Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 10, 2021

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One of the most common questions that I get as a restaurant 
advocate/food Influencer (fancy name for critic on line) is where 
is my favorite steakhouse? The Answer: My house, nothing 
beats heading over to Huntington Meats at the Farmer’s Market 
for a filet and bbq’n at home. Wine by the glass another story. 
At a restaurant that can be a very tricky situation. To this, I say 
“buyer beware” from the get-go. Wine by the glass can provide 
a huge revenue stream for your favorite restaurant. In fairness 
to the restaurant (and before you start calculating how much 
the restaurant is paying for a bottle of wine and charging for 
a glass), let’s remember that there is often some waste once a 
bottle is opened. For instance, sparkling wine can’t last for more 
then 24 hours once opened. I have sent back many an old wine 
back and asked for a fresh bottle, and to my surprise, without 
much resistance. Local sommelier and wine geek Russ Meek 
tells me that even reds and whites, once opened, can easily lose 
their luster after just a few days. My advice is to ask the server/
bartender to open a “fresh” bottle - it will make you feel a whole 
lot better about paying that premium price. Just last week I saved 
the embarrassment at the new Foothill, two ladies at the bar ordered Taitinger by the glass and I could 
see it was flat, so I suggested they request a fresh bottle, thus everyone was happy. 

Chardonnay is the best selling wine by the glass here in California, and one that stands out to me is 
Rombauer Chardonnay. Hailing from the grape-rich area of Napa Valley, this higher end chardonnay 
satisfies those of us who like a bit of buttery and oaky chardonnay. On Father’s Day I found this gem at 
one of my favorite non-home restaurants, Taylor’s Steak House in La Canada. Taylor’s has consistently 
offered a very good wine by the glass program; they aren’t giving it away, but you won’t feel like you’ve 
been gypped. Rombauer Chardonnay is light gold in color, well balanced, and the finish is crisp and 
clean. Some of my wine snob friends have called it “overrated” but I don’t agree. This is a fantastic 
special occasion wine or a treat at a medium to higher end restaurants. The supply is ample, and you 
should have no problem finding it at your local market. 
ALC Content 14.4% 
Closure: Corked 

Dills Score 91 

Retails around $39; on sale for $36 Vons Pasadena on Colorado 

Each week I will give you my Dills Score. Starting with a base of 50 points, I added 8 points for color, 8 
points for aroma or “nose”, 8 points for taste, 9 points for finish, and 8 points for my overall impression, 
which includes my value rating. 

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health), with support 
from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, launched the COVID-19 
Community Ambassador Program to visibly represent, capture the support, and 
actively engage the broader community in best practices to further prevent and 
slow the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. 

Public Health encourages L.A. County residents to participate in the COVID-19 
Community Ambassador Program. The COVID-19 Community Ambassador 
Program is intended to empower individuals with accurate and shareable resources 
and the appropriate Departmental contacts for reporting concerns. 

To become a COVID-19 Community Ambassador, residents view a 30-minute 
training video, which provides helpful insights on COVID-19 prevention and infection 
control. Once the training is complete, residents receive a Certificate of 
Completion along with a free branded community ambassador face covering, a 
pin, and a COVID-19 Directory Card for commonly used phone numbers in English 
or Spanish. The program includes additional video training modules, virtual 
town halls with Public Health experts, and updates on relevant topics such as the 
COVID-19 vaccine, variants, and guidance for staying safe and keeping communities 
safe. To date, nearly 3,000 residents are COVID-19 Community Ambassadors. 

This program is available to all Los Angeles County residents and there is no age 
restriction for participation. The COVID-19 Community Ambassador Program 
does not formally train or deputize residents to take personal action in instances 
of non-compliance. To learn more and become a COVID-19 Community Ambassador, 

"To everyone who has lost a loved one or friend to COVID-19, our deepest condolences 
go out to you,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public 
Health. “We must continue to work together to improve vaccine confidence and 
acceptance so that vaccination rates increase, and we reach a level of community 
immunity that protects everyone. We are grateful for all the residents participating 
in the COVID-19 Ambassador Program who provide accurate information 
to their friends and co-workers on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As 
COVID-19 transmission has increased over the past couple of weeks, it is very 
important we continue to work together to protect each other and make sure that 
individuals with questions about the vaccine, have access to information about the 
vaccines’ safety and effectiveness from people they trust.” 

Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. Visit: (English) and 
(Spanish) to find a vaccination site near you, to make an appointment at vaccination 
sites, and much more. If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, 
or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, 
connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a 
home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible 
residents and workers regardless of immigration status. 

COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-
19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional 
actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community are on 
the Public Health website, 

LOCAL STATISTICS 06/25/2021 vs. 07/09/2021 

Cases: 1,248,415 
Deaths: 24,465 


Altadena 43,260 3,356 76 
Arcadia 57,754 2,747 137 
Bradbury 1,069 39 0 
Duarte 22,016 2,322 97 
Monrovia 38,800 3,202 78 
Pasadena 141,371 11,324 349 
Sierra Madre 10,989 473 13 

Cases: 1,253,536 
Deaths: 24,514 


Altadena 43,260 3,378 76 
Arcadia 57,754 2,772 137 
Bradbury 1,069 39 0 
Duarte 22,016 2,333 97 
Monrovia 38,800 3,227 79 
Pasadena 141,371 11,388 350 
Sierra Madre 10,989 481 13 

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