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California Drinkin’ Part II

IN THE September 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Linda L. Kane



Rudy Kurniawan was a wealthy 20- year-old from California with a fondness for wine when he first started rubbing elbows with the high rollers at wine auctions. As one collector remembers him, he was “just a geeky kid drinking Merlot.”

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California Drinking

IN THE July 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Linda L. Kane



I became interested in the forging of wine after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal. I grew obsessed and researched every article I could find about the theft and counterfeiting of everything from low-end table wine to more expensive wine.

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by Sandra Murphy




Enjoy some wine related mysteries for your New Year’s Eve reading-Full Bodied Murder: A Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery by Christine E. Blum, The Vineyard Victims: A Wine Country Mystery by Ellen Crosby, and A Case of Syrah, Syrah: A Wine Country Mystery by Nancy Parra.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Janet Hubbard



Bonjour! I was offered a chance to read Janet Hubbard’s third book in her Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery trilogy, so off I went to explore the storyline and reviews: French vineyards, French wine, French culture, and French murder? I’m in! Janet Hubbard has earned rave reviews for her series introducing Maxine ‘Max’ Maguire, daughter of a legendary New York cop and a disowned French aristocrat, in Champagne: The Farewell first published in 2012.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lucy Montgomery is a vintner in Virginia. With help from her brother Eli and her right hand man, Quinn, they keep the place running. Eli’s daughter lives with them, too, with a nanny to help out.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


If you’re looking for a place to hear some great music from here in the Valley and from all over the world, Cellar Door is the place to go in Visalia. Their website states that they are a live entertainment venue that boasts musical acts from all over the world, and by weekday the Cellar Door is an intimate lounge that makes an ideal after work spot, friendly meet up place, or happy hour hangout. They also host movie screenings, theme parties, fashion shows, and art exhibits.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Reedley’s 15th annual Taste of the Town is Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. This year features many of the same restaurants and wineries from past Taste events, plus several new ones. It’s a fun night of food, wine and entertainment where you get to sample food, desserts, and wines and beer from the area’s finest, all while listening to fun, live music play in the background.

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by James Garcia Jr.




In an area of Kingsburg where one might not expect to find anything extraordinary, there is a wine tasting room that is exactly that. At 1665 Simpson, on the west side of the street, some award-winning wines can be found, not from Napa or the Central Coast, but from the California Central Valley. Kingsburg High and 2005 Fresno State graduate, Oscar F. Ramos, is producing premium wines at the winery that he founded: Ramos Torres Winery.

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