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10 months 5 days ago #640768 by Cory J
WOW!  that's awesome.  Now do any of these send you wines from different wineries?  


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10 months 5 days ago #640769 by GaryA

Cory J wrote: WOW!  that's awesome.  Now do any of these send you wines from different wineries?  


Yes, Naked Wines represents a number of wineries, worldwide.  Gary's membership at individual wineries only market their own wines.  One membership is with a winery which owns four very different wineries, each in a different climate zone and different soil zone.  The single membership is good at all six wineries.

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10 months 5 days ago #640776 by Ian Stone
How many wineries do you have around you?


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10 months 4 days ago - 10 months 4 days ago #640803 by GaryA

Ian Stone wrote: How many wineries do you have around you?


Don't get Gary talking about wine ... lol

There are splashes of "good" wine areas all across California. Gary lives in La Mirada, which is about 15 miles or so southeast from Los Angeles.  The closest "wine country" to Gary is a little over an hour away in Temecula. Temecula has about 40 wineries.  Santa Barbara County is another splash of good wine country and it's about two hours to the north.  Santa Barbara County's, Santa Rita Hills is one of the best Pinot Noir producing areas in the world (see the movie Sideways, lol).  A half days drive will get Gary to Paso Robles and another three to four hours will take you to Napa and Sonoma. All three of these areas, Paso Robles, Napa and Sonoma produce world class, exceptional wines. There are some wineries popping up in the northern Central Valley (Lodi and Livermore) which are making some wonderful Zins. There are some wineries in the Mother Lode Country along the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a few in northern San Diego Country and a few in the Santa Monica Mountains next to Malibu, but these areas are not producing the world class caliber of wines found in the more established, Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Rita Hills areas. (see the movie Bottle Shock)

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10 months 4 days ago #640810 by James F
Is Napa Valley still the largest area for vineyards in California?


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10 months 3 days ago - 10 months 3 days ago #640915 by GaryA

James F wrote: Is Napa Valley still the largest area for vineyards in California?


Hey James.  I dunno about size, but Napa is certainly one of the first, one of the finest and Napa put California wines on the map.  (Watch the movie Bottleshock.)

This is an interesting link which summarizes most/all of California's wine producing regions.

Click On Me  :cheer:

Gary personally does not appreciates Napa. It is just too expensive to visit, to eat, to wine taste and to purchase.  It is like an adult Disneyland, too commercial ... overly commercialized ... Gary wouldn't be surprised if there will be a cover charge on every vehicle entering Napa County. 


Sonoma County

Napa is surrounded by equally great wine country (AVA) in Sonoma, Russian River and Mendocino County.  These places produce equally great wines at significantly reduces prices for everything.  In places other than Napa, you still can find the smaller, Ma & Pa joints, where the owner/vintner will pour you a taste and then have a chat about the wine, where to taste next, Trump and baseball.  At the Russian River Vineyard, which has absolutely wonderful wines, a super restaurant ... Gary helped the owner fix the fencing around his garden.  Later at dinner, Gary learned later he was the owner.

Wine tasting is sorta a hobby for Mary Lou, Maggie and Gary.  



Note for Wine Tasting: Gary has discovered photographing the pour will get you a longer pour.   ;)

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10 months 2 days ago #640975 by JaneK
What's funny is that I use to be only a reds gal, now I'm drinking a lot of white wines.  As long as they have a dry flavor, I'm good.  


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10 months 2 days ago #641054 by GaryA
Happy Easter y'all. Gary is busy busy busy preparing food and getting the chickens out of the living room in preparation for guests.

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10 months 1 day ago #641121 by GaryA
Gary made some bread yesterday. 
Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 50
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/30 sec
Captured: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 9:14am

Some of the extras for Gary’s bread. 
Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Captured: Sun, 21 Apr 2019 9:15am

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10 months 13 hours ago #641278 by JaneK
Oh my, that looks yummy.   How about the finished photos? 


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9 months 4 weeks ago - 9 months 4 weeks ago #641423 by GaryA
And it was, it went fast, so no photos of that particular bread. 

Some other breads from Gary:

Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 80
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Captured: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:28pm


Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 125
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/8 sec
Captured: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:00pm


The one on Sunday had fresh herbs from the garden (parsley, marjoram, rosemary, thyme), peppers (sweet and hot), and orange zest. 

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9 months 4 weeks ago - 9 months 4 weeks ago #641524 by GaryA
Some iPhone front yard color:

Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 32
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/2475 sec
Captured: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:44pm


Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 32
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/2083 sec
Captured: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:44pm


Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 32
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/4405 sec
Captured: Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:44pm

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9 months 4 weeks ago #641795 by JaneK

GaryA wrote: And it was, it went fast, so no photos of that particular bread. 

Some other breads from Gary:

Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 80
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/15 sec
Captured: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:28pm


Make: Apple
Model: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 125
Aperture: f/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/8 sec
Captured: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:00pm


The one on Sunday had fresh herbs from the garden (parsley, marjoram, rosemary, thyme), peppers (sweet and hot), and orange zest. 


Is bread hard to make?  That looks so good, I'm thinking I might want to try making some!  

Any good recipes you could share?  :) 


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9 months 4 weeks ago - 9 months 4 weeks ago #641800 by GaryA
Nope, easy as pie.  Good bread is pretty easy.  Great bread is hard.  Bread takes time to rise ... but flatbread takes nearly no time at all. Plus you can load up flatbread like a pizza, with artichoke hearts and peppers and it is absolutely delish.  Just Google up some recipes, slip into an apron and go.  If you bake the bread in an open oven, be sure to insert a small open container of water with the bread.  If you use a Dutch Oven, sprinkle the bread with water prior to baking. 

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9 months 4 weeks ago #641807 by Glen Mosley
Interesting, so can you cook that in normal oven?


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