Classics & originals
9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Blue Baron band Blues & rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes Classics & originals
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Jan 26 & 27, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and 1/28 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Jan 28, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Lee & the Real Deal Live music
10:30a–1:30 TPC Valencia Mary White Acoustic Country
2–5pm Valencia Wine Co Connor Pratt Acoustic
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm American Legion Newhall Classic Rk or Blues Jam Large dance floo
5–9pm VFW 6885 Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
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Jan 29, Mon
7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, indie rock
Jan 30, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Mikey Mo Blues & rock
Feb 1, Thur
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style standards
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Robert Heft RH+ Blues & more
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Feb 2, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 T.B.D. Live music
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on the patio Classic rock
9–12m Valencia Wine Co T.B.D. Live music

Cowboy Festival Offers Free Admission This Year

| Community, Entertainment | January 19, 2018

Because of the popularity of a festival that some say put Santa Clarita on the map, it’s never too early to purchase tickets for the Cowboy Festival. This year’s annual event is more important than ever, as the community is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group.

Dates for the four days of concerts, comedy, stunt shows and other Western entertainment are April 19-22, 2018. It will be held at the William S. Hart Park event area once again, but with a big change: This year general admission is free.

On April 21 and 22 there will be five stages of musical performances, cowboy grub, western gear and plenty of outdoor activities. Additional ticketed performances will also be held at venues along Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Prices, performers and scheduling will be announced next month.

To stay up to date on event details, “like” the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival on Facebook or follow @CowboyFestSC on Twitter. Details will soon be available on CowboyFestival.org.

Why Do We Use Oak Barrels for Wine?

| Entertainment | January 18, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

Over 2,000 years ago, a Greek historian documented that wood barrels were used for wine in ancient Mesopotamia. I have mentioned before in my article about “orange wines” that approximately 6,000 years ago wine was aged and stored in clay pots called Qvevri. Eventually, besides the clay, people started to use wood, which was lighter than clay for traveling. As the Romans were expanding their empire, they brought wine with them. At the time, wine was safer to drink than water.

As the Romans met the Gauls in the 2nd century BCE, they were already using wood barrels for beer. Oak was preferred over others, because it was softer than other woods, was waterproof, and it only needed a light toast, which made production time shorter. Within the next 200 years, people used less clay and people chose to use oak barrels for aging and storage of wine.

As time went on, people realized that oak softens and adds flavor to the wine. Cinnamon, molasses, clove, vanilla and many other spices were added aromas that enhanced the taste of the wine, and they realized the longer the wine was in the barrels, the container’s character created a complex and delicious wine. We age our red wine and our Amber Chardonnay (“orange wine”) in French Oak barrels that are a medium toast for 18-24 months.

This week is our monthly hike & brunch, where I always feature a red and white wine. This month I am pairing 2010 Reyes Syrah with my chicken sausage hash brown casserole. It has won silver medals in the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and 2013 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition, as well as bronze medals in the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2013 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition and the 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition. It has aromas of fresh raspberries, plums, dark chocolate and a taste of smoky berries. It pairs well with roast turkey with rosemary and sage dressing, manchego cheese, or chocolate cake with a raspberry filling.

Live Music

| Entertainment | January 18, 2018

Jan 18, Thurs
6:30–9p Casa de Pizza Jimmy Carnelli Sinatra style standards (not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills) dinner reservations are a must
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Thom Teresi & Street Smart Jazz Fusion
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Jan 19, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic rock w/fiddle
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Classic rk & more
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alex Ronca Rock & alternative
9–12m Valencia Wine Co Snareheads Rockin’ & dancin’
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Jan 20, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk Rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Boys Night Out band Classic rock & more
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes band Classic & original
9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds band Pop, soul & rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Bad Donkey band Record release party
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Jan 19 & 20, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and 1/211 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Jan 21, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Two Dogs band Live music
2–5pm Valencia Wine Co Connor Pratt Acoustic
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm American Legion Newhall Sunday Blues Jam Large dance floor
5–9pm VFW 6885 Right Side Up Classic rock
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Jan 22, Mon
7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, indie rock
Jan 23, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Wilson Live music
Jan 25, Thur
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Sean Wiggins band Classic & originals
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Jan 26, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 David Blasucci & Bill Cinque Classic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on the patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Live music
9–12m Valencia Wine Co Peacock & the Feathers Funk rock

Savannah Burrows Performs at BBQ to Honor First Responders

| Entertainment | January 11, 2018

When Santa Clarita thanks its first responders Saturday, there will be a number of individuals in the spotlight. Tickets are sold out for an event recognizing sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and others for bravery during the Thomas Fire, the weeks-long blaze that began Dec. 4, 2017 in Ventura County. The event will draw Santa Clarita City Council members, high-ranking law enforcement and many members of the community amid squad cars, fire engines and search lights. Rattler’s will provide a barbecue dinner.

One of the youngest stars taking the stage at the Canyon Theatre Guild will be Savannah Burrows and her band.

“We are honoring the first responders to the recent wildfires who put their lives on the line each and every day,” Burrows said. “I feel so fortunate to do my part in giving back by performing for (them) and their families.”

The Santa Clarita teen, who is gaining acclaim for her vocal skills and meaningful lyrics, composed new songs for the event. She will be showing her versatility by playing five different musical instruments with her six-piece band.

“I write and perform only my original music based on my life experiences and those I’ve observed in others,” she explained.

Savannah Burrows has been booked for performances throughout the Southland, including: Friday, Feb. 3 opening for Wilson Phillips at The Canyon Club in Agoura; Feb 22 opening for The Spinners at The Canyon in Valencia’s Westfield Town Center Mall; March 31 opening for The Fifth Dimension, also at The Canyon in Valencia; and June 30 opening for Diamond Rio at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. For tickets, visit SavannahBurrowsmusic.com.

Wine of the Week – Wine Etiquette, Part Deux

| Entertainment | January 4, 2018

by Beth Heiserman

There is some tasting room etiquette, beginning with making sure to be polite to others and share the space together. Sometimes the bar can get crowded and everybody needs to realize that when a new person or couple walks in, the wine bar server might ask you to move over slightly to open up a space. Don’t feel offended if they do. Everybody is there to enjoy a memorable experience.

I feel as long as you are nice and don’t act entitled or act like you know more than you do, you will have a wonderful time. If there is something you don’t know, ask the server. Something that isn’t a good idea, however, is to ask crazy questions that you know can’t be answered, just so you sound knowledgeable. You will come across as arrogant and annoying and you probably will receive bad service.

Be sure and ask the server his/her opinion, but don’t expect another person’s taste to be the same as yours. If there are many choices available, then you and your guest can get a tasting that is different, and you both can compare and taste more wines. But don’t assume you can be served continually, because if you appear that you have consumed too much, the tasting room staff is not allowed to serve you. You can ask for a second taste, but it may be expected that you will be purchasing that wine.

Come and see us at Reyes Winery. We are open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Live Music

| Entertainment | January 4, 2018

Live Music this week in SCV! 

Jan 4,   Thurs    6:30–9pm          Casa de Pizza               Jimmy Carnelli               Sinatra style traditionals
(not in SCV but nearby in Mission Hills)  dinner reservations are a must

7–10p               Bergies steakhouse       S.R.B.Q. band              Blues band

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Jan 5, Fri          6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Sean Wiggins                Classic rk & originals

7:30–10:30p      American Legion Newhall      SRBQ, Alan Wright, TJ Butler, Artur Menezes

8–11p               Wine 661                       Jeff Ross (Badfinger)    Classic rock

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Mama’s Hot Sauce on the patio              Rockabilly

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Claire Holley                  Live Music

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Freddy Lopez trio          Blues & rock

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Jan 6, Sat         8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Siren Valley                       Rock

8–12m              VFW 6885                     Robert Heft band          Blues & rock

8–11pm                        Wine 661                       David Blasucci (Toto)    Soft rock

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          Mustang Brothers          Classic rock

9p–1am                        Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Karson City Rebels        Blues & classic rk

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Jan 5 & 6, Fri and Sat  9p–12m and 1/7 Sun 5–8pm         Salt Creek Grille           Live music

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Jan 7, Sun        10a–2pm           Saugus Swap Meet       Gypsy Breeze               Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Live music

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

5–9pm              American Legion Newhall      Blues Jam                      Large dance floor

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     TBD                              Live music

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Jan 8,  Mon       7–11p               Sisely’s in Valencia         Dole / Humphries          R & B, indie rock

Jan 9,  Tues      7–10pm            Bergies steakhouse       Tommy Marsh, guest           Blues

Jan 11, Thur        7–10p               Bergies steakhouse       Deep Fried Daddys             Blues

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Jan 12, Fri         6–9pm              Wolf Creek Brewery       Live Music every Friday Various

7:30–10:30        American Legion Newhall      Fogerty band    Classic rock – Lg dance floor

8–11pm                        Wine 661                       Jukebox Heros              Classic rock

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Seventh Switch on the patio    Classic rk & more

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Guitar James                 Live music

9–12m              Valencia Wine Co          PULP band                   Rock & dance

 

Wine of the Week – Wine Etiquette

| Entertainment | December 28, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

I was taught that there is never a right or wrong about a wine; as long as you enjoy it, it should be great. Many so-called “wine snobs” say sometimes that if a wine has won many awards or has been rated over 90 by certain people, that is a great wine, but it’s just their opinion. Their palates are different than yours, so why should they say what you should like? You can take their advice, but don’t expect to think that every wine critic will share your palate. They may only enjoy dry wines and not fruit forward or vice versa, and you might not share their outlook. Wine is very subjective. If you like a wine, that’s all that matters.

When going to a wine event or tasting, there really isn’t a dress code. Casual dress is okay, but I wouldn’t advise shoes that aren’t comfortable. Wear something where your feet are most happy when standing. It’s a good idea not to wear cologne or perfume, because it allows your senses to obtain the most aromas. When wearing cologne, you sometimes pick up the floral notes from the perfume instead of the wine, and sometimes you can taste it when it’s very strong. My nose is so sensitive I sometimes feel I smell everything … good and bad!

If you go with a party of 6 or more, reservations are a plus. See if the winery has tasting notes and prices available to you. When a fee is charged it is usually okay for two people to share one glass and pay only one tasting fee. Wineries are limited by law to 1-ounce pours, so don’t insist on more.

Come and see us at Reyes Winery. We are open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., but we will also be open on Friday, December 29 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Happy New Year!

Live Music in the SCV

| Entertainment | December 28, 2017

Dec 28, Thurs
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Blues contest players: Artur Menezes & Celso Salem
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Dec 29, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft duo Blues & classic rock
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic easy rock
9–12m Valencia Wine Co Barfly band Current & classic rock
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Dec 30, Sat
8–12m VFW 6885 Susan Rey & Runarounds Classic rock
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins & Cary Classic rk & originals
9–12m Valencia Wine Co Blue Baron band Blues rock
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft blues band Blues & classic rock
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Dec 29 & 30, Fri and Sat
9p–12m Salt Creek Grille various musicians Live music
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Dec 31, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Cold River Band Live music
Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve some live music celebrations – (most don’t need reservations, call to check):
Wine 661 Sean Hughes 8pm –
Vincent Hill in Acton Runaway Train on the patio 8pm –
Valencia Wine Co Vinyl Gypsies 9pm –
Salt Creek Grille G – 3 Band 9pm –
Rock Inn in Lake Hughes Country Roads band
VFW 6885 Chad Watson band
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Jan 2, Tues
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Chris Cardenas, guest Blues & rock
Jan 3, Wed
6–9pm Vincent Hill Station John & Terri Live music
Jan 4, Thur
7–10p Bergies steakhouse SRBQ band Blues & more
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Jan 5, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
7:30–10:30p American Legion Newhall SRBQ, Alan Wright, TJ Butler, Artur Menezes
8–11p Wine 661 Jeff Ross (Badfinger) Classic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Mama’s Hot Sauce Rockabilly

Band of the Week – Ominous Hominids

| Entertainment | December 21, 2017

Two words, two people, one band — Ominous Hominids is everything that you think a band with that name would be. Yes, it’s experimental and, of course, there’s a ukulele.

The duo describes their genre as “high art,” and the online presence of the band is minimal, but strong. Composed of Benni and Charlie, Ominous Hominids released its first album entitled “MEN OF THE EARTH” last month, and it features four songs along with the description, “uhhhhh good as he’ll.”

For more information about Ominous Hominids, or if you are curious as to what high art truly looks like, go to https://ominoushominids.bandcamp.com/.

Wine of the Week – Petite Syrah

| Entertainment | December 21, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

Many years ago, I went to Concannon Winery in Livermore, Calif., an establishment known for its petite syrah. My father knew Jim Concannon and I had the opportunity to stay up there for two weeks to learn more about wine. He taught me everything from wine tasting etiquette to wine pairing — an experience I will never forget. Walking through a courtyard with him once, I asked what petite syrah grapes tasted like compared to the actual wine, and he reached up to the arbor above us and grabbed a bunch of grapes so I could sample some. They were sweet as sugar.

Petite syrah wine can taste like a baked blackberry pie. It was first introduced in America in the 1960s. Concannon hired a female winemaker in 1961, Katherine Vadja, which was also a first. Women were unheard of in the wine making world, in all aspects, and still are! It has been an uphill battle for me.

You are welcome for wine tasting at Reyes Winery on Saturdays and Sundays from 11a.m.-5 p.m. We have special holiday hours this year: We will be open on Friday, December 22 and 29 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. See you soon!

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