Posts by: 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: Pinot Patch Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Rose

The following wines were included in the December shipment of the California Wine Clubs Wine Moms Series (which, for the record, makes an EXCELLENT holiday gift!)

Who: Pinot Patch

What: Pinot Noir (13.5%) and Pinot Noir Rose (13.6%)

When: 2013 and 2014

Where: Sonoma County, CA

Why: Because sometimes you just don’t want to work at enjoying your wine.

There are times in your life when you just don’t want things to get any more complicated than they are. The holidays come to mind. I totally enjoy the decorating and the cooking and the cleaning (well, maybe not enjoy that one but at least it gets done) and the shopping, but let’s face it. It’s a busy, busy time.

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Wine Review: Herzog Forward Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc

Who: Forward by Herzog

What: Petite Sirah and Chenin Blanc

When: 2013 and 2014

Where: Clarksburg, CA (available at

Why: Because someone needs to learn to clean up after themselves on my commute to work.

There I was, just driving to work, minding my own business, singing (rather brilliantly, if I do say so myself) along to my tunes when…..BAM. A huge piece of construction equipment (I live in Ohio, aka The Land of Orange Barrels) came sailing toward my little car. Seems it had been lying on the road, halfway into our lane, when the vehicle in front of me clipped it in just the right way to send it flying towards me.

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Review: Eos and Le Petit Coquerel from The California Wine Club

Who: Eos and Le Petit Coquerel (from the California Wine Club Wine Moms Series)

What: Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc

When: 2012 and 2011

Where: Paso Robles and Napa Valley

Why: Because back to school means my nest is empty again.

I’ll bet you’re thinking that this is going to be one of those “Oh woe is me…my children are gone and my nest is empty” posts, right? Because it IS a fact that every back-to-school time involves, for those of us with older children, a few long term good-byes. Our son is off on his career and our daughter is back for year two of college. So yes, my nest is empty. And FINE, I did cry when she left. Don’t let anyone fool you – saying goodbye year two is just as tough as year one. Maybe because you know what’s about to happen to your credit cards, but still, I found it hard.

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Review: Colby Red Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauvignon Blanc

Who: Colby Red

What: Cabernet Sauvignon (13.8%) and Sauvignon Blanc (13.5%)

When: 2012 (Cab) and 2014 (Sauvignon Blanc)

Where: California

Why: Because it’s rare to find a red and a white that are both so very good and have such a wonderful backstory.

Out of the mouths of babes… know the old saying. Sometimes the most amazing words of wisdom come out of the youngest humans. And in the case of the Colby Red wines, the wise words came out of the mouth of a 12-year-old.

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Review: Cornerstone Rocks! Stepping Stone

Who: Cornerstone Cellars

What: Cornerstone Rocks! Stepping Stone White (12.5%) and Red (13.5%)

When: 2014 and 2013

Where: California, from The California Wine Club

Why: Because it’s raining….again.

I am a reasonable grown-up. I expect a Polar Vortex (or two) in winter. I accept the bare trees in fall and the rain and mud in March.


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Review: Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc

Who: Lobster Reef – two bottles of it, actually

What: Sauvignon Blanc, 12.5%

When: 2014

Where: New Zealand

Why: Well, it took two bottles to get through this review. That’s why.

Normally, when I review a wine, I open the bottle with the express intent of taking notes and sniffing and swirling and sipping with a purpose. And I swear to you that’s how I started with my first bottle of this wine.

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Wine Review: Schild Estate Unwooded Chardonnay

Who: Schild Estate
What: unwooded Chardonnay 13.5%
When: 2011
Where:  Barossa, Australia
Why: I love the way they call it “unwooded”!

I have nothing against a little oak with my Chardonnay. But lately I’ve been seeing more and more unoaked Chardonnay and I am really liking it. I’m also amazed at how, when you take out the oak, you can get such a range of tastes in Chardonnay.

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Review: Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon

Who: Yalumba

What: The Y Series, Cabernet Sauvignon (14.2%)

When: 2013

Where: Australia

Why: Great wine, great price!

Do you keep a wine journal? I do, for a number of reasons. First off, if you review wines, you need to keep track of them somewhere. You want to think it won’t happen, but they do tend to run together in your mind after a while. Secondly, it’s kind of fun to look back on the notes I take and remember where and when you sipped on a certain wine. But most importantly, if you are drinking wine and taking notes, it’s work, not aimless sipping. (Not that I have anything against aimless sipping, mind you, but if you can justify opening a bottle, this is a very good reason.)

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Review: The White Ribbon

Who: The White Ribbon

What: Semillon (11%)

When: 2013

Where: Australia’s Hunter Valley

Why: Because wine elevates leftovers.

It’s been a little over four months since The Winey Household has become a Winey Empty Nest, and I’d like to report that I am doing quite well. (I’d report on the Winey Husband too, but it seems that no one cares how he is adjusting to the Empty Nest thing-y…it’s me they all expected to pretty much fall apart.) I did not grab anyone’s ankles to keep her from going back to the dorm on the last day of a certain college’s move in weekend. I did not cry myself hysterical on the car ride home. I didn’t have nightmares about my youngest being out in the big, bad, nasty world on her own.

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Wine Review: Riebeek Cellars Pinotage Rosé

Who: Riebeek Cellars

What: Cape Rosé, 13% ABV, 100% Pinotage Rosé

When: 2013

Where: South Africa

Why: Because grown up children still get sick.

This really happened. There we all were, enjoying our Christmas holidays together as a family. The Winey Daughter was in from college. The Winey Son was in from his military training. The Winey Hubby and I had a full house again.

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