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Yellow Jackets and the Sting Pain Index

Date: Wed, Sep 3, 2008 Wine Tasting

Yellow jackets are a common pest during harvest. They swarm thickly over the bins of arriving fruit, and explore odd crevices in the winery equipment. Spring through summer, yellow jackets (a species of wasp, not a bee) bring insects, meat and fish to feed larvae in their rapidly growing colony. The larvae in turn, give off a sweet nectar that fuels and satisfies the adults. By late summer or early September, the larvae are all grown and the result is about 5,000 hungry adults. Without the larval love juice, an occasional flower nectar or sip of tree sap is no longer enough to fuel their full-flight metabolisms. They are looking for meat and sugar, which is why they are common pests at summer’s end picnics.

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2008: The 'Limited Vintage' Syrah

Date: Mon, Sep 1, 2008 Wine Tasting

Our 2008 vintage began last spring with killing frosts. Two weeks later, extreme heat waves. The first reports of killing weather trickled out of Napa and Sonoma, where many vineyards lost over 30% of their spring growth and potential crop. Ho, we thought, at least we’re safe. But two weeks later, Paso was also visited by extreme cold, with a heat wave to follow. Although the damage in Paso Robles was not as widespread as to the north, many crops were affected by the frost. Our syrah crop was reduced by about 30%—and that is just the start of this season’s saga.

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2008: The 'Limited Vintage' Syrah

Date: Mon, Sep 1, 2008 Wine Tasting

Our 2008 vintage began last spring with killing frosts. Two weeks later, extreme heat waves. The first reports of killing weather trickled out of Napa and Sonoma, where many vineyards lost over 30% of their spring growth and potential crop. Ho, we thought, at least we’re safe. But two weeks later, Paso was also visited by extreme cold, with a heat wave to follow. Although the damage in Paso Robles was not as widespread as to the north, many crops were affected by the frost. Our syrah crop was reduced by about 30%—and that is just the start of this season’s saga.

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Recent Mentions

Date: Wed, Aug 27, 2008 Wine Tasting

Wine with Asian Food: New Frontiers in Taste This gorgeous hardbound book by Patricia Guy and Edwin Soon suggests Dover Canyon sangiovese among the US wines to be paired with rogan josh, an Indian lamb casserole. (Page 70) A wine's fruit, says the authors, should "enfold the spices" which in this recipe include saffron, chilies, ginger, cloves and cardamom.

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Recent Mentions

Date: Wed, Aug 27, 2008 Wine Tasting

Wine with Asian Food: New Frontiers in Taste This gorgeous hardbound book by Patricia Guy and Edwin Soon suggests Dover Canyon sangiovese among the US wines to be paired with rogan josh, an Indian lamb casserole. (Page 70) A wine's fruit, says the authors, should "enfold the spices" which in this recipe include saffron, chilies, ginger, cloves and cardamom.

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Are You My Friend? Find us on Facebook!

Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2008 Wine Tasting

We now have a profile on Facebook. See our mutual friends, check the latest Dover Canyon twitter, get updates on current activities at Cellar Rats, and send us a wine toast or virtual garden plant. I have also posted "TooDooz" project deadlines for the two books I am currently working on. You can ask questions about my books-in-progress or just check up on me to see if I am meeting my self-imposed writing deadlines.

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Are You My Friend? Find us on Facebook!

Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2008 Wine Tasting

We now have a profile on Facebook. See our mutual friends, check the latest Dover Canyon twitter, get updates on current activities at Cellar Rats, and send us a wine toast or virtual garden plant. I have also posted "TooDooz" project deadlines for the two books I am currently working on. You can ask questions about my books-in-progress or just check up on me to see if I am meeting my self-imposed writing deadlines.

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August Pasta Salad and Old Vine Zin

Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

And not just any pasta salad. Customer Cheryl Dean enjoyed her husband's creative pasta salad with a bottle of Dover Canyon 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel. On her blog, Wine, Food and Photographs, Cheryl reports: Sorry, no pics of the pasta! I just forgot! And, we ate it so fast, it was GONE in no time! Hubby made a great pasta salad last night: sliced up radishes, cucumbers, red onions, added small tomatoes and GIANT black olives. Marinated it all in an Italian dressing, then added a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and pine nuts and VOILA! Served with hot pita bread. YUM, YUM! Oh, and some 2006 Dover Canyon old vine Zinfandel! WOW! Here's a pic of the Dover zin!~Wonderful! This crunchy, summery pasta salad sounds like just the ticket for our warm August evenings.

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August Pasta Salad and Old Vine Zin

Date: Wed, Aug 6, 2008 Wine Tasting

And not just any pasta salad. Customer Cheryl Dean enjoyed her husband's creative pasta salad with a bottle of Dover Canyon 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel. On her blog, Wine, Food and Photographs, Cheryl reports: Sorry, no pics of the pasta! I just forgot! And, we ate it so fast, it was GONE in no time! Hubby made a great pasta salad last night: sliced up radishes, cucumbers, red onions, added small tomatoes and GIANT black olives. Marinated it all in an Italian dressing, then added a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and pine nuts and VOILA! Served with hot pita bread. YUM, YUM! Oh, and some 2006 Dover Canyon old vine Zinfandel! WOW! Here's a pic of the Dover zin!~Wonderful! This crunchy, summery pasta salad sounds like just the ticket for our warm August evenings.

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