Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
|NOTHING LIKE A SUNRISE BALLOON RIDE|
|BEAUTIFUL CITY HALL AND OLD TOWN CHARM|
|ONE OF THE WONDERFUL SPOTS ON OLD TOWN|
|OLD TOWN AT NIGHT|
was more than twenty years ago when my sister moved there and since then this little town that could has become a huge tourist attraction and developed a booming wine business!! As we head on up to Wine country we can see how this business has grown, the wine that put Temecula on the map was Callaway, which no longer is the case..there are dozens of wineries in the area now and they've starting opening tasting rooms in old town…by the way great idea, if you build it they will come….true words! We visited this beautiful tasting room in town and had some very good and interesting wines…a great Sauvignon Blanc!
|GREAT TASTING ROOM IN OLD TOWN|
As we head into Wine Country you will see the pastoral rolling hills dotted with Tuscan and Hacienda style wineries….we are stopping at South Coast winery, which has a beautiful hotel, restaurant and an amazing spa, I've personally been to all three! They have an enormous tasting room and gift shop, you could definitely go Christmas shopping there for the wine lovers in your life!Try there 2012 Wild Horse Peak Meritage, a tasty blend and the 2009 Wild Horse Peak Syrah! Our next stop is Ponte Winery which is my personal favorite, they do have outstanding wines and a gorgeous property…the hotel is charming and very "GREEN"! They also have two lovely outdoor restaurants with terrific food!
|MEET ME IN THE BARREL ROOM!|
|WONDERFUL WINES AWAIT YOU!|
|AMAZING VINEYARD TERRACE VIEW!!|
|CURTIS GIVING THE GRAPES A BIG SQUEEZE!|
|THE VIEW FROM THE RESTAURANT AT PONTE|
|GREAT SISTERS AND FRIENDS ENJOYING WINE, WINE AND MORE WINE!!|
|MORNING VIEW FROM OUR SUITE AT PONTE WINERY|
|HAVE A WONDERFUL TURKEY DAY…ENJOY A GREAT PINOT NOIR WITH YOUR BIRD!|
SALUTE AND HOLIDAY CHEER,
THE WINE CONTESSA
Thursday, October 30, 2014
|ONE OF THE BEST VINTAGES!|
|DON'T YOU THINK WE NEED SOME WITCHES BREW…...|
Halloween History of Witches
One of the more enduring symbols of Halloween, horror and folklore is that of the Witch. Ugly and evil, they are shown flying on their broomsticks, or stirring their cauldrons.
Witches were not always thought of as evil or ugly. In ancient times, witches could be healers or wise women of the community. But as Christianity spread, they were often condemned because their power supposedly came from somewhere other than God.
Later, accusations of witchcraft often were used as a way to keep talented, intelligent women from threatening the male supremacy of the day. They also could be used to make people toe the line with regard to community standards. Anyone who was thought of as different or rebellious could be accused. Thus men were often accused as much as women.
The focus of witchcraft on medieval women can be seen in what have becomes the symbols of witchcraft: the broom, the cauldron (pot) and the cat. All of these are associated with the household and women’s work. Not surprisingly, these have also become strong symbols in modern Halloween and horror literature.
ACTUALLY SOME OF THESE SPELLS COULD WORK IN TODAYS WORLD!!
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692
ANCIENT ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
|BOY, SHE STAYED TOO LONG AT THE PARTY|
It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld. People gathered to sacrifice animals, fruits, and vegetables. They also lit bonfires in honor of the dead, to aid them on their journey, and to keep them away from the living. On that day all manner of beings were abroad: ghosts, fairies, and demons--all part of the dark and dread.
In terms of spreading Christianity, this was a brilliant concept and it became a basic approach used in Catholic missionary work. Church holy days were purposely set to coincide with native holy days. Christmas, for instance, was assigned the arbitrary date of December 25th because it corresponded with the mid-winter celebration of many peoples. Likewise, St. John's Day was set on the summer solstice.
Samhain, with its emphasis on the supernatural, was decidedly pagan. While missionaries identified their holy days with those observed by the Celts, they branded the earlier religion's supernatural deities as evil, and associated them with the devil. As representatives of the rival religion, Druids were considered evil worshippers of devilish or demonic gods and spirits. The Celtic underworld inevitably became identified with the Christian Hell.
Friday, October 17, 2014
|IT'S HARVEST TIME….SALUTE!!|
|A PERFECT DAY, A PERFECT VIEW…THE CITY BY THE BAY|
|PASO ROBLES AT THE TOWN PLAZA|
|A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!!|
|ONE OF THE LOVELY PATIO'S AT HALTER RANCH!|
|FANTASTIC PROPERTY AND WINES!!|
|THE CHARMING HOTEL CHEVAL|
|THE HISTORIC PASO ROBLES INN|
|ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IN WINE COUNTRY!|
|LOVELY SPOT TO DINE!|
|NEW HOME OF ARTISAN RESTAURANT|
finest, the winemaker is from France and his vision is outstanding! But don't have sticker shock, it's a very sophisticated wine with a price tag to match! Also in this area are the Rhone blends at DENNER, which is also home to the upscale B&B Comus House overlooking the winery…. & TREANA & HOPE FAMILY VINEYARDS, making some of their outstanding wines…So much wine so little time…..Well getting ready to celebrate my birthday for the next two weeks, wine, wine & more wine but I'll be back with a special Halloween post for all of you ghosts and ghouls!! Until then it's five o'clock somewhere…
Salute, THE WINE CONTESSA
|THE BEAUTY OF THE HARVEST MOON!!|