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Friday Night Films Screening of ‘CinemAbility’ Educates and Entertains

| Entertainment, News | October 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Addams Family, Review by Michelle Sandoval

| Entertainment | October 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 12, 2017

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

Oct 12, Thurs

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

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

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Oct 13, Fri

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

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

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

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

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

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Counterfitz Classic rock

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

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

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Oct 14, Sat

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

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Michael Gabriel Live music

8p–12m VFW 6885 Emerald City Rock

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

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

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

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Oct 15, Sun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 18,  Wed

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

Oct 19, Thur

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

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

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Oct 20, Fri

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

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

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

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

9–12m Valencia Wine Co The Grizwalds Classic rock

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

October is International Merlot Month!

| Entertainment | October 5, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

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

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

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

 

Live Music

| Entertainment | October 5, 2017

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

Oct 5, Thurs

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

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

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Oct 6, Fri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 7, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station TBD Live music

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 8, Sun

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

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

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

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

5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley band Country

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

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

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse TBD Blues & rock

Oct 11,  Wed

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

Oct 12, Thur

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

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

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

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

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

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

9–12m Valencia Wine Co Counterfitz Classic rock

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

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

Band of the Week – Fruit Stand

| Entertainment | September 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

October is International Merlot Month!

| Entertainment | September 28, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

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

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

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

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 28, 2017

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

Sep 28, Thurs

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

7–10pm Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic Rock

Sep 29, Fri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 30, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station TBD Live music

8p–12m VFW 6885 Lynn Rutherford Country

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

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

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

Sep 29 & 30, Fri and Sat

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

Oct 1, Sun

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

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

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

5–9pm VFW 6885 Henry Becker Country

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

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Robert Heft Blues & rock

Oct 4,  Wed

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

Oct 5, Thur

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

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

Oct 6, Fri

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

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

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

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

9–12m Valencia Wine Co TBD Live music

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

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

| Entertainment | September 21, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

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

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

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

Live Music

| Entertainment | September 21, 2017

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

Sep 21, Thurs

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

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

Sep 22, Fri

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

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

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

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

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

9–12m Valencia Wine Co PULP band Party rock

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

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Sep 23, Sat

6–10p Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 24, Sun

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

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

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

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

7–10pm Bergies steakhouse Sean Wiggins Classics & originals

Sep 27,  Wed

6–9pm Vincent Hill Station Eli Locke Live music

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

Sep 28, Thur

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

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

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Sep 29, Fri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

| Entertainment | September 15, 2017

by Beth Heiserman

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

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