Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 23, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 23, 2023 


Dessert before dinner? Why not? I have said many times in our teachings here that if you like it, 
buy it. Over the holidays I hosted a wine seminar at the Whole Foods in East Pasadena. Our list 
of wines included champagne, sangria, chardonnay, and a petite sirah, with price points ranging 
from $10 to $50 (yes, that was the Taittinger Champagne). To my pleasant surprise the hit of the 
tastings was a Petite Sirah from San Simeon Winery.

If you recall a previous article on "fruit forward" and "jammy", a petite sirah is often a perfect 
starter wine for those just learning about wines, or those who might want an alternative to 
cabernet. Prices can range from $8 to $30 for a bottle. At $18 for the San Simeon Sirah, this 
Orange County Fair gold medal winner is a great value in my book. It is indeed a bit jammy, 
but that is perfectly acceptable with grapes that are aged well. Petite sirah grapes were first 
introduced in France in the 1800’s, but really never caught on partly due to the high humidity 
in Rhone. Here in California we have a drier climate so, much like the chardonnay grape, the 
petite sirah has thrived. 

Originally, petite sirah was paired with zinfandel grapes to tone down that “jammy” effect. 
Winemaker Anthony Riboli explains that they were able to capitalize on the small grapes' 
high skin-to-juice ratio and make an exceptional wine on it’s own merit without needing to 
be blended. This critic agrees - I think that this San Simeon treasure is especially appreciated 
during the winter and will go great with a beef stew or a spicy bowl of chili with or without 

This weeks wine term: Tannins. Think of tannins as how the wine lies on or grips your tongue. 
Smooth? Rough? Neutral? Bitter? In layman's terms, it’s "pucker power". Let’s hope it’s not the 
last one, bitter, that wouldn’t be good.

San Simeon Petite Sirah - Available at Vons stores throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.

Dills Score: 90

Closure: Corked

Happy Holidays! 
Dr. Isabella Daher, PAX PHARMACY 
29 N. Baldwin Avenue Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 
(626) 355 3456Hours: Monday through Friday: 9 am-6pm 
Saturday: 9 am-1 pm.
Closed Sunday 
ALL THINGS By Jeff Brown

A Few Words for Christmas From The Man From Nazarene & Meister Eckhart(a Christian Mystic)

The Man From Nazarene 

Luke 17:21

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

John 17

I have given them thy word: and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I 
am not of the world.

That they may be one; as thou,Father, art in me and I in thee that they also may be one in us: that the 
world may believe that thou has sent me

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word

And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them; that they may be one ,even as we are one.

I in them,and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;and the world may know that thou hast 
sent me,and hast loved them as thou hast loved me,

And I have declared unto them they name, and will declare ir: that the love where with thou hast loved 
me may be in them and I in them. 

Meister Eckhart(a Christian Mystic

The eye I see God is the same eye through which God sees me: my eye and God's eye are one eye, in seeing, 
one knowing, one love

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there 
and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.

Every creature is a word of God.

There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no 
yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand 
years hence.

To be full of things is to be empty of God. To be empty of things is to be full of God.

For the person who has let go and let be,nothing can ever get in the way again.

Nobody at any time is cut off from God

The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in you.

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