• Wine of the Day

    See the smoke, start to shiver

    Some days, it’s just great to be the Wine Dog. Today was one of those days. An offer went out two days ago to come to Hahn Family Wines to watch their falcons work. Say what? Thanks Philip! Yep, they are a biodynamic, green, blah blah blah you know the drill farm and they manage the vineyards, with among other things, a company of trained falcons. Now if they’d been using trained falcons up at the Pinnacles there wouldn’t have been a fire today. The big problem is starlings. Apparently in the bird world, they’re kind of smart. So setting off explosives to deal with them will work in the…

  • Wine of the Day

    When the fireflies are dancing and the moon comes out

    We all know I love Chappellet’s wines.  Chappellet is actually the reason I got in to wine.  When I was down in Santa Barbara working diligently at misspending my youth, I used to go to a liquor store by my house.  They were a lot more than a liquor store though.  I can’t remember the name of the place and I googled and it’s not there any more.  It was on Chapala right around Carrillo or Canon Perdido.  They had an amazing selection of beer and wine.  The wine was in a temperature controlled room.  I knew a lot about beer but I didn’t know shit about wine.  It was the early…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Photojournalism

    We’re all humanary stew

    How about a little photojournalism? Glad you asked. Today amongst about 75 other things I did, I headed out to Oakley to pick up some river rock from one of my clients. I have two more loads to get. I load until my truck gets down on it’s springs and thats that. Well today I went to the dump first just to drop off a couple of things. They used to charge by weight. Now there’s a minimum charge of $22. I had a chair and a medicine cabinet. Both were brought over here by somebody else who left them here thinking that I wanted them. I didn’t. I sure…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Coconut Telegraph,  Title Insurance

    Hands in their pockets feelin’ cheated

    Lagniappe Good thing the Evil Empire is keeping quality staff onboard. Not so much. Wonder if she’s still the Manager of the Bellevue, Washington office…And the creditors in the Ted’s Excellent Title Adventure bankruptcy case want to cut the attorney’s fees. I’m sure it’s a very complicated case that requires hours of really smart guys pouring over it but check it: The creditors question requests for more than $3.8 million in fees and expenses from four law firms and one financial advising company for work done from March 1 to May 31, according to court documents. Two of the firms — McGuireWoods and Tavenner & Beran — are from Richmond.…

  • Wine of the Day

    One last chance to be your clown

    A Rosé by any other name The Rosé Avengers must love my ass.  Ever since I got a taste of that I’M Rosé up at Folio Winemakers Studio I have been an avenger on my own.  That was a year or so ago.  The rest of the world is catching up to me.  And Isabel.  I had dinner with a friend last week at Prima’s in Walnut Creek. That’s one of the places on the Tour.  Prima’s, Lark Creek, Va da vi, Metro in Lafayette, Patrick David’s in Danville and occasionally Bing’s.   The economy has greatly curtailed The Tour, but every now and then I get out.  I had dinner…

  • Cycling,  Title Insurance

    I know, I know you probably scream and cry

    If you miss the comment section at PBE, sometimes you miss a lot. You’d be missing OTG and Titleslug and my pal Skippity-Do-Dah. And a lot of other folks with interesting input. Lucky for y’all, I read the comment section and sometimes a gentle reader has a question or concern. I suspect this is from a State other than California so I’m not sure of the actual terms and the law around it. That being said, here’s the question: On the current thing with titles and foreclosure -it is o.k. for the title company to go from foreclosure notice to 3-day-move notice? I thought there was a 7 or 10…