Facebook9Tweet0Pin0July 8, 2010 – what a momentous day for Uncork & Unwind. It’s the day we official opened our doors to the public. Thank goodness we followed the advice of our friends and family and did a soft opening on July 6 and 7 – boy did we ever learn a ton in those two days! It’s fun to sit here and reminisce over the last two years. The one word that comes to mind is change. Where Uncork & Unwind started to where it is today is incredible to think about. The evolution of the main dining room, wine flights, menu updates…oh the list can go on and on.Uncork & Unwind has been blessed to meet some of the most amazing people. There is a saying above our French doors – Enter as guests, leave as friends. This has become a motto for Uncork &Unwind. Our Uncork & Unwind family grows everyday – from new wine makers, wineries, vendors and most importantly our guests. Uncork & Unwind wouldn’t be the place it is today without the support of all of our friends and family – new and old alike.Moving forward two years – Saturday July 7, 2012 – Our second anniversary party. Oh the possibilities for the day are endless. Come help us celebrate Uncork & Unwind’s anniversary starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. We will have six Washington wineries and one Washington brewery featured:Arbor Crest Winery (Spokane WA) – http://www.arborcrest.com/Bateaux Cellars (Toledo, WA) – http://bateauxcellars.com/Cor Cellars (Lyle, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Hard Row to Hoe (Lake Chelan, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Tagaris Winery (Richland, WA) – http://www.tagariswines.com/Walter Dacon Winery (Shelton, WA) – http://www.walterdaconwines.com/7 Seas Brewing (Gig Harbor, WA) – http://7seasbrewing.com/Admission is $20 per person and includes a souvenir logo Wine Glass and 10 tastes. Each winery will be pouring 4 wines and the brewery will have on tap 3 beers.There will also be live entertainment starting at 2 p.m. and will also continue through to 10 p.m.First act will be John Jamieson from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. John Jamieson has a rich musical heritage and over 30 years of performing. John is a gifted and accomplished artist who blends soothing vocals and acoustic guitar styling’s in a way that appeals to a wide audience. His repertoire includes today’s popular tunes as well as enduring hits from the past few decades. John likes to play and sing songs that have personal meaning to him and he believes resonate with people. Typical genres include jazz, blues, rock, country, pop and gospel. In addition to cover songs, John plays original music that gives a window into the soul of the artist. A Tumwater resident and father of four adult children, John’s work expresses itself through the relevancy of his life’s experiences. He believes his musical talent is God-given and enjoys performing it with passion and purpose.Second act will be NW Roads from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Northwest Roads is the collaborative musical effort of Wendy Music and Jim Sanders. Jim is a lifelong musician from Western Washington and Wendy settled in the Pacific Northwest after traveling the globe. Their music is a soulful blending of the dynamic vocals of Wendy and the intricate percussive guitar work of Jim. They play a wide range of music from Traditional Celtic to Acoustic Rock to Blues to Classical to modern covers of Lady Gaga and Adele. They are sure to have at least one tune that you know and will find yourself singing along with. Combine this with storytelling and audience interaction and you have a recipe for fun.So come out, bring your friends, enjoy some amazing wines, beers and music. And if you can’t find someone to join you, come any way, we’ll find someone for you to sit with; after all it’s about making new friends.
Ask any coach and the response will be they don’t care about preseason wins and losses. Which is somewhat of a lie as everyone likes to win — especially coaches. But everyone knows wins now mean nothing when Bill Ohlhausen and Company are adding up the wins and losses come February. Points from those wins begin accumulating Friday when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks off the regular season on a host of fronts, including Nelson and Grand Forks in the hotly contested Murdoch Division. “I’m happy with training camp,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve final exhibition game Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. “I’m a little more in control than I was a year ago so it’s been good,” added Maida, who was unable to recruit his team last season after accepting the job during the summer following the departure of current skipper Chris Shaw. Nelson completed game three of the four-game exhibition set Sunday in Castlegar where the Leafs registered its second tie — 1-1— against the Rebels in an afternoon tilt. The game saw the Leaf coaching staff come a little bit closer to finalizing the starting roster but Maida has yet to dig out the B.C. Hockey cards. “We’re playing everybody so this is a great opportunity for the players prove themselves to us but we’re not ready just quite yet to make any final decisions,” Maida explained. Maida, confessed, the team has committed to a pair of 16 year olds for the upcoming season. Forward Colton McCarthy of Salmon Arm and Nelson’s own Cole Arcuri will be in the Green and White when the team opens the regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar. Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen have been somewhat blessed with a core group of returning players from last year’s team, Back with the team are defencemen Blake Arcuri, J.J. Beitel and Andew Miller along with forwards Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, James Sorey and Matthew Naka. Nelson product Linden Horswill is also returning after being release by Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Currently Patrick Defoe, who proved more than a worth backup last season to Andrew Walton, is back to assume the starter’s role in goal while Cody Boeckman of Brooks, Alta., and former Kootenay Ice Major Midget backstop Brett Soles of Cranbrook battled it out for the back up position.CAMP NOTES: Maida said defencemen Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller probably will not play Tuesday as both rearguards are battling injuries. . . . Tuesday’s puck drop is 7 p.m. . . .Workers were in the NDCC Arena this week removing 65 seats from top row. The decision was made to give walkers and joggers that frequent the arena more room. The decision reduces the total number of seats in the NDCC to 1,335.
THE CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 3 of 9 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PST HOME JOURNEY: Drawn on the far outside with “Big Money” Mike Smith up, she has the advantage of rationing her speed while pressuring Enola Gray down the hillside. A gate to wire winner of the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes here in April, 2015 as a 5-year-old, this 6-year-old mare by Good Journey has a win and two seconds from five trips down the hill. Owned by GGG Stables and Russell Sarno, Home Journey pressed the pace and finished fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in her most recent start, the five furlong turf Daisycutter Handicap on Aug. 5. She’ll be ridden for the third time by Smith, who guided her to victory in a first condition allowance at Hollywood Park in June, 2013. Her overall mark stands at 19-5-6-1 and she has earnings of $357,009. LONG HOT SUMMER: D’Amato hopes to “have ’em surrounded,” as this 4-year-old filly by Street Boss will hope to replicate her off the pace victory in a five furlong turf classified allowance on Sept. 2. If Enola Gray and the Mike Puype-trained Home Journey duel early, it could set up nicely for Long Hot Summer, who has two wins and a second from three hillside tries. Second in the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes here seven starts back on June 27, 2015, Long Hot Summer could well go favored as she sports an overall mark of 12-5-2-1 with earnings of $341,875. ENOLA GRAY: Undefeated in three starts prior to running second at odds of 1-5 against open company in the six furlong Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, this 3-year-old gray daughter of Grazen will try turf for the first time as she gets back to state-bred completion. Blessed with extraordinary early speed, Enola Gray, a two-time stakes winner versus Cal-breds, won her first three races by a combined 26 ¼ lengths and will hope to pose an elusive front-running target under regular rider Tyler Baze. ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2016)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray and Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Long Hot Summer, both conditioned by Phil D’Amato, figure prominently in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.For fillies and mares three and up bred or sired in California, the Cal Distaff, which was won last year by Joe Parker’s Our Pure Creation, will be run for the fourth time and be contested by a field of five. Desert Steel–Rafael Bejarano–120Long Hot Summer–Joe Talamo–125Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–121Out Ofthe Ordinary–Jamie Theriot–117Home Journey–Mike Smith–122First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.