Revered in the wine world, Josh Jensen is the winemaker at Calera Wine. He’s graced the cover of Wine Spectator and Jensen’s pinot noirs are known the world over.So it was during their recent Summer Social & Sliders event that I made my pinot pilgrimage to Calera, to sip and savor wine made from grapevines grown in limestone soil at the site of a former limekiln. Arriving at the winery I was immediately awed by the views provided by the majestic Diablo Mountains.My tasting started inside the cool barrel room with a glass of 2014 Central Coast Chardonnay ($20), awarded “Best Value!” by Wine & Spirits Magazine. Next up was a “spunky and fun” 2015 Pinot Noir Rose—just right for summertime picnics.Although 19 different pinot noirs, all estate grown and from different vineyard blocks, are available for purchase, for the day’s event we were treated to a vertical tasting of pinots from the Jensen Mt. Harlan block: two library and one 2012 release.The pinots were poured next to the outside tent filled with gourmet sliders. Surprisingly, the 2005 Pinot Noir ($94) is still a fabulous wine, showing rich and complex layers of ripe raspberry and Bing cherry. The 2009 Pinot Noir ($104) is silky with sweet spice topping the dense raspberry and cherry cola flavors. Layers of sweet raspberry jam and tart rhubarb give way to leathery notes on the finish of the 2012 Pinot Noir ($92).Taking in the views, I savored the tasty bites and sipped these extraordinary wines.
There are two loan programs, both backed by government agencies, that are sorely underutilized by their constituency.
New developments and new homes are going up fast all over the county. Most builders will recommend that you use their mortgage company, whether it is a subsidiary of the builder or a partnership with a major mortgage banker.
I have a confession to make. I don’t read the Free Lance newspaper very often. As a writer and a business owner in town that may seem shameful, but it may also be the reason that I pass on it.
In response to Marty Richman's guest view: Marijuana Ordinance Should Wait (Sept. 2 Free Lance) I offer this response:
The Hollister City Council has scheduled Sept. 19 for a decision on Hollister’s medical marijuana ordinance, but acting before the upcoming election results doesn’t make sense. The primary reason for waiting is to get the Nov. 8 local vote view on Proposition 64, the closely related proposal for recreational marijuana.
Most common question asked of most mortgage professionals is: what is going to happen with rates?Most mortgage professionals agree that the ability to answer that question would result in most being retired and wealthy by now. Interest rates, specifically mortgage interest rates, are becoming increasingly difficult to predict as the financial markets have changed.This is what we know: the Federal Reserve and other governing bodies don't like inflation. If the economic data being generated indicates inflationary pressure then the Fed will lean toward raising rates to protect against that projected inflation. Combine that with world events (like the recent Brexit vote), natural disasters, and even the presidential election and you find yourself doing your best to guess what the future may hold.As of this writing, the Fed is leaning toward no increase in September, but December is still a possibility. Watch the 10 year treasury as an indicator week to week. It has been a good measuring stick and if it is moving higher, chances are mortgage rates will do the same.Jayson Stebbins is a 23 year veteran of the mortgage banking industry. He grew up in Morgan Hill and currently lives in Gilroy. He is the local branch manager of Guild Mortgage. You can reach Jayson and his team at (408) 825-0220 or at stebbinsmortgageteam.com 
Congressman Sam Farr is stepping up big again for San Benito County during his final stretch run as the local representative. The latest reflection is Farr’s bill pushing to reopen Clear Creek Recreation Area to the public for the first time since its closure in 2008.
Hollister City Council members considering a proposed medicinal marijuana ordinance should keep in mind that there is no rush to make a final decision. More important, local voters will offer a collective take on recreational pot in November that should ease any political tensions about where the general public stands.
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