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i Staff report Alison Wrigley Rusack and her husband Geoffrey, who planted Catalina's first vineyard, are de- buting their first release of wine from the vineyard. Their limited production of a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are available at their Rusack Vineyards winery in the Santa Ynez Valley and through their wine club, Isla Wine Circle. Wrigley Rusack's great-grandfa- ther, chewing gum magnate Wil- liam Wrigley Jr bought the Santa Catalina Island Company back in 1919. The following are descriptions of the wines they are offering: Zinfandel The small one-acre block of this varietal on Santa Catalina Island has produced an elegant, softer style of wine--not your typicalZinfandel. After facing challenges ranging from a plague of crickets to strange nodules, the vintners discovered were "adven- titious roots"--the Rusacks were excited (and relieved) to see the second bud break arrive on sched- ule in late February 2009, which was to be our first vlmage year. Because Zinfandel seems to display its most widely recog- nized characteristics by being grown in warmer Climates, we located it on-the warmest southern exposed slope. Hand sorting of clusters ensures that only the best make it to pro- cessing. The grapes are then fermented in three-quarter ton con- t'ainers, pressed to barrels and aged in American and French oak for 15 months. The resulting wine is unique, showing characteristics of black pepper, with berry aro- mas and flavors. Sixty-two cases were produced. Chardonnay--A great varietal selection for the island climate, this Chardonnay exhibits old world characteristics of caramel and mineral notes, along with Califor- nia flavors of citrus and apple, with well-balanced acidity. Fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 11 months, the wine went through partial malolactic fermentation and received minimal winemak- ing intrusion to showcase the true distinctiveness of fruit from this Santa Catalina Island climate. Two hundred sixty-five cases were produced. Pinot Noir--Another varietal well suited for the cool climate and clay loam soils of Santa Cata- lina Island, this wine is a blend of French clones planted in three small blocks. "Each has its own microclimate due to row orientation and specific location at El Rancho Escondido. The wine is fermented in small three-quarter ton containers and gently transferred to French oak barrels, where it undergoes ma- lolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months. Exhibiting distinct aromas and flavors of tobacco, along with earthy notes and a hint of cherry and raspberry, it is truly unique and beautifully balanced. True to the varietal, this offering is very delicate, yet age worthy. One hundred twenty seven cases were produced. For more information or to join the Isla Wine Circle, visit the Ru- sack Santa Catalina Island Vine- yards website here: http://www. catalinaislandvineyards.com/. THE "SAC A POOCH" IS A HARNESS THAT HOLDS A DOG ON THE FRONT OF A PERSON'S CHEST BY THERESA CUMMINGS A new product made on Cata- lina Island called "Sac a Pooch" is now available and on display at Confetti Catalina on Crescent Av- enue. The "Sac A Pooch" is simi- lar to an infant harness that hold infants on the front of a person's chest, but in this case it is for dogs. The product has been in the devel- opment stages for a while by Gigi (Guidalthy) Rousseau, 35, a new employee at the Hermosa Hotel. ,I have been working on this product for nearly four years lSl ltl l) and had a prototype constructed and brought it with me to Cata- Fouo~dJ. 191s ~/Eroest w, oale lina Island," Rousseau said. "My Group Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinaislander.com Editor Dennis Kaiser editor@thecatalinaislander.com Advertising Pat Jamieson advertising@thecatalinaislander.com Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi manager@thecatalinaislander.com Accounting Judy Murray- judy@localnewspapers.org 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 neighbor at the Hermosa is Marta Arellano and she is an exception- al seamstress. I talked with her about my project and she jumped tOfltl"l X Since 1929 m Calendar: Noon Monday News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday . Classified Advertising: NOO~ Tuesday LegaJ/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday right in. Marta was trained at the Art Institute in Guadalajara, Mex- ico and it was actually nuns that taught her the skills she acquired as a sea!nstress,' As Arellano began making the dog harness, Rousseau secured an agreement with the Confetti Catalina store to offer them and began selling them last Saturday. Many Islanders have small dogs that are aged and cannot walk great distances. This will be a way for them to not ofily walk the their dogs, but slip them into the Sac A Pooch to carry them about town. "I make clothes for the locals such as dresses and pants. I am also hired to make costumes and CALL TODAY AND LET DEWEY PEST CONTROL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS! party gowns for local children," said Arellano, a seamstress. The Hermosa hired Rousseau as a manager nearly a month ago. She is a single woman from Costa Mesa who has worked in manage- ment and marketing for such firms as Reebok and General Mills. "I am elated with the fact that Mindy has the skills to be able to discover these high aptitude peo- ple to bring into our community," said hotel owner Mark Milan. "I am forever grateful to Mindy both as her employer and her father" "I wanted to have a product not only produced in the United States, but right here on Catalina Island," Rousseau said. "I am so happy to live and work on the Island." Before you go back to the mainland take a little Catalina with you. Subscribe Today. lShl]I/Dh"l{ P.O. Box 428 Tel: (310) 510-0500 Avalon, CA 90704 Fax: (310) 510-2882 SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Subscdotmn: Catalina $39 Mainland $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $8O/year A Publication of CommunltyMedio Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C. F.I~ 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. 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