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Video Contest for Local Teens

| Community, Entertainment | April 5, 2018

‘Heads Up!’ Winnings Total $10,000 in Prizes

The issue of reckless driving is on the front burner for local teenagers and concerned adults. Because of the numbers of injuries and fatal accidents due to distraction, the City of Santa Clarita is inviting local young people to create compelling, informative videos about the subject. The contest is only open to William S. Hart Union School District middle and high school students.

The “Heads Up! Teen Video Contest” is open to submissions until April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Videos should be 30-60 seconds and highlight the importance of distraction-free, safe teen driving. The top three most creative and engaging, teen-produced public service announcement (PSA) videos will win a share of $10,000 in prizes for video and audio equipment. In addition, the first place video will be shown on the big screen in local movie theaters.

The top three selections will win B&H gift cards for the purchase of audio and visual equipment. The first place winner will receive a $5,000 gift card and will have the video shown in movie theaters throughout Santa Clarita for five weeks (a $2,500 value). Second place will be awarded a $2,000 gift card, and third place will receive a $500 gift card. Entries may be submitted by an individual or a team. Winners will be announced on May 18, 2018.

This contest is part of the “Heads Up” campaign, led by the City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. The goal of the campaign is to combat unsafe behaviors in drivers and pedestrians.

For more information about the “Heads Up! Teen Video Contest,” such as official rules and how to apply, visit santa-clarita.com/HeadsUpContest or contact Nick Robles at nrobles@santa-clarita.com or (661) 255-4306.

Albums of the Week

| Entertainment | April 5, 2018

Death Tape Super Bass: Closed Circuit

Death Tape Super Bass is an electronic/industrial/punk/ambient/noise/drone/experimental project formed by Alex Steinmetz in Santa Clarita. His newest album, Closed Circuit, is described as his first album recorded entirely live without overdubbing and recorded on a ‘monosynth’ style modular setup. If you know what that means, you’re going to love this album.

 

Let There Be Light: Sean Arison

With 11 releases on Band Camp, Sean Arison is one busy guy. His most recent project, Let There Be Light, has 17 tracks – all ambient, some 20 minutes long. Flip on this meditative album when someone cuts you off in traffic.

 

 

Mochi Robinson: Things Unseen

Mochi Robinson is a former CalArts student and Santa Clarita resident. His latest release, Things Unseen, drifts from his usual genre of soulful electronic music and explores contemporary, electronic indie sounds. Put on your headphones and ignore responsibilities with this soundtrack.

Non-Profit of the Week – Single Mothers Outreach

| Community, Entertainment, SC Living | April 5, 2018

Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) is a non-profit organization based in Santa Clarita which serves struggling, single mothers living in the area. SMO provides several programs and services to help mothers get back on their feet financially and emotionally. Services and programs include case management, donations, holiday programs, workshops, therapy, clothing, Financial Peace University, workforce development and much more.

Single Mothers Outreach was founded in 1995 by a divorcee who sought to find women like her in need of a support group. As SMO continued to grow, it eventually acquired its 501(c)(3) non-profit status and opened its storefront office in Canyon Country in 2002. After serving mainly as a crisis organization, the board of directors shifted the organization by focusing on providing such programs and services to ultimately empower moms to rise above their difficult circumstances.

The organization’s mission is to “empower single parents and their children by providing hope, support, and resources so families can become self-sustaining and thrive.” SMO seeks to ensure that members are able to become established and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Today, SMO is located at the Savia Community Building owned by Real Life Church. In addition, in 2013, SMO opened Closet on Main to assist in raising funds for the organization. Closet on Main is a high-end, secondhand boutique where all the proceeds go toward providing funds for families who are in desperate need of a helping hand. Many mothers have been physically and emotionally abused and SMO is a place of hope and support for them. This organization seeks to provide a sense of hope and love for families.

Make-a-Mother’s Day
Each year Single Mothers Outreach celebrates members on Mother’s Day, as many of these moms have no one to honor them or celebrate with them. SMO provides a morning full of games and activities, brunch and gifts. SMO hopes to make this day a special one to make members feel loved and appreciated for their selfless work. This year’s Make-a-Mother’s Day will take place on May 5, 2018.

Hero of the Week  – Single Mothers Outreach Client, Jenn

I moved to Santa Clarita about a year and a half ago, after I had been in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship that ended when I realized my ex had committed a crime against a child. I stood up for the teen in my community and began the divorce proceedings. After four years of fighting against his plans to keep us trapped and homeless, we were able to break free from that cycle. We were free and decided to have a fresh start in California.

I was told about Single Mothers Outreach (SMO) from a single mom I met and I am so blessed and thankful for finding her. We had no belongings when we moved, as we had lost our home and many other things – we only had what we could fit in our car. I have three children, so you can imagine, not a lot fits in a vehicle with four people; however, it did bring our family closer.

We finally found a home and started receiving assistance from SMO. We receive clothing vouchers to shop at Closet on Main, which helps cut down on the expense of clothes and shoes. We were also part of the Adopt-a-Family holiday program this past Christmas and my girls and I were so pleasantly surprised with all of the gifts we received, it truly made the holidays so much nicer. SMO also spends a day blessing single moms with a Mother’s Day brunch (see Make-a-Mother’s Day above), which is amazing. We also get to participate in donation days where we receive items to use for home and school, including backpacks and school supplies.

The volunteers at SMO are fabulous and very kind anytime you have a question or need help. I love to see the emails when there are items that are given to moms in need to help their struggling families – including furniture and diapers. This organization is such a great inspiration and blessing for so many and I am very proud to say that they are the best thing that has happened to my family after the horrific experience we had to endure. I am currently taking Financial Peace University classes and it has changed my whole life. My daughter took it as well, and she is on the road to saving and giving back to the community. Thank you SMO for all you do for so many.

Women of the Blues to Benefit Single Mothers Outreach

The Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society will host a spring festival on May 12, 2018 as a pre-Mother’s Day fundraiser to benefit the Blues Society and Single Mothers Outreach. Several artists are slated to entertain the community at “Women of the Blues” held at Wolf Creek Brewery, located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop in Santa Clarita. The Santa Clarita Gazette is a media sponsor for the concert.

Performers include Truth Jones, Kelly’s Lot, Bridgette Rios Purdy, Laurie Morvan Band and Teresa James. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for members of the Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society cost $15 and $20 for the general public. Tickets purchased at the gate cost $25. For more information about the Women of the Blues event, visit SCVBlues.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | April 5, 2018

April 5 Thurs
7–9pm Newhall Library outside – Mary White band – Country
7–10p Bergies steakhouse – Sean Wiggins band – Classics + orig
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April 6, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery – The Grizwalds band – Classic rock
8-10P Double Trouble (8th & Main) – Honey Pig – Traditional Country
8–11p Wine 661 – Jeff Ross solo – Classics + orig
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) – Gil Karson – Covers + orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station – Morgan Ridge on the patio – Country
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April 7, Sat
12n–4p Wolf Creek Brewery – Steve Jones – Acoustic+blues
4–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery – Dos Locos – Covers
6–10p Vincent Hill Station – Siren Valley – Acoustic mix
8-10p Double Trouble (8th & Main) – Zach Alwin/Steve Denning – Soul and Pop
8–11p Wine 661 – Ron Suffredini solo – Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885-  Big Coyote – Country
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)-Jimmy White  – Country rock
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Apr 6 & 7, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and April 8 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Apr 8, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet – Midnite Crisis – Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) – Robert Heft duo – Blues mix
3–7pm Vincent Hill – Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic – Live music
4–7pm Salt Creek Grille – G-3 Band – Rock covers
5–9pm VFW 6885 – Mary White band – Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall – S. Scott & Blues to the Bone – SCV Blues Jam
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Apr 10, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery – Community Pints night various
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse – Artur Menezes & Celio Salim – Blues
Apr 11, Wed
6–8pm The Local Pub & Grill – Dole Humphries – R & B, Indie rock
6–10pm Rout 66 Classic Grill  Bike Night & Live Music various
Apr 12, Thur
7–10pm Bergies steakhouse – Alan Wright band – Blues mix
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Apr 13, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery – Live Music every Friday Various
7–10p Route 66 Classic Grill – Double Play Acoustic duo
8–11pm Wine 661 – Miles 2 Go Covers w/fiddle
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) – Lance Allyn – Varied mix
8–12m Vincent Hill Station – The Fulcos on the patio – Family band
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn – Frankly Speaking – Classic hard rock

Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival Early Bird Prices End April 6

| Community, Entertainment | April 5, 2018

Tickets are still available at early bird pricing through April 6 for the Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival to be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12-4 p.m. VIP ticketholders may enter at 11 a.m.

The annual event is expected to draw more than 1,000 visitors to sample wine and food, while meeting vendors with handmade crafts and wine related items. Attendees will hear live music and receive giveaways such as a gift bag and a specialty event glass.

The festival will be held at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, located at 10262 Sierra Highway.

Proceeds benefit Zonta Club of SCV. Sponsors include: The Santa Clarita Gazette, Mercedes Benz of Valencia, California Bank & Trust, SCV Advanced Audiology, Pepsi Co., Anheuser Busch, Reyes Winery, Christine Sexton of Realty Executives, Jorja Harris of Farmers Insurance Agency, Russ & Barbara Cochran, Charles Wine Co., KHTS Radio and The Santa Clarita Signal.

Pre-paid tickets cost (general/VIP): $75/$100 through April 6 and $85/$110 if purchased between April 7 and April 21. For more information and tickets, visit SierraPelonaVintners.com.

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 29, 2018

Mar 29 Thurs
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Kelly Zirbes band Classic rock
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6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Traxx band Covers
8–11p Wine 661 Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Acoustic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Classic rock
9 – 1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic hard rock
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Mar 31, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Varied mix
7–10p Pocock Brewery Alan Wright & Jim Blazer duo Blues & C.Rk
8–12m VFW 6885 Henry Becker Country mix
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Wiggins band Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Boomers band Live music
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Classic hard rk
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Mar 30 & 31, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and April 1 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille
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Apr 1, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Seventh Switch Live music
1–5p Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Amer. Idol
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Lee Harper band Country
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Apr 3, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Frank Christopher guest Blues–rock mix
Apr 4, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Apr 5, Thur
7–9p 24500 Main St, Newhall Mary White & Magnolia Drawl Country
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Sean Wiggins & lone goat Classic & orig
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Apr 6, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Jeff Ross solo Classics & orig
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Gil Karson Covers & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Morgan Ridge on the patio Country

Artist of the Week – Brandon Richards

| Entertainment | March 23, 2018

He’s 19, he’s single, and he likes long walks on the beach. His name is Brandon Richards, and his musical talent is as broad as his eHarmony profile.

In December of 2016, Richards picked up the ukulele because he “was bored, unemployed and needed something to do other than sit around and do nothing.” A few months later, he had released his first EP entitled “I Don’t Even Play Guitar: Songs Written on the Ukulele.”

After a revelation about his love for music, Richards decided to give the guitar a try.

“I told myself, ‘Hey, maybe I should learn guitar, because music is actually pretty rad,’” he explained. “My prayers were conveniently answered when my buddy showed up at my house and just handed me a guitar.”

Learning guitar helped to expand his genre. Richard’s sound could be described as pop, indie-folk, and lo-fi mixed into a blender and set to medium-low.

“What makes my music special is that it’s all about emotion,” he explained. “I’m a feely person who likes to make feely music.”

Richards writes music for fun, self-expression, and to connect with others. He performs around Santa Clarita, and has played at several open mics, fundraisers and charity events.

He summed up his intent: “If my music could at least help one person … that would make me pretty happy.”

Brandon Richards’ latest album, “Love Songs for the Love Sick,” can be heard and purchased online at https://brandonrichardsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/love-songs-for-the-love-sick.

The First Stage of Growth for a Vine

| Entertainment | March 22, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Contributor

“Bud break” … what is that? It is the initial growth from the bud on a vine, and when it starts, dormancy is over. Then flowering starts approximately 60 days later. The third phase is when the fruit sets, and the fourth is veraison, followed by harvest.

Every year after harvest all the plants go dormant. We generally need at least 45 days of 54-degree weather every year to have a good harvest the following year. Generally, “bud break” starts around the third week of March, and if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, it starts in September. Since the weather here has been a little weird since fall, this season seems to have started a bit later than it did the past few years. In 2011 we had frost in April, which destroyed our crops. We ended up having to bring in grapes from another region to produce the amount of wine we needed.

This year’s weather has been different since November. We’ve had warm spells in December, with not a whole lot of rain until the last few weeks, when we got a tremendous amount of rain for our area. We’ve also had weather under 30 degrees, including this week. When I came to the vineyard Sunday morning there was snow on top of all the Sierra Pelona Mountains. When I walked over to my office, my steps had chunks of ice and they pretty much stayed there most of the day because it was so cold. Robert and I were talking about the cold weather and he went out to make sure that the few vines that already have started to break were OK … and they were.

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 22, 2018

Mar 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 Eliot Witherspoon band Classic rock
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Mar 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Monkey Bump Classic rock
8–11p Wine 661 Colene & Co R&B, jazz, swing
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Amer. Idol
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock
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Mar 24, Sat
6–9p Wolf Creek Brewery The Future X Husbands Rock covers
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Tony Capko & Hervie Kae Jazz
7:30–10:30p Sweetwater Cafe Debbie Lee band Blues & C.Rk
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country mix
8–11p Wine 661 Jeff Ross Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joel Hatcher band C.rock & blues
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Mar 23 & 24, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Mar 25 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Mar 25, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Splinters Live music
10:30a–1:30p TPC Valencia Mary White band Country
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Susan Rey & the Runarounds Classic rock
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Mar 27, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Mikey Mo guest Blues mix
Mar 28, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 29, Thur
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Kelly Zirbes Classic rock
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Mar 30, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Michael Gabriel Acoustic rock
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on the patio Classic rock

Albums of the Week

| Entertainment | March 16, 2018

Blood Bagel: No Stop

Blood Bagel’s genre is Moldy Peaches meets 50 Cent. With songs like “ I Am a Nacho Without the Sauce” and “My Father Loves Me But Not in That Way,” this album will take you on an adventure, whether you choose to actually listen to it or not. Blood Bagel is largely influenced by Denny’s breakfast, with hints of pain and sadness.

https://bloodbagel.bandcamp.com/album/no-stop

Death Tape Super Bass: Forming EP

Alex Steinmetz is an experimental noise artist and synth savant from Santa Clarita. If you are from this city, it is your patriotic duty to give this one a listen. For those who are unfamiliar with noise punk, start with the volume on low.

https://spiderbaby.bandcamp.com/album/forming-ep

Vufcup: Free Admission

Diggy Kat of Vufcup is an album-making machine. His latest release, Free Admission, is now available for listening on Band Camp. They can also be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

https://vufcupofficial.bandcamp.com/album/free-admission-ep

What Element of Wine Makes it Taste Dry? – Tannins

| Entertainment | March 15, 2018

By Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

There are different origins of tannins: skin, seeds and the wine barrels themselves. Tannins are present due to naturally occurring polyphenols found in plants, seeds, wood and skins of fruit such as grapes. Tannins are usually in red wines, but sometimes in white wines if they are aged in a barrel or have skin contact, like our 2015 Amber Chardonnay.

Skin tannins make you feel like you just bit into an unripe persimmon – very astringent, but over time in the bottle they can smooth out. We generally leave the skin on for about eight days, and the longer the skins are on the grapes, the rougher the wine.

Tannins created by seeds aren’t really tannins, but they are similar, so they have been categorized together. They tend to be bitter, so when winemakers press the grapes they are usually gentle. Cheaper wines tend to press the grapes heavily, which releases a bitter taste, but the residual sugar sometimes covers up the astringency.

New oak barrels have tannins that can be overpowering for young wines, especially those that have thinner skins than other wines. You should use an aerator or decanter for these types of wines to help smooth them out.

Most tannic wines need food to help round out the astringency. Once a month, we have Vlad from Truffles “N” Toffee to do a chocolate pairing. He will join us in the tasting room March 24 & 25 from noon to 5 p.m. You get to enjoy two samples of chocolate with Reyes Winery’s award-winning wines.

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | March 15, 2018

Mar 15 Thurs
7-10pm Downtown Newhall Senses, 3rd Thursdays Irish theme
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Marsh, Gustin, Davis Southern rock
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Mar 16, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Drop Zone Classic rock
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go C.Rock w fiddle
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft duo Blues & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on the patio Family band
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Mar 17, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Lynn Rutherford Country mix
8–11p Wine 661 Sean Hughes Classics & orig
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sting Theory Irish Shenanigans
9–1:30a Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock – St Pats
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Mar 16 & 17, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Mar 18 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Mar 18, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Brothers & Others 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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Mar 20, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys Rock-blues mix
Mar 21, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 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 Eliot Witherspoon Classic rock
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Mar 23, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
8–11p Wine 661 Colene & Co R&B, jazz, swing
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy Classic & orig
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock

Live Music

| Entertainment | March 8, 2018

Mar 8 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 Big Coyote Country
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Mar 8, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Live Music every Friday Various
7:30 – 10:30 Schoonerville Catch 22 band Rock
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
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Mar 10, Sat
6–10p Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Varied styles
8–12m VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Chad Watson Country
8–11p Wine 661 David Blasucci Rock, R & B
9p–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Alan Wright band Blues & rock
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Mar 9 & 10, Fri and Sat 9p–12m and Mar 11 Sun 5–8pm Salt Creek Grille Live music
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Mar 11, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap Meet Urban Soul Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s Open Mic Live music
5–9pm VFW 6885 Robert Heft band Blues & more
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall 2nd Sun SCV Blues Society Deep Fried Daddys
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Mar 12, Mon
7–11p Sisely’s in Valencia Dole / Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 13, Tues
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Big Wilson Live music
Mar 14, Wed
6–8p The Local Pub & Grill Dole Humphries R & B, Indie rock
Mar 15, Thur
7-10pm Downtown Newhall Senses, 3rd Thursdays Irish theme
7–10p Bergies steakhouse Marsh, Gustin, Davis Southern Rock
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Mar 16, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Michael Ruiz Acoustic rk & ctry
8–11p Wine 661 Miles 2 Go Classic rock w/fiddle
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft duo Blues & more
8–12m Vincent Hill Station the Fulcos on the patio Family band

Jim Messina at The Canyon

| Entertainment | March 8, 2018

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Jim Messina’s career is a lot like watching a river run. From his first music experience as a teen, he has continually grown, evolved and altered course, but his creative output goes on and on.

If you aren’t familiar with Jim Messina’s solo career, you surely know him from his successful collaborations: Kenny Loggins, Poco, Richie Furay and Buffalo Springfield, to name just a few.

What the crowd gets on Friday, March 16 when Messina appears at The Canyon Santa Clarita is what most concertgoers want: to hear beloved music from the past and travel forward with the artist as he reminds you of the many songs he had a hand in creating.

When you interface with Jim Messina, you visualize the river once again, in his depth of thought which has been formed, in part, from time spent at Esalen, a renowned retreat center in Big Sur that focuses on personal transformation. He uses the word “gestalt” to describe his world view, which could also be used to describe his music experience – a lot of pieces forming a distinctly original whole.

Messina’s drive to be his own person, his own musician, was at times problematic.

“One of the problematic aspects of being a recording artist and a performing artist is that once you get into the major leagues, they try to figure out what you are and pigeonhole you,” he explained. “It happened with Poco. The evolution I saw myself going through, and Richey (Furay), who I collaborated with … we were coming up with something new and different. We were too rock for country and too country for rock music.”

Poco sold out every concert, Messina said, but didn’t sell enough records.

“It didn’t translate to radio, which was really important in those days,” he said.

In 1970, Messina met an unknown singer/songwriter named Kenny Loggins. As an independent producer with Columbia Records, Messina auditioned band members, rehearsed and recorded demos for Loggins, shared connections, and ended up adding his voice to Loggins’. The result was an album entitled “Sittin’ In” with such popular songs as “House at Pooh Corner” and “Danny’s Song.”

The duo later moved on to have successful solo careers, and when Messina is asked about the necessary change of partners in the business, he compares it to marriage.

“Even for couples in loving relationships, there’s an attraction, a like-mindedness, there’s fun, creativity, doing things together,” he explained. “Then there’s the effort involved in making it successful – making a household work, or with a group it’s making enough to sustain a tour, staying in hotels. … It’s awkward, because when it’s time to move on, when do you tell the person you don’t think this is happening? For me, it’s always been, ‘How do I make this choice and not leave in a mean spirit?’”

While Jim Messina’s musical style is almost too original to describe, it’s helpful to know what inspired him. It began when as a seventh-grader he heard the song “Tequila” recorded by The Champs.

“The sound of the drummer playing the bell, that feeling resonated with me so much,” he said.

Surf music was another influencer, such as surf-rock guitarist Dick Dale.

“His band was so good,” Messina said. “He had a great drummer, had a rhythm guitar player. … It was a magnificent sound. I was in awe of the guitar and amps. It was unbelievably inspiring.”

There is a strong Latin flavor to Messina’s music, perhaps from some of his childhood living in Texas. And holidays with his Italian uncles, who would play mandolin, adds an exotic flair to his style.

“It’s just something I breathe and like the scent of,” he said, “more so now, because I’m doing ‘Be Free,’ which has almost a Greek influence, and Arabic influence.”

When it comes to advice for young musicians, Messina keeps it simple. “Avoiding drugs, avoiding alcohol, avoiding hanging out just to hang out,” he said. “I took the opportunity to learn as much as I could. …
I think you have to be prepared for when opportunity knocks. Spend the time to be the best you can be.”

Jim Messina’s creativity continues to flow, even when not in a studio or onstage, though at times the river moves a bit slower. These days, Messina spends free time painting, and he has a wood shop and metal shop at home in Santa Barbara County.

“If I’m not making records, I’m fixing a gate or building a fence,” he said. “Even though music is a way of life, it’s not all of life.”

For tickets, visit wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.

Artist of the Week: Next Exodus

| Entertainment | March 2, 2018

The first exodus was completed when Moses helped the Israelites escape from Egypt. The Next Exodus occurred when Abel Tadesse released his latest album Passion and Gain – and now everyone can escape the drone of everyday life by chilling out to these old-school hip-hop jams.

Abel Tadesse is the solo artist behind Next Exodus, a rap/hip-hop project in which he combines the stylings of East Coast and underground hip-hop with modern twists to create his unique sound. Tadesse’s inspirations include J. Cole, Nas, Blu, and Linkin Park.

Tadesse began his music ventures after he picked up the guitar in junior high school, eventually exploring beats and hip hop music in high school. Now 24 years old, Tadesse has established an online presence and utilizes his talent to address sensitive topics and leave an impact on listeners.

Tadesse also writes music as a therapeutic medium to connect with people on a deeper level. “I started making music as a coping mechanism for personal issues I was wrestling with in high school,” said Tadesse. “(It) was a great outlet for me to channel those emotions and feelings I was too reluctant to share publicly.”

Performing live is one way that Tadesse connects with others. Having performed in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Van Nuys and Reseda, Next Exodus has spread this altruistic message all over Southern California: “Learn to not follow the crowd, be (yourselves), and follow (your) hearts.”

For more information about Next Exodus or to listen online, visit https://nextexodus.bandcamp.com/.

Live Music

| 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.

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