Varmint Wars
Sep12

Varmint Wars

What with all the real estate madness going on in my life since Spring, I’ve only been up to Sonoma a fraction of the time I used to spend here. Luckily, this was all during the season where things kind of take care of themselves — where “things take care of themselves” means Ranch Manager Louis and the guys do prodigious amounts of work keeping everything running. Well, here it is on the cusp of harvest and I...

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Scirpus Fail
Sep08

Scirpus Fail

Habitat restoration is tough. It’s basically playing at being Mother Nature. Except it’s very hard to do it as well as Mother Nature. Plantings made with the best intentions can have unintended consequences. Take our pond, the one we named after our late lamented founding terrier, Charlie. Lake Charles is a man-made pond with a recirculating waterfall that we built into a natural depression on the barn side of the...

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Every Glass Helps!
Aug25

Every Glass Helps!

Like most winemakers in the southern parts of Napa and Sonoma counties, we’re still trying to get a handle on the damage done by yesterday’s 6.0 magnitude quake. In fact, especially for wineries, it may be to the end of this week before the damage to wine stocks can be assessed. That’s because small wineries often have their wine resting in large shared storage facilities where barrels are stacked six high or higher....

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Meet Catfish!
Jun15

Meet Catfish!

Last month we started a contest to name the newest denizen of Two Terrier Vineyards. It’s the giant catfish who suddenly showed up in our pond. Or who suddenly grew large enough that we noticed him. If he is a him. That was one of the challenges of the naming him. Was he a him or a her? Should he be given a Southern name or a cowboy name, as we’ve traditionally done with our local bestiary? Should he have a historic Sonoma...

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SF Real Estate Madness
Jun11

SF Real Estate Madness

I’ve dropped out of the blogsphere for the last few weeks, because I stepped through a looking glass into a world crazier than even Alice could imagine. It’s the San Francisco Real Estate Bizarro World and it’s just as whacko whether you are buying or selling. We, of course, were selling. Selling our Victorian that we’ve had for more than thirty years. Obviously, we quickly learned that the real estate game has...

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Workin’ The Disney Magic
May28

Workin’ The Disney Magic

There is nothing like a trip to Disneyland to make you think you are a Disney expert. I’m no exception. But my recent trip to The Magic Kingdom with my friend Susi and my Goddaughter, Amelia May, was such an unqualified success, I feel some justification for writing this post. I make no claims to knowing all the ins and outs of doing Disney, but I orchestrated a perfect first Disney experience for a five-year old. And...

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The Name Game
May27

The Name Game

Anyone who has been following along at Left Coast Cowboys knows we have a harsh policy on invasive species. We were lucky enough to find this piece of land that had never been developed other than possible cattle grazing as evidenced by some ancient buried barbed wire. But otherwise, no one had planted the dreaded (at least by us) Mediterranean Garden or, even worse, the Kentucky Bluegrass lawn. Nope, we bought 40 acres of scrub oak...

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Stage Fright
May22

Stage Fright

Some of you know we are selling the Victorian we have owned for more than 30 years and entering the uncharted waters of San Francisco’s insane real estate market. As I’ve noted, things are much different than when we were buying back in the mid-Eighties. For one thing, back then, everyone wanted Victorians. And those who got them scoured estate sales, salvage yards and antique stores to bring them back to absolute period correctness....

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PRINCESSES!!
May18

PRINCESSES!!

There is nothing more. Just PRINCESSES! Because, chances are, if you are a five year old girl, besides the Fairies, Disney is all about Princesses. On our first full day at the park, we saw all of them from a distance at Mickey’s Soundtastic Parade (well worth it, as I mentioned yesterday.) But seeing Princesses high up on a parade float wasn’t enough. Especially after we’d met and hugged Tinkerbelle and Fairy...

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A Fairy Disney Adventure
May14

A Fairy Disney Adventure

As I mentioned, I’m taking my goddaughter Amelia May for her first visit to Disneyland. But it will be a very different experience from my first visit. My wonderful father was a West Point officer in every fiber of his being. And going to Disneyland was no exception. My brother and I since have referred to that trip as “The Assault on Disney”, which my father planned with a military precision that would have shamed...

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