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Spring Into Action


Mark your watches, at 10:28 AM GMT on March 20th, the spring equinox officially arrives.   By nature, as professionals who mark key shifts in the seasons, living and working in the largely agricultural landscape of California, these turning points have a particularly strong resonance.    We are grateful to be emerging from one of the rainiest seasons on record in California into the longer daylight of spring.

This issue spotlights the effects of these biblical rains from the perspective of a winery which has been practicing dry farming for over a decade, Emeritus Vineyards.  Alexis Nicolai on the team at the winery located in Graton in western Sonoma County, provides insights into the goings on in the vineyard as we approach bud break.

Not a fan of tropes at Charles Communications, we were pleased to invite our culinary anthropologist, Hillary Lyons to portray the epicurean renaissance taking place in Ireland as we usher in St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  Get your green on!

Our popular Must Reads column is back and we delve into subjects of feminism, the Pope, travel, sherpas and of course fine dining. 

May hope spring eternal with you!

- Kimberly Noelle Charles, DWS 

Founder, Charles Communications Associates

NERD ALERT

What is the percentage of female lead winemakers in California? 
By: Emeritus Vineyards
We have been getting drenched out here and are in the middle of another big storm today! You may have seen pictures of flooded vineyards, roads and farms. Although the rain was much needed, parts of central and southern California still remain in an extreme draught. Between October 2016 and today (February 7 2017), we have seen over 30 inches of rainfall compared to approximately 15 inches during the same time in 2015-2016. Because we dry farm the rain is of particular importance to us. In Sonoma, we only receive winter rainfall, summer (when the vines are growing) is dry. Our vines rely on whatever falls during the (Keep Reading...)
By: Hillary Lyons
March 17th is just around the corner, but before you break out the green food dye there's much more to Irish cuisine than corned beef and cabbage. This month on All the Swirl, Hillary Lyons explores the rich history and modern renaissance of Irish cuisine.

As Saint Patrick’s day approaches and Spring begins to bloom in full force, the world takes on a lush, green hue. While I enjoy the frivolity and free license to drink beer each March 17th (though, I must admit, I’ll pass on the Guinness), this Hallmark holiday has painted an unfair portrait (Keep Reading...)
By: The CCA Team
Each month, our staff takes a break to think about which of the many great food, beverage and lifestyle stories of the month caught our attention and are worth sharing.

Kimberly Charles

My "must read" is from: The New York Times
Article: Mary Tyler Moore's Guide to Leaning In
Author: Anna Clark
Why is this a must read?: I grew up in an ostensibly female household.   My father was a submarine captain and was off fighting the good fight with the Cold War (Keep Reading...)

Charles "Nom"

This month's pairing is an oven-roasted chicken with lemon and asparagus prepared by CCA's Anthony Salazar, pictured here with the 2015 Gallica Albariño Rorick Heritage Vineyards Calaveras County. This crisp and vibrant wine complemented the juiciness of the chicken with it's refreshing acidity.

NERD ALERT ANSWER

10% (According to a 2015 survey from Santa Clara University, as reported by the Wine Enthusiast) 

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