West Coast Crab season wide open, but wait a sec; Wine Country Chocolates

January 1, 2017

Crab season wide open

While the price of whole Dungeness crabs went up one dollar locally to $7.99 a pound at Sonoma Market, but stayed at $6.99 at Broadway Market, the state of California announced that it has opened the commercial crabbing season along the California coast all the way to Pt. Arena. Hopefully with a new abundance of crab, the price of crab will drop even farther.

But that’s not what happened in the last few days. Wholesalers went on strike over distributors’ drop in price by 25 cents per pound. Future uncertain.

The Christmas Eve day line for cracked crab at Sonoma Market snaked by the vegetable bins, even though the store hired oodles of women from a temp agency to crack the crab. They certainly did their best at a hard, messy and cold job.

Wine and beer in your barber shop or beauty salon
Much to the delight of some barbers and stylists, as well as certain customers, barber shops and beauty salons can now legally serve beer and wine before 10 p.m., just so they give it away for free and don’t sell the beverages.

Wine Country Chocolates everywhere
Wine Country Chocolates, with its tiny factory in Glen Ellen’s Jack London Village, is doing very well, indeed. We do have local products besides wine including chocolates and olive oil, and crafts that are actually made here.

Wine Country Chocolates majors in small chocolate truffles made with all sorts of fillings. You can find them at their factory, at their tasting room in El Paseo off Sonoma Plaza, and at Chateau Sonoma. Betty Kelly has made solid chocolates for Sarah Anderson with her Chateau logo in gold on each piece. Find them on her counter at Cornerstone.

Sonoma Stompers news
Sonoma’s own championship Stompers, the first professional baseball team in the U.S. to pay women to play, is offering a holiday special on various levels of seats for 2017 season. The Early Bird ticket sale ends Dec. 31.

The team has the support of Francis Ford Coppola and Coppola’s newish Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville. Hence, certain ticket holders will drink lots of Virginia Dare’s wines, and everyone else will pay for it.

Wouldn’t it be great if the Stompers also offered native cuisine from Coppola’s Werowocomoco American Native Food Restaurant inside Virginia Dare Winery? We could taste fry bread tacos, bison ribs with berry barbecue sauces, and maybe even cedar plank grilled salmon. But then, I am dreaming. The restaurant’s recipes stem from those of the Pamunkey Tribe in Virginia, reputed to be the tribe of Pocahontas. info@stompersbaseball.com.

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