Archive for May, 2012

Plates Café in Sacramento is hosting Grange Restaurant & Bar chef Oliver Ridgeway tonight for the café's monthly Guest Chef Dinner. The event is a fundraiser for St. John's Shelter Program for Women and Children, which "assists families in transitioning from crisis to self-sustainability."

According to the St. John's Shelter website, the program is Sacramento’s only shelter focused exclusively on supporting homeless women with children: "Since 1985, the program has provided a safe and supportive haven to more than 25,000 displaced homeless women and children."

Opened in June 2010, Plates Café and Catering Project was created to train the shelter's clients for careers in the ...

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Route 3 Wines: Made from the Land

Posted on May 2, 2012

Route 3 Wines in Yolo County may be relatively new to the wine scene, but the family that produces these wines has been farming in the area for more than 40 years. People talk about wine beginning in the vineyard; that philosophy is nowhere more true than with this small wine estate in Dunnigan Hills.

Muller Family Creates Yolo Vineyards, Then Route 3 Wines

Dairy farmers before they moved to Yolo County, the Muller family were soon growing tomatoes, grain, and alfalfa. In 1988 Joe Muller & Sons planted their first vineyard, and in 1994 they created Yolo Vineyards.  Route 3 Wines was born ...

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You open a bottle of Wharton Napa Valley Chardonnay and pour a glass. You notice the color: light yellow with just a touch of gold. You smell, you sip, you contemplate. Depending on your experience tasting wine or the sophistication of your palate, you may pick up on various flavors in this wine – oak certainly, and perhaps lime or butterscotch or pear or wet stones. But no matter how expert you are in wine tasting, there's one attribute in this particular wine that you won't taste, see, or smell. And yet, it may be the wine's most important quality.

With his ...

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