Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 13, 2021

MVNews this week:  Page 6

The Chef Knows By Peter Dills 
Thanksgiving Part 2 

Quite a stir last week in Sierra Madre 
when I excluded Chardonnay for any 
Thanksgiving Day consideration, so I 
sharpened my pencil and made some 
edits and surprised myself with a few 
recommendations for Turkey Day. 

I meant no disrespect with last week’s 
column, excluding chardonnay from 
my Thanksgiving selections for top picks. So, here is my make-good with three go-to 

First, a brief history of chardonnay. Most good coastal chardonnay comes from a few 
areas that you might be familiar with: Anderson Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa 
Rita Hills, and the coolest section of the Russian River Valley. Carneros is also ocean-
influenced, though it’s warmer there, since it’s a bit inland. Chardonnays from vineyards 
on the mountain ridges at the edge of the Sonoma Coast AVA are some of the best in the 
state. Here are three chardonnays that I found “reliable” and all under $20: 

Francis Ford Coppola’s Diamond Collection Chardonnay -awarded Best in Class in 2019, 
it is bright and balanced. If you like your wine with a bit of fruity apple/pear flavor, this 
would be a good choice. This chardonnay hails from the Monterey region.
Dills Score 89 
Retail $16; you can find it if you shop around for $12 Vons /Albertson’s 

St Francis Chardonnay - chardonnay from the Santa Rosa Sonoma region. I found this to 
be crisp and delightful, and it goes well with the other white meat, pork.
Dills Score 89 
Retail $17; easily available in So Cal for $14 Vons 

Our friends in France enjoy a 2018 Jadot Pouilly Fuisse made with 100% chardonnay grapes. 
While we tend to label California wines as “buttery”, I’d go with “crisp”. Interesting wine 
maker notes, one part of the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and in oak barrels, this 
combination delivers a silky smooth finish. Pouilly Fuisse is a great representation of old 
world wine making. $21.99 average price Vons 

Serve a reliable cheese such as gouda, and you will be the hit of your next wine party with 
any of the above selections. Listen Live this Saturday at 3 PM on AM 830 KLAA. 

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LA County Public Health 


Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) inspectors continue to 
visit businesses across the county every day to ensure compliance with required safety 
measures, including masking guidelines and vaccination verification; provide technical 
assistance; and respond to complaints of non-compliance. 

Between October 30 and November 5, 93% of bars, 94% of nightclubs, and 100% of lounges 
inspected were in compliance with customer vaccination verification requirements. 
Over the same time period, inspectors noted the overall majority of businesses were in 
compliance with safety requirements. However, only 68% of garment manufacturers, 67% 
of office sites, 80% of nightclubs, 82% of lounges, and 85% of bars were in compliance with 
employee masking. 

From October 30 through November 5, a total of six citations were issued to businesses 
including gyms, schools, and a restaurant for noncompliance with Health Officer Orders. 
A list of non-compliant businesses that received citations can be found online. Violations 
of safety requirements and dangerous conditions can be reported anonymously to Public 
Health by phone at 888-700-9995 or online at . 

Today, Public Health confirms 11 new deaths and 1,174 new cases of COVID-19. The number 
of deaths reported today is an undercount due to a technical problem with reporting. Of 
the 11 new deaths reported today, three people who passed away were over the age of 80, 
three people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, four people who died were 
between the ages of 50 and 64, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. 
To date, Public Health has identified 1,504,843 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas 
of L.A. County and a total of 26,762 deaths. 

There are 630 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 27% of these people are in 
the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 9,180,000 individuals, with 15% of people 
testing positive. Today’s test positivity rate is 1.3%. 

“I extend my sincere sympathy to everyone grieving the loss of a family member, friend, 
co-worker or loved one,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. 
“I am grateful the majority of businesses are protecting their employees and customers 
by following masking and vaccination verification requirements. These high rates of 
compliance are a testament to collaborations among business operators, employees and 
customers to follow common sense safety precautions. The more people who are masking 
up and are vaccinated, the less likely an activity will result in viral transmission and the 
more likely we will save lives and move forward on our recovery journey.” 

Anyone five years and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. 
Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of 
immigration status. 

Vaccine providers across Los Angeles County are also administering booster doses for all 
three FDA-approved vaccines; Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. People eligible for 
boosters include adults of any age who received their first Johnson & Johnson dose at least 
two months ago, and people who got the second dose of their Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 
at least six months ago and are 65-plus years old or are over 18 and live in long-term care 
settings, have underlying medical conditions, or work or live in high-risk settings. 

To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much 
more, visit: (English) and 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. 

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, 



Cases/Deaths are still increasing especially among the unvaccinated. 

Location Cases 2021 (2020) Deaths % Vaccinations 
LA County 1,507,736 (N/A) 26,814 (N/A) 79.6% 
Seniors 93.6% 
Arcadia 3,459 (595) 148 ( 39) 84.4% 
Altadena 4,161 (796) 80 (18) 80.1% 
Bradbury 42 ( 19) 0 ( 0) 67.4% 
Duarte 2,811 (626) 100 (31) 81.4% 
Monrovia 4,110 (848) 84 (42) 79.5% 
Pasadena 13,687 (2,819) 363 (129) 83.7% 
Sierra Madre 670 ( 87) 13 ( 3) 84.7% 
So.Pasadena 1,755 (319) 47 ( 26) 88.7% 

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