Chilcas Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Caspernick's Blog

Brought by a fellow wino, this was a full liter of delicious Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.  What it lacked in depth, it made up for in charm.  Purple ink in the glass, it showed off primal hints of blueberry and mint on the nose.  Very easy to drink, it gave pleasure with the blue fruitiness mixed up with some spices (eucalyptus??).  A very subtle tannin structure was enjoyable as was the acidity.  A bargain wine that plays like a middle weight!  Some slight oak was evident, but unobtrusive.  Bang for the buck this is a 5 star wine, and technically speaking 88 points.  I’m thinking you need a few laying around in case a block party erupts.  This wine will please anyone, with or without food.  Salut….


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Oakland Mayor Announces Fund For 8-Year-Old Shooting Victim, 2 Others

CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Support funds have been set up for the families of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine and three other people who were shot at a home in East Oakland last month, Mayor Jean Quan’s office announced Monday.

Carradine, who would have been a third-grader at Fruitvale Elementary School this fall, was killed when someone fired shots into an apartment at 3440 Wilson St. in Oakland’s Dimond district at about 11:15 p.m. on July 17.

Three other people, including two children, were wounded in the shooting.

No arrests have been made in the case.

The surviving victims of the shooting are 7-year-old Amara York, who is entering the second grade at Fruitvale Elementary School; her brother, 4-year-old Antoine York; and their grandmother, Clara Fields.

The Carradine and York families have expressed a need for assistance, according to Quan’s office.

Those who would like to help the victims’ families may mail…

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Feds Say No Reason To Delay Bay Bridge Labor Day Opening

Hmm…Should we trust this quick fix?

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP / BCN) — The opening date for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which initially had been set for Labor Day and then was pushed back to December or later, will be announced on Thursday, state transportation officials said Tuesday.

State Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee members said they will set the new opening date in the wake of a report by the Federal Highway Administration that says making a temporary fix to bolt problems on the new span will make it safe for traffic and it should be put in place as quickly as possible.

In a letter, the Federal Highway Administration said it was “impressed” with the level of expertise used to come up with the temporary fix and saw no reason to delay opening the bridge to traffic before long-term repairs are finished. The letter, signed by FHA Division Administrator Vincent Mammano, is dated Aug. 9…

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