Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kitchen Progress and More Great Wine

My adorable, talented,  industrious, hardworking daughter took three days off and helped me tackle the kitchen cabinetry

Here is what they looked like before.  Not only is this finish ugly it has absolutely no relation to the rest of the house. It doesn’t appear anywhere . The beautiful mahogany doors (I will post a pic later) are stained a dark walnut.

Here are a couple of  after pics




We applied a light coat of Ebony Briwax with a brush  over the cupboards and the hinges.  We then dry brushed it off.  Finally we  rubbed with OOOO  steel wool until the desired finish was achieved.  Later apply a couple coats of clear briwax  and buff heartily for a tougher finish.  Hopefully I will finish the kitchen this weekend so I can post some final pics next week.  I think we achieved a richer more custom look.  What do you think?

Meanwhile drop by and visit another of our favorite Paso wineries Booker.


Booker Vineyard is located on Paso Robles' Westside. They produce mostly Rhone varietals. The name Booker comes from the two orphan brothers Claude and Dick Booker who had owned the land, as well as hundreds more acres on Paso's Westside. The Booker brothers were Paso's favorite sons, dedicating their lives to being great farmers and humanitarians. Aside from lending their farming knowledge and manual labor to neighbors and those in need, they were the area's biggest philanthropists, leaving 100% of their estate to charity when they passed.
After making wine with Justin Smith for five years and Stephan Asseo for two years the Eric Jensen decided it to create his own wine with Booker Vineyard. The 2005 Vintage was Booker Vineyards first release. The esteemed Robert Parker said  of the debut  vintage that the "wines were impeccable right out of the gate".  The Wine Spectator describes their wines as “stylish…brimming with ripe fruit flavors” Both Parker and the Spectator awarded all of their wines 90 points or more.
According to their website they bottle "50% of our wines after 18 months, with the rest going roughly 30 months in oak prior to bottling. The two exceptions are Grenache, which gets bottled after 18 months and the white which is bottled after a year of aging."

They honestly do not make a bad wine.  You can't say that about many wineries, particularly such a young one. If you would like to purchase some of their wines go to and join the wine club.   They sell out quickly. Their tasting room is open Friday through Sunday 11-4.  We just found them last fall and are huge fans.



  1. Will try this one this weekend along with the Farmstand 46 and Il Cortile....yikes a food and wine extravaganza!!!

  2. Hi Cindy,
    New follower here. Yes, your daughter is adorable and how sweet of her to help you out. Love your blogs!

  3. HI! The cabinets look beautiful! How has the finish has held up to daily use? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Amy...the cabinets have held up beautifully and we rent! The handles not so much. They need to be stripped!!