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Local Winemakers

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Winemaking, or vinification, starts with the selection of grapes and ends with the bottling of a perfectly finished wine, and in our region, it’s some of the best around. Recently, Style visited a few of our notable wineries and vineyards to get a taste of what’s being crushed in our own backyards. Montevina WineryNestled in the rolling hills of Amador County, Montevina Winery is steeped in history. Established in 1970, Montevina was the first post-Prohibition winery in the Sierra foothills region. Soon, the winery became known for its top-quality wines. Amador County is known for its Zinfandels, many grown from centuries-old vines; the soil and climate combination make it the perfect home for this varietal. And, Montevina produces some of the best Zinfandels around.Now part of the Trinchero Family Estates, Montevina is the largest and most modern winery in Amador County. Under VP and General Manager Jeff Meyers and winemaker Chris Leamy, Montevina produces world-class, award-winning wines in its state-of-the-art facility under the Montevina and Terra d’Oro labels, and its eclectic red and white blend under the Wild Bunch label.Set within 400 acres of gorgeous scenery, Montevina’s tasting room and shaded outdoor patio is casual and inviting, and provides an idyllic setting for a romantic picnic. So pack your picnic basket and head to Plymouth to experience the history and delicious wines of Montevina.Varietals:Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Muscato, Anglianico, Teroldego, Sauvignon BlancFavorite:Terra d’Oro Zinfandel – Terra d’Oro, literally translated as “land of gold,” is Montevina’s premier wine, produced from the winery’s best lots in limited quantities. It's one Zinfandel that's just right! According to the winemaker’s notes, “Like a backyard barbeque, dark smoky molasses and hickory aromas warm the nose. Blackberry flavors are spiced with pepper, clove and anise like homemade preserves. A long lingering caramel finish touched by dark toasty oak begs for another sip.”Where to find Montevina wines: Montevina’s wines can be found at montevina.com, and at Total Wine & More in Roseville, Beverages & More, Raley’s/Bel Air and Sam’s Club locations throughout the Sacramento area.Winery & Tasting Room:Montevina Winery20680 Shenandoah School RoadPlymouth209-245-6942Open daily, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more Local Winemakers, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Preschool

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

To say that young children are impressionable is a blatant understatement. From birth to age five, the physical framework and wiring of a child’s brain develops largely based upon his or her experiences during those early years.Quality experiences are the goal of First 5 California’s investment of nearly one billion dollars into affordable, quality preschools for all. First 5 Executive Director Kris Perry explains, “A series of studies over a period of 40 years shows that children who participate in high quality preschool programs are less likely to be in the court system, are less likely to require social services, are more likely to graduate from high school and college, and are more likely to make higher earnings.”  Experts say it’s the basic lessons learned in preschool that set the stage for success in school, and in life. ...Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness ProgramsParents researching preschool choices will find hundreds of private preschools in the Greater Sacramento area. For eligible families, the federally-funded Head Start or State Preschool programs provide free early education and kindergarten preparedness classes. In Placer County, the Eureka Union School District has teamed with Star Enrichment to offer economical year-round preschool and/or kindergarten readiness programs at Maidu, Oakhills and Olive Ranch schools in Roseville/Granite Bay and Foskett Ranch School in Lincoln.And over the summer, free transitional programs offered through county school districts give future kindergartners a chance to visit their new school, spend time in group circles and meet their new teacher. El Dorado County’s summer camps are provided at five different schools, and the county’s First 5 commission produced a video called “Off to School: Kindergarten is Cool,” available on the county Web site. ...<hr>For more Preschool Information, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Preschool

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

To say that young children are impressionable is a blatant understatement. From birth to age five, the physical framework and wiring of a child’s brain develops largely based upon his or her experiences during those early years.Quality experiences are the goal of First 5 California’s investment of nearly one billion dollars into affordable, quality preschools for all. First 5 Executive Director Kris Perry explains, “A series of studies over a period of 40 years shows that children who participate in high quality preschool programs are less likely to be in the court system, are less likely to require social services, are more likely to graduate from high school and college, and are more likely to make higher earnings.”  Experts say it’s the basic lessons learned in preschool that set the stage for success in school, and in life.How Preschool Prepares ChildrenA preschool teacher for 32 years, Lise Witthaus first opened the Folsom Montessori School in 1980. As she notes proudly, she now teaches children of former students. “The most important thing a child learns in preschool is how to be part of a school community,” says Witthaus. “They learn how to be in a group, and how to participate and take cues from their peers.” And key, she says, they learn how to take direction that’s given to the class, not just to the individual child. According to educators, those skills must be learned in order to succeed in elementary school.Additionally, the importance of academic basics such as reading, math and penmanship cannot be ignored. As First 5’s Perry points out, “School has gotten increasingly difficult.” Perry suggests that the curriculum most parents were taught when they were in first grade, is what today’s kindergartners are learning. “So the more parents can help their child prepare ahead of time, the better they will do the whole time they are in school.” ...<hr>For more Preschool Information, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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Food & Wine

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

La ProvenceAppetizer:Cured Salmon in Lemon Cucumber Cups with Green Tomato ConCassé and Crème Fraîche     Tomato ConCassé 6 green Zebra tomatoes or other green heirloom tomato1 shallot, thinly sliced and chopped3 tbsp. rice vinegar¼ tsp. sugar Preparation: In a small sauté pan, bring the sugar and vinegar to a boil. Turn off and remove from heat. Add the shallots to the vinegar mixture and stir to coat. Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out seeds. Chop the tomato and add to the vinegar mixture. Let sit for one hour at room temperature for flavors to bloom.Cured Salmon in Lemon Cucumber Cups 6 lemon cucumbers, seeded, cut in half to make one cup4 ounces cured wild salmon (lox), cut paper thin1 cup Tomato ConCassé¼ cup Crème Fraîchesea salt and fresh ground pepper, to tastePreparation: Cut cucumbers along the short side and scoop out the seeds to make one cup. Place a piece of the cured salmon in the cup with a  small “flag” sticking out of the top. Next to this, place a small amount of the green Tomato ConCassé. Drizzle with a thin ribbon of crème fraîche. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.Wine Pairing:Karly 2007 Sauvignon BlancDono dal Cielo 2007 Estate RoséFor more Wine Pairing Recipes, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville, Granite Bay, Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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