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Acres of green at Verde Vineyards

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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It doesn’t get more green and lush than this Gilroy spot out on Buena Vista Avenue, directly across from colorful Satori Cellars. George and Lynda Green, who met and still work in the medical field, bought this property for its tranquil setting and views, not really thinking [...]

Sweet pairings

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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Celebrating the month of love with chocolate, wine, roses and fancy dinners is easy in the South Valley. Church Creek Cellars will hold a wine and truffle pairing Feb. 2-3, and Calerrain will hand out roses Feb. 9-10. Alara plans a chocolate truffle pairing with Mariette [...]

Tradition of giving

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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The holidays are all about tradition and St. Joseph’s Family Center’s, (SJFC), tradition ensures hundreds of South County families are provided the opportunity to revel in the happiness of the holiday season through the nonprofit’s annual Toy and Food Giveaway. This [...]

Light ’em up!

Mary Bartholomew

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Taking a draw on a cigar in a sports lounge is a rare opportunity in Northern California. The Morgan Hill Wine Shop and Cigar Company is one of a handful of lounges where novices and aficionados can legally relax and enjoy a cigar. The sports lounge offers a dozen local and [...]

Mouthwatering

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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Pick up a bottle of Calerrain wine and your eye is drawn to the embossed coastline of California running from top to bottom of the textured white label. Tracing the Pacific’s edge, it also traces the journey of Geoff and Chantelle Mace as they traverse the California terrain [...]

Movements of Mountain Lions

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
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She was doing everything she tells people not to do: running on a trail alone at dusk. “A mountain lion popped out of the brush right above me, 10 feet away,” says Zara McDonald. “For several minutes, he stared down at me, indifferent to my presence, before slipping away [...]

Services for seniors

Cheryl Huguenor

Cheryl Huguenor is the program director at Live Oak Adult Day Services in Gilroy. For more information visit liveoakadultdaycare.org.
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Not only do many people mistakenly believe that Medicare covers all nursing home care, but they also tend to view nursing homes as the only option available when the care of an older family member has become too difficult to manage at home. There are actually many other levels [...]

Keeping the doors open

Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
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It’s tempting to call what independent bookstore owners have dealt with over the last two or three decades a wild and scary roller coaster ride. Problem is, most roller coasters are considerably less wild and scary. Consider the monsters that the indy bookstore owner has had [...]

Forty years of tradition

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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For Sampad Kachuck, theater director for Mount Madonna School, 1982 was a year of beginnings with the marriage to his wife Iris and the start of his long standing career at MMS. This year is equally special for Kachuck, as it is for everyone associated with MMS, as it marks the [...]

Sidewalk serenade

Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
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They will arrive sometime after the first of July, mother and daughter, in a place reverently known as “Music City,” a place that for a young singer-songwriter from Gilroy might as well be called “Oz.” They will unpack, freshen up, maybe relax a bit. Then, Angelique [...]
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