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El Jefe posted an entry Big Things are Afoot and AfowlEl Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery

Indeed they are! In the meantime, can someone help this poor Santa chicken find her way home?

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Indeed they are! In the meantime, can someone help this poor Santa chicken find her way home?

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El Jefe posted an entry Pull That Cork!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery

(image) Surely, pulling that cork is always the right thing to do (even if I don't call you Shirley), but in this case we're talking about wine blog Pull That Cork, which posted a very nice writeup about us. Check it out!

(image) Surely, pulling that cork is always the right thing to do (even if I don't call you Shirley), but in this case we're talking about wine blog Pull That Cork, which posted a very nice writeup about us. Check it out!




El Jefe posted an entry And the TYRCTWW 2011 Winner is.... (envelope please)El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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"Chicken Blight" by Tina Caputo!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and to everyone who voted!

(Needless to say, stay tuned for more Twisted Fun coming soon!)
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"Chicken Blight" by Tina Caputo!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and to everyone who voted!

(Needless to say, stay tuned for more Twisted Fun coming soon!)



El Jefe posted an entry Voting Opens for Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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The Twisted Judges have made their decisions and now it is your turn to vote for your favorite TYRCTWW entry. Just visit the following link to vote:

If you are mobile-y inclined, here is the iPhone & Android compatible page:

Voting ends April 11th!

(Euphoric rubber chicken tossing photo by Lynn Hirth)
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The Twisted Judges have made their decisions and now it is your turn to vote for your favorite TYRCTWW entry. Just visit the following link to vote:

If you are mobile-y inclined, here is the iPhone & Android compatible page:

Voting ends April 11th!

(Euphoric rubber chicken tossing photo by Lynn Hirth)



El Jefe posted an entry Yes, We Have No...El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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We have great news for you! You don't need a dinosaur, just a rubber chicken!

(yet another random vintage photo)
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We have great news for you! You don't need a dinosaur, just a rubber chicken!

(yet another random vintage photo)



El Jefe posted an entry How Not to Enter Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work WeekEl Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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1. He's sitting in the Boss' chair.

2. He's not smoking in the designated smoking area (which is usually next to the freeway.)

3. That chicken doesn't look very rubbery.

Can you spot any other problems? Remember to enter by March 30th!

(random vintage photo found randomly)
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1. He's sitting in the Boss' chair.

2. He's not smoking in the designated smoking area (which is usually next to the freeway.)

3. That chicken doesn't look very rubbery.

Can you spot any other problems? Remember to enter by March 30th!

(random vintage photo found randomly)



El Jefe posted an entry Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week FAQ #4El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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Q: I don't have a job, what do I do?

A: As the song says "Get a haircut, and get a real job!" If that doesn't work, or you are retired, or you are hairless, it's time for plan B. Here are some Helpful (Twisted) Hints:

  • Borrow a job: I'm not suggesting you pretend to be someone else and go to their job - I think they tried that on "I Love Lucy" and Lucy got in big trouble. But you could just visit a friend and have some surprise rubber chicken fun.
  • Charity work: Do you volunteer for some good cause? Take your rubber chicken the next time you volunteer and make it an even better cause.
  • Go hunting: For a job, we mean. And take your rubber chicken with you. Some of our best entries in past years have been built around the job hunt (see above).
  • Stay at home Mom or Dad? Most important job in the world! (No really!) Take your rubber chicken along during your parental activities, you might be amazed at how useful a rubber chicken can be.
  • Or, just do something. Really. We're just looking for funny pictures of rubber chickens.

Remember, the deadline for entering TYRCTWW is March 30th!

(photo by 2008 TYRCTWW finalist John Potter) 
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Q: I don't have a job, what do I do?

A: As the song says "Get a haircut, and get a real job!" If that doesn't work, or you are retired, or you are hairless, it's time for plan B. Here are some Helpful (Twisted) Hints:

  • Borrow a job: I'm not suggesting you pretend to be someone else and go to their job - I think they tried that on "I Love Lucy" and Lucy got in big trouble. But you could just visit a friend and have some surprise rubber chicken fun.
  • Charity work: Do you volunteer for some good cause? Take your rubber chicken the next time you volunteer and make it an even better cause.
  • Go hunting: For a job, we mean. And take your rubber chicken with you. Some of our best entries in past years have been built around the job hunt (see above).
  • Stay at home Mom or Dad? Most important job in the world! (No really!) Take your rubber chicken along during your parental activities, you might be amazed at how useful a rubber chicken can be.
  • Or, just do something. Really. We're just looking for funny pictures of rubber chickens.

Remember, the deadline for entering TYRCTWW is March 30th!

(photo by 2008 TYRCTWW finalist John Potter) 



El Jefe posted an entry Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week FAQ #3El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery

Q: I don't have rubber chicken! What do I do? Oh, the humanity!

A: Don't panic! Sit down and I'll explain. Rubber chickens are a common pet toy (why shouldn't Fido also have a laugh now and then?) and are available wherever pet supplies are sold - even at Tar-jay and W-W-W-Walmart.

Or, you can order an original recipe Twisted Oak rubber chicken here, just $6.95 postpaid.

There are a few valid excuses for not entering TYRCTWW, but lack of personal rubber poultry just isn't one of them.

(photo by 2010 TYRCTWW finalist Brad Taylor)

Q: I don't have rubber chicken! What do I do? Oh, the humanity!

A: Don't panic! Sit down and I'll explain. Rubber chickens are a common pet toy (why shouldn't Fido also have a laugh now and then?) and are available wherever pet supplies are sold - even at Tar-jay and W-W-W-Walmart.

Or, you can order an original recipe Twisted Oak rubber chicken here, just $6.95 postpaid.

There are a few valid excuses for not entering TYRCTWW, but lack of personal rubber poultry just isn't one of them.

(photo by 2010 TYRCTWW finalist Brad Taylor)



El Jefe posted an entry Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week FAQ #2El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery

Q: What is the best way to submit my photos or video?

A: I must have your email address to award a prize, so naturally the best way is by email to tastingroom@twistedoak.com. Attach the file(s) to the email, and send more than one email if you need to.

You may of course instead post your pictures to Facebook, You Tube, Flickr, or whatever tickles your fancy (but please, don't send pictures of you tickling your fancy with a rubber chicken) (unless of course it's your job to tickle fancies with a rubber chicken) (you know, something like that could go viral) (just saying).

But wherever you do put your stuff, please send me an email pointing me at it. I don't want to miss your entry!

(photo by 2010 TYRCTWW finalist Lori Hoffman)

Q: What is the best way to submit my photos or video?

A: I must have your email address to award a prize, so naturally the best way is by email to tastingroom@twistedoak.com. Attach the file(s) to the email, and send more than one email if you need to.

You may of course instead post your pictures to Facebook, You Tube, Flickr, or whatever tickles your fancy (but please, don't send pictures of you tickling your fancy with a rubber chicken) (unless of course it's your job to tickle fancies with a rubber chicken) (you know, something like that could go viral) (just saying).

But wherever you do put your stuff, please send me an email pointing me at it. I don't want to miss your entry!

(photo by 2010 TYRCTWW finalist Lori Hoffman)



El Jefe posted an entry Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week FAQ #1El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery

Q: My rubber chicken is already at work! Should I bring it home?

A: Absolutely not. Clearly your rubber chicken has already been integrated into your workaday routine. Show us how your Rubber Chicken Friday helps you in your workplace!

(photo by 2010 finalist Allyson Griffie)

Q: My rubber chicken is already at work! Should I bring it home?

A: Absolutely not. Clearly your rubber chicken has already been integrated into your workaday routine. Show us how your Rubber Chicken Friday helps you in your workplace!

(photo by 2010 finalist Allyson Griffie)




El Jefe posted an entry Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week 2011!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week starts now and ends March 30th. Yes, we know that isn't really a week. Heck, it's not even a fortnight. We just want to give you plenty of time to find a job (or borrow a friend's job) and come up with an entry. Really. Plenty of time. Ready to go? Just a few simple rules: Go to work, and take your rubber chicken with you. (This seems obvious, doesn't it?) The rubber chicken(s) (you may take more than one) must be made of some rubber-like compound (does it stretch a little? bingo!) and must look like a chicken (absolutely no *%#&@! duckies!) It does not have to be a Twisted Oak Original Recipe Rubber Chicken. Take pictures or video of your rubber chicken at work. Pro tip: One good picture is more likely to win than 50 average pictures. Please just send your best. (We also reserve the right to select a few of your many for the voting.) Another hint: FOCUS! Send us your high resolution photo(s) or video (email tastingroom@twistedoak.com), or post them up someplace and send us an email telling us where they are. (Hint: if you post them, make sure they are publicly accessible! You may even choose to post them on the wall of the Twisted Oak Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/twistedoak) You have until March 30th to send us your entry. We will acknowledge your entry. If you don't hear back from us in a day or two, panic.Fabulous prizes will be awarded as compensation for the best photos and videos submitted. The Twisted Judges will select a number of semifinalists, and a winner will be chosen by public vote. If there is a tie in the final voting the winner will be chosen by Twisted Oak Winery staff. Hey, it could happen.Submissions will be judged for humor, originality, humor, creativity, humor, and technique. Did we mention humor? You must be 21 years or older to enter. By sending your photos or videos to Twisted Oak, you agree to let us publish them on our various and sundry web sites and publish them in any printed matter. We don't expect this permission to be exclusive, and we can't and won't transfer that permission to anyone else without asking you first. And when we do publish your photos and/or videos, we will always give you full credit. That's forever. Twisted Oak Winery reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the spirit of the event, is a no-no where you live, or does not follow the rules. We also reserve the right to disqualify any votes that are determined to constitute ballot stuffing. Play nice!Twisted Oak Winery is not responsible for any loss of employment that may result from your efforts. However, Twisted Oak Winery is also not responsible for any promotions or pay raises you might receive. That's all yours, baby! And the prizes? All qualified entries will receive a $10 MasterCluck gift card, which can be used to order wine online at twistedoak.com. Finalists will receive a $75 MasterCluck gift card, and the winning entry will receive a $250 MasterCluck gift card! Questions? Email tastingroom@twistedoak.com(2010 winning photo by Liz Pope, USAF)[...] Take Your Rubber Chicken To Work Week starts now and ends March 30th. Yes, we know that isn't really a week. Heck, it's not even a fortnight. We just want to give you plenty of time to find a job (or borrow a friend's job) and come up with an entry. Really. Plenty of time. Ready to go? Just a few simple rules: Go to work, and take your rubber chicken with you. (This seems obvious, doesn't it?) The rubber chicken(s) (you may take more than one) must be made of some rubber-like compound (does it stretch a little? bingo!) and must look like a chicken (absolutely no *%#&@! duckies!) It does not have to be a Twisted Oak Original Re[...]



El Jefe posted an entry Anatomy of a New ViognierEl Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
Put away your scalpels and close the formaldehyde! The 2010 Viognier is ready for you, in a spuzzy new package and everything - so with the help of some Disembodied Rubber Chicken Heads*, let's dissect this puppy**: A (that would be the DRCH with the letter "A" in it): Topping things off is an easy-access twist-off cap, thus averting the need to use a smelly shoe or pointed stick to open your wine if you forget your corkscrew. B: A snappy new front label! Now anyone, including nearsighted vintners, can spot a bottle of Twisted Goodness from clear across the room. And there is our lovely signature Twisted Oak, front and center. And by popular demand, a vintage date! C: Inside the bottle is 100% Viognier from Jim Dalton's vineyard, located outside of Angels Camp off Dogtown Road (the same vineyard that produces the Mourvedre for the River of Skulls). This 2010 Viognier represents the last vintage harvested before Jim passed away last fall at a much too early age. Please raise a glass of this Viognier to Jim when you get a chance. D: Now every back label sports the Calaveras County appellation. Everything locally grown, baby! E: A new feature of the back label: a QR code. What, you might ask (and rightly might you ask) is a QR code? A QR code is a lot like a regular bar code (see H below) but it can hold a lot more information - in this case it contains the web page address for this Viognier. And, you can scan a QR code using almost any "smart" phone that has a camera and the application that supports it. (On an iPhone you have to install the application - here is my favorite free scanner that works pretty well - but on an Android based phone I am told it is built in.) You can even scan it from the screen right now - try it! F: Famous Twisted Oak witty label copy. No florid frou frou prose here. Feel free to sing along! G: G is for Gummint. You'll notice that a large chunk of the label consists of content required by the government. Put down the heavy machinery and no one gets pregnant. Or something like that. H: The good old fashioned UPC bar code we all grew up with. Our Viognier has the distinction of being our code number 00001, since Viognier was the first wine released from our first (2002) vintage. The same bar code is used for all vintages, that's how the stores roll. I: That is the AVIN number, which is a new ISBN-like numbering system for wines. Each wine and vintage has a different AVIN number. This is supposed to help positively identify each wine and vintage, if that's important to you. I had room at the bottom and thought, what the heck, I'll help out. So there you have it. The 2010 Viognier is now on sale at both tasting rooms, online, and should start showing up in stores very soon. If you try it and like it, please consider posting a review on our Twisted web site. Have fun! * No rubber chickens were harmed in the making of this blog post. ** No puppies either. Jeez.[...] Put away your scalpels and close the formaldehyde! The 2010 Viognier is ready for you, in a spuzzy new package and everything - so with the help of some Disembodied Rubber Chicken Heads*, let's dissect this puppy**: A (that would be the DRCH with the letter "A" in it): Topping things off is an easy-access twist-off cap, thus averting the need to use a smelly shoe or pointed stick to open your wine if you forget your corkscrew. B: A snappy new front label! Now anyone, including nearsighted vintners, can spot a bottle of Twisted Goodness from clear across the room. And there is our lovely signature Twisted Oak, front and center. And by popular demand, a vintage date! C: Inside the bottle is 100% Viognier from Jim Dalton's vineyard, located outside of Ange[...]



El Jefe posted an entry I can't take your case! It's too sensitive!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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The other day I was playing around with a new Google thing called Ngram - where you can search all of the words in the 5 million books they have scanned and put online.

 

My friend Tom pointed out to me that the search is case sensitive - he pointed out that "Bourbon" gives a different result than "bourbon". Of course, "Bourbon" will give you all sorts of references to both booze and boozed up monarchs.

 

So, how about "wine" and "Wine"?

 

As you can see, something profound happened in the mid-1700's. Wine went from being "Wine" to instead being just plain "wine". The graph shows such a profound switch I wonder what happened? Maybe Ben Franklin had something to do with it?

 

What's your theory?
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The other day I was playing around with a new Google thing called Ngram - where you can search all of the words in the 5 million books they have scanned and put online.

 

My friend Tom pointed out to me that the search is case sensitive - he pointed out that "Bourbon" gives a different result than "bourbon". Of course, "Bourbon" will give you all sorts of references to both booze and boozed up monarchs.

 

So, how about "wine" and "Wine"?

 

As you can see, something profound happened in the mid-1700's. Wine went from being "Wine" to instead being just plain "wine". The graph shows such a profound switch I wonder what happened? Maybe Ben Franklin had something to do with it?

 

What's your theory?



El Jefe posted an entry Here's a Festivus Carol that just popped into my head...El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
By all means, suggest improvements or new (Co)stanzas!

Festivus is Here (sung to the tune of "Christmas Time is Here," from "A Charlie Brown Christmas")

Festivus is here
Miracles and jeers
Raise the pole and curse the cold
This lousy time of year

Family in your hair
Grouches everywhere
Drunken times and cheap red wines
And grievances to air

Here is Festivus
For the rest of us
Feats of strength to any length
And acrimonious**

Festivus is here
We'll be downing beers
Oh, that we might never see
A Festivus next year...

**Hey, I worked hard for that one!
By all means, suggest improvements or new (Co)stanzas!

Festivus is Here (sung to the tune of "Christmas Time is Here," from "A Charlie Brown Christmas")

Festivus is here
Miracles and jeers
Raise the pole and curse the cold
This lousy time of year

Family in your hair
Grouches everywhere
Drunken times and cheap red wines
And grievances to air

Here is Festivus
For the rest of us
Feats of strength to any length
And acrimonious**

Festivus is here
We'll be downing beers
Oh, that we might never see
A Festivus next year...

**Hey, I worked hard for that one!



El Jefe posted an entry Fun With Google and Graphs!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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Google has a new feature called "Ngram", in which you can "Search Lots of Books" for the frequency of words, and plot that relative frequency over time.

So I naturally applied some wine words to it to see what happens. In this graph several kinds of booze - er... I mean, popular alcoholic beverages - are plotted. Notice the clear winner! Also notice that wine writing (at least, book writing) really bottomed out in the 1980's, but is now making a strong comeback. (I'm also a bit disappointed by bourbon's performance...)

What else do you think we can infer from this graph?

(I'll be playing with this some more - stay tuned!)
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Google has a new feature called "Ngram", in which you can "Search Lots of Books" for the frequency of words, and plot that relative frequency over time.

So I naturally applied some wine words to it to see what happens. In this graph several kinds of booze - er... I mean, popular alcoholic beverages - are plotted. Notice the clear winner! Also notice that wine writing (at least, book writing) really bottomed out in the 1980's, but is now making a strong comeback. (I'm also a bit disappointed by bourbon's performance...)

What else do you think we can infer from this graph?

(I'll be playing with this some more - stay tuned!)



El Jefe posted an entry What Turkey Do You Pair With Twisted Oak? (Crowdsourced Version)El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
We recently asked this question of our Twisted Few members, as well as our Facebook fans: "I've often maintained that all Twisted Oak wines pair great with rubber chicken, but they all are also really good with turkey - depending on how the turkey is prepared. "So, tell me your favorite Twisted Oak wine and turkey pairing. Be sure to include the name of the wine (ok, duh) and describe your turkey dish in a couple of sentences." Here then are the best responses (in no particular order)!Too Easy. Turducken paired with the wine that rhymes with Tur*%#&@!en - George Nowicki I like pairing the Spaniard with myself. My wife says I can be a bit of a turkey. - Matt BrownOh, for me it's definitely my "Habanero and Chipotle" turkey and a nice bottle of potty-mouth (or "unspeakable" as we sometimes call it). You see, I rub the turkey with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, then make a paste with diced habaneros that I insert between the turkey skin and the meat. Smells wonderful and is so spicy that people will literally turn read and smoke from their ears. The wine? I enjoy the bottle while watching them guzzle ice water trying to quench the fire. Cheers! - Dan King It's all about the port! A little Pig Stai and and grandma's turkey recipe. The one where you drink the wine first then go yelling come back little turkey as it slides to the floor. (true story, never let her forget that Thanksgiving) - Angela Ryan-Morrow I like to pair my dinner with the red potty-mouth but while cooking I enjoy some of the Ruben's Blend... and 1 cup poured over the turkey the last hour of cooking and you have the most fabulous gravy... I've done this for the last 3 years started with the white potty-mouth but now have to settle for the Ruben's Blend since Twisted doesn't make shit wine anymore :-P... Really is there anything that a twisted wine doesn't pair well with??? I like drinking without food... but some say I have a problem. - Heather Minnick Mitchell I'd say, pop on a pair of rubber boots, get gun, take cold wine. Early start to day - shoot turkey, pluck turkey - and then give to wife with chilled wine for her to finish. (Not that that I'm speaking from experience, just saying some wine would have gone a long way to help with the prepping of wild bird). - Alexandra Napier Duarte For the last couple years we have gone with *%#&@! And a slow roast BBQ turkey in the barrel. Take the turkey stuff it with some cut up citrus and seasonings, pour in a little wine and then hook it and cook it for three hours. - Eric Brennan I pair The Spaniard with my AchioteBBQ Turkey. Turkey is brined with cumin and chilis THEN rubbed with a butter, achiote paste mixture and stuffed with chipolte chilis, onion and jalapenos. Gravy gets a kick from grilled chilis and masa. Stuffing is made in the oven with chorizo and homemade cornbread. YUMMY - Kendall Baldwin Flint Oh I love my Murgy... and just drank a bottle of Parcel 17... pronounced by my son as Par-sell 17... he made it sound fancy so that would work for those snootier folks at a holiday table... :-) and it too would pair nice with a giant helping of Turkey and all the fixings... Another one not mentioned yet would be my second favorite wine ... First being Spaniard... River of Skulls... - Heather Minnick Mitchell (again!) Thinly sliced smoked turkey and thin sliced Black Forest ham with roasted red pepper slices and a little lettuce on a french roll drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a rub of fresh garlic which is then toasted...mmm....I eat with Twisted Oak Tempranillo - Tom Vann[...]



El Jefe posted an entry Twisted Shoe is Top ShoeEl Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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Our apparently now-famous Twisted Oak River of Skulls shoe managed to be a top ten shoe on Zazzle.com yesterday.

I can now personally attest to both their style and comfort, having stood on them for the duration of the FurBall Soiree last night in Modesto. (See? Fashion doesn't always have to be painful!)

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Our apparently now-famous Twisted Oak River of Skulls shoe managed to be a top ten shoe on Zazzle.com yesterday.

I can now personally attest to both their style and comfort, having stood on them for the duration of the FurBall Soiree last night in Modesto. (See? Fashion doesn't always have to be painful!)




El Jefe posted an entry Stumbling Around the Web with Twisted OakEl Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
It's always nice to stumble into folks mentioning Twisted Oak on their web sites and blogs. Here's a smattering of our recent stumbles... Our friends at Vintage, A Wine Shop in Reno tell the tale of a tasting session with Gary Vaynerchuk - which included our 2007 The Spaniard!The Vin65 blog mentioned the product review feature we have on our Twisted Oak website. (Have you posted a review?)  A web site "borrowing" content from other web sites reminded us of a crush video produced by Twisted Oak and American Winery two years ago. Twisted Oak Farm in North Carolina does dog rescues. More crush photos at Twisted Oak by Gary Crabbe.Here's a Grape Stomp video that popped up, see what it's all about! (I've got to get my video posted too!) Esther (not a rubber chicken) endures optometric trials and tribulations before finally making it to the winery just in the nick of time. And finally, Esther (is a rubber chicken) and Eunice are back - they traveled to Southern California, took the 26 mile trip to Catalina Island, had um cocktails in Irvine, and went to a travel conference. Random Cave Loot photo randomly selected and photographed by El Jefe. It's always nice to stumble into folks mentioning Twisted Oak on their web sites and blogs. Here's a smattering of our recent stumbles... Our friends at Vintage, A Wine Shop in Reno tell the tale of a tasting session with Gary Vaynerchuk - which included our 2007 The Spaniard!The Vin65 blog mentioned the product review feature we have on our Twisted Oak website. (Have you posted a review?)  A web site "borrowing" content from other web sites reminded us of a crush video produced by Twisted Oak and American Winery two years ago. Twisted Oak Farm in North Carolina does dog rescues. More crush photos at Twisted Oak by Gary Crabbe.Here's a Grape Stomp video that popped up, see what it's all about! (I've got to get my video posted too!) Esther (not a rubber chicken) endures optometric trials and tribulations before finally making it to the winery just in the nick of time. And finally, Esther (is a rubber chicken) and Eunice are back - they traveled to Southern California, took the 26 mile trip to Catalina Island, had um cocktails in Irvine, and went to a travel conference. Random Cave Loot photo randomly selected and photographed by El Jefe.[...]



El Jefe posted an entry A Bloggo Post About The Spaniard!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
An interesting thing happened on the way to the Internet. Somehow, it got so easy to post things onto Facebook that it became easy to forget we also have a blog.OK, it's maybe not that interesting... but forgetting the blog means leaving out anyone interested in Twisted Oak that isn't on Facebook. It also means we have fallen into a place where it's all sound bites and no real meat. Anyway, enough with the blathering. I wanted to point out a cool article by Steve Heimoff of the Wine Enthusiast about California Tempranillo:Go ahead, read it now. I'll wait. A pretty fair and informative article on the state of Tempranillo in the state, I think. (It didn't hurt that he said some pretty nice things about The Spaniard, of course - to which, by the way, he gave a 93 point score.) What was left out of the article, however, was all of the great Tempranillos that are being made outside of California. This is no criticism of Steve, who is after all the California editor of WE and is just covering his beat. Tempranillo is also now being grown and produced in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Texas - and probably in one or two states I haven't heard of yet**. In fact, Earl Jones of Abacela Winery in Oregon can arguably be considered the prime instigator of the growth of Tempranillo production in America in the last several years. A great place to start if you want to find more American Tempranillos is the new and improved web site of the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS), where you can find a listing of all member wineries that produce Tempranillo and other varieties that are native to Spain and Portugal. Go check them out! Have fun! - El Jefe **I mean, states with Tempranillo. I've heard of all of the states. I think. An interesting thing happened on the way to the Internet. Somehow, it got so easy to post things onto Facebook that it became easy to forget we also have a blog.OK, it's maybe not that interesting... but forgetting the blog means leaving out anyone interested in Twisted Oak that isn't on Facebook. It also means we have fallen into a place where it's all sound bites and no real meat. Anyway, enough with the blathering. I wanted to point out a cool article by Steve Heimoff of the Wine Enthusiast about California Tempranillo:Go ahead, read it now. I'll wait. A pretty fair and informative article on the state of Tempranillo in the state, I think. (It didn't hurt that he said some pretty nice things about The Spaniard, of course - to which, by the way, he gave a 93 point score.) What was left out of the article, however, was all of the great Tempranillos that are being made outside of California. This is no criticism of Steve, who is after all the California editor of WE and is just covering his beat. Tempranillo is also now being grown and produced in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Texas - and probably in one or two states I haven't heard of yet**. In fact, Earl Jones of Abacela Winery in Oregon can arguably be considered the prime instigator of the growth of Tempranillo production in America in the last several years. A great place to start if you want to find more American Tempranillos is the new and improved web site of the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS), where you can find a listing of all member wineries that produce Tempranillo and other varieties that are native to Spain and Portugal. Go check them out! Have fun! - El Jefe **I mean, states with Tempranillo. I've heard of all of the states. I thin[...]












El Jefe posted an entry How about those social media trends anyway?El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
Now for a little break from rubber chicken infested missives...In the past few days, the Twisted Oak Winery Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/twistedoak) has seen a couple of posts from wineries and wine organizations from outside the Sierra Foothills area - one from Sonoma, and one from Monterey (see above). I'm pondering whether this apparent trend really constitutes a fair use of my winery page.On the one hand, cross posting freely with other pages allows everyone to branch out and reach new audiences in one big spirit of community and raising all boats. On the other hand, people who agree to follow/join/like a page are opting in (kind of like email) to that page and are not expecting other messages. It smells like spam. And it seems impolite and presumptive. Also, if this cross posting gets out of hand, my winery messaging could get lost in the mix.**Currently, I'm choosing to reciprocate the behavior to highlight the issue ("hey! you can't spray paint MY wall!"). However, the irony seems to be lost on the other parties. I'm curious what the group mind thinks about this apparent trend. ** I am aware that I could choose to split page posts from member posts - however, I rather like the interplay between fans and would hate to diminish that in any way. Now for a little break from rubber chicken infested missives...In the past few days, the Twisted Oak Winery Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/twistedoak) has seen a couple of posts from wineries and wine organizations from outside the Sierra Foothills area - one from Sonoma, and one from Monterey (see above). I'm pondering whether this apparent trend really constitutes a fair use of my winery page.On the one hand, cross posting freely with other pages allows everyone to branch out and reach new audiences in one big spirit of community and raising all boats. On the other hand, people who agree to follow/join/like a page are opting in (kind of like email) to that page and are not expecting other messages. It smells like spam. And it seems impolite and presumptive. Also, if this cross posting gets out of hand, my winery messaging could get lost in the mix.**Currently, I'm choosing to reciprocate the behavior to highlight the issue ("hey! you can't spray paint MY wall!"). However, the irony seems to be lost on the other parties. I'm curious what the group mind thinks about this apparent trend. ** I am aware that I could choose to split page posts from member posts - however, I rather like the interplay between fans and would hate to diminish that in any way.[...]












El Jefe posted an entry Carson Nugget Steakhouse scallops with...El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
spicy blueberry sauce and stuff! Perfect pair with *%#&@!

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spicy blueberry sauce and stuff! Perfect pair with *%#&@!

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El Jefe posted an entry White Corn and Black Bean SaladEl Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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I've had a couple requests for the recipe for this salad which we served at our Anniversary BBQ last weekend. So. I've posted it up on our web site at:

http://www.twistedoak.com/Twists/Recipes/Corn-and-Black-Bean-Salad

I wish I had a nice yummy picture of it, but I'm afraid I don't. Just try to imagine a bunch of yummy black things mixed up with a bunch of yummy white things, with a bunch of yummy red things and yummy green things in between. And while you are doing that, enjoy another yummy picture of the BBQ!

Bon App!

(Take Your Rubber Chicken Out Of The Closet ends Monday! Read the rules!)

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I've had a couple requests for the recipe for this salad which we served at our Anniversary BBQ last weekend. So. I've posted it up on our web site at:

http://www.twistedoak.com/Twists/Recipes/Corn-and-Black-Bean-Salad

I wish I had a nice yummy picture of it, but I'm afraid I don't. Just try to imagine a bunch of yummy black things mixed up with a bunch of yummy white things, with a bunch of yummy red things and yummy green things in between. And while you are doing that, enjoy another yummy picture of the BBQ!

Bon App!

(Take Your Rubber Chicken Out Of The Closet ends Monday! Read the rules!)

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El Jefe posted an entry Extending "Take Your Rubber Chicken out of The Closet" by a week!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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I did the math this morning and realized that I was going to be out of town for most of next week - thus making the initial judging of all of the entries somewhat problematic.

So... we are extending the deadline for TYRCOOTC to July 12th.

You really have no excuse for not entering - now hurry up and check out the rules!

(rubber chicken vacation photo by El Jefe)

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I did the math this morning and realized that I was going to be out of town for most of next week - thus making the initial judging of all of the entries somewhat problematic.

So... we are extending the deadline for TYRCOOTC to July 12th.

You really have no excuse for not entering - now hurry up and check out the rules!

(rubber chicken vacation photo by El Jefe)

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El Jefe posted an entry People Send Me Stuff...El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
Got this from a friend the other day..."Love the "take your rubber chicken" out of the closet competition. Reminds me of a funny (true) story. My two adjacent neighbors absolutely hate each other. About a dozen years ago, the neighbor on one side put out various items, all on his property behind a chain link fence, to torment the ladies on the other side. These included some decorated mannequins and, what else but, a rubber chicken. The ladies filed a police report ultimately resulting in his arrest and conviction where they referred to it as a "menacing dead rubber chicken." He was sentenced to take an anger management course and holds a grudge to this day. The mannequins were confiscated by the county sheriff. I don't know the fate of the chicken."(Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet! Rules here!)(defending yourself against a menacing dead rubber chicken photo by Lori Hoffman) Posted via email from twisted oak winery Got this from a friend the other day..."Love the "take your rubber chicken" out of the closet competition. Reminds me of a funny (true) story. My two adjacent neighbors absolutely hate each other. About a dozen years ago, the neighbor on one side put out various items, all on his property behind a chain link fence, to torment the ladies on the other side. These included some decorated mannequins and, what else but, a rubber chicken. The ladies filed a police report ultimately resulting in his arrest and conviction where they referred to it as a "menacing dead rubber chicken." He was sentenced to take an anger management course and holds a grudge to this day. The mannequins were confiscated by the county sheriff. I don't know the fate of the chicken."(Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet! Rules here!)(defending yourself against a menacing dead rubber chicken photo by Lori Hoffman) Posted via email from twisted oak winery [...]









El Jefe posted an entry Adventures Indeed in Wine PackagingEl Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
Was reading some of the comments to this post over on Dr. Vino on a new single serving package, with stem:http://www.drvino.com/2010/06/15/le-froglet-single-wine-plastic-glass/ You gotta at least love the name! (C'mon!)But I was thinking (dangerous I know), there could be a market for wine in a juice box with an air-permeable curly straw to "decant" the wine as you sip. Someone should get on this. Of course, then Riedel would have to produce a whole line of hand-blown curly straws, where the curves are matched to the varietal wine. Bigger curves for Cab, smaller curves for Pinot, more loops for Gewurztraminer. You get the gist. Someone should definitely get on this.(Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet! Rules here!) Posted via email from twisted oak winery Was reading some of the comments to this post over on Dr. Vino on a new single serving package, with stem:http://www.drvino.com/2010/06/15/le-froglet-single-wine-plastic-glass/ You gotta at least love the name! (C'mon!)But I was thinking (dangerous I know), there could be a market for wine in a juice box with an air-permeable curly straw to "decant" the wine as you sip. Someone should get on this. Of course, then Riedel would have to produce a whole line of hand-blown curly straws, where the curves are matched to the varietal wine. Bigger curves for Cab, smaller curves for Pinot, more loops for Gewurztraminer. You get the gist. Someone should definitely get on this.(Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet! Rules here!) Posted via email from twisted oak winery [...]






El Jefe posted an entry Bust Your Chicken Out of the Closet!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery

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Mythbuster Kari enjoys getting her rubber chicken out of the closet with some friends launching rockets in the desert! (photo by Rick Dickinson)

Where will you take your rubber chicken? Check the rules and get your chicken out there!

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Mythbuster Kari enjoys getting her rubber chicken out of the closet with some friends launching rockets in the desert! (photo by Rick Dickinson)

Where will you take your rubber chicken? Check the rules and get your chicken out there!




El Jefe posted an entry Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet 2010! The Rules!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet starts now and ends July 6th July 12th, 2010.This really should give you plenty of time to come up with an entry. Really. Plenty of time. You even have the 4th of July weekend to do something at the last moment! Ready to go? Just a few simple rules: Turn off the computer and go outside to play. Seriously. Put down the mouse and get some sun. You're starting to get a little too pale anyway. Oh, and take your rubber chicken outside with you. And for Pete's sake have some fun! The rubber chicken(s) (you may take more than one) must be made of some rubber-like compound, and must look like a chicken (no duckies!) It doesn't have to be a Twisted Oak Original Recipe Rubber Chicken. Take pictures or video of your rubber chicken having fun in the sun. Pro tip: One good picture is more likely to win than 50 average pictures. Please just send your best. Another hint: FOCUS! Send us your high resolution picture(s) or video (email tastingroom@twistedoak.com), or post them up someplace and point us at them (Hint: if you post them, make sure they are publicly accessible! You may even choose to post them on the wall of the Twisted Oak Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/twistedoak) You have until July 6th July 12th to send us your entry. We will acknowledge your entry. If you don't hear back from us in a day or two, panic. Fabulous prizes will be awarded as compensation for the best photos and videos submitted. The Twisted Judges will select a number of semifinalists, and a winner will be chosen by public vote. If there is a tie in the final voting the winner will be chosen by Twisted Oak Winery staff. Submissions will be judged for humor, originality, humor, creativity, humor, and technique. Did we mention humor? You must be 21 years or older to enter. By sending your photos and/or videos to Twisted Oak, you agree to let us publish them on our web sites and publish them in any printed matter. We don't expect this permission to be exclusive, and we can't and won't transfer that permission to anyone else without asking you first. And when we do publish your photos and/or videos, we will always give you full credit. That's forever. Twisted Oak Winery reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the spirit of the event, or does not follow the rules. We also reserve the right to disqualify any votes that are determined to constitute ballot stuffing. Play nice! While you play outside, play safely and responsibly. Watch that cliff there. I mean it. And the prizes? All qualified entries will receive a $10 MasterCluck gift card, which can be used to order wine online at twistedoak.com. Finalists will receive a $75 MasterCluck gift card, and the winning entry will receive a $250 MasterCluck gift card! Questions? Email tastingroom@twistedoak.com(photo by Grace Hoffman) Posted via email from twisted oak winery [...] Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet starts n[...]



El Jefe posted an entry Take Your Rubber Chicken Out of the Closet 2010!El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery
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We, and the rubber chickens, just can't wait until January again...

So, starting tomorrow, we are asking everyone to free your rubber chicken from the confines of your hall closet (or wherever you keep it) and go outside with it! And while you are there, take pictures or a video and send them to me.

It doesn't matter where you take it, just take it out! We want to see you out with your rubber chicken!

And of course, the best of the best will receive as compensation fabulous prizes!

We'll be announcing the rules, guidelines and prizes here tomorrow.

So stay tuned!

(photo of rubber chicken longing to be outside, even in Winter, by Megan Kenney)

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We, and the rubber chickens, just can't wait until January again...

So, starting tomorrow, we are asking everyone to free your rubber chicken from the confines of your hall closet (or wherever you keep it) and go outside with it! And while you are there, take pictures or a video and send them to me.

It doesn't matter where you take it, just take it out! We want to see you out with your rubber chicken!

And of course, the best of the best will receive as compensation fabulous prizes!

We'll be announcing the rules, guidelines and prizes here tomorrow.

So stay tuned!

(photo of rubber chicken longing to be outside, even in Winter, by Megan Kenney)

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El Jefe posted an entry How About a Fun Poll?El Bloggo Torcido - Twisted Oak Winery

The cool thing with this one is, you can add your own questions! Just click on the "Ask" tab. Have fun!

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