Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 22, 2022

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The Chef Knows By Peter Dills 

“Time in a Bottle” was a hit song by singer/
songwriter Jim Croce. A question I am asked 
almost weekly basis is “does wine get better 
as it spends more time in a bottle?” Answer 
is “yes… and no”. Philipe Jeandet is a professor 
at University of Reims Champagne-
Ardenne in France, and was lucky enough to 
discover a shipwreck that had quite a cargo. 
Gold? No, champagne. Jeandet and his 
crew brought all 168 bottles to the surface, 
and actually opened one on the spot. First 
tastes were fantastic. Given his knowledge of 
bubbles, his first guess was that they were at least 100 years old. The bottles had no boxes or 
labels, so after a few years of inspecting the corks and bottle engravings his group decided 
that the champagne was over 200 years old. It’s home at the bottom of the Baltic Sea provided 
total darkness and a temperature of 35 degrees, aided by the compression of depth for the 
discovery, perfect for storing wine. 

Your home wine cellar provides somewhat different conditions than the bottom of the Baltic 
Sea, so getting back to the question above, does wine get better with age? Yes, wines that are 
expensive or rare will get better. No, most wine is produced to drink now. In fact, up to 90% 
of wines don’t actually get any better with ageing. Many of us will let our wines breathe, especially 
the reds, and that’s fine. I suggest using a large wine glass with enough room to swirl 
your wine around, watch the legs on the glass, and drink. Many of my class “A” sommelier 
friends contend that if it’s not ready drink, it isn’t ready to buy. I agree!! 

As for champagne, my storage procedure (for a single bottle or case) is to simply leave it on 
the floor of my closet, laying each bottle sideways. Champagne, for many, is only for special 
occasions, whereas for me it is a weekly toast. You should only put champagne in the refrigerator 
when you are ready to serve it. Once opened it will only last a few hours, so make sure 
you have plenty of help to drink it. My bottom line on the subject is to let the supermarkets 
and wine shops take care of the storage for you. They have the right equipment, and it is a 
heck of job (and a lot of money) to build your own wine cellar. 

Dining with Dills Sundays at 5 PM KLAA Angels Baseball AM 830 on the radio 

WHERE WE ARE NOW 1/22/22 VERSUS (THEN-1/23/21) 
Cases/Deaths are still occuring especially among the unvaccinated. 
Cases 2022 (2021) Deaths 2022 (2021)
LA County 2,428,744 (989,928) 28,346 (13,489)
LA COUNTY VACCINATIONS AS OF 01/22/2022Adults 12+ 85.8% Seniors 98.1% 
Cases DeathsFully VaccinatedArcadia 6,624 (2221) 150 ( 64)88.9%
Altadena 7,114(2733) 84 (45)81.3%
Bradbury 54 ( 32) 0 ( 0)71.0%
Duarte 4,441(1954) 108 (57)82.2%
Monrovia 7,029(2675) 89 (76) 79.6%
Pasadena 22,939 (9559) 377 (203) 83.7%
Sierra Madre 1,272 ( 386) 15 ( 8) 88.2%
So.Pasadena 3,340 (1104) 50 ( 35)93.2%
With Omicron continuing to drive case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths to levels not 
seen since last year, Public Health is reminding residents that vaccines are still the best 
source of protection, especially against hospitalization and death. 
From January 2nd through January 8th, unvaccinated people were twice as likely to con-
tract the virus compared to those fully vaccinated without boosters. Residents who were 
vaccinated and boosted were even more protected with four times the protection from in-
fection compared to those unvaccinated. 
Additionally, vaccinated and boosted residents are also at significantly less risk of ending up 
in the hospital. When comparing unvaccinated residents to those fully vaccinated without 
boosters, unvaccinated residents were five times more likely to be hospitalized. Residents 
who were both vaccinated and boosted had even higher levels of protection and were 20 
times less likely to be hospitalized compared to those unvaccinated. 
As cases and hospitalizations remain high, of most concern is the increase in deaths. On 
Thursday, Public Health reported 102 new deaths, the highest daily number of deaths since 
March 2021. And for the seven days leading up to January 1st, Public Health data also 
showed that unvaccinated individuals were 23 times more likely to succumb and die from 
COVID compared to those fully vaccinated. 
“I send my heartfelt condolences to those families who have lost a loved one due to CO-
VID-19,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “Since the 
beginning of the pandemic, we have recognized that while many experience mild illness 
from COVID, there are others that will not do well if they become infected. Preliminary 
estimates from scientists at USC estimated that if everyone eligible was vaccinated, over the 
last 6 weeks there would have been 85% fewer cases with nearly 604,000 cases of COVID 
prevented, and 87% fewer hospitalizations with approximately 9,300 hospitalizations pre-
vented. These estimates align with much of the data we share weekly about the disastrous 
consequences facing many infected, unvaccinated individuals. Large scale vaccine adoption 
could change the pandemic’s trajectory with significant case and hospitalization reductions.” 
Today, Public Health confirmed 65 additional deaths and 43,091 new cases of COVID-19. 
Of the 65 new deaths reported today, 10 were between the ages of 30 and 49, 16 were be-
tween the ages of 50 and 64, 15 were between the ages of 65-79, and 18 were over the age of 
80 years old. Of the 65 newly reported deaths, 44 had underlying conditions. Information 
on the six deaths reported by the City of Long Beach is available at To 
date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 28,346. 
Public Health has identified a total 2,428,744 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of 
L.A. County. Today’s positivity rate is 17.8%. 
There are 4,792 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available 
for more than 10,804,700 individuals, with 20% of people testing positive. 
To keep workplaces and schools open, residents and workers are asked to: 
Adhere to masking requirements when indoors or at crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of 
vaccination status. 
Remain home when sick, isolate if positive and quarantine when in close contact. 
Residents are legally required to be isolated if they have a positive COVID test result and 
vaccinated. Close contacts with symptoms and unvaccinated close contacts need to be 
For updated isolation and quarantine guidance, please visit 
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 5 years old 
and older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinations are always free and open to eli-
gible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed 
at all Public Health vaccination sites and many community sites where first, second, and 
third doses are available. 
To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit: (English) or (Spanish). 
If you need assistance, you can also call 1-833-540-0473 for help: 
Finding an appointment, Connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, 
or Schedule a home visit if you are homebound. 
For more information regarding COVID-19 in LA County you can also visit the Public 
Health website at 
Be a part of history by designing the poster for the 2023 Rose Parade. 
The 2023 theme celebrates Turning the Corner. Whether that corner is actual—like 
the one signaling the parade’s start, or figurative like the unlimited potential that 
each new year brings—we all enjoy the opportunity of a fresh start. Turning a corner 
means rising above – alone, or with friends, family, and community, – it means real-
izing dreams and pursuing possibility. This year, as we turn the corner together, we 
share in the hope, beauty and joy of what 2023 will bring. 
Contest open to all.
Entries due by Monday, February 21, 2022 
Selected artwork will be used on the official 2023 Rose Parade Poster, as well as in 
various other forms of event promotion. 
To submit a design for consideration, please email it to 
Your email should include: 
Subject Line: 2023 Poster contest 
Your full name 
A contact phone number 
Your city of residence 
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Submission attachment in the form of a PDF 
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