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By Tricia Bishop | November 18, 2001
California's countryside is known for its vineyards, but another fruit -- the olive -- is moving in on the grape's territory, and Sonoma Valley is giving it its due this year with an Olive Festival. Starting next month and running through February, the first annual festival highlights olive season in Sonoma, from harvest to press, beginning with a blessing of the olives Dec. 8 at the historic Mission San Francisco de Solano. The kickoff weekend continues with olive press demonstrations, a tasting bar for olives and olive oils, a culinary trip through local restaurants and wineries, and a Martini Madness contest, where bartenders will vie for the title of most olive-worthy martini maker.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | September 29, 2007
Henry George Lubke IV, who was studying winemaking and the culture of grapes in Sonoma Valley, Calif., died in his sleep Sunday at the winery where he was living. The former Lutherville resident was 21. His mother, Jean Johnson Lubke, said he had a heart condition associated with the aortic valve and that initial tests indicated he died of natural causes. Born in Daytona Beach, Fla., and raised in Lutherville, he attended Calvert School and was a 2005 graduate of Boys' Latin School, where he played football, ice hockey, lacrosse and golf.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | September 29, 2007
Henry George Lubke IV, who was studying winemaking and the culture of grapes in Sonoma Valley, Calif., died in his sleep Sunday at the winery where he was living. The former Lutherville resident was 21. His mother, Jean Johnson Lubke, said he had a heart condition associated with the aortic valve and that initial tests indicated he died of natural causes. Born in Daytona Beach, Fla., and raised in Lutherville, he attended Calvert School and was a 2005 graduate of Boys' Latin School, where he played football, ice hockey, lacrosse and golf.
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By Tricia Bishop | November 18, 2001
California's countryside is known for its vineyards, but another fruit -- the olive -- is moving in on the grape's territory, and Sonoma Valley is giving it its due this year with an Olive Festival. Starting next month and running through February, the first annual festival highlights olive season in Sonoma, from harvest to press, beginning with a blessing of the olives Dec. 8 at the historic Mission San Francisco de Solano. The kickoff weekend continues with olive press demonstrations, a tasting bar for olives and olive oils, a culinary trip through local restaurants and wineries, and a Martini Madness contest, where bartenders will vie for the title of most olive-worthy martini maker.
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By Michael Dresser | May 12, 1999
1998 Kunde Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley ($13). This lively, peachy, spicy white wine displays an attractive floral aroma and the appealing freshness of youth. It's a technically dry wine, but there's so much fruit it gives an impression of sweetness. In view of the success of Kunde and Callaway with early-release sauvignon blancs, why don't more wineries follow their lead? Far more California whites are released too late than before their time. Pub Date: 05/12/99
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March 22, 2009
My wife and I live in Eldersburg. Last November, we enjoyed a weekend visit to northern California, visiting several wineries while we were there. The photo is from the Ferrari-Carano Vineyard and Winery in the Dry Creek region of Sonoma Valley. The winery grounds were exquisite, but this photo captured some artistic lines made up of the hills, rows of grapevines and terrace wall. My wife pointed out the contrasting lines and thought they would make for an interesting landscape photo. The Baltimore Sun welcomes submissions for "My Best Shot."
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By Michael Dresser | October 28, 1990
Out of more than 200 budget wines tasted in recent months, these are the 20 that I consider the best. All of the wines are available in Maryland. In most cases, the prices listed are the sticker prices as I found them. Some stores may charge more or less.BEST RED1988 Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone (France), $8.99.BEST WHITE 1988 Chateau du Cleray, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Sur Lie France), $8.59.OLD MEDAL REDS J. Y. Multier Cotes du Rhone, Cepage Syrah (France), 1986 Guigal Cotes du Rhone (France)
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By Elizabeth Large | September 10, 1995
If David Austin old English roses -- large, fragrant, romantic roses imported from Sonoma Valley -- sound simply beautiful to you, you'll be glad to know that Simply Beautiful Flowers has just opened behind Penny Green in the Alley Shops in Pikesville. Here you'll find a wide range of gorgeous garden flowers, vases, unusual gifts and arrangements that are very natural-looking -- owner Rennie Friedlander will even use customers' own containers.The hours for the new shop are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday bTC through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2012
A law enacted by the General Assembly in 2011 allowing direct shipment of wine to consumers appears to be having its intended effect of expanding consumer choice -- at least for the connoisseurs who care about such things. A report prepared by the Comptroller's Office on the direct wine shipment program shows that Maryland consumers' access to the world's top-rated wines increased by about 30 percent. The agency used as its measure the "Top 100" wines list put out each year by The Wine Spectator, one of the leading journals in the field.
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By New York Times News Service | January 31, 1992
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Relatives of crime victims and their advocates are condemning a small company's decision to publish trading cards featuring serial killers and mass murderers.The trading cards, similar to those featuring baseball players, are to be released in May and will include the stories and color portraits of such convicted killers as Ted Bundy and Ramon Salcido, and accused mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer.Bundy, who admitted killing 20 women, was executed Jan. 24, 1989 in Florida.
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By Michael Dresser | May 12, 1999
1998 Kunde Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley ($13). This lively, peachy, spicy white wine displays an attractive floral aroma and the appealing freshness of youth. It's a technically dry wine, but there's so much fruit it gives an impression of sweetness. In view of the success of Kunde and Callaway with early-release sauvignon blancs, why don't more wineries follow their lead? Far more California whites are released too late than before their time. Pub Date: 05/12/99
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | November 9, 1997
There was a time, not long ago, when red zinfandel -- the only kind that matters -- had few pretensions. It was just a hearty California red wine that cost less and was ready to drink earlier than cabernet sauvignon.But zinfandel has gone uptown in a big way. Once it was commonplace to find excellent zins for under $10. Now it could require the services of a Sam Spade to find such a wine. Many producers whose wines sold for $10-$12 a few years ago are now flirting with $20.At these prices, you have every reason to be picky.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | February 4, 2004
February is a time of year for hearty, warming foods - stews, roasts, game and pasta dishes. That also makes it a time for zinfandel, California's own red wine. Its full-bodied, intense flavors complement such foods, and the high alcohol levels of the ripest zinfandels are an asset in winter that they wouldn't be in July. Wine enthusiasts have an especially strong motivation for sampling some zinfandels this month because the vintage dominating retail shelves, 2001, is one of the best of the past decade.
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