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Live Music this Week

| Entertainment | February 21, 2019

Live Music this week in SCV!

Feb 22, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Dan Kirkpatrick                           Classic rock
7–9pm                  Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)                        Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic covers
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                     Live music
8–11:30                Vincent Hill Station                 The Fulcos band                        CR, ctry & orig
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Galo Pacheco                              Classic rock

Feb 23, Sat

6–10pm                Vincent Hill Station                 Lance Allyn                                 Acoustic CR
7:30-10:30p         Vincenzo’s Newhall               Code Red                                     Classic rock
8–10p                    Double Trouble Wine            The Blue Wails                            Classic roc

8–11p                    The Local Pub n Grill               Max Esparzza                              Live music
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    All Access                                    Rock covers
8–12m                  VFW 6885                                   Pam Loe & Chad Watson       Country
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                                      Sean Wiggins duo                     Classic rk & orig
9–1a                      Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)       Bad Traffic                                   Rock

Feb 24, Sun

10a–2p                   Saugus Swap meet                 The Reign                                     Live music
3–5:30p                Double Trouble Wine            Doc Ventura                                Blues mix
3–7pm                  Vincent Hill                                Moldy Marvin’s open mic      Various

5–9pm                  VFW 6885                                   Sue Rey & the Runarounds   Classic rock

Feb 26, Tues

6–9:30p                Wolf Creek Brewery              Rachel Randall                            Acoustic guitar                                     7–10p                        Bergie’s steakhouse              S.R.B.Q.                                         Blues mix

Feb 27, Wed

7–9pm                  Alchemy                                     Dole-Humphries                        Folk rk & orig

Feb 28, Thur

6:30–9p                Brewery Draconum                Alan Wright  band                     Blues mix
7–10pm                Bergie’s steakhouse              Bob Carrillo                                  Blues mix

Mar 1, Fri

6–9pm                  Wolf Creek Brewery              Various bands                            Live music
7 – 9pm                Rock Inn                                      Nathan on piano                       Piano
8–11pm                Wine 661                                    Bill Cinque & friends                Classic covers
8–11pm                The Local Pub n Grill               Nick Horn                                    Live music
8–11:30p              Vincent Hill Station                 Big Coyote on patio                  Country
9–12m                  Salt Creek Grille                       Jay Bolan                                      Classic rock

What Effect Can the Rain Have on Grapes?

| Entertainment | February 21, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This past weekend, I was watching a movie about a couple falling in love at a vineyard. It was driving me crazy because it had so many false facts about vineyard care. While I was watching this love story, I remembered that this was a sequel to another film that had many misconceptions. After looking on their Facebook page, I saw that thousands of people had already commented what I was thinking. They said that if there’s a frost, that it would kill the entire crop – which can be incorrect. It depends upon what stage the vines and grapes are in. Right now, our vines, just like in the movie, are in dormancy.

As I was sharing my movie experience to a friend, someone else texted me to ask about the weather and how it affects the vines. I looked up the rainfall Santa Clarita has received this year. In January 2019 we received 4.47 inches, and February, so far, received 4.05 inches. Last year in January, Santa Clarita received 2.03 inches, and February got .21 inches for the whole month. What a big difference. Plus, last July through September, we had a heat wave that lasted longer than it should have. With little rain and a lot of heat, we didn’t harvest the big quantity of grapes that we harvested this past year.

When you have too much rain, it means that you’re going to have a lot of grapes; but sometimes, depending upon when the rain occurs, it can affect the flavor of the grapes. So, when it rains while the grapes are growing, too much water will cause the grapes to be a little bit watered-down or have a lighter flavor, compared to less rain then the grapes are more concentrated and have thicker skins. Think about this: When you buy grapes at the market to eat, sometimes there’s no flavor because they overwater them. Too much water will decrease the sugar levels. People who grow grapes to eat grow for the quantity, not necessarily the quality.

When it rains during the growing season, we must prune off a lot more excess foliage. There is concern for diseases and mildew. Plus, it creates destruction and/or compaction of the soil, which creates issues when you drive the tractor in the vineyard.

Finally, wet soil over a long period of time could drown your vines if they are not on well-drained soil.

Right now, the rain will not damage the grapes because they have not started next years’ cycle. We are still in dormancy, so the rain is not hurting the vines. You do need a certain amount of cold for a good harvest the following year, and we are getting the right amount of cold to make sure of that. It would be different if we were not in dormancy. You need approximately 45 days of 54 degree weather or cooler, and we have that. Single-digit temperatures can damage or kill the vines. Fortunately, here in Santa Clarita, it generally is never that cold. Yes, it’s been very cold, and we have seen a few snow flurries, but it hasn’t reached low enough temperatures to be concerned.

The Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center Hosts 15th Annual Bridal Show

| Community, Entertainment | February 21, 2019

The Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center will host the 15th Annual Bridal Show on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The annual event offers one of the region’s largest gatherings of wedding vendors with close to 100 exhibiters on hand to offer insights, services and products from invitations to wedding cake samples, photography to flowers, decorations to disc jockeys and jewelry to catering services. Many vendors will be offering specials and giveaways only for Bridal Show attendees. Admission is free and parking is $5.00.

The A.V. Fair and Event Center booth will showcase food samples prepared by Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair (in-house catering service), and creative ideas for your special event to be held in fairgrounds buildings available for weddings, receptions, Quinceañeras and other special events.

This year’s event will feature a fashion show at 1 p.m., presented by Quinceañeras by R & R, and at 3 p.m. presented by David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse led by Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Jack Lillian – Photo Mania/Music Mania. Draping for the stage is provided by Amaysn Designs, and floral decor by A.V. Florist. The Fun After Forty (FAF) Ballroom Dance Club will perform on the fashion show stage. Limousine rides on-site will be conducted by Desert Star Limousines. Go to avfair.com for the full vendor list. Drawings will also be held during the show for valuable prizes.

The event will take place at the H.W. Hunter Pavilion, in Gate 1 of the A.V. Fair & Event Center, located at 2551 West Avenue H., Lancaster, CA 93536. For all Bridal Show information, contact Linda at (661) 948-6060, ext. 123. For A.V. Fair and Event Center information, go to www.avfair.com. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram @AVFairgrounds.

Input Wanted for Skate Park Public Art Project

| Entertainment | February 15, 2019

The City of Santa Clarita is skating forward with the Santa Clarita Skate Park Public Art Project, which will create a permanent public art piece at the park. The city is asking for community input through an online survey to help determine the look and specific location for the design. The survey can be found at scskatepark.com.

The City of Santa Clarita Arts Commission 2018 Work Plan and Public Art Proposal, identified the Skate Park Public Art Project as a public art project, and in 2018, the Arts Commission gave approval for mural artist Miguel A. Del Real to carry out a skate park community engagement plan in order to create a project proposal.

“I’m looking forward to building connections with Santa Clarita’s skate park riders and listening to their voice. I want to involve them in the process of the design concept,” said Del Real. Del Real will be at the Skate Park on Friday, February 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to meet and greet the community, and answer any questions about the project.

Along with giving input for the design and location of the art piece, residents will also have the opportunity to sign up for design and paint workshops at the end of the survey. The workshops will be led by Del Real, who will teach attendees about urban art and painting techniques. Based on availability, participants will be able to choose from either Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. until noon, or Sunday, February 24 from noon until 2:00 p.m.
The Skate Park is located at 20840 Centre Pointe Parkway. For more information about the Santa Clarita Skate Park Project, visit scskatepark.com, or contact Katherine Nestved at knestved@santa-clarita.com.

Reyes 2009 Syrah Leg of Lamb

| Entertainment | February 14, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I am probably writing for the last time about the award-winning 2009 Syrah, since we only have a few cases left. This has been one of my favorites since I started to work at Reyes Winery. I thought I would focus this week on a Syrah again, since it is International Syrah Day on February 16th. Last year for our annual Winemaker Valentine’s Dinner, I prepared a leg of lamb and served it with the 2009 Syrah. Currently, I have started to have a fond liking for the 2012 Syrah. When I was creating the label for it, I remember continuously smelling so I could write about its aromas and kept getting black apricots. That is one of my favorite fruits. Robert asked me what a black apricot was, so I went into my office and pulled one out. He couldn’t believe I had one, but I love them so much that when they are in season I eat them every day. This year, I am preparing a prime rib roast and pairing it with 2012 Syrah.

Our 2012 Syrah has started to become a favorite of mine. This estate wine won a Double-Gold medal from the San Francisco International Wine Competition in 2017 and received 94 points. Plus, it also won a silver medal and 87 points from the 2016 Toast of the Coast; a second silver medal from the 2017 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition; and a bronze from the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Our 2011, 2012 & 2013 Syrahs have won Double-Gold Medals from the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Our 2012 Syrah is layered with complex, sweet-smelling nuances of Black Velvet apricots, figs and blackberries. This delicious wine was aged in French oak barrels, which provide the elegance to balance its robust structure. It pairs with prime rib roast with a black apricot glaze, rosemary braised lamb shanks or roasted and caramelized apricots with Greek yogurt and lemons.

I was thinking which recipe I should share between the leg of lamb and the prime rib, so I decided upon the leg of lamb. This is one of my favorite dishes. Growing up, my mom made lamb chops about once a week. I couldn’t wait until dinner was ready. Most people serve lamb with mint. I am not a big mint fan with my lamb, so I wanted to find something that would pair well with lamb. I then went to Reyes 2009 Syrah, since it pairs perfectly. I picked out the nuances, like blackberries, and decided to match them together. Between the wine, blackberries and Reyes 2009 Syrah you would think they were meant to be together.

Ingredients

5 lbs of boneless leg of lamb
3 tsp of olive oil
2 cups Reyes 2009 Syrah
1 cup Blackberry Jam
2 tsp garlic, chopped
5 sprigs of rosemary
1 ½ tsp of kosher salt
2 tsp of seasoned pepper

Directions

1. In a Dutch oven, heat the pan and add the olive oil.
2. Sear the leg of lamb on both sides.
3. Salt and pepper both sides of lamb.
4. Add Reyes 2009 Syrah, garlic, blackberry jam and sprigs of rosemary.
5. Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees for 2 hours, covered. (30 minutes per pound)
6. Uncover and cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. (12 minutes per pound)
7. Let rest for 10 minutes, then slice.
8. Serve.

Live Music

| Entertainment | February 14, 2019

Feb 15, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Sean Wiggins duo Classic rk & orig
7–9pm Double Trouble Wine Mike Fitzgerald trio Rock covers
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–12m Amer Legion Newhall Hard Rock night Live bands
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Acoustic classic rk

Feb 16, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Crystal Whiskey Country
7:30-10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
7:30-10:30p Amer Legion Newhall John Davis Fogerty exp & Deep Fried Daddys
This is a fundraiser for the Legion $10pp — or with Fish Fry dinner $20pp dinner 5:30-7:30p
8–11p The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Sweetwater GentlemenBluegrass & ctry
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Karson City Rebels CR & country

Feb 17, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Urban Soul Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 No Chasers band Classic rk, R&B

Feb 19, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Tim Propersi Acoustic guitar 7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Artur Menezes & Celso Salim Blues

Feb 20, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
7–9pm Wine 661 David Blasucci Soft rock

Feb 21, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Sean Wiggins duo Classic rk & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Chris Cardenas band Blues mix

Feb 22, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Daniel Kirkpatrick Classic rock 8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos band on patio Classic rk & orig
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Upcoming Hart Park 2019 Events

| Entertainment | February 14, 2019

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation presents its upcoming William S. Hart Regional Park Spring Events Calendar.

Music in the Park will take place on May 11 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Themed “Cruise Control at Hart,” car clubs and associations will be present at the event, along with music by request played by DJ Al. Get ready to hear classic country, ‘50s and ‘60s oldies, blues, classic rock, and more in the picnic area. Admission is free to the public.

The Artisan Row Home Arts and Crafts Show will be held in Hart Hall on May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will experience a Home Arts and Crafts Boutique showcasing handmade toys, fashion accessories, fabrics, bed and bath items, three-dimensional craftworks and a fine arts gallery with photography, paintings and print works. Admission to this event is also free.

On June 1, Music in the Park returns from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with music by request from DJ Al. There will be country and oldies in the picnic area, and admission is free.

The Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild Show will take place on June 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The guild will present an exhibition of large and small quilts. On display will be specialty and charity quilts, an assortment of fabric creations utilizing appliqué, pierced, sewing, and long arm quilts. Entertainment, sewing demonstrations and a merchant fair will also be a part of the event. There is a $5 suggested donation for show admission.

The William S. Hart Regional Park is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall.

For event information, call (661) 259-1750.

Summer Movie Nights at William S. Hart Regional Park

The 8th Annual Summer Movies in the Park Series has its lineup available. It is presented by the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with The Friends of Hart Park.

The community is invited to enjoy an outdoor summer night at the movies.There are five family-friendly movies on the schedule, and admission is free.

Everyone is welcome to bring blankets, pillows and lawn chairs, but please remember no unleashed animals, smoking or alcohol are allowed in the park at any time. All movies begin at dusk.

Friday, June 28 Ralph Breaks the Internet PG
Friday, July 12 AQUAMAN PG13
Friday, July 26 Spiderman “Into the Spider Verse” PG13
Friday, August 16 Mary Poppins Returns PG
Friday, August 30 Captain Marvel PG13

Movie titles and show times are subject to change. Food, snack and craft vendors are available. The movies will be shown at William S. Hart Regional Park in the Hart Picnic area. The park is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall.

Live at Canyon Theatre Guild: Steel Magnolias

| Entertainment | February 14, 2019

Since you enjoyed your trips to Bedford Falls and Gilligan’s Island, you will not want to miss the latest adventures the Canyon Theater Guild has in store for you. Now through February 23, you can join us on our trip down south to the small town of Chinquapin, Louisiana for a live theater production of Robert Harling’s classic play, Steel Magnolias.

This heartwarming comedy centers around six southern women and their time spent at their home away from home — the beauty shop. Often referring to the movie classic, “Gone with the Wind”, the myth of the “Southern Lady” is debunked by a cast of six remarkable actresses portraying the true story of their friendships, hardships & kinships. According to Director Barry Agin, the characters and audiences alike will learn that the bond of friendship is much stronger than anything else life may happen to throw your way. Director Agin urges everyone who enjoys what great live theatre offers to come see this show, almost guaranteeing that you will become emotionally involved in “all the humor, drama, emotions and story” this production offers.

Steel Magnolias is playing through February 23 at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Old Town Newhall. Tickets are $17-19 for Adults and $15-17 for Juniors (Under 18) and Seniors (Over 62) .

Don’t miss your chance to see this memorable show that inspired the hit movie!
For tickets or more information on the show, contact our box office at 661-799-2702.

Pastel Demo at Barnes and Noble by Otto Stürcke

| Entertainment | February 7, 2019

Otto Stürcke will conduct a pastel demo at the Monday, April 15 meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA). This event is free, open to the public and will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Barnes & Noble, located at 23630 Valencia Blvd.

As a representational artist, Stürcke seeks to find common ground between the contemporary and the classical.

“I am greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters and aim to depict the personal, the emotional, and the quiet elegance in my paintings through light, shadow, and texture,” said Stürcke.

Primarily self-taught, Stürcke joined the U.S. Marine Corps in hopes of attaining financial aid to attend an art college. His plans were altered in 1991 when he was called to serve in Desert Storm. Soon after his military service, he enrolled in art workshops and courses at several local art associations and colleges while launching his illustration career under the mentorship of Mike Butkus. Working as an illustrator served him for honing many techniques, and he found pastels to be his principal medium of choice.

In recent years, Stürcke has garnered recognition and awards for his works including the title of Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America, 1st Place in Pastel Journal’s 19th Annual Pastel 100 Competition Animal/Wildlife Category, 1st Place in the 8th Annual Members Show of the Pastel Society of Southern California, Stabilo Award at the 1st International Pastel Exhibition in Rome, Butler Institute of American Art Selection, the Robert & Patricia Suggs Award by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the “Best of 201” by Art Los Angeles magazine, and has also been chosen to be part of the American Latino Collective at the Smithsonian Museum. His work has been published in the French publication “40 Maitres du Pastel” (40 Masters of Pastel) by “Pratique des Arts” magazine, “The Art of Chalk” by Tracy Lee Stum, and as “Artist of Note” by “Southwest Art” magazine. For more information, visit https://sturckestudio.com.

Attendees are encourged to arrive early, as the event is expected to be standing room only by 6:30 p.m. For more information about the artclub, visit www.SantaClaritaArtists.org.

All Wines Get a Holiday February 16 is International Syrah Day!

| Entertainment | February 7, 2019

By Beth Hieserman, Reyes Winery

February 14 is celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day in various parts of the world. We have combined International Syrah Day and Valentines Day by having a winemaker dinner on February 15 and 16. Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Reyes Winery.

What could be a more romantic way to celebrate your Valentine’s Day than by bringing your loved one to Reyes Winery for a specially prepared wine pairing dinner? Every year, we have a pink, purple and red themed meal inside the barrel room. This year’s menu is no different. I source all my fruit and vegetables from a local farm. I go and pick out the produce that will pair the best with each wine for the different courses. I have focused on the award-winning Syrah’s to be a part of this very special meal.

For the month of February, Reyes Winery’s Tasting Room has a concentration of Syrah and the Syrah blends including our 2009 Syrah on the tasting sheet. It has almost sold out. We are down to six cases left in our inventory.

This estate wine won Silver medals in the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the 2011 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition, plus it received 85 points in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (03/2014 Edition). It has smoky blackberry flavors and holds its own with robust flavors and spices.

This wine pairs very well with dishes that have rosemary, like a garlic-crusted rack of lamb. For a cheese course, enjoy this delicious wine with a drunken goat cheese, goat gouda, an extra aged gouda, or a rosemary and olive oil asiago. And finally, for dessert, this wine would be so tasty with a dark chocolate torte, fresh blackberries and whip cream, or bread pudding with blackberry Syrah sauce.

Social media has a hashtag for it, #SyrahDay. Join the movement and drink lots of Reyes Winery Syrah. Take a photo of you, your wine and your wine glass. #SyrahDay, #Shiraz, #InternationalSyrahDay, #RedBlends, #DoubleGold, #ValentinesDay, #ValentinesDayDinner and #ReyesWinery.

Live Music

| Entertainment | February 7, 2019

Feb 8, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Michael Ruiz Acoustic CR
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
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Feb 9, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Sweetwater Gentlemen C.R. bluegrass
8–11p The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Colene & Co R&B, swing & jz
8–12m VFW 6885 Breakfast With Barbie Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Acoustic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band CR & blues
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Feb 10, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Wildside Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Jay Furtado & friends celebration
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Mary White band Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Mad dogs & bad dogs SCV Blues Jam
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Feb 12, Tues
6–9:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Jackie Beckwith Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge, guest Blues mix
Feb 13, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Feb 14, Thur
6–9pm Salt Creek Grille Laurence Tamez Saxy romance
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum Bri Sarikcioglu & Elyadeen Anbar
6:30–9:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Steve Lively Heart songs
7–10pm Wine 661 Lance Allyn Romantic music
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues mix
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Feb 15, Fri
6–9p Wolf Creek Brewery Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station band on patio Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers

Live Music

| Entertainment | January 31, 2019

Feb 1, Fri
6–9pm Wolf Creek Brewery Steve Jones Acoustic CR
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on patio Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
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Feb 2, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Z – Band C.R. & country
8–10p Alchemy Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
8–11pm Wine 661 David Blasucci Soft rock
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Right Side up Classic rock
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Feb 3, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Brothers & others Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
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Feb 5, Tues
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Eric Garcia guest artist Blues mix
Feb 6, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
7–10pm Wine 661 David Blasucci Soft rock
Feb 7, Thur
6:30–9p Brewery Draconum S.R.B.Q.band Blues mix
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues mix
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Feb 8, Fri
7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Reyes Winery Red Blend Event

| Entertainment | January 31, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

This past weekend, someone asked me why wineries blend wine. Last July, I wrote an article about wine blends, and I mentioned that 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.

By blending, you generally balance out the flavor characteristics. On Saturday, February 2, I am doing my first #RedBlend Tasting Event at 12 p.m. I will pair a petite bite with each of our red blends, plus one of our rosés and a dessert wine.

I will say that wine is an imperative beverage which can accompany and enhance most meals – and vice versa. It is generally served with dinner, while sweeter wines or dessert wines are served with dessert. I remember doing a wine pairing event at a chocolate shop in Hollywood, and they had me taste the chocolates first to see what I would pair them with. Well, I wouldn’t choose those sweet treats by themselves; however, with wine, they were much tastier.

Like I have mentioned before, I first smell the wine and then I taste it. From there, I take the aromas and flavor notes and think what foods have similar notes. For instance, our 2014 Julia’s Blend has aromas of licorice and black cherries. On the palate, you get notes of cherries and spices. This luscious blend of Estate Merlot and California Syrah and was aged in French oak for 23 months gives this wine character and complexity. I take those notes and think of savory dishes that have fennel and cherries. These three dishes would be a perfect pairing to this award-winning red blend: Roasted fennel and pork roast, lamb chops and sour cherry rice, or a salmon fennel risotto. It has won 86 points in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (04/2018 Edition) and a silver medal in the 2018 Toast of the Coast competition.

Our 2013 Ryan’s Blend is a Bordeaux blend of Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and locally sourced Petit Verdot. It was aged for 23 months in French oak barrels. Ryan’s blend has a rich, intense body and is layered with ripe black cherry, fig and blackberry aromas, with a hint of dark chocolate. It’s full-bodied, yet velvety, with notes of cherries and peppercorns on the palate.

I am going to share a few sweet treats with you that will pair well with this wine. Dessert wines and sugary delights can be too sweet, whereas a red wine with chocolate will hit the spot. My cherry pie chocolate cupcakes will do just that. The secret ingredient in this cake is the pink peppercorns, to give it a touch of spice. Also, you can enjoy this #RedBlend with red velvet cake, cherry cobbler or dark chocolate cherry shortbread. This award-winning wine has won silver medals in the 2018 Toast of the Coast, 2017 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition and the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. It also wob bronze medals in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. In addition, it received 87 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (04/2018 Edition).

Wine is important in the food world, and not just for its value as a beverage, but as a flavor agent. It makes such a difference in stocks or dishes that you braise. Its acidity gives balance to rich or sweet dishes. Instead of using water, use wine!

I love to bring out special vintages from the cellar, so be sure to join me for this fun and educational event to see what I will surprise everyone with. Those interested can purchase tickets at: https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

Live Music

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

Jan 25, Fri

7–9pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Nathan on piano Live music
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Family band
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
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Jan 26, Sat

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Siren Valley Acoustic orig
8–10p Double Trouble Wine Sweetwater Gentlemen Bluegrass/ctry
8–11pm Wine 661 All Access Rock covers
8:30–11p The Local Pub & Grill Max Esparzza Live music
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers Soft rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Ty Parker & friends Live music
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Jan 27, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Midnite Crisis Live music
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Classic Rock Jam Classic rock
5–9pm VFW 6885 Henry Becker band Country
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Jan 29, Tues

7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Robert Heft band Blues mix

Jan 30, Wed

7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig

Jan 31, Thur

7–10pm Brewery Draconum Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Artur Menezes & Celso Salim Blues
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Feb 1, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
8–11:30p Vincent Hill Station Overrdrive on patio Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

Celebration of La Femme Art in San Fernando

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

Four Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) members have been accepted to the “Women: A Celebration of La Femme” exhibition at La Galeria Gitana in San Fernando. The public is invited to the opening reception to meet the artists on Saturday, March 23 from 6-9:30 p.m. The exhibit will run until May 3, 2019.

The following artists have been selected for Women: A Celebration of La Femme:

• Jerry Cowart – An award-winning fine art photographer, Cowart said, “I am a story teller, and through my photography, I tell many stories and I hope that each person who sees my work enjoys the stories I am telling. The eight photos I have in the show are about four amazing women, their love, courage, talent and artistry of them and the horses they ride. I hope you enjoy the ride – I mean the read!” For more information, visit www.etsy.com/shop/PhotosbyJerryCowart.

• Olga Kaczmar – “I have three entries in this show: two oils and a pastel. The most fun one is ‘Bathing Beauties,’ referenced from a rare black and white photo, which I colorized, added facial expressions and daring bathing suits of the 1920s era. While painting them, I made friends with each gal – I felt them giggle as I brought them to life.” For more information, visit https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/olga-kaczmar.html.

•Mardi Georgio – “I love portraying the beautiful women of the music/ film industries. ‘Diana’ (a charcoal drawing) was such a talented and magnetic force in such a tiny body. The colors and styles of the ‘60s and ‘70s were some of the most vibrant and fun. In my pastel ‘Supreme Sensation,’ the challenge of portraying three distinct women in a fictional stage scene was enormously enervating. These talented women inspired me with their music and style.” For more information, visit mardianleegeorgio.com.

•Mike Farrell – “The art that I make, generally, has a narrative to it. In my drawing, “Bed Check,” I’ve tried to depict the security of a nourishing relationship, along with the active effort needed to build that security. While not exclusively feminine, society has traditionally assigned that role to the female half of our world and that is what I’m trying to depict here. For more information, visit FineArtAmerica/Mike Farrell.

The La Galeria Gitana is located at 120 N Maclay Ave., Ste. E, San Fernando, 91340. Free parking is available in the rear. The gallery hours are Tuesday from 12-6 p.m., Wednesday from 12-4 p.m., or by appointment at 818-898-7708. For more information, visit www.GaleriaGitana.com.

Exhibit at CTG features Bonny Butler

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday, March 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, located at 24242 Main St. in Newhall.

Award-winning local artist Bonny Butler will be presenting a one-woman show from March 30 to April 29. The exhibit, titled “Dreaming In Color,” includes a series of exquisite alcohol ink and encaustic wax paintings.

“I always loved creating art, but raising a family took me in a different direction,” said Butler.

After her family was grown, she returned to art, her first love, first with watercolors and Chinese brush, and currently with alcohol inks and encaustic wax.  She explores, creates, and relishes the ever-changing outcomes and spontaneity of her mediums. Her whimsical, loose-style paintings, now exhibited around the world, range from blooms and gardens, to expressive landscapes, to abstracts, and the occasional portrait of people and pets.

Currently, Butler has her first place mixed-media painting hanging at City Hall and has six paintings hanging at the local Hyatt Regency. She is a member of the Santa Clarita Artist Association and has exhibited her art in the Fine Craft Show of Santa Clarita, Artisan Row Home Arts and Crafts Show and the Pasadena Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair.

“My art is a technique and process-oriented practice, which focuses on colorful expressive imagery,” said Butler. “My objective is to transfer to my audience the joy of creation through a constantly animated wealth of bold colors, shapes and form.”

For more information, visit www.bonnybutler.com.

 

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

| Entertainment | January 24, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Usually when I decide upon a topic to write about, I choose a wine first. This week, I chose the food before I decided what wine I would pair a dish with.

I was watching a cooking show the other day, and they were making open-faced roast beef sandwiches. It reminded me when I was growing up, and how much I enjoyed when my mom used to make these for me. My mom made them when we had leftover chicken, turkey or roast beef, and honestly, I loved them all. She would always serve them on top of mashed potatoes and gravy, plus she would serve a Romanian dish called “gevitch.”

So, I went to the market and got all the ingredients to make a roast beef. I have these amazing mustards I bought recently. One is a white truffle Dijon and the other is a port wine balsamic Dijon. I know not everyone will have these special mustards already in their kitchen, so regular Dijon with some added herbs would be a good substitute. After I sliced the roast on the meat slicer, I kept nibbling the slices, thinking about which wine would pair well. I decided that the 2015 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon would make a tasty accompaniment.

This estate Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in French oak for 18 months, giving this fruity wine the perfect balance. It’s full bodied with notes of black cherry, blackberry and anise. It won a silver medal in the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition. This is a wine that hasn’t been released yet, but every once in a while this fantastic wine has made an appearance in the tasting room. If you ask me, I will get a bottle from the basement (our special storage area), just for you!

Hot roast beef sandwiches

Today’s lunch included creamed corn and the main attraction: A hot roast beef sandwich. I love red onions on my sandwich, a slice of tomato and a few leaves of spinach with a schmear of that special Dijon. I didn’t add any salt to my roast. Dijon mustard has enough salt, that I didn’t think it was necessary. Plus, adding salt when cooking something for a lengthy time will extract the juice out of the meat. If you think you need more salt, add it to taste when it’s done. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS

1(4-lb.) eye of round roast
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp Parsley
1 tbsp Herbes de Provence
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup 2015 Reyes Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooking spray

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 450°.
Rub Dijon mustard all over roast. Then evenly sprinkle the herbs and the garlic on top of the mustard.
Spray cooking spray on pan.

Place roast in Dutch oven with the lid off. Roast for 15 minutes.
Add 2015 Reyes Cabernet Sauvignon to bottom of pan.
Reduce heat to 325° and roast with the lid on for 30 minutes per pound for medium. 40 minutes per pound for medium well.
Remove from oven and let rest 30 minutes before slicing.
Serve

Art Gallery 206 Opens ‘Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region’

| Entertainment | January 18, 2019

Visitors to the newest College of the Canyons Gallery 206 exhibition, “Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region,” will be carried away to Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, for a broader understanding and appreciation for another culture. The public will not want to miss the priceless artifacts and paintings that tell the stories of a far away, but not altogether different, people.

“With this exhibition, we can reach beyond our region and promote the value and understanding of art in an international context,” said Pamela Lewis, director of the COC Art Gallery.

Paintings and artifacts of rural China reveal a national spirit that is as charming as it is vital. The peasant or farmer paintings on display are closely related to the traditional Chinese arts of embroidery, batik (a fabric dying method), paper-cut, and wall painting. The artists use “shui fen” on thick paper to create the paintings. This technique includes paint powder and water, similar to gouache or tempera.

The artifacts included in this collection depict Chinese rural life and show traditional Shaanxi customs. They range from children’s clothing and toys to New Year’s prints and decorative household items, often embroidered with lucky figures and animals. Both the art and the objects featured in this exhibition introduce an area, which, like the American Midwest, is dominated by agriculture and populated with working people. Fundamental similarities between America and this far away province of China become recognizable by observing these artifacts and artwork.

“Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region” opens January 28 and runs through March 15 in Gallery 206, located on the second floor of the Valencia campus library. A public reception will be held on February 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.

This exhibition is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) and underwritten in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. ExhibitsUSA creates access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurtures the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourages the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities.

Gallery 206 is a new extension of the main Art Gallery on campus. COC’s Gallery 206 is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information contact Pamela Lewis at pamela.lewis@canyons.edu.

SCV Men of Harmony Valentine’s Day Serenades Returns in February

| Entertainment | January 18, 2019

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s a good time to appreciate the sound of a cappella music. This community is lucky enough to have the Santa Clarita Valley Men of Harmony available for serenades and entertainment.

This group of musical men has brought their talents to Santa Clarita for more than 40 years. “We love to present the unaccompanied human voice, singing from the heart,” said Men of Harmony historian, David Norman. “Our focus is on great singing with a variety of musical styles including barbershop harmony, doo-wop, swing era jazz, Tin Pan Alley musicals, and classic pop tunes in the mix. This music can take you back to the good old days of our youth and the first time we fell in love.”

The Santa Clarita Valley Men’s Barbershop singers are a nonprofit, charitable, educational, fraternal organization, founded in 1974. Each year the group performs numerous times in this and other nearby communities. Once a year, the group produces a big show at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall. At this time of year, the SCV Men of Harmony provide their famous Valentine’s Day Serenades to the community.

Send your love across town through a Valentine’s Day Serenade by a Santa Clarita Men of Harmony Quartet. They will go to a home or workplace on Thurs., February 14 at some point between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for $50. If you need them to arrive at a specific time, the cost is $60. They accept many forms of payment, including PayPal.

Each serenade comes with a flower gift. To order a Singing Valentine from the Men of Harmony, call 661-575-5875 or visit SCMenofHarmony.com.

Reyes 2016 Renaissance Chardonnay with White Bean and Turkey Chili

| Entertainment | January 17, 2019

By Beth Heiserman 

Our newest release is our 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay. It has delightful aromas of citrus, lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. It has aged in French oak for 20 months, creating a multi-layered and complex wine. It is rich on the palate and filled with notes of tangerines and quince. It can be enjoyed chilled, and served alongside grilled spicy salmon topped with a grapefruit salsa or a citrus salad.

The other day, I bought kumquats and was remembering when I prepared my kumquat and habanero jam. That would be so scrumptious on top of brie with a glass of Chardonnay. I was thinking of other delicious pairings, like quince or apples poached in white wine with a touch of vanilla, pork chops with quince compote, mandarin ginger chicken, or even duck with a persimmon glaze. As I recall the flavor notes of the wine, I keep thinking of the many dishes that would pair beautifully. I love pairing this wine with a dish that has a bit of spice, like my white bean and turkey chili.

White Bean and Turkey Chili
This is a recipe I love to make when it is cold and raining, like it is this week. This is a low-salt recipe. I have been watching my salt intake for 14 years now. I have noticed when you add salt early in a dish, sometimes it can be so concentrated, and then it’s too salty for me. You can always add it, but not always take it away. Instead of adding salt, I love to add herbs and spices to build its complexity rather than just salt and pepper. So, I always salt my chicken or turkey afterwards. Now I am hungry, and my cornbread is ready to come out of the oven, so I can enjoy it nice and hot with my chili.

Enjoy this meal with a side of cast iron corn bread and a glass of 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, diced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon chile de arbol powder
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ tablespoon dried oregano
7oz can of hatch chilis, diced
1½ cup of corn, fresh or frozen
1 (15.8-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained, no salt added
1 (15.8-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, no salt added
½ cup, 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay
2 cups, less-sodium chicken broth
2 lbs ground turkey
28oz can of diced tomatoes with juice, no salt added
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Add onion and sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden.
Add ground turkey and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
Add the Renaissance by Reyes Chardonnay, continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Add chili powder, garlic, allspice, chile de arbol powder, oregano and cumin; stir the seasonings in and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add beans, diced chilis, diced tomatoes and broth.
Cook 20 minutes on low heat.
Add corn and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve.

British Entertainer Ruth Allen to Perform at the Canyon Theatre Guild

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

By Corey Charlton

A former wartime entertainer is set to perform a show celebrating her incredible life in music. The 89-year-old inspirational British singer and musician Ruth Allen will perform her “You’re Never Too Old” show at the Canyon Theatre on Sunday, January 13 at 5 pm.

Allen originally began her career during the Blitz when she performed sold-out shows in spite of the air raid warnings echoing through London. Following the war, she continued performing under the stage name Ronnie Graham, most famously at the Astor Club in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. She also spent time in Paris, performing at the Mars Club where she once met and dined with Billie Holiday. She toured Europe before falling in love with an American GI and relocating to the U.S., where she continued her musical career while raising her children.

After impressing legendary American jazz composer Duke Ellington, she was offered a contract with Columbia Records and later in life was the resident entertainer at the American bar of the Savoy in London and in a Michael Feinstein show at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In later years, she and her family settled down in Santa Clarita, California, where she still performs regular shows at a retirement home, piano bar and other venues.

The singer-songwriter is now set for a one-off show at the Canyon Theatre Guild alongside her brother, London jazz pianist Alan Berry. The charity show has been billed as a ‘“celebration of life” and comes just a few days ahead of her 90th birthday.

Ms. Allen will perform around 30 of her own original songs while a narrator reads excerpts from her autobiography “I’ll Still Be Me.”

Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. The ticket price includes complementary wine and champagne, with a reception to beginning at 4 p.m.

Reservations can be made by calling the box office at (661) 799-2702. Net proceeds benefit the Canyon Theatre Guild, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.

Spiegeltent Americana Roots Music Festival

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

For those who love a good Spiegeltent, this Sunday, January 13, the inaugural Spiegeltent Americana Roots Music Festival will be held at Wolf Creek Brewery in support of First Responders Outreach of the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Join the following groups for an afternoon of blues, country, Zydeco, bluegrass, roots rock, folk and more in the unique environment of the 71-year-old Spiegeltent for the very first Spiegeltent Americana Roots Music Festival.

Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

Texas born and bred Teresa James and her band The Rhythm Tramps, made up of L.A.-based seasoned pro musicians, and who have backed such artists as Eric Burdon, Keb Mo, Delbert McClinton, Tom Jones, Kenny Loggins (to mention just a few), will be playing songs from all 10 of Teresa’s albums, including songs from their Grammy-nominated “Here In Babylon” Best Contemporary Blues Album of 2018.

Doo-Wah Riders

There is no one else like the Doo-Wah Riders. For 40 years, they have been riding their own patch of the musical range throughout the West. They possess the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love for what they do. The Doo-Wahs are country, with a unique, original sound. They define their sound as “high energy country with a cajun twist.” Their tight musicianship and powerful arrangements of classic, contemporary, and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go.

Phil Salazar and Friends

Phil Salazar has been one of the mainstays in California bluegrass for a good many years. He has pulled bluegrass in many directions and he has played in many memorable configurations over the years. As an entertainer, teacher, record producer, champion fiddler, Phil is a master fiddler who straddles the borders between traditional bluegrass and contemporary sound. He is a world-wide performer who has fielded his own bands, produced several recordings, and recorded and or performed with Bob Weir, Kenny Loggins, Chris Hillman, Kate Wolf, Jon Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Gilles Apap, Kix Brooks, Chris Thile, Clint Black, Zak Brown, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Mule Deer, Dave Mason, David Grisman, John and Jonathan McEuen and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pete Sears, Van Dyke Parks, Peter Rowan.

Kelly’s Lot Featuring Eddie Baytos

Kelly’s Lot is a mix of Roots/Rock, Rhythm and Blues and Folk Music. Kelly Z and her “Lot” came together in 1995, have released 13 CDs and have toured nationally and internationally for the last 10 years. They will be joined by Eddie Baytos and his Cajun-infused music and energy. Eddie is well known as the founder of the band, The Nervis Brothers.

This afternoon of entertainment is open to all ages. The price for general admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door (upon availability). Reserved seating is $20 only in advance. Reserved six-seat VIP Booth tickets are $150, also only in advance.

Wolf Creek Brewery is located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.RootsNRoll.com.

SCAA Exhibit and Reception at FastFrame

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) member Olga Kaczmar will feature her art with a reception on Jan. 12, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. Join the association for light appetizers and wine at FastFrame, located at 24204 Valencia Blvd. (next to Kohl’s), Valencia, CA 91355. The exhibit will run from Jan. 8 to Jan. 31.

During her commercial art years, Kaczmar produced renderings for patent applications, exhibits and brochures. Her exhibit at Fast Frame reveals a fun variety of art, including horses, dogs, cats, wild animals, landcapes and people. To preview her work, visit www.olgakaczmar.com.

Her computer-generated famine-genocide posters have been shown throughout the USA, Canada, Ukraine, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In 2008, her art was used to promote a film and book on the 1932 Ukrainian genocide. She has an international following of researchers on her www.dpcamps.org website, a domain where people can search for families lost during World War II.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Artists Association, visit www.santaclaritaartists.org. To learn more about FastFrame, visit www.fastframe.com/valencia.

Pairing Plum Chicken with Oso’s Blend

| Entertainment | January 10, 2019

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

On February 2, I am doing the first “Red Blend Tasting Event.” I have done many wine pairing events, but not a blend event. I have chosen specific Reyes Winery Blends for this educational yet fun food and wine pairing. Every wine has a story, and I love sharing each one of them with you. It is $15 per person and it includes a Reyes Winery 12-ounce glass to take home. Make your reservations our tasting room or online at https://squareup.com/store/reyes-winery/.

I will be featuring the following wines: 2011 Les Deux Rois, 2011 Robby’s Blend, 2013 Ryan’s Blend, 2014 Julia’s Blend, 2015 Oso’s Blend, 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Rose and the 2013 Agua Dulce Delight. Most of our blends are named after Robert’s grandkids, and Oso is named after our beloved German Shepherd who passed away last year. This is a limited edition “member only” wine that is a blend of Merlot from our vineyard and Tempranillo from the Alonso Family Vineyards, which is Le Chene’s vineyard. It’s been aged in French oak for 18 months. This wine is fruity with notes of plum, pepper and anise. Only 113 cases were produced. This wine has received 87 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (05/2018 Edition).

When I pair food with wines, I first smell the wine and see what beautiful aromas it has. This wine is dry but very fruity. The notes of the anise make me want to pair this with a milk chocolate versus a dark. When the wine is dryer, you pair the opposite and go with a higher fat content chocolate. At an event a few weeks back, I made an anise cheesecake with a chocolate crust and a chocolate drizzle on top. This would be perfect. Of course, I started with dessert. For a delightful dinner pairing, I would choose a plum chicken. I have made this recipe many times with the 2011 Robby’s Blend. The difference that I would do with Oso versus Robby, is add fresh fennel in the pan when roasting the chicken.

Plum Chicken
By Beth Heiserman

This is a healthier version of plum chicken. Most of the time, the chicken is fried. Every fall, when Italian plums are in season, I love to prepare the sauce for this dish. This is one of my favorite dishes to serve for brunch, since it’s light and healthy. Serve with rice and enjoy!

Ingredients

2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 green onion, chopped
½ cup Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend Plum Jam
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp prepared horseradish
2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a 9×9 baking pan with non stick spray.
3. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
5. In a small mixing bowl, combine Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend Plum Jam, ginger, horseradish, soy sauce, garlic and pepper.
6. After the chicken has baked 20 minutes, brush with the plum sauce and return to the oven.
7. Continue baking for an additional 25-30 minutes.
8. Garnish with green onion.
9. Serve.

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