Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vines, Wines & Family Lines - #2 in Series

Fearless Food & Wine Pairing

Speaker: Fred Brander & Bob Dickey
Price: $10 SBCGS members and guests
$20 for non-SBCGS members

Sunday, Jul 26th 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Sahyun Library 316 Castillo Street, Patio

News Flash: Fred Brander, early Pioneer of Santa Barbara Wine Industry, joins VW&FL tour guide Bob Dickey, Sunday July 26th 3 ­ 5:00 p.m. at the Sahyun Library Patio.

C. Frederick "Fred" Brander was born in Argentina, but moved to Santa Barbara at a young age, just in time to help establish the "modern" Santa Barbara wine industry. The family owned Brander Winery was founded in 1975, produced its first Bordeaux varietal wine (Sauvignon Blanc) in 1977, and captured the first Santa Barbara Gold medal for a wine in 1978. Winemaker Fred Brander is as knowledgeable about the world of wines, and the history of the Santa Barbara wine industry, as anyone in the entire county. With a degree in chemistry and an early member of Santa Barbara chapter American Institute of Food & Wine (founded in 1981 by part-time local resident, the late Julia Child) Brander has successfully made wine, that is always enjoyable with food, for over 30 years.

Bob Dickey has, with zeal & curiosity, participated in practically every aspect of wine growing and making, and has augmented his enthusiasm by attending viticulture and enology classes at Alan Hancock College and UC Davis. For five years, Bob co-hosted - with Gabe Saglie - "The Grapevine Show," a very popular radio talk show. He is chief photographer for Wine & Dine SB, teaches classes and leads tours on wine, and writes on wine for Noozhawk.com. He photographs all the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association events, is the Central Coast Photographer for The Tasting Panel; supplies wine photos to about two dozen publications and paints wine-related subjects.

RSVP by July 23 to Dorothy Oksner ox@silcom.com
Send your check to Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
(put "VW&FL#2" in the memo)
P.O. Box 1303
Goleta, CA 93116-1303

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Moving the Cherry of the Rio Grande

Have you actually seen our Cherry of the Rio Grande? (That's not the Rio Grande in Texas, but in Brazil, and the Latin name is Eugenia agregata.) If not, you can now view our beautiful tree on a video made June 30, 2009 by the News Press . In addition to shots of the tree, you'll also see footage about the plans for the new addition to our prestigious library.

The tree had been boxed and over the past six months had become acclimated to the box. On July 15, the 65,000 pounds of tree with box was lifted by crane and transported to its new home closer to Castillo Street. The photo was taken on July 16. It was quite an undertaking. A video of the move is posted on YouTube. Read more about the move, the history of the tree, and the reason for the move on edhat in an article written by President Arthur Sylvester.

Sleepless in the Sahyun, July 10, 2009

About 24 of us were sleepless and researching in the Sahyun from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Pizza, coffee and cake gave us the energy to work into the night.

A challenging research game offered prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. A raffle drawing for an hour of research time with Professor Jan was awarded.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at the finish line.