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Then & Now

DVDsTHEN: The BirdsWhen a rogue flock of birds mysteriously and inexplicably attack the citizens of a small coastal town (and memorably, a helpless group of schoolchildren), they are forced to go into survival mode as the assaults become increasingly more vicious and deadly. An icy blond Tippi Hedren stars in this 1960s Hitchcock classic.  NOW: The HappeningLove him (The Sixth Sense) or hate him (Lady in the Water), M. Night Shyamalan marks his cinematic return with the mysterious and, at times, riveting new film The Happening.  High on suspense, not special effects, this film is a Valentine to the sci-fi flicks of the 1950s, and issues an eerie eco-warning. An unusually earnest Mark Wahlberg stars; Betty Buckley shines in a supporting role.— Jenn ThorntonFor more of Shelf Life including Book and CD reviews be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Five Reasons Couples Seek Counseling

1. “The same conflicts keep coming up.”Few of us are “naturals” at dealing with conflict. Too often couples focus on the details of the conflict and go round and round, digging a deeper and deeper rut that erodes their goodwill and leaves the problem unsolved. A therapist has the job of helping you see beyond the details. They’ll have you pay attention to the way in which you both talk about the conflict. You’re going to have countless disagreements over the life of a relationship. If your style of handling them is lacking, you don’t have a chance. You can afford to have some unsolved issues. But, you can’t afford to destroy your connection a little each time you try to talk them over.2. “I don’t know if we should stay together.”At the start of therapy, many couples have no idea whether they really want to continue the relationship. Some couples are afraid to say this out loud, but are thinking it. Other times, one partner desperately wants to work on things, and the other person is so burned out or angry that they can’t honestly make that commitment at the start. In my opinion that’s fine. It’s honest and doesn’t mean you can’t do the work. Making a commitment to show up, speak up (with respect) and listen up is enough to start.  For the other reasons Dr. Deb says couples seek therapy, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Scott Becker

Scott Becker remembers when skateboarding wasn’t as simple as going to the local skate park. A veteran of the NorCal skating scene, Scott has watched skateboarding change from an underground group of “pool riders” to a legitimate sport backed by the X-Games. “Kids today don’t realize how hard it was. As a teen in Placerville, it was illegal to ride a skateboard anywhere. My first ticket in the ’80s was a skateboarding ticket. We rallied, met with city council and got land donated [for skate parks]. It only took 20 years to make it happen.”Back then, Scott and his friends hunted for empty swimming pools to conquer, a tradition that started in the ’70s. “We used to drive around at about 7.5 miles an hour, looking through slats of fences [to find] one that was empty or close to being empty.” Sometimes they’d ask permission from the owners, but other times the mission was to catch as much air as possible before getting chased off the property.  When asked why he still skates after more than 20 years and a host of broken bones and injuries, Scott admits that skating is his own form of therapy. “When you’re standing at the end of a deep swimming pool, going horizontal to vertical, zero to 20 miles an hour, everything you were thinking about before – it’s gone. You’re just thinking about holding onto that skateboard.”  For more on Scott Becker be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Then & Now

CDsTHEN: Interview With The Vampire (soundtrack), Elliot GoldenthalOn Halloween, put this soundtrack on and just try and stop yourself from dressing head to toe in velvet. Theatrical, but far from corny, Goldenthal’s score is richly evocative and may well summon Lestat himself to your home. As a bonus you get Guns N’ Roses’ excellent cover of "Sympathy For The Devil"...just in case you wanna rock. NOW:Nightmare Revisited, Danny Elfman    Now THIS is Halloween. Some of Jack Skellington’s hardcore rocker friends have contributed a collection of covers and new recordings inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. Rockin’ new residents of Halloweentown include Marilyn Manson, Korn, Rise Against, and The Plain White T’s. And we’re not a bit surprised.— Sharon PennyFor more of Shelf Life including Book and DVD reviews be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

The Vine

2006 Vina Cobos LaGarto MerlotNothing makes me giddier than finding a wine that is such an enormous value that I’m looking over my shoulder for police to arrest me for theft. Vina Cobo’s LaGarto Merlot is one of those “hot” finds. Paul Hobbs produces this smart wine and is one of the most celebrated winemakers in California. Vina Cobo is Mr. Hobbs’ Argentinean venture with partners Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud. With the same love and dedication as Paul commits to his California wines, so is that love expressed in his Argentinean wines… at a fraction of the price. This little beauty is value priced but delivers on the expectation of Paul Hobbs as the producer.The 2006 Vina Cobo’s LaGarto Merlot delivers like you wouldn’t believe. This surprisingly 100 percent merlot is dark ruby-purple colored and has big aromas of black cherry and spice. The full-bodied characteristic of this red wine is more similar to a Zinfandel or a Cabernet than the much-maligned Merlot. The unbelievable layering of blackberry, plum, black cherry, toast and clove flavors will astound you. You won’t believe it’s the Merlot that you remember. Ripe and supple with touches of white pepper will provide that “everlasting gobstopper” finish. One that Willy Wonka would be proud of! The Vina Cobo LaGarto Merlot will knock your socks off. Why do you think I’m bare footed?!— Julie MorelandJulie is the owner and Wine Psychic of WineStyles – Granite Bay.For more wine reviews, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

2008 Readers' Choice Awards

The number of votes and results show an overwhelming trend: Style readers are passionate about their favorites! You’ve voted and we’ve tallied. There’s everything from favorite place to get a burger to favorite local hero, and we’ve got the standouts…plus a few Editors’ Picks to give you even more of the inside scoop! Congrats to all the winners!Favorite Ice Cream/Frozen Treat Place1. Big Spoon2. Cold Stone Creamery3. SnooksEditor’s Pick: Peach Pit Favorite Smoothie Place1. Planet Smoothie2. Jamba Juice3. Juice it UpFavorite Pizza Place1. Chicago Fire2. Ciro’s3. Pizzeria ClassicoFavorite Breakfast Place1. Sutter Street Grill2. Early Toast3. A Maad Tea PartyFavorite Brunch Place1. Mimi’s Café2. Bistro 333. Balcony BistroFavorite Burger & Fries Joint1. The Purple Place2. Islands3. In-n-OutEditor’s Pick: Burger HutFavorite BBQ Place1. Texas West BBQ2. Burton’s BBQ3. Back Forty Texas BBQFavorite Mexican Restaurant1. Mexquite2. Q’Bole3. La Fiesta TaqueriaFavorite Chinese Restaurant1. Fat’s Asia Bistro2. Hop Sing Palace3. Debbie Wong’sFavorite Sushi/ Japanese Restaurant1. Mikuni2. Suishin Sushi3. Aloha SushiFavorite Steakhouse1. Tahoe Joe’s2. Black Angus3. CattlemensFavorite Italian Restaurant1. Visconti’s2. My Brother Vinny’s3. Macaroni GrillFavorite Indian Restaurant1. Hemalaya’s2. Taj India3. India HouseFavorite Thai Restaurant1. Chantara2. Thai Paradise3. Amarin Favorite Deli1. Mama Ann’s2. Beach Hut Deli3. Nugget MarketFavorite Sandwich Place1. Beach Hut Deli2. Mr. Pickles3. Mama Ann’s Editor’s Pick: The Black RoosterFavorite Salad Place1. Jack's Urban Eats2. La Bou3. Ruby Tuesday Favorite Bakery1. Karen’s 2. O!Brot3. Bakerie & Latte Chateau ArmeFavorite Romantic Restaurant1. Café Campanile2. The Ravine3. Bidwell Street BistroFavorite Outdoor Dining1. Bistro 332. Hacienda3. MalabarFavorite Take-out Restaurant1. Chili’s2. Fat’s Asia Bistro3. BJ’sFavorite Casual Restaurant1. BJ’s2. Jack’s Urban Eats3. Dos CoyotesEditor’s Pick: Balcony BistroFavorite Overall Restaurant1. Bidwell Street Bistro2. Bistro 333. Fat’s Asia Bistro Favorite Waitperson1. Matt, Suishin Sushi2. Gina, The Purple Place3. Jennifer, My Brother Vinny’sFavorite Coffee or Tea1. Starbucks2. Peet’s3. Sartory CaféEditor’s Pick: Coffee RepublicFavorite Bar1. Streets of London2. Powerhouse Pub3. Bistro 33Favorite Happy Hour1. The Purple Place2. The Ravine3. Folsom Lake Bowl Sports BarFavorite Cocktails1. Bistro 332. Fat’s Asia Bistro3. Scarlett’sEditor’s Pick: the Folsom Style Margarita from Mexquite. We’re a little partial on this one!Favorite Place for a Glass of Wine1. Wine Konnection2. Bidwell Street Bistro3. Procissi Wine GalleryEditor’s Pick: Back Wine BarFavorite Bartender1. Jeff, Café Campanile2. Kevin, The Ravine Bar & Restaurant3. Brent, ManderesFavorite Local Winery1. Crystal Basin Cellars2. Boeger3. Young’sFavorite Day Trip1. Lake Tahoe2. Folsom Lake3. Apple HillFavorite Playground1. Castle Park2. EDH CSD3. Livermore ParkEditor’s Note: One voter said, “Cameron Park Skate Park Has a Handicap Swing for my Daughter.” Help us build a universally accessible playground in Folsom. Be a Play For All 100 Member. Visit and click on the Play For All logo.Favorite Kid’s Activity1. Folsom Zoo2. Folsom Aquatic Center3. Bike Trails throughout Folsom and EDHFavorite Park1. Livermore Park2. EDH CSD Park3. Lembi ParkFavorite Picnic Spot1. Lake Natoma2. Folsom Lake3. Apple Hill Favorite Golf Course1. Empire Ranch2. Bass Lake3. Serrano Favorite Personal Trainer1. Ty Silva, The Red Pit2. Sharon Felts, EDH Sports Club3. Neil & Jennifer, Fitness Together-EDH Favorite Gym/Health Club1. EDH Sports Club2. California Family Fitness3. 24 hour FitnessEditor’s Pick: Broadstone Racquet ClubFavorite Martial Arts1. El Dorado Hills Taekwondo2. Kovar’s3. Robinson’s TaekwondoFavorite Casino1. Thunder Valley2. Jackson Rancheria3. Harrah’sFavorite Local Spiritual Leader1. Kim Clarity, Spiritual Center for Positive Living2. Brad Franklin, Lakeside Church3. Kent Carlson, Oak Hills Church Favorite Museum1. Folsom History Museum2. Crocker Art Museum3. Railroad MuseumEditor’s Pick: Gold Bug Park & MineFavorite Local Hero1. Jason Harper of EDH 2. Local Firefighters3. Our MilitaryFavorite Civic Leader1. Kerri Howell2. Debbie Manning3. Steve MiklosFavorite Local Businessperson1. Deirdre Hawkins2. Jeffrey DuFault3. Giovanna StarkFavorite Neighborhood in Which to Live1. The Parkway2. Empire Ranch3. SerranoFavorite Annual Event or Festival1. Folsom Rodeo2. Folsom Live3. Thursday Night MarketFavorite Artist1. Dianne Mattar2. Julie Bjorgum3. Randall TilleryFavorite Musician/Band1. Azuar2. Walking Spanish3. Mercy MeFavorite Performing Arts Organization1. El Dorado Musical Theater2. Stages Northern California Performing Arts3. El Dorado Dance AcademyFavorite Charitable Organization1. El Dorado Food Bank2. Snowline Hospice3. Twin Lakes Food BankFavorite Best Kept Secret1. Sartory Coffee2. Lake Forest Café3. American Visions GalleryEditor’s Note: ok, folks, we thought this response was hysterical: “My Wife’s Weight.” Favorite Teacher1. Pamela Hart, Jackson Elementary2. Mary Larick, Carl Sundahl Elementary3. Debbie Palmer, Oak Meadow ElementaryEditor’s Pick: Our own Kelley Saia as favorite future teacher. Favorite Athletic Coach1. Kris Richardson, Folsom High School2. Mark Watson, Oak Ridge High School3. Robert Skaggs, Oak Ridge High SchoolFavorite Place to Volunteer1. Grace Foundation2. Lakeside Church3. Mercy HospitalFavorite Place to TakeOut-of-Town Visitors1. Old Town Folsom/Sutter Street2. Lake Tahoe3. Apple HillFavorite Local Web Site1. MyFolsom.com2. FolsomLiving.com3. CraigsList.comFavorite Barber1. Barber Jon’s2. Tom’s Barber Stylist3. Randy BoxellFavorite Hair Stylist1. Jeffrey DuFault, DuFault’s Beauty Boutique2. Liisa Ramsey, Echelon3. Jill Jurchuk, MaribouFavorite Salon1. Maribou Spa Salon2. DuFault’s Beauty Boutique3. Chez TJFavorite Place for a Manicure/Pedicure1. Lilly’s Nails2. Le Chateau Nail Salon3. Chez TJEditor’s Pick: Excel NailsFavorite Place for a Massage1. Dream Day Spa2. Massage Envy, Folsom3. Asante SpaEditor’s Pick: Michael Clifford, Massage TherapistFavorite Place for a Facial1. Marissa, Chez TJ2. TTE Skincare3. (TIE) Asante Spa and Dream Day Spa Favorite Pet Groomer1. Bark Avenue2. Pampered Pooch3. PetsMartFavorite Florist1. Folsom Florist2. Exotica3. Crystal RoseFavorite Photographer1. K. Walker Photography2. Reflections by Michelle Lipowski3. Charm Photography Favorite Art Gallery1. Hang it Up Gallery2. American Visions Gallery3. Our House GalleryEditor’s Pick: The Gallery at 48 Natoma Favorite Local Bank1. Bank of America2. El Dorado Savings Bank3. Folsom Lake BankFavorite Auto Repair1. Folsom Car Care Center2. Folsom AutoTech3. Folsom Motor WorksFavorite Dry Cleaner1. Dry Cleaning to Your Door2. Swanson’s3. Park PlaceFavorite Tailor1. Alterations Express2. EDH Tailoring & Alterations3. Absolute AlterationsFavorite Dentist1. Jeffrey Olson, D.D.S., Folsom Center for Cosmetic Dentistry2. Gerard Ortner D.D.S., Designs in Dentistry3. Wayne K. Tsutsuse, D.D.S., Aloha Family DentalEditor’s Note: If you don’t think your vote counts, you’re wrong. There was only one vote between #3 and #4 Dentist, Shelley Edwards, DDS.Favorite Produce Department1. Nugget Market2. Trader Joe’s3. Bel-AirFavorite Grocery Store1. Raley’s2. Safeway3. Nugget Market Favorite Boutique1. Sandra D’s2. Belle Mode3. Uptown GirlFavorite Children’s Store1. Starlight Starbright2. Posh Punkins3. Mind Over Matter ToysEditor’s Pick: Toys that TeachFavorite Gift Shop1. Periwinkle2. Veda Home3. Bella Casa Home DecorFavorite Jewelry Store1. Rainbow Bridge Jewelers2. Roger’s Jewelers3. Sharif JewelersFavorite Store in Which to Shop1. Target2. Macy’s3. CostcoFavorite Mall or Shopping Center1. Broadstone Marketplace2. Roseville Galleria3. Town Center in El Dorado Hills

Medical Myths

Medical information can be confusing. New data is continually released and is often appealing to the hopeful, the nervous and the health conscious. Style consulted with three local medical professionals and gathered some of the misperceptions they encounter on a regular basis, as well as the information to set the record straight.Roseville Pediatric Medical Group6. Infants will eat as much as they need. Quite to the contrary, most infants do not tend to eat the full 10 percent of their birth weight that they need in the first week of life!7. A jaundiced baby is a very sick baby. Most newborn infants will become jaundiced during the first week of life. This is physiologically expected and normal.8. Children are resilient to head injuries. If a child sustains a head trauma, he may look and act normal right after the injury, but this does not mean that severe injury did not occur. Head trauma in children must be closely monitored for 12 to 24 hours.9. An infant that does not roll over is abnormal. Rolling over is no longer a developmental milestone. Since the awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), babies are laid on their backs rather than their tummies.10. Young children should be treated for hyperactivity. Normal children have lots of energy and do not yet know how to release it – too many are drugged at too early of an age. – Pediatrician Ravinder Khaira, M.D.For Medical Myths numbers one through five and 11 through 15, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Roseville Granite Bay Rocklin edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

Risky Business

Now that “back-to-school sale” time is over, we see the retailers setting us up for the approaching holiday season. It seems like it never stops! Along with the “peer pressure” retail sales, many people are being squeezed by the cost of gas prices, and some worry over the fact that the value of their home has dropped, or that their job may be in danger. But there is good news – most of us have seen this before and persevered. Capitalist markets tend to rise and fall in cycles. Will the stock market recover? How about the real estate market? The answer is yes of course, if history is any guide. Recently, I read a forecast from Dan Laufenburg, Chief Economist for Ameriprise Financial, suggesting that the United States economy will actually skirt a recession, by definition, this year; but we may end up in one next year, beginning in the second quarter. As I write today, Laufenburg happens to be in the minority camp of economists who instead believe a recession will happen sooner. He also suggested that inflation may become a problem and the Federal Reserve may need to raise interest rates before next year to combat it. I wonder what rising interest rates will do to home mortgage rates and the real estate market in general? I suspect that neither the stock nor bond markets will like the answers. But, only time will tell.Another real question is - will the fear of not being able to borrow money in an emergency, or being pinched for cash by the cost of gas, get inside our heads and suppress the natural urge to spend money this holiday season? If American consumers, who make up roughly 70 percent or more of our economy’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), slow their spending it could continue to hurt our economy. In recent history, we usually just spend our way out of slow economic times. And, already we have heard reports of discount retailers posting better sales and profits compared to department stores and some high-end retailers. You can bet that department stores and high-end retailers will fight the big discounters (such as Wal-Mart) for a share of your gift-giving dollar, by hosting aggressive sales and promotions during the upcoming holiday season. So, we might not need to limit our shopping to discount stores for all of our holiday spending in 2008! There may be some impressive deals to be had at department stores.I strongly believe the best advice continues to be to hang in there with your investments and house. If you don’t need to sell now, does it really matter what the current price is? This could be said for both stocks and homes. With that said, it is critical that you know your risk tolerance and make sure your portfolio is aligned with it. Diversification continues to be the best strategy to minimize risk in a portfolio, by utilizing different types of investments. Natural resource mutual funds, for example, have been a great diversifier over the past 24 months. Consider consulting a professional financial advisor if you have any question about whether or not you are properly invested during these volatile times. If you have an advisor, don’t put off the meeting she is asking you for. Your money and future goals are too important to leave unmanaged. Russel Phelps is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Ameriprise Financial in Folsom. He can be reached at 916-351-0000 or

Blazing Heroes

On July third, I hiked with my son to the top of Mt. Tallac, above Lake Tahoe. From our 9,700-foot vantage point we could see 360 degrees. It was beautifully clear and the lake below us glimmered like an alpine sea. But above us, angel-hair wisps of smoke drifted like cobwebs along the jet stream and to the north a hundred miles or so, a great industrial-sized column of smoke billowed from the hills of Butte County. West of us, in the Desolation Wilderness, Pyramid Peak rose starkly against a sky jaundiced from fires in the American River Canyon. It would be the last nice day we’d have for a while.As I write, it is now mid-July and our air is filled with a choking yellow haze. The smoke from those fires, and others, collects in the valley like a searing fog. It stings the eyes, scratches the throat, and turns anything more than a hundred yards away into ethereal smudges. Like a skein of oil on the surface of water, it seems to settle the very air that carries it. A lid of heat holds it all down and inside we cook. In the foothills it’s worse: the honey-colored haze is sticky and thick among stands of oaks. It doesn’t just dissolve whole ridges, it erases entire mountains. In those mountains, fire crews battle. There are thousands from all across the country and fire stations just down the street. Dressed in lemon yellow and armed with hoses, chainsaws, shovels and bulldozers, and supported from the air by nimble helicopters and lumbering C-130 tanker planes, they climb into the fire, stomping up steep slopes at high elevation, sometimes bearing packs weighing sixty pounds. They drink gallons of water and burn up to 7,000 calories a day. They are streaked with sweat, dirt, grime and soot. They watch for rattlesnakes and poison oak and tree branch torches that burn free from their trunks and fall without warning. They watch the wind, wary of any sudden gusts or unexpected eddies that could rouse the flames and quickly whip them into a life-threatening frenzy. These men and women are scratched and bruised and fatigued to their core. But still they fight, because it’s what they do and it’s what they love. When you live down here among the stoplights, cul-de-sacs and shopping plazas, the wilderness we visit only in the best conditions can become abstract and taken for granted. Now, as it burns and the smoke fills our streets and our lungs, we are reminded once again that all of us—man, beast, and sugar pine forest—are connected.Firefighters, like soldiers and police officers, belong to a profession that we too easily take for granted, until they’re needed. And too often we fail to pay proper tribute unless tragedy strikes.A few weeks after writing the initial portion of this essay, the worst happened and nine firefighters were killed in a helicopter accident in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Days before that, two other firefighters lost their lives. Our hearts go out to their families. Our gratitude resides with their memories.In this issue, we celebrate the best this region has to offer. I hope in some small way this piece serves to pay proper homage to the men and women who risked everything to step into the ring of fire this long, hot combustible summer. Catch Tom on the Pat and Tom Morning Show on New Country 105.1 KNCI.

Wine Class

You can love something without understanding it…just look at the popularity of Lost. But it’s always nice when you do know something about the object of your affection. Take wine for example. I enjoy the occasional sojourn to the vineyards of Placer or El Dorado County with friends. But when I get there, I see others sipping, swirling and saying things like “it’s got good legs” and I end up feeling uncomfortable and intimidated, at least until the third or fourth stop. Rick Kushman, the longtime TV columnist for the Sacramento Bee, (and their funniest writer, if you don’t count the angry letters-to-the-editor) enjoyed wine, but didn’t much understand it either. So he wrote a book. A Moveable Thirst, co-authored with Hank Beal, the executive wine buyer for Nugget Markets, is a great read for anyone who has ever wondered if there was room in the wine world for people who don’t walk around with the collar up on their polo shirt. I caught up with Rick to get the scoop:T: Why wine? Why not beer…or grain alcohol?R: It would have been tough to get our wives to let us tour grain alcohol plants, and believe me, I’ve asked. Seriously, wine is fun and it makes food, and life better. Plus the more you learn about it, the more interesting and the more fun it gets. And the subject needs normal people writing about it to spread that sense of fun. Not that I’m normal… I’m just saying.T: What’s the number one mistake of the novice wine drinker?R: Listening to other people, and looking at price. I say in the book, if you love it you’re right; if you hate it, you’re right.T: Which wine has the most pretentious fans?R: Cabernet, European cabs and cab blends. Cabs are big money reds –  the ones that can get cultish and exclusive and let people pretend they’re cool. I’ve never figured out why people think wine makes you cool. I mean, would you do that with anything else, like, say potatoes? Who says, “I only eat imported potatoes?”T: Which wine has the least?R: White Zinfandel. When someone asks what he or she should look for in a glass of white zin, I tell them, “the buzz.” T: When some people sip wine, they taste blueberries and apricots and chocolate. All I ever taste is wine. Is there something wrong with me?R: Tom, there’s a lot wrong with you, but nothing involving wine. You can smell a cake and know if it’s chocolate, so eventually with some practice and attention, you’ll get different smells and tastes out of the wine.   T: Three questions a novice should ask to look more wine savvy?R: First thing: never try to look wine savvy because there’s no reason. Who cares if you’re not a pro? But, the questions to ask are really simple: “Tell me about your wine?” “What might I notice in it?” and “What food would it go well with?”T: Three questions they shouldn’t?R: “Can I have more?” “Is that hot server single?” And, “Was that your cat I just ran over?”T: Your book is about Napa, but what about the Sierra Foothills? When are you going to give those wineries some love?R: I do love the wineries in the foothills. And I’ll be writing about them in the Bee in my new column, The Good Life, and on the Bee’s wine Web site, And, yes, my professional life now involves drinking wine and watching TV. See what going to college gets you?T: Your favorite wine to review TV shows with?R: Anything with high alcohol [content]. T: Is it true that a guy sniffing the cork is an uninformed tool?R: Total tool. When they drop the cork on you at dinner, do not touch it, or put it in your pocket, [just] ‘cause you paid for it. There’s nothing you can get from the cork.T: Thank you for helping me no longer be “that guy.”R: Uh, Tom, buddy, you’re still that guy. But I do what I can.T: Last question: Now that you’ve explained wine to me, can you explain Lost?R: The only thing I can tell you Tom is: the more wine you drink, the more sense Lost makes.Catch Tom on the Pat and Tom Morning Show on New Country 105.1 KNCI.

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