Two local shout-outs today in Sunday's Glendale News Press:
1. In September I referenced a few local wine stories, and it seems the local winos are up to it again. Today's News Press covers the latest get-together at the old Stone Barn Vineyard up in Deukmejian Wilderness Park. The grape grown there is the Alicante Bouschet, heavily planted during Prohibition. The thick skin made it easier to ship minus rot, and its deep color allowed for undetectable dilution. Much like the grape, I also didn't know what a Deukmajian was. 35th Governor of California, it turns out. (I was in NY at the time, being mesmerized by the politics of California's 33rd Governor.)
2. Also in the News Press was an article about local bar, Neat. Here's the basic concept there:
"Neat bar is owned by Aiden Demarest who came up with the idea where customers can come in for a straight shot, usually served side by side with a chaser. Chasers are made by the bartender, which is made with fresh juices, house made syrups or artisanal sodas" which could actually be interesting and worth checking out.