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El Bloggo Torcido

("The Twisted Blog" - more or less)

Welcome to the new home of The Twisted Blog! If you are looking for older posts you can find them here. Have fun!

El Jefe
 
March 16, 2017 | El Jefe

A Corny Twisted Missive!

The Twisted Missive!
Issue #3

Slightly Irish Edition!

In This Missive

  • Something Corn-y
  • Something Rubbery This Way Comes
  • Something to Mark

The Great Chocolate Question!

...didn't produce a lot of responses, but the few that did respond were pretty passionate about it. Ward K., for example, reaches his "happy place" with a sip of a medium tannic red, followed by a nibble of 62% dark chocolate, a few dry roasted peanuts, and repeat. Dana M.'s favorite is a peanut butter cup chased by a great Sauternes (yike!), while Trudy H. from away up north keeps toasty with a flourless chocolate cake and Pig Stai. (Now we're talkin'!)

corned?corned... what???

But enough about that. This is Twisted Oak, and so you are expecting something corny.

As I am typing this it is the 14th of March, 3-14, aka "Pi Day". While I like pi, and pie, as much as anyone, at this time of year the denizens of Murphys, California gird themselves for the annual Irish Day celebration. (You should come! It's this Saturday!) And even though corned beef is not actually very Irish, it's a dish that has come to be associated with St Patrick's Day.

In our house, corned beef must be prepared in a traditional manner, and in this part of the world the tradition is to boil the snot out of that beef until tender, and then while the beef is resting, use the cooking liquid to boil potatoes and cabbage. This is served with butter for the veg, and mustard and horseradish for the beef.

Local tradition also holds that corned beef is served with beer, but surely there are wines that can stand up to the strong flavors of cured meat and cabbage. So, when I prepared a corned beef dinner recently I decided to try some wines with it to see what might work.

Rummaging around in my wine cabinet produced a 2013 Ol' Chumbucket and a 2014 Tempranillo, and the fridge coughed up a 2015 Albariño. At the outset, the Albariño proved to be a non-starter, that was set aside quickly. Both of the reds proved to be a decent match with the corned beef, but the fruit and spice of the Ol' Chumbucket just clicked for me. I suspect most any spicy and fruity red would be a worthy pairing - think Parcel 17, Graciano, or Torcido Garnacha.

So, this month's survey question is simply, what wine do you serve (or do you think you might serve) with corned beef? Just reply to this email with your response, and I will share the best responses in the next Missive.

Something Rubbery?

Coming up next month we have a brand new event happening at the winery! We're calling it "Rubber Chicken Appreciation Day," and you should too! Not only that, but in the days leading up to the event, there will be all sorts of fun online activities that everyone everywhere will have a chance to take part in. What kind of activities? That would be telling! So stay tuned! (We call this "building excitement"!)

Living in a free society, everyone has the right to appreciate their rubber chicken in their own way. What's yours?

2014 tempranillo

mmmm hash!
the real reason for corned beef - hash the next day!

We are still diligently working to confirm all of the dates for this year's Twisted Folk Concert Series at Twisted Oak Winery. But you can mark the dates we do have confirmed on your calendar right now: May 13th, June 24th, August 12th.

As always, do reply to this email with your thoughts on corned beef and/or rubber chickens. I will choose one reply at random to receive a $35 MasterCluck gift card. Just for fun! (Congratulations to Dale M for being last month's winner!)

That should do it for now. Have fun and stay Twisted! - el jefe

Time Posted: Mar 16, 2017 at 11:26 AM
El Jefe
 
July 17, 2013 | El Jefe

Who doesn't like a little hot zydeco?

Join us on July 27th - tickets on sale now!

Time Posted: Jul 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM
El Jefe
 
July 1, 2013 | El Jefe

Uncle Bonsai This Friday!

How about a video to whet your appetite? Tickets are still available!

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM
El Jefe
 
June 19, 2013 | El Jefe

Should I blog more often?

In this world of a bizzilion social media web sites, it seems that blogging has fallen by the proverbial wayside.

Over on Facebook you can find all sorts of cool stuff, like this post concert photo of headliners David Lindley and Joe Craven:

david lindley joe craven rubber chickens twisted oak winery

Or even this awesome video of Mr. Dave and Mr. Joe fencing with a rubber chicken:

But that cool stuff never makes it here. I suspect that is wrong of me... but should I try to do better? Say something non-spammy in the comments!

Time Posted: Jun 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM
El Jefe
 
April 10, 2013 | El Jefe

OK, how about the REAL concert lineup?

twisted folkLast week's post was all fun and games, though I hear we really did fool some people! Below is the real lineup for this year's Twisted Folk concerts.

Visit twistedoak.com/concerts for more information about all of these great musicians!

May 4 – Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

June 8 – David Lindley, with special guest, Joe Craven

June 29 – Mumbo Gumbo

July 5 – Uncle Bonsai

July 13 – Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks

July 27 – Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys

Aug 2 – The Deadly Gentlemen

Aug 16 – Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

New this year - we have a season pass!

Time Posted: Apr 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM
El Jefe
 
April 1, 2013 | El Jefe

Twisted Folk 2013 Concert Lineup!

Twisted Oak Winery is pleased to announce the lineup for our 2013 Twisted Folk concert series. We believe we have come up with a very eclectic lineup everyone will enjoy! (Please share this info with all of your friends!)

May 4: Le Petomaine - Master of the, uh, toot. Flatulent with feeling, Le Petomaine blasts out a selection of traditional favorites. Upwind seats $30, downwind $5. A selection of cabbage dishes will be available for purchase, including our popular "Brussel Pops".

June 8: A Mighty Wind - Accordion & Bagpipe Ensemble. Music guaranteed to cause goosebumps! No cats will be harmed during the performance, despite what you hear. Not responsible for spontaneous incontinence, please plan ahead.

June 29: Crying Spiked Fists - Gothic Folk Angst, at its finest. Playing their big hit "Foggy Mountain, Broke Down, Burn it All, Because it's All About Me".

July 5: Metal Mania - Heavy metal Ultimate Battle of the Bands contest. Sign up now. Get your big hair on! Big metal-y prizes! No survivors!

July 27: Def Poultry - Award-winning cluck poetry! Come out for an evening of Fowl-flavored readings. Don't stay cooped up at home!

Aug 2: Showtune Showcase - Open-mike night. Wear your best sequins. Best Ethel Merman wins a prize.

For more info about these concerts and other Twisted events, please visit twistedoak.com/concerts

TV/Radio/Print Media/Interview/Groupie requests: please contact Maria Camillo mcbooking@gmail.com

El Jefe
 
August 29, 2012 | El Jefe

Darol and Rushad a-jammin

At the concert last Friday, Darol Anger (fiddle) and Rushad Eggleston (cello) ended the first set with a great instrumental tune called The Phoenix. Also appearing are Emy Phelps on guitar and Sharon Gilchrist on bass.

Next show is September 7th featuring Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg - you should come! 

Time Posted: Aug 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM
El Jefe
 
August 28, 2012 | El Jefe

How about a concert video?

I hope you have made it out to some of our little concerts up on the hill at the winery. The other night we had a surprise guest - Joe Craven's daughter Hattie belted out a great rendition of "Hey Soul Sister". Enjoy!

 

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM
El Jefe
 
June 2, 2012 | El Jefe

Bushwalla Video!

Bushwalla singing "Mayhem is Beautiful", Saturday May 12th at Twisted Oak Winery. (Filmed by El "Shakyhand" Jefe.) Enjoy!