January 2015: Golf & Wine in Southern California

Welcome back friends. I hope you had a hangover-free holiday season. I know I did.

Let’s just get right to it, shall we? First, comic relief:

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Golf on December 25, 2014 in Palm Springs, California

We teed off at the Legend Course of Tahquitz Creek Golf Club. This course was designed by William Bell and used to be the Palm Springs Municipal Golf Course. There is so much character on and around the Legend course. A true Palm Springs treasure.

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I just love this old postcard. I moved to PS in 1982. I spent most of my life there. I try to visit as often as I can.Greetings_from_Palm_Springs_-_Golf_Course_postcard_(1960s)

Look at the view from this tee box! It hasn’t changed much in 50-plus years.DSC02897 DSC02884

 

Music of the Year
[Or, a late look at the best of 2014]

This year we enjoyed a lot of great live music. Big names in huge venues and virtual unknowns in intimate settings. I am going to keep it short and say this: Support The Arts.

Jazz Records
I have gotten to middle-age, I suppose. I find myself buying jazz records and listening to all sorts of clips of old jazz and new jazz, remakes and originals long forgotten. I know it’s cliché but I love big-bands and soloists and the New Orleans Polyphony. So many masters in this great art. Too many to name. But if you like jazz, let’s talk about a Jazz & Wine tasting. Seriously. This week: Cannonball Adderly

Banks – Goddess
I think the album as a whole is very good. But I’m sure you have heard of her. So I’m not gonna provide any links…

Windmills – Broken Record
Now this is a completely DIY record. A couple of creative and talented guys that are free to do whatever they want on a record. And the result is wonderful. The music? Oh, it’s hip-hop. But it has a little more going on. I don’t know how to describe it, umami, perhaps?
The link is here: http://windmills.bandcamp.com/album/broken-record
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Enough tangents, Wine Jerk! Talk to us about wine.

Very well. Let’s see some pictures.

2009 Paradigm Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley.
This is a special bottle that I opened for a birthday dinner. I decanted it about 2 hours. SUPERB. So good, all I could muster was this fuzzy shot. I apologize for nothing.

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Holiday Party 2014.
We had two kind of gumbo. A smoky Chicken & Andouille Sausage gumbo and a spicy seafood gumbo with crab, shrimp, okra and some serious heat. We drank some goodies. The Clio stole the show. And of course, the Jaffurs Petite Sirah was outstanding. The Peter Cellar Rosé was an awesome go-between for the gumbo.IMG-20141221-01502 A shot of some of the finest wines I have had the honor of selling  and tasting.IMG_0887 DSC00180 Old Bordeaux And when we do Wine Events, this is what I mean by ‘Cheese and Nibbles’  Not this exact tray, but perhaps we add some quince paste and truffles? Every event is a unique experience.DSC02859

Van Dorn Gourmets

Here’s a cool store that I happened upon one day in Burbank. If you love to cook, then you will love this place. Spices, kitchen gadget that are AWESOME, and a knowledgable staff make this a great place to shop.
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Van Dorn Gourmets
3212 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
http://www.vandorngourmets.com

 

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That about all for now. I’m going to keep trying to break 100. And drink better wine. Talk soon.IMG_3266

 

 

And since I don’t want me the above to be the last image in my post, I leave you with this:
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