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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 27, 2014 


Paso Robles, Spanish for the �Pass of Oaks� and most commonly pronounced as Paso �Robles� or 
simply referred to as �Paso� by the locals, is located in San Luis Obispo County, half-way between San 
Francisco and L.A. on California�s stunning Central Coast. Paso Robles has 26,000 acres under vine 
and is home to over 200 wineries. The most commonly grown grape is the Cabernet Sauvignon, over 
40% of all juices are �Cab� makes sense with the large swing of climate changes of the area.

My favorite and a rising star from the region is 
JLohr, they have been producing wines from this 
region since 1974, Jerry Lohr started with 280 
acres and now has over 900 acres in Monterey and 
2000 in Paso Robles. 

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Oaks is smooth easy to drink and I should say ready to drink 
for those of you that like to enjoy a glass after work or anytime, for me I would pair this with a hearty 
meat such as spare ribs or even a beef stroganoff. I rather enjoy reds with a meal, never alone. To each 
his own though.

The quality of the 2011 vintage is apparent in the wine�s 
density and strong regional expression of black cherry 
and blackberry fruit and soft tannins. I first discovered 
Jlohr simply by luck, I was in Paso Robles on a weekend 
getaway and invited to go wine tasting. Some 10 years 
later the secret seems to be out on these great Paso Robles 
wines, but I am ok that the secret has finally gotten out. 
Is the 2011 Jlohr as good as my Jan 25th review of Ghost 
Block? No but you can get three bottles. Enjoy!

Dills Score 90

Retail Around $21 on sale $15 at Vons and wide 
distribution throughout So Cal

Each week I will give you my Dills Score. I have added 
points for value. I�m starting with a base of 50 points; I 
added 8 points for color, 7 points for aroma or �nose�, 8 
points for taste, 8 points for finish, and 9 points for my 
overall impression, which includes my value rating.

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TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups long grain rice
3 cups chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. Add the 
chicken, season lightly with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides, about 7 minutes, 
working in batches if necessary. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the remaining 
tablespoon of oil and the onions, peppers, and celery, and cook until the vegetables are 
soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, Cajun seasoning, cayenne, salt and pepper, and give 
it a stir. Stir in the rice. Add the chicken back to the pot, along with the broth and tomatoes, 
and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. 
Cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. 

PANCAKES WITH A PURPOSE Photo By Mary Lou Caldwell

The early morning crew (above) of the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club are all smiles as they 
ready for the crowds craving breakfast last Saturday. This annual event helps generate 
funds to support youth and community activities such as The Imagine Art Program, The 
Sierra Madre Library Challenger Summer Reading Program, The Sierra Madre Middle 
School Builders Club, The Arcadia High School Key Club and much more.

Pictured from left to right are: (Standing) John Johnson, Susan Henderson, Dave Pedroza, 
Clem Bartolai, Kristin Naran, Judy Webb-Martin, Marc Van Cleave and Joe Pergola. 
Seated are Gordon Caldwell, Alice Pedroza and Jerry Burnett.

More than 300 breakfasts were served to Kiwanis Members For A Day. The event was 
held in conjunction with the Sierra Madre Senior Commission�s Health Screening Fair.

Beer, Brats, Sauerkraut, Kartoffel Salat, Strudel 
Bounce House, Games & Hot Dogs for Kids 
Come One and All to our Family Fest 
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