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Dry Farming: Save Water by Drinking Wine?

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Dry Farming: Save Water by Drinking Wine?

On April 1st, California’s Governor Jerry Brown  issued an executive order that included a mandatory 25% water reduction. Not surprisingly, the news went national; this was a first in America.  An important story I was trying to get told was caught up in the flood of coverage and diluted. A week before that historic announcement, I was working on an article with Anita Balakrishnan,  an NBC journalist from California. The article was meant to focus on how the current Californian drought would affect winemaking in the future. Instead, it...

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Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

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Best Buys in the PLCB Wine & Spirit Shops for April & May

This is our current list of the top wines currently available in the PLCB Wine Shops. This month we are featuring the best Spanish and French wines in the Chairman’s Selection program. Spanish Wine Reviews Anecoop 2008 Casa L’Angel Old Vines, Valencia (SP) This bottle smells like a pirate ship: aromas of ocean air, old wood, and gun smoke. It’s another story for the palate, which goes toward fennel, toast, and blueberry preserves. Very nice bottle with a finish that goes toward a smoked savory quality. The tannins are nicely...

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Great Wines for Early Spring

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Great Wines for Early Spring

Wine Ratings These are the highest rated and best values currently available in the PLCB system. All wines are currently available in Philadelphia & it’s suburbs. Clos du Val 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (Cali) For 40 years, this vineyard in the valley has been bottling top-notch Cabernet Sauvignon, and their mature craftsmanship shows. The same winemaking finesse shows in this bottle, too, so it’s surprising that this is only their second vintage of Sauvignon Blanc.  Pineapple, guava and wet grass aromas kick things off....

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Snow Day Makeup

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Snow Day Makeup. The last day of Advanced France (South) was snowed out. The makeup day for this class is Thursday, April 9th. The date is during Passover, so if anyone cannot attend due to religious reasons, please let me know.  

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Bootlegger’s Bible (Cocktail Recipes)

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French 75 1 ounce Gin 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/3 ounce whiskey sugar syrup ice cubes 1 1/2 ounces sparkling wine The drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. Felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun Winter Punch Available Fruit, White Rum, Pineapple Juice, Habanero Shrub Tuxedo #2 2 ounces Plymouth Gin 3/4 ounces Dolin Dry Vermouth 1/4 ounces Luxardo Maraschino 2 dashes Orange Bitters absinthe rinse The Tuxedo Cocktail comes from Harry Johnson’s Bartenders’ Manual of 1882. Swap out Dry Gin for Old...

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