Ah…November! Holidays & Voting For Measure Y

Tis the¬†start of the Holiday Season…but first we must get past the elections… ūüė¶


Admittedly, this has been a particularly distasteful Presidential Campaign and I understand this sentiment…


However, it is imperative that we participate by voting!!

Remember, there are other items on the ballot than who should be President. No matter where you live there are many down ticket items for you to consider! ¬†For example, here in Sonoma County there is Measure Y to support our public libraries…

Please vote YES on Measure Y!!



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Boo! A Sonoma County Halloween

It’s that time of year again…Harvest…Halloween.

For a whimsical photo tour of some of the Petaluma & Sonoma County scenes I have encountered, Click on Halloween Sonoma Style…

As a tease, I offer the following…

For more, Click on Halloween Sonoma Style…

Petaluma’s Wine Instituto Goes To A Party!


Labor Day Weekend was also Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.¬†Many events were scheduled, including several “winemaker” lunches and¬†dinners at various wineries as well as a charity wine auction.¬†The wine auction is an important fundraiser for many local charities–the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Vineyard Worker Services, Hanna Boys Center, Community Health Center, and others.

For some unexplained reason–certainly a clerical error–the Internationale Instituo¬†De Vino Wino (Petaluma’s¬†famous but fictional wine institute) was invited to send two representatives to the¬†winemaker dinner St. Francis Vineyard and Winery:

An evening spent at St. Francis Vineyard and Winery not only allows you a chance to mingle with our 2010 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Honorary Chairs, but also promises an unforgettable experience in the very heart of Sonoma Wine Country.¬†Join Winemaker, Tom Mackey and President, Christopher Silva at “People’s Park,” a lovely location on the winery grounds with breathtaking views of the vineyard, for a luau-style feast prepared by Piper Johnson and paired with artisan series, small production and handcrafted wines.”

Needless to say, the invitation caused quite a stir at the Intituto! As the invitation was for only two people, there was quite a fight (fictional people are just as difficult to manage as real people) as to who would be allowed to attend. In addition, approval had to be obtained from the parole officers for those selected.

This is their story…

After considerable fuss, Food Director, Sushi Tira-Misu and Senior Citizen Wine Consultant, Jerry Attrick were chosen to attend as representatives of the Instituto.  To be perfectly candid, the primary reason for selecting these two was that they were deemed to be the most presentable.

Sushi and Jerry showed up on time (a rare achievement for them) armed with the tickets and e-mail from Chris Silva of St. Francis Vineyard & Winery:

“Welcome to Sonoma County, this unique place of farmers who make wine…We are honored to be selected as Honorary Chair for 2010.¬† Our dinner…will be our first official celebration as Chair. We‚Äôll enjoy an imaginative menu paired with our favorite Artisan wines, all from 100% hand-picked, Sonoma County grapes, plus a guest list of friends both old and new‚ÄĒas well as a special guest or two to add to the many stories.¬† We will also offer several small, informal tours of our cellar and barrel room while you are here.¬†“

Sushi & Jerry were extremely impressed with the beautiful¬†setting…¬†

They also took note of the fact that St. Francis provided additional security given the presence of two¬†fictional¬†representatives of the Internationale Instituto¬†De Vino Wino…

Security notwithstanding, the Instituto representatives fully enjoyed themselves…conversed with their fellow attendees… sampled the wine…and the food…Oh, the food…

For the record, the Instituto recruited Al Fresco, the Instituto’s¬†Restaurant Manager to serve as the designated driver. Al had to stay with the car the entire evening comforted only with a thermos of coffee and a week old newspaper.

Jerry Attrick¬†was particularly impressed with the St. Francis winery tour and noted that the operation was considerably larger than the¬†Solo Vine facility at the Instituto…

After seeing this facility, Jerry is going to recommend that the Instituto plant a second vine!

Biblical Vino

The Scholars in the Scholarly Department of Petaluma’s Internationale Instituto De Vino Wino recently published a paper detailing the history of wine as recorded in the Bible. This article summarizes their research.


Wine was not looked upon favorably. There are several admonitions‚ÄĒ‚ÄúDo not drink wine nor strong drink‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒ throughout the Old Testament.¬†We are repeatedly warned against the bad effects of wine:

  1. Binding his foal unto the vine and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine, he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.  His eyes shall be red with wine and his teeth white with milk. (Hangover?)
  2.  He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. (Well, OK. But don’t drink the water either!)
  3. Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles. For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me. (Perhaps a little Alka Seltzer would have helped?)
  4. Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment. (The Instituto Scholars are engaged in further investigation as to what kind of grape produced such wine.)
  5.  He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. (The Instituto Scholars now understand why they are poor.)


When it comes to what you are to do with the wine that you should not drink—YOU GIVE IT TO THE LORD!

  • And to bring the first fruits of our ground, and the first fruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD.
  • And that we should bring the first fruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God.


(The Winemaker‚Äôs ‚ÄúBible‚ÄĚ)

  • So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine.
  • And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.¬† But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
  • Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach‚Äôs sake and thine often infirmities.

En Vino Veritas…