About Ann D

AnnD lives in Ohio, but grew up in New Jersey. She is the mom of two teens: 20 year old Waldo who goes to college, and 17 year old Tizzle who pretty much rules the home front. She also mothers a Maltese named Chloe, a Malshi named Rory and a 51 year old husband who has a name too. Twenty-six years ago, she began her working journey as a television news producer…and cannot tell you how happy she is that the journey has finally led to writing about wine from home and letting the dog in and out all day. AnnD considers a great evening to include a fire in the fireplace, a big glass of wine and a good book in hand. Read about her winey journeys through life at The Winey Mom

Review: DMZ Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

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Who: DMZ (DeMorgenzon Winery) What: Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (13%) When: 2013 Where: Stellenbosch region, South Africa Why: Because it was time to conquer my fear of Rosé wine. There are a lot of things to be scared of in this world. Spiders, thunder, flying, spiders, the toddler years, heights, spiders…so it seemed very silly to me that I had a fearful aversion to wines of the … [Read more...]

Review: Presswork Shiraz

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Who: Presswork What: Shiraz (13.8%) When: 2011 Where: Barossa Valley, Australia Why: Nice wine, great price. Let me start out by saying that I am a total stalker in the wine department. I just wander the aisles and gaze at bottle after bottle after bottle. Typically I wind up in the tasting area, where hopefully there is a very helpful wine guru who will taste right along with me. … [Read more...]

Review: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Who: Starborough What: Sauvignon Blanc, 12.5% When: 2012 Where: Marlborough, New Zealand Why: Because May is for Moms! So, it’s May. Notice I did not say “spring” because where I hail from, just because the calendar says “May” doesn’t mean “spring”. There have been times when I have actually cursed snow flurries on Mother’s Day. But even with the nutsy weather, May … [Read more...]

Review: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

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Who: Excelsior What: Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5%) Where: South Africa When: 2011 Why: Because there’s a horsey on the label. So, here in the good old U.S. of A, there is one certain sports weekend dubbed “the greatest two minutes in sports.” (And no, it is NOT the two minutes when the Cleveland Indians are playing baseball well. There, I’ve put it out on the table.) Nope, … [Read more...]

Review: 19 Crimes Red Wine

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Who: 19 Crimes What: Red wine (blend, 13% ABV) When: 2012 Where: Australia Why: Because this wine is no crime. How: You’ve got to love a wine that celebrates the founding of a nation by criminals. But back in the late 1700’s, that’s exactly how Australia was born. Seems there were 19 different crimes that could get you transported (via creaky boat) to England’s penal colony. … [Read more...]

Review: Layer Cake Shiraz

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Who: Layer Cake What: Shiraz (14.5%) When: 2010 Where: South Australia Why: What did you not understand about the word “cake”? How: I am a sucker for cake. I simply cannot resist it. Especially the icing. And if that icing happens to be white buttercream on fresh white cake? Forget it. I’m a goner. Ice cream? Nah – easy to pass up. Chocolate? It has to be milk chocolate and … [Read more...]

Review: Banrock Station Shiraz

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Who: Banrock Station What: Shiraz (13% ABV) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2011 Why: Because Australia has Australia Day, that’s why! How: As I sit here in a very chilly suburb in Ohio, USA, I can’t help but think about the fact that it is summer down under in Australia. Yes, summer. That wonderful time of year when you can leave the house without taking 20 minutes to … [Read more...]

Review: Bob’s Your Uncle Wines

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Who: Bob’s Your Uncle What: Bob White (12.5%) and Bob Red (13%) When: NV (in other words, “they didn’t say”) Where: South Africa Why: Because even beer drinkers deserve wine. Sometimes. If they’ve been very, very good. The first thing I should warn you about these wines is that you may very well pass them by thinking they are beers. I nearly did. Just look at them: … [Read more...]

Review: Matua Sauvignon Blanc

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Who:  Matua What: Sauvignon Blanc When: 2012 Where: New Zealand Why: Because “wines on a train” makes sipping even more fun. (Can you believe it?) How:  I have to hand it to my friends, they come up with some wonderful outing ideas. And this one may just take the cork (not the cake, this IS a wine review after all). Last month I got a call from a college buddy who wanted me to … [Read more...]

Review: Banrock Station Moscato and Pink Moscato

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Who: Banrock Station What: Moscato (5.5%) and Pink Moscato (6%) When: 2011 and 2012 Where: Southeastern Australia Why: Because pink and white are such universally flattering colors, especially in wine glasses! I know that most people see the colors pink and white and think “baby shower for a baby girl”. But what runs through my mind is, “Oooh, a set of Moscato!” And that is … [Read more...]