Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pasadena, A Notch Down, But Still Fabulous Package

The next package we offer from The Craftsman B&B's wine cellar is called: Pasadena, A Notch Down, But Still Fabulous Package.  This offers a local bubble, our Bin #02, Argyle 1999 Knudsen Vineyard Brut, 2 Keepsake Craftsman B&B flutes, 2 Keepsake Spa Robes and a box of Harry & David Truffles for $130.00.

Argyle makes some great sparklers.  The 1999 KVB was reviewed by Wine Spectator and rated 91 points - "Richer than most sparkling wines, with the vinosity of a domaine-bottled Champagne. Pear, spice and toast flavors mingle effortlessly on the elegant palate, finishing with persistence. Drink now. 886 cases made." - Harvey Steiman

Pasadena is known for more than the Rose Bowl and Parade.  It is the home of Cal Tech, the real life Lambda Lambda Lambda's; you know, nerds.  But the reason we named a package after this city is because it is home to the Gamble House.  Designed by architects Greene & Greene for the Gamble family, yes, Procter & Gamble.  It is a National Historic Landmark and now a museum.  While Pasadena is known for bungalow style homes, the Gamble house is an ultimate bungalow because of its massive size.  Most of you think of a bungalow as a small well designed house, we'll get more into that later.  The other thing we like about this house is the use of Port Orford Cedar, a local Oregon tree, not a cedar but a cypress.  The stain glass entry of a California Live Oak is awe-inspiring and my favorite detail.  I also fell in love with the use of Ginko, a great tree, if you know what I mean.  It brings in some of the Asian influence seen in the design.

The main detail from the Gamble house we incorporated into our house is the classic cloud lift to the railings on our porch and deck.  We would have liked to use Port Orford Cedar for the mill work, but if money grew on trees, we would have had to plant several to afford it.  I do need to be kept in the manner I am accustomed too, don't you know.

The Gamble house is also a movie star.  Flux Capacitor anyone?  Yes it's seen in Back to the Future and is the house sent into orbit in Zathura, a Jon Favreau movie that is "so money."

The best part of our house is it is not in Southern California, it is on the beautiful Oregon Coast.  Come visit me and see how we brought a little of Pasadena to our house.

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