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The wine quiz

Here we go with the end of the year wine quiz! If you have been reading the columns fairly regularly or have a pretty decent knowledge of wine, you should do pretty well. Here we go;

1. What white wine variety rarely is made into a dessert wine with residual sugar?

a. Chardonnay, b. Riesling, c. Semillon or d. Sauvignon blanc.

2. All sparkling wines are made pretty much in the same manner.

a. False or b. True

3. If you were to hand a glass of Porto to a friend it would usually be a wine served ...

a. after dinner, b. during dinner or c. before dinner.

4. Who said that "Wine is constant truth that God loves and wants us to be happy?"

a. Ben Franklin, b. Martha Stewart or c. Jim "Stu" Stewart.

5. If you were grilling shrimp what would be the appropriate wine to serve during dinner?

a. Probably a dry white wine, b. Any white wine or c. A deep red wine.

6. What is true Marsala wine?

a. A dry or sweet herbal wine from Marsala, Italy, b. A cheap cooking wine, not of great value, or c. A red wine always served with a slight chill with dessert.

7. If you were served Vin Santo what would be the traditional dessert to go with it?

a. Biscotti, b. Chocolate cake or c. Pop tarts

8. What area in France has more wine production?

a. Bordeaux or b. Burgundy

9. When is an ice bucket important during a meal?

a. Rarely, if ever b. It is important to keep white wine very cold all the time.

10. If you were served a Zinfandel from Amador County, Calif. what should you expect?

a. A powerful red wine with tons of fruit and possibly heavyweight alcohol, b. A ros&

233; wine, or c. A white wine with very pronounced flavors.

11. All red wines age well because that is the hallmark of the red wine grape.

a. No, it depends on the variety as well as the growing region and winemaker intent, b. Yes, it has been established by most experts that all red wine ages fairly well, or c. Red wine never ages well at our house because we drink it.

12. If you were given the choice of a case of red wine to age well and improve for over 15 years which of the following would you choose?

a. Barolo b. Zinfandel or c. Beaujolais

13. Which president of the United States was a great collector of wine?

a. Thomas Jefferson b. John F. Kennedy, or c. John Adams

14. In the movie "Casablanca" which Champagne did Bogey serve at the cafe' in Paris?a. Mumm Cordon Rouge, b. Veuve Cliquot or c. Dom Perignon

15. What was the name of the caf&

233; in Paris?

a. the Aurora, b. the Moulin Rouge or c. Le Chat Noir

16. If you were to serve a glass of Sancerre what would you be serving?

a. A dry French white wine, b. A red wine from Bordeaux or c. A red wine from Belgium.

17. All German Rieslings are sweet.

a. False b. True

18. If you were to serve a European ros&

233; wine you would know that the wine would most likely be ...

a. Dry b. Sweet

19. Sangiovese is a red wine grown in which region in Italy?

a. Tuscany, b. Piemonte, c. Veneto or d. Abruzzo

20. Where would we find the noble Amarone produced?

a. The Veneto, b. Sicily or c. Tuscany

21. What was considered the last great vintage for German wines?

a. 2005, b. 2003 or c. 2000

22. What vintage was considered the "hot" very ripe vintage world-wide?

a. 2003, b. 2005 or c. 1967

OK, wine folks! If you answered "a" to all of the above you got 'em all correct!

See you next week!

Community Notes

Ashland safety

Police Fire reports

Monday 7:56 a.m. &

A man reported two laptop computers stolen from his unlocked home on the 2200 block of Dollarhide Way.

Monday 10:52 a.m. &

Police cited a juvenile male for smashing a bottle of white correction fluid against the front wall of Market of Choice.

Monday 7:46 p.m. &

SOU campus public safety responded to a report of fireworks between Forest and Glacier halls on the 1400 block of Madrone Street. Officers found several plastic bottles caused to explode by mixing household chemicals. No one was cited.


Parks meeting

The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission and the Ashland City Council will conduct a joint executive session on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at The Grove, 1195 E. Main St. The topic will be Real Property Acquisition ORS 192.660 (2)(e).

The commission will then conduct a study session at 7:15 p.m. at The Grove to discuss the Ashland Creek Park construction documents.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the study session.

Defenders of the Constitution

The Southern Oregon Defenders of the Constitution meet every first Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Bloomsbury Cafe.

The group meets for ideas, support, updates and inspiration. Everyone interested in acting to restore the health of the Constitution of the United States is welcome.

Night of Remembrance

Self Soul Center presents A Night of Remembrance, Thursday Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Ashland Community Center. This experiential event will lead to discovery and awakening of the heart's connection to love through the Lord's Prayer Dance Cycle, chanted in Aramaic, the original language of Jesus.

People are invited to participate in sacred music, chant, movement, and guided SoulWork meditation in an evening celebrating the Cosmic Christ. $10 at the door. This event is led by Ya Ya Ali and Raphael, students and teachers of Universal Sufism (the path of the heart) and the Mevlevi Sufi path (Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes).

Computer classes

Computer classes return to the Ashland Branch Library. These free classes will be held on Thursday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ashland library. The first in the series is "Using the Mouse" on Dec. 6. This will be followed with "Word Processing Basics, Learn to Cut and Paste on Dec. 13, "How to Set up and E-mail Account" on Dec. 20 and "Introduction to the Internet" on Dec. 27. Classes fill quickly so sign up to reserve a spot at the reference desk or by calling 774-6996.

Art center benefit

Soroptimist International of Ashland and Ashland Artisan Gallery Art Center are holding a joint fundraiser/raffle at the Ashland Artisan Gallery, 163 E. Main St. on first Friday, Dec. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

There will food and music and raffle drawings throughout the evening for prizes such as handcrafted jewelry, stained glass, art works and more. Winners need not be present to win.

The proceeds will go to support Soroptimist operations and the art center. The new art center is a visual arts organization that serves the Southern Oregon citizens with art education, art exhibitions and art services.

Soroptimist International of Ashland is an international organization serving women and girls locally and globally. For more information contact Sally Jones, 482-9677.

Holiday Home Tour

The 14th Annual Ashland PEO Holiday Home Tour, will be Sunday, Dec. 9 from — to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 to tour four homes.

For ticket purchase and information please contact Jessica Capp at 482-6944. This event benefits PEO's scholarship and charitable projects.

Choir recital at SOU

The Siskiyou Singers, 135 voices strong and led by Artistic Director Dave Marston, will tour audiences through "Five Centuries of Choral Music" on Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall.

Pianist Joseph Yungen, a music major at SOU and student of Alexander Tutunov, will accompany the chorus. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and the Sunday concert at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, and are available at Paddington Station, the Music Coop and Tree House books in Ashland, and at the Grocery Outlet in Medford. For reservations and information, call 482-5290.

Project feederwatch

Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with the help of experienced Audubon volunteers. This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Project FeederWatch will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (program will run through March 2008). Participation is free and will take place at the North Mountain Park Nature Center located at 620 N. Mountain Ave. For more information call 488-6606.

Musicians swap meet

The 10th annual musicians swap meet is set for Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bellview Elementary School cafeteria, 1070 Tolman Creek Road. Tables are $12 for small, $20 for large. For information call Tom at 362-3818, or 482-4830. Event will include new, used and vintage gear.

How-to for Macs

The Ashland Macintosh User's Group is giving two series of classes on how to use the Macintosh computer over six Sundays starting Nov. through Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m, and noon to — p.m. The cost is a $20 membership in the Ashland Macintosh User's Group. For more detail, please see /index.asp.

Shipmate reunion

The DD 748 Harry E. Hubbard shipmates reunion will be held from April 17 to April 20, 2008 in Baltimore, Md. Contact Mike Caruccio, (717) 235-5768, for more information.

Darex Family Ice Rink

The Darex Family Ice Rink is now open for the season for open skate, hockey and adult recreational skate. The rink does not have a cover this year, and will close with inclement weather. Please call Ashland Parks and Recreation at 488-5340 for a schedule or on the weekends you can call the rink directly at 488-9189. For a full schedule, visit our Web site at .

APD volunteers needed

The Ashland Police Department needs volunteers to provide the following services to our city in the following area.


162; Downtown Foot Patrol


162; Vacation House Checks


162; Bicycle Patrol


162; Providing Security for Special Events


162; Serving as couriers to the District Attorney and Sheriff's Dept.


162; Overseeing the reader board (digital radar readout) in traffic area of concern. For more information, call Frank d'Entremont at the A.P.D, 482-5211, ext. 2121.

Seeking volunteers

The North Mountain Park Nature Center is looking for adults and students who can donate their time and energy to the park. The center has long-term, short-term or one-day projects. People can help inside the Nature Center or outside in our gardens or Natural Area.

Adopt a own section of our Demonstration Garden or Natural Area, do trail maintenance, organize digital photos or help identify bird nests, and much more. No experience necessary. Call 488-6606 for more information.

Kiwanis membership drive

People are invited to attend one of the Kiwanis Club of Ashland's weekly meetings from noon to — p.m. Tuesdays on the second floor of Elk's Lodge, located at 255 E. Main St.

The city's Kiwanis Club has been serving the community since 1947. It helps support many programs here in Ashland. For more information, call or e-mail Bill Feagin, chairman of Kiwanis membership, at 488-0849 or bill_feagin@yahoo.com.

Dance for children

Creative Dance for Children announces a new class for — and 4 year-olds from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the DanceSpace 280 E. Hersey St. No. 10. The class offers experiences exploring the concepts of dance, movement and creative expression along with folk dancing and dancing stories. For more information and registration, contact Gene Leyden at 482-5501 or GeneLeyden@aol.com.

Immunization clinics

Community Health Center in Ashland is offering free immunizations for uninsured children. The weekly immunization clinics will be offered Thursdays from 1:30 to 5 p.m., and are open to the public. Vaccines will be offered to children, up to age 18, at no charge for uninsured children. Please bring immunization records and insurance cards at time of visit. For more information, call 482-9741 and ask for immunization clinics in Ashland. Drop-ins welcome as well.

Miracles study group

A group is forming to work with and study the spiritual book, "A Course In Miracles." Participants will read the chapters and lessons and join in learning and sharing the principals of the course. Everyone is welcome. The group meets on Friday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Ashland, near SOU. For more information, call 488-1239 for more information.

ASPIRE program

ASPIRE at Ashland High School is looking for volunteers to help mentor students in planning and executing their post-secondary education goals. There are lots of students requesting mentors. For more information, call or e-mail Samantha Kyme at 482-8771 ext. 213 or Samantha.kyme@ashland.k12.or.us. or visit .

Ashland Chamber Orchestra

If you're interested in forming an Ashland Chamber Orchestra, contact Julia Sommer: 552-1942 or juliasommer@yahoo.com.

Infant massage

The Infant Massage Course at Ashland Hospital begins our program for babies from birth to — year and their parents or caregivers. It is held on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To register, call 201-4210. Class size is limited to five to eight families. Learn infant massage for secure bonding, physical and mental development, relaxation, respect and good communication with your child. This course meets for four consecutive Mondays to learn a complete massage routine for infants as offered by our certified instructors.

Toastmasters Club meeting

University Toastmasters Club of Ashland, a public speaking and leadership development organization, would like to announce its new meeting location.

University Toastmasters is now meeting at 543 S. Mountain Ave. in the Friends Meeting Room above the Peace House office in Ashland every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Guests contemplating membership are welcome.

Darex Family Ice Rink

The Darex Family Ice Rink is now open for the season for open skate, hockey and adult recreational skate. The rink does not have a cover this year, and will close with inclement weather.

Please call Ashland Parks and Recreation at 488-5340 for a schedule or on the weekends you can call the rink directly at 488-9189. For a full schedule, visit the Web site at .