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October 24, 2000 | Sean Kirwan (714) 966-5642
The Friends of the Rancho Santa Margarita Library sold more than 1,000 books at their weekend book sale, netting about $1,300. Profits will help fund programs at the library.
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January 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
From respected winemaker Laura Catena, a rich, ample Malbec made from older vines from three vineyards in the Uco Valley of Argentina. The 2011 Luca Malbec, mostly aged in French oak, has an inviting bouquet of black cherries, strawberries, chocolate and tobacco. The wine is smooth and balanced, a classic example of Malbec. Of course, it's a beautiful wine with grilled steaks or chops, with a hearty stew, or braised pork or lamb shanks. Go ahead, throw bold flavors at it. This Malbec can take it. Region: Mendoza, Argentina Price: $26 to $30 Style: Rich and balanced What it goes with: Grilled steaks and chops, hearty stews, braised meats Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949)
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FOOD
October 26, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila
If you think you don't like off-dry Riesling, open up a bottle of this lovely floral Riesling from a Mösel estate that goes back to 1177 and has been owned by the same family since 1804. The 2011 Mönchhof Riesling's honeyed sweetness is balanced by a racy acidity and an earthy minerality. A touch of bitterness pulls it all into focus. The more you keep drinking, the more you'll find in the glass: white peaches, honeysuckle. And this Mösel Riesling is a great value. Open a bottle to accompany a fiery chicken or beef larb . It goes with Thai or any spicy Asian cuisine too. I'd try it with lobster or grilled prawns, and with Chinese noodle dishes.
SPORTS
October 25, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Is Mission Viejo the best team in Orange County?  The Diablos stated their case in emphatic fashion Friday night, breaking a scoreless tie with 20 unanswered points in the second quarter on their way to a 37-7 victory over South Coast League rival Santa Margarita Tesoro at Mission Viejo High.  On a night that when Santa Margarita upset Santa Ana Mater Dei and Anaheim Servite beat Orange Lutheran on the final play, there was no such drama for...
SPORTS
August 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Before training camp began, USC Coach Lane Kiffin said the Trojans needed better performance this season from fullbacks Soma Vainuku and Jahleel Pinner. Vainuku has been sidelined for much of camp because of injury, but Pinner has shown great improvement. The sophomore from Rancho Santa Margarita is impressing coaches and teammates alike by catching short and long passes out of the backfield. Pinner, who came to USC from Mission Viejo High, did not have a reception last season, but that could change if he continues to play like he did Sunday, when he made several good catches.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By John Verive
The craft beer scene in Orange County is thriving, and besides the great bars and restaurants highlighting craft brews, there are a dozen breweries serving the thirsty crowds from Seal Beach to San Clemente. Here are five tasting rooms at Orange County's best production breweries where you can get a flight, fill a growler, and get to know the craft brewers of the O.C. The Bruery The most celebrated of Orange County's craft breweries, the newly remodeled tasting room in  Placentia serves up experimental brew, potent barrel-aged concoctions and a bevy of face-puckering sour treats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
An Orange County sheriff's reserve deputy was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon with severe head injuries after what appeared to be a domestic incident, authorities said. A 17-year-old male who also lives in the home in the 21000 block of Shadow Rock Lane in Rancho Santa Margarita is being questioned by investigators as a person of interest, Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Amormino said he could not confirm the relationship between the victim and the teenager.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | Steve Lopez
There it was on the screen, tragic and terrifying, another senseless act of cowardice. This time in Boston. Like everyone else Monday, I was upset, angry and at a loss for words. So I called two people who have been through this before. Tom Frost of Rancho Santa Margarita, who lost his daughter Sept. 11, 2001. And Kevin Danni of Pasadena, who survived those same attacks in dramatic fashion. I'll start with Frost, who was at work Monday morning when his phone rang.
TRAVEL
September 8, 2012
Chelsea Pines Inn is a gay-owned and -operated hotel in New York where everyone is always welcome. The location is amazing, but it's Jay, Tom and their staff that make it the only hotel we stay in when visiting Manhattan. Be sure to give Charlie, the inn's resident cat, a good head rub. Chelsea Pines Inn, 317 W. 14th St.; (888) 546-2700, http://www.chelseapinesinn.com . Standard rooms from $259 a night, depending on the season. Stephanie Sabin Rancho Santa Margarita
SPORTS
August 30, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
N ewhall Hart (0-0) at Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro (1-0), 7 p.m. — Hart is ranked No. 1 in the Northern Division and has enjoyed a talent surge after struggling against top teams in recent years. Sophomore receiver Trent Irwin is a rising standout. The Indians intend to play two quarterbacks, sophomore Brady White and junior Connor Wingenroth. Tesoro returns 17 starters, led by veteran quarterback Matt Adam and hard-charging running back Nate Tago. The pick: Tesoro. Corona Centennial (0-0)
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March 14, 2011 | Helene Elliott
On in-line skates or on ice, Jonathon Blum absorbed every lesson hockey had to offer. Whether playing with friends near home in Rancho Santa Margarita or for the California Wave youth team, Blum smoothly handled every challenge. His creativity and hockey sense were powerful rebuttals to rivals who dismissed him as a harmless surfer boy because he didn't grow up skating on a frozen backyard rink. But nothing in hockey taught him how to face the loss of his twin sister, Ashley, in a 2004 house fire or his mother's cancer diagnosis.
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