Good 51º clear sunny morning.
Yesterday stayed clear and sunny and we topped at 94º.
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Interesting about wine.......
Viticulture (from the Latin word for vine) is the science, production, and study of grapes. It deals with the series of events that occur in the vineyard. It is a branch of the science of horticulture.
Duties of the viticulturist include monitoring and controlling pests and diseases, fertilizing, irrigation, canopy management, monitoring fruit development and characteristics, deciding when to harvest, and vine pruning during the winter months.The earliest evidence of grape vine cultivation and wine making dates back 7,000 years. The history of viticulture is closely related to the history of wine, with evidence that humans cultivated wild grapes to make wine as far back as the Neolithic period. Evidence suggests that some of the earliest domestication of Vitis vinifera occurred in the area of the modern countries Georgia and Armenia. The oldest-known winery was discovered in the "Areni-1" cave in Vayots Dzor, Armenia. Dated to c. 4100 BC, the site contained a wine press, fermentation vats, jars, and cups. Archaeologists also found V. vinifera seeds and vines. Commenting on the importance of the find, McGovern said, "The fact that wine making was already so well developed in 4000 BC suggests that the technology probably goes back much earlier." There is also evidence of grape domestication in the Near East in the early Bronze Age, around 3200 BC.
In Persian legend, King Jamshid banished a lady of his harem, causing her to become despondent and contemplate suicide. Going to the king's warehouse, the woman sought out a jar marked "poison" containing the remnants of the grapes that had spoiled and were now deemed undrinkable. After drinking the fermented wine, she found her spirits lifted. She took her discovery to the king, who became so enamored of his new drink that he not only accepted the woman back but also decreed that all grapes grown in Persepolis would be devoted to wine making.
Wine in ancient Egypt was predominantly red. Due to its resemblance to blood, much superstition surrounded wine-drinking in Egyptian culture. Shedeh, the most precious drink in ancient Egypt, is now known to have been a red wine and not fermented from pomegranates as previously thought. Plutarch's Moralia relates that, prior to Psammetichus I, the pharaohs did not drink wine nor offer it to the gods "thinking it to be the blood of those who had once battled against the gods and from whom, when they had fallen and had become commingled with the earth, they believed vines to have sprung". This was considered to be the reason why drunkenness "drives men out of their senses and crazes them, inasmuch as they are then filled with the blood of their forebears"
In the context of wine, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries without a wine tradition are considered New World producers. Wine production began in the Cape Province of what is now South Africa in the 1680s as a business for supplying ships. Australia's First Fleet (1788) brought cuttings of vines from South Africa, although initial plantings failed and the first successful vineyards were established in the early 19th century. Until quite late in the 20th century, the product of these countries was not well known outside their small export markets. For example, Australia exported mainly to the United Kingdom; New Zealand retained most of its wine for domestic consumption; and South Africa was often isolated from the world market because of apartheid). However, with the increase in mechanization and scientific advances in wine making, these countries became known for high-quality wine. A notable exception to the foregoing is that the Cape Province was the largest exporter of wine to Europe in the 18th century.
How long has it been since you made a Tuna Noodle Casserole? How about this one, from Mr. Food...
Our Good Ol' Tuna Noodle Casserole is a comforting classic that first become popular in the 1950s. Our version has the same mouthwatering flavors, but we've added a few shortcuts, so that you have more time to spend with the family. This tuna noodle casserole has a nostalgic feel, and you might just find all those childhood memories coming to join you at the table.
- 1 (12-ounce) package wide egg noodles
- 2 (10-3/4-ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 (12-ounce) can solid tuna in water, drained and flaked
- 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 (13-ounce) package frozen peas
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup French-fried onions
- When it comes to the tuna, we think this is best with white solid tuna packed in water. It seems to give it the freshest taste. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, so if you prefer, chunked in oil will work. The choice is yours.
from me.... if you don't like peas, use broccoli and or cooked carrots or whatever vegetable is your favorite!
Special day today, buddy/pal/friend of mine, and hubby of the awesome Alice, Patrick Reardon (LASD ret) is celebrating today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SPECIAL FRIEND! xo
.... and when Pat was a young Deputy!
Historically this date.....
1918 – Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist. LOL, "BAMS" ! (for those of you who don't know... it stands for Broad Assed Marines! If that is the case then female deputies should be called "BADS" !!!)
1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy aticker tape parade in New York, New York. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, California, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.
2004 – Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area.
And births this date include...
1895 – Bert Lahr, American actor (d. 1967)
1930 – Don Ho, American singer and pianist (d. 2007)
...do you realize that if Ho Chi Minh had married Don Ho he would have been Ho Ho!
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo