As we were: Wine, cooking and receptions

By From page B10 | May 13, 2013

Deibert Ken25 Years ago

May 11, 1988

White House buys local wine


SOMERSET – Next time you’re at a White House reception, try to divert your attention from the momentous goings-on long enough to taste the wine — really taste the wine.

Granite Springs Winery & Vineyards of Somerset provided that wine, called a “classic style of chenin blanc,” by White House wine consultant Davide Berkeley, according to a prepared statement from Granite Springs owners Les and Lynne Russell.

“We’re calling it ‘White House White,’” Lynne Russell told the Mountain Democrat Monday and added that the winery had already shipped 80 cases of its 1987 chenin blanc to Washington, D.C.

Berkeley had tasted the Granite Springs chenin blanc in Sacramento recently and later placed an order and suggested they might want to follow up with another order.

Lynne said Berkeley chose their wine as a wine that would have wide appeal as a “fragrant, crisp, fruity wine, with a hint of sweetness which manifests itself not as sweetness, but as fruitiness.” …


70 Years ago

May 13, 1943

Homecraft Institute Will Close Friday Afternoon

The three-day Homecraft Institute, brought to El Dorado County homemakers annually by this newspaper and Pacific Rural Press, concludes at the Shakespeare Clubhouse on Friday afternoon. The meeting opens at 2 o’clock.

The program for the closing day will feature a demonstration of “Modern Vegetable Cookery” and a “MacArthur Special Dinner,” to be prepared by Miss Pauline Edwards, home economist in charge and Homecraft editor of Pacific Rural Press …

“Victory Menus in Wartime Kitchens” is the theme for this institute this year and sessions opened on  Wednesday. The first day’s program included “Breakfast that a Man, Woman or School Child Can Work On” and “Lunches with a Punch.”

On Thursday Miss Edwards spoke, and demonstrated kitchen practices on the subject of “Everyday Meals in Wartime,” a subject of special interest in these times of rationing and alternatives in adequate nutrition …

110 Years ago

May 16, 1903

Native Sons’ Reception

The members of Placerville Parlor, No. 9, N.S.G.W., will give  a reception at Masonic Temple on Friday evening, May 22d. Each member of the parlor is privileged to invite one guest, and Marguerite Parlor of Native Daughters has been invited as a body. There will be a musical and literary program, followed by a banquet and dancing. The boys know how to entertain and a happy time is assured.


Married at Sacramento

Miss Josephine A. C. Forni, of El Dorado, and Robert S. Euer, of Clarksville were quietly married at the Cathedral in Sacramento, Tuesday, May 12th, at high noon, Rev. Father Brady officiating …

Many handsome presents were received, among them a sun-burst of diamonds and pearls, the gift of the groom …


City happenings

City Marshall McBeth has made a great improvement on the road leading from Bedford avenue to Coleman street. Those who have occasion to drive up the hill will not forget him on election day. Main street has been cleaned up and the good work is still going on.

Ken Deibert

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