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TODDCAST EPISODE 97: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:


Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 24th and on this day in 1929, the folks on Wall Street took a dark turn.  This was the day of the great Stock Market Crash of 1929, a day known as “Black Thursday”, which ushered in the Great Depression.  Very depressing.  A day when no ones finances were in the black.   Actually, things got worse the following Monday and Tuesday, when the lights truly went out on Wall Street.  

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Black Rot

Black rot on vines can also darken a winegrowers mood. This fungal disease originated on the East Coast where the humid environment there creates the perfect conditions for this infection to take hold.  

The disease attacks grapevines at the leaves, shoots, and even the grapes.  What’s worse, is even through a darkest winters, the fungus can come out of dormancy to affect the vines in the following season.

Fortunately, we do not see much Black Rot in the Paso Robles region of California.  The arid climate here doesn’t allow the fungus to grow.

In fact, due to the drought, the climate here is so arid the grapevines can barely grow. And that’s not funny.  Not even black humor can get a laugh around here about that.

Perhaps dry humor would be more appropriate…

For transcripts, links and more Toddcasts, go to If you have any suggestions for more words, historical stock crashes or tips on pairing noir wines with blackened fish, please send emails to  

And until next time, try not to black out.


TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)



Kevin Bettencourt

Jessie Auricchio

New wines for Club

Hospitality Night is Dec. 4th!

Save the Date!  January 24th  Meet the Winemakers


Darn, we only have a Costco.


Sure, why not.


Now that’s a golden brown.


Look what’s come to my window.


Well, this is good news.


snap, crackle, pop


Scorpio, a friend of yours is in need.  If you don’t help out, the karma fairy will come down on you hard.  So don’t complain, just jump in there and do what you can.  Maybe just taking a bottle of wine to your friend will save the day.  Couldn’t hurt.


We don’t recommend this excuse for everyone, but in Tampa, Florida, a 34 year old man was arrested for drunk driving due to an officer smelling alcohol on his breath.  But charges were dropped when he explained that what they were smelling was rubbing alcohol and gasoline, due to the fact that the accused is a professional fire-eater.  So lesson learned, don’t breathe fire and drive kids.



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