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Old 01-10-2017, 06:56 PM   #14611
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Watching the UCONN women's basketball game. 65-19 at halftime. Not much of a contest. They are going for their 90th win in a row. Unreal.
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I'm staying home locked inside today on this Friday 13th AND full moon.
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Old 01-14-2017, 11:17 AM   #14613
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Cold, wet and dreary here. 33 degrees and rainy. Had an early basketball game for the oldest this morning. Then off to Whole Foods for some pork belly. Got that into a cure and I'll have some great homemade bacon after I smoke it next weekend. Going to get busy in the winery this afternoon. I have a lot of wine to rack. The AI1 is going to get a workout.
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OK, all 4 2016 CA wines were racked and stabilized today. And wow, they are tasting awesome. I also took the WS Amarone out of the Vadai and moved the 3 Country Cab in. Also bottled the last of the 2015 wines from grapes. I had 3 gallons of Petite Sirah and 3 gallons of a Cab/Syrah/PS blend that was topped up with some 2014 Amador Zin. The PS is an absolute monster. Huge tannin and mouthfeel, desert dry, with light fruit on the finish - I'm going to let it rest for a year or two. Crazy good now, but I think the age will do wonders. The blend with the Zin is phenomenal. Both wines I tested several weeks ago and made slight tweaks to the acid. That paid huge dividends. Had 750ml left that was 75% blend and 25% Petite Sirah. Threw that into a bottle and am calling it the "Hot Mess". Don't think I'll age it too long, but it will be fun to consume nonetheless.
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Old 01-14-2017, 06:31 PM   #14615
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With Mardi Gras right around the corner, wifey and I spent the day planning our MG escape. We like to do hiking vacations that time of year, but didn't feel it such a good idea this year, a little over two months after her neck surgery.

After a little discussion, we decided that we'd both like to go back to Napa Valley and finish what we started. First trip was too short and we didn't get to a handful of wineries and restaurants that we really wanted to experience.

Plane flights done, transportation to Yountville done, hotel reservations made, now were working on picking wineries and restaurants so we can get those lined up as well. Very excited to go back!!
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Old 01-14-2017, 06:43 PM   #14616
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Did some hiking of a couple of the Tioga County, PA trails...

Section of Rails to Trails to Bull Run Trail, up to Old Mountain Road to head down Woodhouse Trail back to Rails to Trails back to the cars...
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:40 PM   #14617
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Got to go out for lunch with my Wife, a rarity. She even paid (rarer still)! Originally headed South on Rt 15 towards Gettysburg to eat at Appalachain Brewing Co, but for some reason it wasn't open (an hour after it was supposed to open according to posted hours on the door). Headed into Gettysburg and went to a nice little Irish pub called the Garryowen Irish Pub ( http://garryowenirishpub.net/ ). Had a reuben sandwich with so much corned beef I almost couldn't get my big mouth around it for a bite. I also had two draught Guinness Stouts (wifey had a Yuengling traditional lager) that came in 20 oz pub glasses, yum! So full that I have no desire for food or beer this afternoon, yet. Better yet the bill total ($5 for each Guinness, mind you) was $35 before tip, very affordable and very good. I told her we need to do dinner there at some point, I'd like to try the Bangers & Mash or Shepherd's Pie, with a few more Guinness pints.

Edit: Wanted to burn off some lunch so I bottled the remaining 5 gallons of this Fall's Cali White Zin. 25 bottles bottled. 24 in storage, one in the fridge for my wife.
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I watched Mike's Cowboys beat John and Jim's Giants in the NFC Divisional playoffs.... Wait, what?

You mean the Packers beat the Giants last week? Oh, and they beat the Cowboys this week, too!? Wow!! Well, whaddya know?
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After a little discussion, we decided that we'd both like to go back to Napa Valley and finish what we started. First trip was too short and we didn't get to a handful of wineries and restaurants that we really wanted to experience.

John, that sounds like a great trip. It sounds like you've spent time there before so this info may be moot, but I recommend a visit to Castello di Amorosa. Not that their wine is any better than the others but I enjoy the architecture and the tour. Yes it's designed to lure you in, but that doesn't take away from the very cool set up they have. Plus I'm a sucker for getting to see the barrel room.

We didn't have much time in Napa on our last trip but I was disappointed in the lack of access to cellars at the places we checked out. Also, if you want enough champagne to get tipsy try the Mumm's tour.

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Dang, not the outcome I had hoped for but hard to beat a future hall of famer when he has a game that is basically a highlight reel. Good game at least. The NFC championship game this week should be a doozie!

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I watched Mike's Cowboys beat John and Jim's Giants in the NFC Divisional playoffs.... Wait, what?

You mean the Packers beat the Giants last week? Oh, and they beat the Cowboys this week, too!? Wow!! Well, whaddya know?
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