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The Vine

Domaines Astruc Carignan 2007Jean Astruc, a carriage coachman in the mid 1800s in Limoux, France, had a dream to one day own a domain. His dream came true in 1862 when he purchased a small vineyard in nearby Malras. In 2003, friend and former co-worker, Jean-Claude Mas, owner of Les Domianes Paul Mas, purchased it. This Languedoc wine is 100 percent Carignan from old vines (over 60 years old). Carignan was once one of the most planted varieties in France, but gave way to less difficult varieties. Benefiting from the shelter of the Pyrenees Mountains and both Atlantic and Mediterranean breezes, this area provides just what the Carignan grape needs. Domaines Astruc Carignan 2007 shows just how Carignan, from old vines and a warm climate can produce great character and depth in a wine. Matured five months in American oak, this wine is rich, balanced and long in finish. It shows dark berry flavors, with hints of cocoa and a touch of vanilla. This is a delicious wine to serve with cold weather fare like stews and casseroles, rich meats, game and cheese. — Rick MindermannRick is a 30-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento, personal assistant to Darrell Corti,and “The Good Taste Guy” for more wine reviews  from Local Connoisseurs, 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.

Blue Streak

Jiggy the Dragon, $20 at Lil’ Treasured Gifts, 1179 Riley Street, Folsom. 916-983-4115, <a target="_blank" href=""></a>.Gone Fishing Pilsner Glass by Lolita, $27 at Periwinkle, 199 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 160, Folsom. 916-985-8767, <a target="_blank" href=""></a>.<hr>For more Swag, 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.

Local Area Tidbits

Can you believe that it’s 2009 already? Brace yourselves for another year that will fly by. There’s plenty going on to keep you busy this year...January is National Blood Donor Month, so visit BloodSource at 150 Natoma Station Drive, Suite 500, to do your part...Congratulations to Folsom native Luke Hawkins for securing one of the six male roles on Broadway in the newest Cirque du Soleil, tentatively titled New York 2010...Join the Folsom Public Library for their Adult Evening Book Club on January 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest novel, The Great Gatsby. And, if you can’t make that then join them for another discussion of the book during their Afternoon Book Club on January 15 from 1-2 p.m....Don’t miss your last chance to see the "Folsom Focus” Exhibition at The Gallery at 48 Natoma.  Featuring the annual juried photography competition and Jim Marxen acrylics. For more information, call 916-355-7285...If you’re in the market for a second job or looking to start your own business join Its Just Your Style at the Folsom Community Center on January 25 from noon to 5 p.m. for their Best of Home Based Business Expo. For more information, visit holding on to your old cell phones? Don’t throw them away; donate them to the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce Used Cell Phone Drive. Phone must be in working order; drop off your phone at 981 Governor Drive...The Folsom History Museum is looking for outgoing volunteers for its educational docent program. For more information, call 916-985-2707...If you or someone you love suffer from Alzheimer’s disease get the facts on January 26 at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. As part of their “Climbing the Alzheimer’s Mountain” series learn the “Need to Know” information. For more information, call 530-621-6251...The Folsom Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on January 8 at 10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. And on January 21 they will be holding a Celebrity Speaker Panel, with speakers discussing a variety of garden subjects. For more information, visit is now in full swing on the Folsom Lake College’s regional Visual and Performing Arts Center. To see live feed, visit you would like to get involved in this exciting new project, visit their Web site for more information...Since we love getting feedback from our readers, we would like to invite you to a Style Reader’s Appreciation Lunch to discuss you likes and dislikes. Send our editor an email at and let us know if you’d like to join us for lunch in the future... Also in an effort to get our readers involved, we’d like to include your favorite recipes (any and all courses) along with specialty drink recipes too, in our annual Food & Drink feature to appear in the March 2009 issue. Please email your recipes, and photos if you have them, to with “Food & Drink Feature” in the subject line. Be sure to check back next month for our annual Home Design Feature! •Send your news to:

Pueblo Chico Cantina

True Mexican cuisine is a celebration of the company you keep shown through the food you eat. It’s hard to capture that spirit in a restaurant, but if anyone succeeds, it’s Pueblo Chico Cantina in El Dorado Hills. Pueblo Chico (Spanish for “small town”) opened in June, and is family owned and managed. Head chef Elaine Martinez is the key ingredient in the Pueblo Chico family. Originally from eastern Texas and self-taught, Martinez has been in the restaurant industry for 30 years. Her love of cooking started at home with her mother and grandmother, and Martinez gets the most joy from “the happy faces when people eat my food.” The menu boasts deeply traditional Mexican fare, inspired by Martinez’ own family dishes. Their most popular dish is Classic Fideo & Pork, a traditional noodle dish that is the very definition of comfort food. For first time diners, Martinez recommends their “melt-in-your-mouth” enchiladas; for the more seasoned, try the Crawfish Enchilada for a Cajun twist on a Mexican classic, or Martinez’ personal favorite, the Poblano Chile Rellenos. Pueblo Chico Cantina prides itself on providing “solamente los mejor” (translated: “only the best”) in Mexican cuisine and culture. As a diner, you’re a guest at the Martinez family table, and Elaine Martinez creates the feeling of home in every dish.For more about Chef Elaine Martinez including her recipe for Classic Fideo and Pork, 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.

Turning the Tables

Holiday gatherings with friends and family often center around your dining room table, decorated in all its festive glory. In the spirit of the season, we asked three local interior designers to describe the inspiration behind their favorite holiday tablescapes.Rustic and NaturalBarbara Riera, owner of Riera Design Interiors in El Dorado Hills, considers herself a spontaneous designer. “I don’t have a signature style,” she admits. “My goal is to create an atmosphere, and it’s different every time.”With holiday table settings, Riera prefers a rich, rustic theme that incorporates what someone might find in their yard. “That makes it convenient and economical, and you can include the entire family,” says Riera. “From kids to grandparents, everyone can be part of creating the holiday table.”  “Typically, I pick the things that are either blooming, have great foliage, or offer great color.” And when it comes to more elaborate floral centerpieces, Riera says she collaborates with Jennifer Kessler of The Proper Poppy. “She’s one of those hidden treasures…she’s absolutely fabulous.”Additionally, Riera likes to integrate whimsical elements into her designs. “For instance, Smith & Hawken has little battery-operated white lights that can be entwined into garland to create a twinkle or sparkle.”  Riera recommends creating favors for guests as an extra touch. “A small bouquet of bunched roses and berries, tied with twine and burlap is elegant,” she says. “One year I took little silver and gold picture frames, inserted with family photos, and used those as place cards. Or ornaments wrapped as napkin rings are beautiful too.”  ...For more of Table Design ideas 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

Local Area Tidbits

If you’re looking for something to do indoors this winter, check out the Folsom History Museum’s fall exhibit, “From Garden to Jar,” (a partnership with the UC Davis Cooperative Extension) will run through January 4, 2009.  Artifacts, photos and information will be available on a variety of subjects relating to the life and benefits of locally grown foods...And while you’re there, stop in the Museum Gift Shop for that perfect gift or stocking stuffer. The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m...Or, if you’re thinking of becoming more active in the community, sign up for docent training and volunteer as an educational museum docent. Call Gaynell Wald at 916-985-2707 or email for more information...The El Dorado Hills Library is launching new adult programs! A speaker, demonstration, music or dance will be featured on the first Wednesday of every month. Call 916-358-3503 for more information...December 5 is the Folsom Community Holiday Tree Lighting, and this year there will be an ice skating rink!..Congratulations to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in El Dorado Hills on receiving the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 2008 Torchbearer Award – a prestigious industry award...Purchase your Christmas tree and celebrate the holiday season with goodies, wreaths, poinsettias and free hot apple cider at Green Valley Nursery, 334 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills. Kids can decorate and take home their own potted mini-Christmas tree! Call 916-941-0401 for more information...Tune in to ABC TV on Christmas Day where you’ll see Center Stage Dance Academy of El Dorado Hills’ Compani Danzerz performing in the Disney Holiday Spectacular Parade...The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sacramento and Northeastern California broke ground on November 10 for one of the nation’s first “Wishing Places.” The building will provide Wish children with a place to plan and celebrate their wishes, and will serve as the central location for staff, volunteers, children and their families to convene...The Folsom Garden Club recently changed its meeting place to the Elks’ Lodge on Reading Street in Folsom. They meet on the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m., although in lieu of December’s meeting, they will be having a Christmas Party; January’s meeting has been moved to the second Thursday. Visit for more information...And last but certainly lost least, since we love getting feedback from our readers, we would like to invite you to a Reader’s Appreciation Lunch to discuss your likes and dislikes. Send an email to and let us know if you’d like to join us for good food and conversation in the near future...Check back next month for our annual Health & Wellness feature!Send your news to


If I had just one day to spend in your town, what should I do?” This has become one of my favorites questions. I ask it in restaurants and hotels. It’s fun in supermarkets too. Gas stations. Parties. Wherever locals gather, there my question goes. I asked it of a table server in Loomis. She couldn’t think of anything to do in her town. I asked it in my own town, which is filled with fun things to do. “Go to the movies,” I was told.A few years ago I attended the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Each October 10,000 people spend a weekend in this small town listening to professional storytellers. But when I posed "the question" to a clerk at the grocery store there, she was stumped. (Pause. Frown.) “I’d go to a different town.”Last spring while in Epcot Center at Walt Disney World, a melting pot and perfect place for my question,  I saw a friendly-looking Frenchman in front of the replica of the Pont Neuf bridge. I asked, “If I was in Paris for one day, what should I do?” He lost his friendly look. What kind of idiot goes to Paris and only spends one day? (He didn’t say this, but I know he thought it.) What he said was, “How can you go to Paris and only spend one day? That’s impossible.” When I agreed it was truly impossible, he relented too. He said, “I’d go to the Champs Elysees.” I was making progress. So I extended the time frame, “What if I actually had two days?” He thought and replied, “I’d do the Champs Elysees again!” Thank you, Mister Creativity.All right, now, bring it home. What if I asked my question of you? If I had one day in our town, what should I do? Do you know? Do you have an answer? Very often I hear from teenage kids that there is nothing to do in their home city. Their town is boring. Their town might not be the dark edge of the universe, but you can see it from there. Somehow we’re not helping our kids to be creative, or think creatively. Now, it might be too late to inspire the teenagers. But what could be done to help our younger children to think creatively about their hometown? I’d start by asking them my question. And keep on asking it until they grow up into creative, visionary human beings who love living on this fascinating planet. This question also opens the door for family experiences, getting out together and experiencing what is taken for granted in our backyards.Brad Franklin is the founding pastor at  Lakeside Church in Folsom. To contact him visit, or check out his blog at

Strokes of Genius

Award-winning local artist Barry Jamison, a Bay Area native and Folsom gallery owner, colors his world in bold shades of ambition. Not bad for someone who started drawing “all kinds of stuff,” testing oils and acrylics, and imitating rock ‘n roll poster art before finding his creative niche with pastels – the artistic medium that he currently favors. Largely self-taught, Jamison has occasionally studied with various nationally known artists throughout his 50-year career, but credits his longevity and success to keeping an open mind. Today he draws inspiration from the local landscape, which he describes as, artistically, a “limitless possibility.” He refers specifically to the region’s open vistas, uncrowded backroads and underdeveloped natural spaces. The area surroundings complement Jamison’s affinity for pastels, a medium that allows him to explore color more conveniently. “Some artists will use an inordinate amount of intense colors in a work, which a lot of time, confuses the viewer as to what is the most important thing [the artist] wants them to see,” he explains. “I like to downplay surrounding areas of color while keeping the center of interest most vivid.”  In addition to painting striking pieces of locally-inspired art, Jamison teaches classes at his Folsom-based gallery/studio, Sutter Street Pastels, which opened in 2002. The studio’s small-sized classes are open to the public and its students are given carte blanche to work on individual projects. During these sessions, master instruction is a given but also is fun. “Most people who join my classes prefer them to be relaxing,” Jamison says.  “When I can schedule it, I’m going to incorporate extended Saturday sessions where we’ll work on location. I’ll teach it like a mini-workshop, starting with a demonstration.”Jamison currently has 16 different pieces of artwork on display at the Holbrooke Hotel in neighboring Grass Valley, and also displays a number of paintings at Edward Jones Financial Services in Folsom. This coming May he will host a one-man art show in Auburn. And somewhere during his packed schedule, he finds time to complete commissioned artwork.In the future, Jamison plans to experiment with three-dimensional work and murals. He also envisions participating in invitational events around the country, such as plein air competitions and exhibitions, and would also like to see a “bona fide” juried art and wine festival in Folsom’s Historic District, complete with “minstrels, jugglers, and street theater.” He hasn’t ruled out starting an artists’ cooperative either.Continual attempts by Jamison to evolve artistically are not surprising, given the fact that the artist says, “I believe my art to be evolutionary; I enjoy challenging myself with subjects that are interesting to me. The key is to be open to happy accidents that may occur and take a painting in a whole new direction.”Discover more about Barry Jamison and Sutter Street Pastels online at

Family Philanthropy

Each day, hundreds in our community receive a helping hand from volunteers who understand that supporting others is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures.Yet the delicate balance between ongoing needs and the resources available to help can easily be upset. As we witness in today’s challenging economy, more and more people are being forced into a position of hardship. At the same time, local charities are reporting a decline in private and corporate donations, and fewer volunteers as well.As a result of an increased push in volunteerism to support our overtaxed community services system, local families are finding that volunteering together can be as rewarding for them as it is life-changing for those they help.Helping Others is a Family AffairVolunteering as a family can be a meaningful, shared experience that brings families closer together as well as teaches both children and parents valuable life lessons about empathy, diversity and social responsibility.Lending a hand to those less fortunate can also help the entire family appreciate how blessed they are to have simple luxuries such as shelter, food, clothing and good health.Encouraging family philanthropy is the goal of Hands for Hope, a youth-driven outreach program started in March by El Dorado Hills mom Jennifer Bassett. The group, now 75 kids (and families) strong, works with Powerhouse Ministries in Folsom, as well as local schools and food banks to meet various community needs.Bassett hopes the program’s immediate and growing popularity will have a long-term impact on local families. “The benefit of getting these young kids involved is that they will grow up with compassion for others,” she says.“We are helping raise a generation of children who are already inspired by knowing what they can do to make a difference. Volunteering will just be a part of their lives.”For more family volunteering resources 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

Snapshots from Area Happenings

October 25.For more local Outtakes, 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