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Riesling Wine…What’s Not to Like?

Riesling Wine…What’s Not to Like? by Wendy VanHatten If you think all Riesling wine is sweet…you haven’t tasted Riesling from the Finger Lakes region of New York or from Austria. As a grape, Riesling originated in Germany, where the highest concentration of plantings still exists. It is

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Pena Adobe

The Peña Adobe Historical Society in Vacaville is looking for volunteers to share Vacaville’s local history with visitors.  The Peña Adobe Historical Society was established in 2004, staffed by volunteers, this nonprofit organization is committed to preserving the Peña Adobe, located next to Lagoon Valley Park, and

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Valentine’s Day at Round Pond Winery

Round Pond Estate Winery and Valentines by Wendy VanHatten Looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Check out the Fireside Fondue at Round Pond Estate Winery. Held this year on February 13 and 14, you can find out more and make reservations by

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The Enchanted Hill…part 2

continued from part 1… by Wendy VanHatten Back outside, saunter along the Esplanade walkway connecting gardens with the rest of the buildings. Every direction you look provides visual pleasures. Roses, flowering annuals, boxwood hedges, citrus trees, and palms mix with 19th and 20th century statues, ancient sarcophagi,

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The Enchanted Hill…part 1

By Wendy VanHatten Thompson: Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted, and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost. Anyway, I don’t think it would have explained everything. I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle…a missing piece. Citizen Kane, the movie, and the hilltop structure known

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Active Lifestyle Fitness Studio

Active Lifestyle Fitness Studio

Above the door of Active Lifestyle Studio in downtown Vacaville is a quote. “What you do today, determines the goal of life tomorrow.” The owner, Mike Story, has other quotes around the studio. Do they help you exercise or stay fit? Probably not. But, they emphasize Mike

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NorthBay NICU’s Guardian Angels

With deft and practiced movements, Corinne Vogel, 72, of Fairfield scoops up a 3-month-old boy from his bassinette and cradles him in one arm, while answering the phone with her free hand. It’s a social worker checking in. Corinne, a veteran foster mom, answers questions while grabbing

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Fun Wine Facts

Some Fun Wine Facts by Wendy VanHatten Let’s say you just picked a ton of grapes in preparation for making wine. Do you know how much wine you’re really going to get? A ton of grapes usually makes about 60 cases, or 720 bottles, of wine. Since different

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French Onion Soup and Crisp White Wine

By Wendy VanHatten What better combination than a steaming bowl of French Onion soup paired with a crisp dry white wine. One like the Chenin Blanc from the Terraces Winery is a great pairing. So is an Alsace Pinot Gris. French Onion soup takes a little time

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Enjoy the holidays and get a jump start on an organized new year!

Organized New Year

December is filled with family, friends, food and celebration.  Enjoy the season! It will soon be a new year, and spending just a little bit of time giving thought to your holiday “things” will help you get a running  start on an organized new year. Holiday time

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