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Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and that means we’ve got a lot more to get through in the realm of smoking and drinking!  Yes, the FDA’s bullshit ruling on new cigars will make it very difficult for innovation in flavor but there are plenty of cigars on the market that we will be trying, many of whom slipped in just before the FDA deadline.

As to drinking?  What would you like to see in the new year?   Seeing as how I’m in bourbon country, that may be the way I take this for a little while.

Also, there’s a class I’m in the process of developing that’s aimed at writers on drinking, sex, and booze.  I’ll probably throw in my two cents about cigars too LOL!

The folks at Highland Cigar Company are still doing tastings on Tuesdays so you’ll get more updates from me on those.  Those blog posts will probably be shorter though, due to the amount of notes I can take on a one-ounce pour of any given spirit.

I know I want more wine in my life, and I want more wine education, seeing as how I’ve forgotten much of what I used to know on viticulture and being an oenophile.  Maybe I’ll pick random regions from France of Spain and find wines to suit and taste.  We will see.  All I know is that 2017 promises to be even better for the White Wolf Indulgence lifestyle.

Happy New Year!

We’re BACK!

After a failed attempt to really rock things over at Radio Dentata, your humble wine and cigar expert had to cut back on projects including this one due to time spent in my career as an author.

But I’ve missed this blog and missed this part of my life too.  So we’re going to get back to what matters after a hard day’s work.  Relaxing with a good bottle of wine, a complex, enjoyable cigar and letting our day end.

We’re going to revisit some of the cigar blends we’ve mentioned, (Yes, Don Cervantes is a staple in my humidor when I can get them) and talk more about some of the great wines we’ve been drinking over the last few months, plus mention upcoming stuff too.

I’m not sure how often we’ll update just yet, but I’ve got a ton of new cigars and wines to put up here, plus some bourbons, scotches, and other whiskies.  Should be fun!

Urban Legend May Newsletter

Urban Legends Cellars is a local winery in Oakland near Jack London Square that features quality wines, and a great staff. Recently I helped them bottle the latest release.

Jack London Art
First Friday May 6, 6 – 9 PM
Urban Legend Cellars, 621 4TH ST
Joaquin Joaquin Newman, Photo by Eduardo Pineda

We’re doing second Friday early this month! We’ll be at the Indie Awards 2nd Friday….

Marilee and I have been frequenting La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen, where we have admired Tina “Tamale” Ramos’ gallery of Joaquin’s work. We’ve been drawn in by the mix of humor, history, and culture in his works. As a salute to Cinco de Mayo we’ve asked Joaquin to be our May artist.

Joaquin is a co-founder of the Forrealism Movement and studio in Alameda.

“The Forrealism Movement is composed of a group of mixed Indian and Latino artists who create works collectively, drawing from our own traditions and those of our elders who have shared gifts of their wisdom and experience. We do not purport to be religiously bound to these traditions; rather we strive to deconstruct racial barriers in order to construct cultural bridges toward a greater indigenous consciousness.

As urban Indians working in a city where many cultures come together, the scope of our work spans the Americas. It is not limited to symbolism from our particular cultural background; we serve our community more generally. No one of these traditions defines us, nor do we attempt to expose the complexities and rites of traditions that require specific intention to understand.”
Pink Out!
6:30 – 9:00 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Butterfly, Pier 33, The Embarcadero, The City (SF)

We’re packing up the pink flamingos and once again heading across the Bay Bridge to join our fellow Rosé fanatics with the 2010 version of our Best Micro Winery-winning Rosato di Barbera!

Join us for an evening of great food, fun times and, of course, fabulous Rosés from around the world

Tickets are $35 in advance and expected to sell out! Purchase Tickets

Urban Legend: 2011 Indie Awards exclusive wine supplier
6 – 10 PM, Friday May 13, 2011
Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Look for an uptown theme this year. Uptown cupcakes, Urban Legend Uptown blend on tap, and more. Being newbies, we’re not sure what to expect but with cupcakes on roller skates it should be Oakland style fun. We hope to see you there!
Uptown gets outta town, and Rosato gets around!

Urban Legend wines are making the rounds of local restaurants. Uptown is now served in Berkeley, and our Rosato is gaining a following all around town. We’ve got new places for you to try Urban Legend, and new wines in familiar haunts:

* 900 Grayson, 900 Grayson @ 6th St, Berkeley, CA
o 2010 Rosato di Barbera – Chris is a big fan of summer pinks
o Uptown- by the glass and 1L refillables!

* Millennium,580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
o 2009 Petit Verdot

Pappo, 2320 Central Ave , Alameda, CA 94501
o 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

* SR24, 5179 Telegraph Ave @ 51st , Oakland, CA 94609
o 2009 Tempranillo – almost gone
o 2009 Syrah – coming soon
o 2010 Rosato di Barbera – coming soon

* Where would like to see Urban Legend?
o Send us the restaurant name: info@ulcellars.com

Wine and an update

I haven’t focused too much on wine lately here at Pure Indulgence. Sure we’re drinking plenty of it but it’s not been up to par. Plus, if you’ve caught any of the shows, you’ve heard me talk about setting a standard for Pure Indulgence. Developing a standard for which there isn’t an easy definition of in my head has been the main issue and goal here.

That being said, the wine we’ve had of late hasn’t been up to par. I mean it’s been drinkable but the lots Grocery Outlet has picked up weren’t all that stellar until recently.

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I’m pleased to tout the goodness of Redhead Ranch though. Sadly I don’t have notes but if you’re going to Grocery Outlet, be sure to pick them up. They hold the candle right now. Nothing stellar but they are a good start for a wine that normally sells for above $15 a bottle that we pick up for $4.99. Out of Paso Robles, we get some pretty good wine. The 2005 Zinfandel was especially nice.

We’re slowly changing things around here as promised at the first of this year. Slowly, adding different dimensions to the blog as we rotate through what it means to enjoy the true essence of Pure Indulgence.

The other update is that my email posts aren’t showing up as they should. The last update I had from @UrWineGuy from Twitter should have been more than a PDF. Alas, Google is being a pain in the ass and won’t let me access it right now to repost. But I will be remaining more active. Plus Pure Indulgence is going to get a facebook fan page soon. Since I CAN use the facebook app for my pixi, I’ll be doing that more often as I attend events and tweet from them too.

By the way, the twitter account for here is @WhiteWolfIndulg


Cellar Door News: Fresh and Local for the Community Table

Bonny Doon exhibits the spirit of Pure Indulgence to me. So check out their newsletter!

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Cellar Door at Bonny Doon Vineyard Restaurant & Tasting Room
From the Source - Chef Jarod Ottley partners with organic and biodynamic growers, foragers, cheese makers, and a host of other purveyors in Santa Cruz and Monterey County to source ingredients for the Cellar Door table. His fresh, inventive farm-to-table cuisine pairs effortlessly with winemaker Randall Grahm抯 terroir-driven, food-friendly wines. The result? Delicious and felicitous harmony. Cellar Door Hours: Wine tasting: Wed朣un, 12�5 pm. Lunch: Sat & Sun, 12�2 pm. Dinner: Wed朣un, 5:30�9 pm. Loung: Thurs朣at, 5:30�10 pm.
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Cellar Door Lounge - Thursday through Saturday night, the Cellar Door tasting room transforms into a spirited casual lounge with wines by the glass, craft beer, gourmet pizza, and tapas-style snacks. Join us before your meal or make an evening of it. No reservations required.
It抯 Not All Grapes - This summer, our new estate vineyard in San Juan Bautista will begin to yield produce and flowers for the Cellar Door. Sustainable polyculture is a deep tenet of our ethos in San Juan, and this season marks the first phase of planting-out a richly dynamic mixed ecosystem, including fruit trees, olives, vegetables, nuts, asparagus and a plethora of other annual and perennial crops梐nd oh, yes, grapes. We invite you to see the San Juan Estate for yourself. Our annual club member celebration, Day of the Doon, will be held Sunday, September 18. Randall Grahm will host you and your guests for a tour of the new plantings梖ollowed by a magical farm-to-table wine dinner celebrating the abundance of harvest. This event always sells out; reserve your place by calling 888.819.6789.
Wednesday Community Table - Bring friends, meet new ones, and dine ensemble at the community table every Wednesday night, as Chef Ottley creates a masterful 3-course $25 prix fixe from the finest seasonal, organic ingredients our local terroir provides. One seating, 6:30 pm.
What We're Pairing: Wild nettle gnocchi with oil-poached cauliflower, rapini, and green garlic paired with '10 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare.
Members enjoy free tastings and discounts on all wines. There抯 no fee to join.
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Earth Day 2011 – Amity Vineyards

I thought this was worth passing onto my wine drinkers here. I have toured the Amity Vineyards and tasted a number of their wines some time back before Pure Indulgence was even a thought The wines are quality, and a good representation of the local climate. The tasting room is quaint, and the odd (for me) thing you’ll want to try is the Almond sparkler made in the mothode champagne.

Every day is Earth Day at Amity
Since the beginning we have tried to make our footprint on the land we farm and the winery as small as we can.

We were the first Tilth Certified Organic winery, one of the first Salmon Safe, first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wineries(OCSW) and now one of the first UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping option wineries.

Our newest project is partnering with UPS to offer you the option of shipping in the Carbon Neutral Program. When you check out just choose the green logo. It will cost you an extra 5 cents for ground and .20 for air. How does this work? If the millions of people who ship packages every day all contribute a little and all that is added up and spent to plant trees and reclaim lands then greenhouse gasses are significantly reduced. Go to UPS for information about the program.

Try these Oregon Certified Sustainable Wines

Save 25% 4/18 thru 4/24

click on wine to purchase

2008 Estate Dry Riesling – $15 – reg $20

2009 Wedding Dance Riesling $12.75 – reg $17

2008 Sunnyside Pinot Noir $26.25 – reg $35

Urban Legend Cellars- A lot to do in March

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Urban Legend Cellars March Newsletter

Urban Legend Calendar

Mar. 13/15 – Family Winemakers SoCal
Mar. 20 – Eat, Drink, & Jazz!
Mar. 29 – Millennium Dinner
Apr. 2 – Passport to the East Bay
Apr. 15/16 – No Tax Release Day
June 11 – 2011 Barbera Festival

Heavy Metal

urban legend wins medals

Mom always told us not to brag, but several of our "babies" did us proud in recent wine judging.

2011 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition

Silver Medal

  • 2009 Syrah (Amador)San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition
  • 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake)
  • 2009 Tempranillo (Clarksburg)
  • 2009 Mourvedre (Amador)
  • 2009 Dolcetto (El Dorado)

Bronze Medal

  • 2009 Barbera (Amador)
  • 2009 Lolapalooza (Amador)

Florida State Fair International Wine CompetitionFlorida State Fair International Wine Competition

Gold Medal

  • 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake)
  • 2009 Syrah (Amador)

Silver Medal

  • 2009 Barbera (Amador)

Millennium Winemaker’s Dinner

A Gluten-Free Vegetarian Winemaker’s Dinner

Millennium Restaurant, San Francisco, Tuesday March 29, 2011 6:30 PM

We’re honored and thrilled for the opportunity to pair our wines with some of the most exciting food in the Bay Area! Chef Eric Tucker is preparing an exquisite five course gluten-free vegetarian meal matched to Urban Legend Cellars wines. He’s absolutely a wizard with flavor; eating your veggies never tasted so good.

As anyone who’s had a bottle of ironworks knows, we’re not fans of buzzword bingo. Ignore the "gluten-free", "sustainable", "organic", "vegan", and "vegetarian" monikers if you like; this will just be an exquisite meal with great wines.

$85/person (before tax/gratuity)
5 course prix fixe menu (gluten-free!)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:00-9:30 pm (ish)
6:00 pm reception
Dinner served promptly at 6:30 pm

Millennium Restaurant
580 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: 415-345-3900
Fax: 415-345-3941
The dinner will take place in Millennium’s Private "Wineroom".
Space is limited and reservations must be made through Alison: 415.345.3900 x13

2011 Passport to the East Bay Wineries

2011 Passport to the East Bay Wineries

22 East Bay wineries pour for a once-a-year experience
Saturday, April 2nd – Noon to 5:00 PM
Urban Legend Cellars, 621 4th St, Oakland (plus 5 other locations)

It’s that time again! The East Bay Vintner’s Alliance presents the 4th annual “Passport to the East Bay” featuring 21 award-winning urban wineries pouring their wares at 6 winery locations. The East Bay Wine Trail wanders the concrete jungle of Oakland and Alameda, providing hours of imbibing and hors d’ oeuvres.

Urban Legend Cellars will be hosting Adams Point Winery, Stomping Girl Wines, and Urbano Cellars. Live Music by Jethro Jeremiah and Skimpy Portions.

You’ll get to sample the classics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir, but also more intrepid varietals like Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Roussanne.Passport and Spring

Each ticket purchased provides free access to each of the six tasting rooms from 12 to 5 PM, an assortment of appetizers, and a souvenir glass. Designated drivers will receive a complimentary coffee mug.

Take advantage of the urban environment and use public transit. For your convenience, a shuttle bus between wineries, West Oakland BART, and the Oakland Ferry will be provided by The Mexican Bus.

Be Merry. Eat, Drink, and Jazz!

Sunday, March 20, 6-10 p.m. – The New Parrish, Oakland

Mix wine, food, and music and what do you get? Fun all around! Join Urban Legend with other wine and spirits makers, some of the area’s most happening chefs, and hot musicians at Eat, Drink, and Jazz! at The New Parrish, 579 18th Street (at San Pablo) in Oakland.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are available online at http://thenewparrish.com.

The Tax man takes awayNo Tax Release Day

April 15th or 16th
Location TBD

Ok, we’re still working out the details on this, but our 2011 Riesling, 2011 Tocai Friulano, 2011 Rosato di Barbera (yes, it’s back!), and 2011 Sauvignon Blanc will all be ready to make their debut. We thought we’d help everyone through this most dreaded of financial days by covering the sales tax on purchases of our new releases.

Rose BottlingSo, we’re either going to do this on Friday evening, April 15th at the winery, or if we can get the details worked out, we’ll have this event at a local restaurant on Saturday afternoon, April 16th. Stay tuned for more details. It’ll be a great way to de-stress from tax day either way.

Grower David Weiss of Bella Vista Farming Company (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Nebbiolo) will be on-hand to chat and answer questions about his vineyards, fruit, and farming philosophy. David is a real gem; we’re extremely privileged to work with him.

2011 Barbera Festival June 12th

2011 Barbera Festival

June 11th, 2011 11 AM – 4 PM
Cooper Ranch, Plymouth

Shenandoah Valley, Amador County

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of Barbera. It was, after all, the first grape we selected on turning pro in 2008. When we caught rumor of this festival, we had to be one of the first to sign up. We’ll be there with both our Cooper Ranch (Amador County) and Holland Landing (Clarksburg) Barbera. Join us and more than 80 other wineries in celebrating this versatile, delicious, but under-sung variety.

More information at:The 2011 Barbera Festival

Tickets online at: Barbera Festival

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urban legend Goes South…

Sunday, March 13, 3:00-6:00 p.m. – Del Mar Fairgrounds (Public and Trade)
Tuesday, March 15, 2:00-6:00 p.m. – Pasadena Convention Center (Trade Only)

…Not that way–we’re on the road! Taste dozens of wines from small, artisanal producers and meet UL winemaker Steve at two Family Winemakers Association tastings in Southern California. If you’re near San Diego, join us at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar) from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Are you a member of the hospitality trade? Then we’d love to see you in Del Mar from 1 to 3 p.m. or at the Pasadena Convention Center (300 East Green St. in Pasadena) on March 15. Advance registration is required.

Purchase tickets and get more information from the Family Winemakers web site at http://www.familywinemakers.org/tastings/tastings.cfm use discount code Urban13 and save!

Thank You for Showing the Love

Urban Legend and Kimberlii Walker say "thank you" for your support! You helped UL raise more than $2000 to fund Kimi’s triathlon effort through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT).

If you’d like to find out more about Kimi’s effort, visit her TNT page at


You go, girl!

Bottling volunteers in the rain

We Have the Best Friends!

Thank you, bottling volunteers; you got it done!

Frequently, our friends and customers offer to help out at the winery. We’re reluctant to take advantage of them because winery work can be really hard. (We keep waiting for the glamour, but it hasn’t shown up much yet.)

Bottling day, however, is another story. It’s a day where we need 15 or so people who are willing to do what seems like dozens of silly tasks–dumping bottles out of boxes just SO, dropping capsules, packing filled bottles back in cases, and so on. It’s steady, demanding, and, oh, by the way, done outside on the street in a trailer.

So, when you realize that not only did you get a crew to arrive on one of the coldest and wettest days this winter and that many of them had worked your bottling line before (so, in principle, they should know better), it’s an incredible gift.

All we can say is, "thank you–you’re incredible."

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