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The House Blonde has won this award every trimester of 2nd grade. It's the Principal's Award For Overall Academic Achievement. Katie has also been accepted into the GATE (Gifted & Talented) program for kids with exceptional scholastic abilities.
Our policy here at The Wine Commonsewer Communication Network is not to take a political position on anything that isn't tax related (except when we do). On June 6 California will offer voters a chance to forcibly extract long green folding money from rich people's wallets via the Meathead Initiative (we are talking about multiple billions of dollars here). That scheme is always popular with the middle class and the working poor, who mainly will see free child care that somebody else pays for.
But, the plan will only fund 3 hours of daily pre-school, admistered mostly through the local school districts, for half the year. Not that it matters to TWC, but that isn't enough freebie to benefit most of the people who will vote yes on the initiative.
Under Prop 82, Californicate will have the highest marginal income tax rates in the country. That alone is enough to dictate a NO vote.
My Better Half is one of the foremost education policy professionals in the US and she really, really hates it when I say stuff like that about her. Click on the picture below for a podcast of her recent public appearance in Los Angeles speaking about Proposition 82.
Run time is about a half hour. This should stream in Windoze media player but it seems to want to download in other applications like Winamp.
For more information about Prop 82 than you ever wanted to know take a look at her website, Education Weak.
With the exception of an unusual late spring thunder storm, this May in Southern California has meant June. We've been suffering; trapped in the throes of So Cal's notorious and detestable June Gloom until today.
That smaller peak in the lower center is Mt Wilson in LA some 75-80 miles from here.
Despite the French tasters, many of whom had taken part in the original
tasting, expecting the downfall of the American vineyards, they had
to admit that the harmony of the Californian cabernets had beaten them
again. Judges on both continents gave top honours to a 1971 Ridge Monte
Bello cabernet from Napa Valley. Four Californian reds occupied the
next placings before the highest-ranked Bordeaux, a 1970 Château
MoutonRothschild, came in at sixth.
also dominated a separate white-wine tasting, but that side of the
contest didn't re-enact the 1976 event, since as a rule white wines
don't last as long as reds.
is bad news for the French wine industry, even if it was just a casual
rematch. New-World wines have outsold French brands in recent years on
the global market, and thousands of hectares of French vines have been
destroyed to eliminate overproduction
Some tasting notes for a Ridge Montebello Cabernet vertical* running from the contest winning 1971 Ridge Montebello Cab through the 2000 vintage. Worth a read, particularly if you're a David Blowie fan.
As if she didn't already tap into the execration gene in most of us (look carefully at how that's spelled, it isn't what you think, although maybe it should be) Hillary calls for a 55 MPH speed limit for most of the country.
Real, real dumb, Hillary. That'll go over like a lead balloon everywhere outside of your east coast metro base. Spoken like somebody who hasn't driven a car for herself in a decade and a half.
Update: It occurs to me as the caffeine kicks in this morning that when gas is expensive enough, drivers will put forth effort to reduce consumption by (guess what?) driving slower. Or driving less. All without Hill's jack boot up their back side. That's how the market works.
As you readers well know everything is running so smoothly in the Golden State that politicos can turn their attention to the mundane. And so the State Senate approved Senator Carole Migden's (D-SF) bill last week designating Zinfandel as the state's official historic wine.
Under pressure from purveyors of other fine varietals, the bill ended up, like White Zinfandel, a pale imitation of the original, which would have designated Zin as the OFFICIAL STATE WINE, thus conferring upon it a status reserved for the Dog Faced Butterfly, the venerable Poppy, and the majestic Redwood tree.
Then again, while Zindfandel accounts for only ten percent of the market, it is, in fact, the historic grape of California, arriving with the 49'ers and having been a major component of much of the wine produced here for at least 100 years. It saw a resurgence when Fake Zinfandel, er, ah, White Zinfandel (turns and spits) was invented 25 years ago to accomodate the tastes of a multitude of newly minted adult Baby Boomers, who were giving up dope and Boone's Farm for something a bit more sophisticated.
Like all varietals, the taste of Zinfandel varies according to the seasons and the winemaker. Generally it's a brambly sort of peppery, spicy, dark ruby colored wine that often has a lot of up front dark fruit like blackberry, black cherry, and plum. If the grapes are grown near eucalyptus trees the wine can impart a bit of that flavor as well. It is distinctly and recognizably different from either Cabernet or Merlot.
Both Ridge and Rabbit Ridge produce decent to fabulous Zinfandels and are as good a place to start as any. Best Zinfandel TWC ever tasted was a 1980's Ridge recomended by the Kosmik Kid.