Posted in Reading Materials

On the Bookshelf: 1984

1001 Books to Read Before You Die

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Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Publication Date: 1949
Country: USA
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 328

Synopsis: Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thought crimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

My Book Report: I am not sure if I want to do a book report/review for each one. I will definitely let you know on ones I absolutely hated.

Posted in Drinks Galore, Requires Travel

Lodi Wine Region Checklist

I am pretty sure it was for my 30th birthday, when my dad treated me to a Napa winery experience. This was the first time I visited a winery. We went to the Robert Mondavi Winery, and it was amazing. And began my love of experiencing all the different venues and grounds, not to mention trying all kinds of grapes and blends. I learned how the soil, weather, the way it’s stored and processed, changes the way it can taste each year. Which means, return trips to taste the different vintages. 

I’m lucky to live in a city surrounded by several AVA = American Viticultural Area, which is also known as a designated wine grape-growing region. (I noticed some blog posts and articles including AVA when talking about an area, so I figure I should look it up). Heck with just the city, let’s include the whole state with lots of winery visit opportunities. 

I might as well make a checklist for the wineries and separate them out by regions. Of course some wineries I love to go visit whenever I’m in the area, but I am going to mainly post once to check it off. I will work to have page tabs up top to reference to lists.

For now let’s start with LODI, CALIFORNIA. Here is a list based off the wine map.

  1. Lodi Wine & Visitor Center
  2. Abundance Vineyards
  3. Acquiesce Winery & Vineyards
  4. Barsetti Vineyards
  5. Benson Ferry
  6. Berghold Vineyards
  7. Bokisch Vineyards
  8. Borra Vineyards
  9. Clements Ridge
  10. Consumnes River Farm
  11. Dancing Coyote Wines
  12. Dancing Fox Winery, Brewery & Restaurant
  13. d’Art Wines
  14. Delicato Family Vineyards
  15. Drava Wines
  16. Durst Winery & Estate
  17. E2 Family Winery
  18. Estate Crush
  19. Fields Family Wines
  20. GoodMills Family Winery
  21. Grace Vineyards
  22. Grady Family Vineyards
  23. Handford Ranch Winery
  24. Harmony Wynelands
  25. Harney Lane Winery
  26. Heritage Oak Winery
  27. Housley’s Century Oak Winery
  28. Jeremy Wine Co.
  29. Jessie’s Grove Winery Estate Winery
  30. Klinker Brick Winery
  31. Lange Twins Winery & Vineyards
  32. Lodi Vintners
  33. Lodi Wine Cellars
  34. Lone Grape Winery
  35. Lucas Winery
  36. LVVR Sparkling Cellars
  37. M2 Wines
  38. Macchia
  39. Maley Brothers
  40. McCay Cellars
  41. McConnell Estates
  42. Mettler Family Vineyards
  43. Michael David Winery
  44. Oak Farm Vineyards
  45. Oak Ridge Winery
  46. Omega Cellars
  47. One Way Winery
  48. Paskett Winery
  49. Peirano Estate Vineyards
  50. Peltier Winery
  51. Pondl Winery
  52. Prie Winery
  53. Riaza Wines
  54. Ripken Vineyards & Winery
  55. Scotto Cellars
  56. Solitary Cellars
  57. Sorelle Winery
  58. Spenker Winery
  59. St Amant Winery
  60. St. Jorge Winery
  61. Stama Winery
  62. Stonum Vineyards & Winery
  63. Toasted Toad Cellars
  64. Twisted Barrel Winery
  65. Upstream Wines by Watts Winery
  66. Van Ruiten Family Winery
  67. Viaggio Estate & Winery
  68. Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery
  69. Wine Social
  70. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
  71. Woodbridge Uncorked
Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails: Paloma

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Ingredients: tequila, grapefruit mix, squirt

Drank on: July 10, 2016

Location: Cantaritos el guero, Guadalajara, Mexico

Notes: located on their “Tequila Trail”. really cool stands to just hang out, enjoy a “pitcher” of this drink with friends, get some food, and often they have bands playing music. It was a fun afternoon. I don’t care much for grapefruit, but I LOVE this drink


Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails: Harvey Wallbanger

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Ingredients: vodka, orange juice, galliano

Drank on: November 8, 2017, in observance of National Harvey Wallbanger

Location: The Grand Wine Bar, Sacramento, California

Notes: As I was looking up what to drink at this bar, I saw that it was National Harvey Wallbanger day. Well then, that’s the drink for me tonight. The bartender didn’t have orange juice, but went to the back and found some oranges and squeezed them out. That was really nice. The galliano basically makes this a sweet tasting screwdriver.


Posted in Reading Materials

On the Bookshelf: Foundation

1001 Books to Read Before You Die

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Title: Foundation
Author: Isaac Asimov
Publication Date: 1951
Country: USA
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 255

Synopsis: For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future–to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire–both scientists and scholars–and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun–or fight them and be destroyed.

My Book Report: I am not sure if I want to do a book report/review for each one. I will definitely let you know on ones I absolutely hated. This one was a pretty easy read, short chapters of different situations through the years. If I think of more to add I will.

Posted in Drinks Galore

Cocktails: Woo Woo

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Ingredients: vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice

Drank on: May 21, 2014

Location: Clubhouse 56 in Sacramento, California

Notes: The bartender hadn’t heard of the drink name before but when I showed her the ingredients she said no problem. I really liked this one. It’s a nice change up from just vodka and juice. Also had fun saying the name with friends.