San Jose Community Briefs for the week of November 5 – The Mercury News


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WILLOW GLEN >> The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association is raising funds to install a clock in the Republic Urban Properties building on Lincoln Avenue.

Intended to accommodate people in the community, the clock would be 7 feet in diameter and would be placed on the 50 foot tower of the office / retail building facing Lincoln. LEDs would light up the clock in the evening and during the holidays.

Republic Urban offered to cover installation and maintenance costs. The association collects donations for the purchase of the clock; those who donate $ 1,000 or more will have their name inscribed on a plaque.

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ALMADEN >> Alamitos Vineyards has hired a third generation winemaker as a winemaking consultant for their vineyard and cellar in New Almaden. George Troquato’s 30 years of winemaking experience includes making the first five vintages of Testarossa wines in the 1990s and leading the winemaking team at Cinnabar Winery.

The winery will continue to produce an estate Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Touriga Nacional rosé under the direction of winemaker Peter Kirchner. The first vintage of Troquato at the head of the new varietal program will include an albec from Coombsville, a merlot from the Stags Leap district and a pinot noir from the highlands of Santa Lucia.

“The three vineyards were hand selected for their wine-growing practices and the exceptional quality of their fruit,” Troquato said in a statement.

“Troquato’s expertise and much-needed connections within the industry allow us to continue to grow, but with good conscience,” said Shaun Coleman, co-owner of Alamitos.


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