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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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