An Afternoon With Friends! Oh, And Wine!

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First Stop.... Newport Harbor Elks Lodge For The "Red, Wine, and Blues"

We decided to go to the Newport Harbor Elks for their wine tasting and then go across the bay to the new restaurant called "The Winery" for dinner!  Great fun!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
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First Things First... Wine

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Great fun and fund raising for the Elks charities

Did You Know? - “Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.” ― Francis Bacon

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
A spectacular view from the deck

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
We can see forever

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
We were on the patio on the second floor seeing the world go bye

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
The head wine taster approves of our location!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Nita tried inside but it was a bit too loud!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Iris and Sue discuss wine and the amazing weather

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
The proper way to hold a glass is demonstrated by Will

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Will is making his glass sing

Did You Know? - To make a wine glass sing, you will need the following materials:

  • wine glass - a crystal, thin-walled one works best
  • separate glass of water
  • wet fingertip

To make the wine glass sing, do the following:

Hold the empty wine glass on a tabletop at the base of the stem with one hand.

Wet the index or middle finger of your other hand with some water.

Lightly rub your wet finger along the rim of the glass.

As you rub the glass, you will hear the "singing" sound of the glass. You may have to re-wet your finger periodically and/or adjust the pressure of your finger on the rim of the glass to keep producing the sound.

You can change the pitch of the sound by adding water to the glass.

Every material (such as glass, steel, concrete) has a natural frequency at which it vibrates, called a resonant frequency. If you put energy into the substance at its resonant frequency, you will force it to vibrate or resonate (resonance is a forced vibration). In the case of the wine glass, your finger slides and sticks along the surface of the glass as you rub the rim (a wet fingertip has no oil and makes a better contact with the glass). The rubbing imparts energy to the glass molecules and causes them to resonate. The motion of your hand sets up a wave of vibration traveling through the glass. The vibrating glass causes air molecules to vibrate at the same frequency. The vibrating air molecules are the sound wave that you hear (the frequency or pitch of the sound wave is the same as the resonant frequency of the glass).

So, how does the water change the pitch of the singing wine glass? As the resonant wave moves around the glass, it drags the water molecules with it, creating a wave of water that you can see near the edge of the glass. The dragging water molecules effectively increase the mass (both the water and the glass molecules) and reduce the energy of the wave traveling through the glass. When the energy is reduced, so is the frequency of the wave in the glass, which is reflected in the pitch of the sound wave that you hear.

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Wonder if he knows any wine drinking music?

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Paul and Iris just enjoying all the company!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
What are these two up to?

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
We had a great breeze today!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Nita is about to shoot us! We told her she had to
pull the starter cord to get the engine started

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Love to apron... A special wine drinking apron it is

Did You Know? - The apron was traditionally viewed as an essential garment for anyone doing housework. Cheaper clothes and washing machines made aprons less common beginning in the mid-1960s in some countries such as the United States. However, the practice of wearing aprons remains strong in many places.

Today, the apron has enjoyed a minor renaissance in terms of both women and men now wearing them when performing household chores. For instance, an article in the Wall Street Journal claimed in 2005 that the apron is "enjoying a renaissance as a retro-chic fashion accessory" in the United States.

However, it still is not as prevalent as it was prior to the 1960s.

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Bob is rubbing the wrong end of the glass!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
In full wine costumes

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Sue, Paul, Nita, Donna, and Bob
We are getting ready for a short drive to "The Winery"

To "The Winery" And Perhaps A Little More Vino???

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We will miss you old friend but we will welcome new ideas!

Did You Know? - Villa Nova in Newport sold for $6 million

In a restaurant auction that lasted a heart-stopping 22 minutes, the old guard bid farewell to a coveted coastal property while its hipster successor waited eagerly in the wings.

Capping a 20-year run as owner of Villa Nova, Andy Crean sold the premium property along Mariner's Mile last week in an auction that came down to a nail-biting bidding war in the final minutes. In the end, Newport Beach resident Mike Moshayedi, who owns the Joe's Crab Shack property nearby, snagged the landmark location for $6 million.

Moshayedi said he will entertain offers to bring a new restaurant to the site. So far, his top choice is The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, a contemporary fine-dining restaurant in Tustin.

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
"P-s-s-s-s-s-t Come on in, it's OK!"

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
"I have been here only five minutes and I am already behind bars!"

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Wine anyone???

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Great bar area

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
The bar was made from an interesting material

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Paul meets the General Manager and warns him of what is about to happen!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
What a beautiful spot.... Much larger windows than Villanova

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Keep those glasses clinking

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Will and Iris... Always a smile

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Marianne and Craig joined us

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Nita, Donna, and Paul

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Cooking up a plan!

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Marianne has the right idea...

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
We had a super table with a view

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Cleansing the pallet before the first wine taste

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
"Let's get started"

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
"...and the man in the blue tights put his hands out and jumped and..."

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Meals are served... This was the appetizer... Buffalo Carpaccio

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
A stack of stuff

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Shrimp and scallops

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Salmon

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Great view onto the bay

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015

We Headed Home Via Nita's And Were Treated To The Sunset

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Looking west from Nita's house we saw the sunset

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
The sky was on fire while we drove home on the 22

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Yellows, oranges, reds, blues and purples as we leave the freeway

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015
Seems like the world is on fire

Wine tasting at the Elks  June 28th 2015