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"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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Proper wine temperature counts when entertaining


Christine Moore/ Special to the Town Crier
Speed chill a bottle of white wine by wrapping it in a slightly damp towel and putting it in the freezer for 10 minutes.

A British friend of mine has given me many sound and useful bits of advice over the years. Some of her guidance has proved indispensable in my life, such as her tip for chilling wine quickly.

I was in the midst of a particularly stress-filled move when she advised, “As soon as you get to the new kitchen, throw a bottle of white wine in the freezer. It’ll be ready in 20 minutes, which is just enough time to find the box labeled “Glasses.” It worked.

Of course, not all white wines should be drunk at the same temperature, but this simple trick is good in a pinch. After all, you don’t always have late-harvest Gewürztraminer chilled when unexpected guests arrive with celebratory news and coconut cupcakes, or when a spectacular success in the kitchen begs for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc that is still in the grocery bag.

At face value, serving wine should be simple: buy, uncork, pour. But anyone who has fallen in love with a label only to be disappointed by its contents, struggled with crumbly corks or been let down by a wine that had previously been excellent knows that serving and enjoying wine takes some practice. Making sure the wine is the correct temperature is the critical first step.wine

Serving guidance

We can all learn something from Goldilocks, with her keen sense of temperatures. To get the most enjoyment out of wine, it should be served neither too warm nor too cold. Worth pointing out is that wine should be served cooler than the standard room temperature of most homes. Placing your red in the refrigerator for a short period before serving will help bring out the wine’s flavors.

Storing guidance

Much like serving temperatures, storage temperatures are not one-size-fits-all. But storing wine at the standard 55 F will help preserve it.

As important as temperature is to safely storing wine, you also want to make sure that you are keeping your wine in a dark and stable place.

There are plenty of wine refrigerators on the market these days, but you might have a rarely used dark and cool closet that would be ideal for storing wine.

There are gadgets that record the exact temperature of a wine you are serving, including digital ones that wrap around a bottle and versions that you insert into an open bottle.

For the most part, trial and error works fine for ensuring the proper temperature. For instance, put your hands around a bottle of a Cabernet Sauvignon to make sure that it isn’t warm. Or take a sip of Chardonnay to see if it is the right temperature. You’ll realize instantly if it is too cold.

As is the case with many tips that are handed down, I’ve enhanced my British friend’s quick-chill method. Wrapping the bottle in a barely damp kitchen towel before popping it in the freezer knocks the chilling time down to just 10 minutes.

For a red wine that is too cold, leaving it out on the counter for 30 minutes will help, or you could simply pour the wine into a glass and use your hands to warm it up a bit.

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

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