By Shane Singh
CLIMBING VINES: For some lucky folks, work can be a labor of love. Consider local couple Loyal Miner and Stefani Ginotti, who operate a rustically bucolic winery in Clarksburg, just across the old Freeport Bridge on the Sacramento River. Loyal and Stefani opened Miner’s Leap in 2008-2009 and pride themselves on producing quality wines in small lots. Stefani said, “Cinzaut is one of our most popular vintages and comes from 126-year old Lodi vines. It is our signature wine and it also is something fun.” It turns out that Loyal’s great grandfather, Loyal Aubrey Miner, was a Prohibition-era winemaker in Washington state. Like many vintners in those years, the elder Miner had occasional disagreements with various bureaucratic authorities, but managed to secure a Presidential pardon after the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing Prohibition. The old Lodi vines that produce Miner’s Leap signature grapes survived not just Prohibition, the Great Depression and a couple of world wars, but also some recent competition from an upstart winemaking community northwest of here called Napa.
MOTORCYCLES UNMUFFLED: There have been a number of posts on Pocket Nextdoor about motorcycle racing and associated noises on Riverside Boulevard between Florin Road and Park Riviera Drive. Two separate motorcyclists have been seen revving up their engines late at night and disturbing the residents along this once-quiet stretch of the Pocket. Vigilant neighbors have parked along the streets in an effort to catch a license plate of one or both perpetrators. If you see these two-wheeled maniacs, please notify police so tickets can be written, tow trucks dispatched and our firefighters ultimately spared the gruesome task of scraping the death-wishers off the pavement. Oh, and residents can get some rest.
BOXED IN: Lucky Wailia owns the UPS Store on Rush River. With Christmas over, Lucky finally gets a chance to breathe easy again. “During the holiday season we ship about 1,000 packages just for UPS during the month before Christmas or 2,000 if you include both UPS and postal service. This does not include regular mail and drop-off of pre-paid packages,” he said. That’s a lot of packages. Lucky notes that his business “prides itself for providing excellent customer service and that customers of other copy and package stores often compliment him on that aspect of his business.” When asked about returns, he said, “Every year, people order stuff and return back for various reasons. We ship about 15 to 20 packages back per day from online orders.” The store also rents 400 private mail boxes to businesses and residents who don’t want mail delivered to physical addresses. If Lucky knows anything about the person who bought the $1 million Powerball ticket at the booze shop around the corner from his UPS store, he’s not talking.