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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Hip hip Rosé : Celebrating the pinker side of wine


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Rosés are ideal warm-weather wines, providing a refreshing complement for heartier dishes like pulled-pork sandwiches.

I’ve thought at times that Rosé was doomed to suffer the same fate as an all-too-short summer romance: blissful and breezy but not something meant to be enjoyed post-vacation.

That’s because while I’ve fallen in love with the way a chilled Rosé can accentuate everything good about a summer holiday, I have had hit-and-miss experiences with the wine at home. I’ve ended up with overly fruity or syrupy sweet bottles languishing half-empty in my refrigerator.

Having just spent some time being wooed by the Rosés of Southern France, I’m determined to make my relationship with the refreshing and crispy wine continue now that I’m back on American soil.

And there’s more motivation for doing this than simply reliving my vacation. Rosé is the ideal hot-weather wine. A bone-dry wine with round fruit notes is the perfect wine to pair with the ultra-ripe tomatoes and stone fruits of August. And bolder-style Rosés work great with heartier dishes, such as pulled-pork sandwiches.

Rosé roundup

Rosé, in general, is made with red wine grapes. For this reason, there are many varietals of Rosé. On the shelves of wine shops around Los Altos, there are Rosés made from Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Pinot Noir and more.

The color of Rosé spans the full pink spectrum. Depending on the varietal of grape used, Rosé ranges from soft onion-skin tones to hot-hot pink. Rosé earns its happy hue from contact with the red grape skins – a process called maceration. The longer contact the juice of the grapes has with the skins, the deeper the color. The maceration period of Rosé is far shorter than that used in making red wine.

Rosé flavors vary as dramatically as the colors. Historically, Old World versions (those made in Spain and France, for example) display greater nuance and complexity. In the past, California has been associated primarily with White Zinfandel, a wine that tends to be far too fruit-punch tasting. A new breed of California Rosé is changing all that, with winemakers bringing true passion to their Rosés. One example of this is Bonny Doon’s 2012 Vin Gris de Cigare, which is crisp and refreshing.

In search of other great Rosés, I made my way to Artisan Wine Depot in Mountain View. It is a ridiculously fun shop to browse in general, but their offerings of Rosé done right made my heart pitter-patter. With the help of one of the shop’s knowledgeable associates, I found four wonderful bottles each under $15.

From the New World

• Juliette’s Dazzle Pinot Grigio Rose, 2012

This wine from Washington is actually made with white-wine Pinot Grigio grapes. The vintner leaves the grapes on the vine until the desired color develops and then slowly ferments the wine to create the soft-pink hue. It’s a lovely wine with strawberry and floral aromas. The cherry flavors and crisp finish make it perfect for bringing to a summer evening concert.

• Lucia “Lucy” (Pisoni) Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2012

Produced in California by the Pisoni family, the lush minerality and juicy fruit attributes make this wine a keeper. It would be ideal beside a charcuterie platter or a selection of oozy cheeses. What’s more, producers donate $1 from every bottle sold to breast cancer research.

From the Old World

• Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado, 2011

This wine from Spain is bursting with tart fruit aromas, such as unripe peaches and pineapple. A nice acidity and long finish of apples make it a nice complement to potato salad, tarragon chicken and other picnic treats.

• Cave de Saint-Roch-les-Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2012

A classic example of Provencal-style Rosé, this wine is soft but zingy, with lots of citrus attributes and the kind of minerality that makes you want to take sip after sip.

With each of these wines, I could taste the care and attention of the winemakers. Like the best Rosés I sampled on vacation, these wines call out to be served with summertime food. They are delicate, revitalizing and romantic.

Mountain View resident Christine Moore is learning more about wine every day. To read her blog, visit sheepishsommelier.blogspot.com.

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