About Janna


Janna is a professional parent of three girls ages 6, 4, and 1. Prior to earning an income of macaroni necklaces and bead bracelets, she was a teacher and field hockey coach. She was also employed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board where her love for wine was uncorked. She knows enough about wine to differentiate between a cheap price tag and a great buy, but there is so much more she wants to learn. Janna loves Facebook, reality TV, reading, baking, and dancing. She will also rip off her left arm rather than miss a Girls Night Out.

Review: Berberana Brut Cava

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Whining Down: F the System It’s summer time in the US, and if I actually get a second to sit back and unwine, I’d have accomplished a lot. Although summer songs promote this idea of ‘getting friendly holding hands’ and ‘recalling walks along the beaches’, I’m not sure moms are REALLY spending the summer ‘kicking back with summer breezes; making us feel fine’. As I write this … [Read more...]

Review: Chateau De Segries Tavel Rose

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To Janna of May 6, 2004: I know you are still pregnant, but let me start by saying, “Happy 1st Mother’s Day!” What a crazy adventure you’re about to have…buckle the freak up. Here are a few things I thought I should let you know. Let me start with anatomy. I REALLY think you should take as many opportunities as possible to appreciate your boobs. They are never gonna look this good … [Read more...]

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Whining Down: The Sweet Spot I’m not high maintenance…not even close. I only buy clothes when I am sent a marketing bag stating, “Stuff and Save”; I get my toes painted hobbitually (a term used when unkempt feet start to resemble those of a hobbit); and my facial hair is addressed around the time my kids point out the one, random long chin hair that grows abnormally after several weeks … [Read more...]

Review: Quinta do Portal’s Mural Reserva Red

Whining Down Savor Every Morsel! As far as mental sharpness goes…I am definitely not the freshest grape in the bunch. I make the most nonsensical mom mistakes every damn day. Let’s just call them momsenicals…for a lesser mouthful. I have been driving back and forth from Orange County to Los Angeles (about 55 miles) with my kids about 30 times now. I have been stuck in HORRENDOUS … [Read more...]

Review: Caposaldo Sweet Pink Merlot

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Whining Down: Finding the Right Lube My daughter brought a book home from her school library about idioms. The illustrations in the book contained real pictures with penned facial expressions and movements. My middle daughter LOVES this kind of stuff. She is such a literal thinker, that the idea of food having faces is mesmerizing to her. In fact, we call her “Literal Lisa”…a character I … [Read more...]

Review: 2011 Domaine Chenevieres Chablis Les Grandes Vignes

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Whining Down Happy Renew Year! If I go by Facebook friends, I’d say about 8% have already ‘failed’ in the resolution department (and I also join that group because I said I wouldn’t make up statistical data in 2014).  Most of my evidence is based on excessive food pictures and motivational quotes about the health benefits of beer (which my husband is posting)…and then there are … [Read more...]

Review: Martini & Rossi Rose

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Whining Down Stuff Your Stockings with Toast Tis the season for life to get snotbonkers crazy up in mom’s chimney! While we are ALL trying to keep the sleigh steady this month, I decided to drop a little snowfleck to take with you for ice breaking at all those parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting. So toasting. What the elf does that mean? Raising a glass to honor someone … [Read more...]

Review: Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay

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Who: Kim Crawford What: Unoaked Chardonnay When: 2011 Where: New Zealand Why: Because “wines on a train” makes sipping even more fun. (Part 2) How: Last month I reviewed a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I discovered while riding the rails of a local scenic railroad’s Wine Train. I must admit, train rides give you a whole new perspective of things. You’re happily sitting … [Read more...]

Review: 2008 Riserva di Famiglia Chianti Classico DOCG by Cecchi

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Whining Down Thanksgiving….A Time of Courses Do you ever feel like your life is a TV show? I am pretty sure that there is intelligent life on other planets and that my unintelligent life is being broadcast like the “Truman Show”…only sillier, sloppier, and wineier. Oh, and it has more made-up-words. When I am driving around with 40 overdue library books on my front seat (for a … [Read more...]

Review: Naked Earth’s 2009 Organic Rouge

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Whining Down NOmom’s Land  “Mom…why do you always say ‘no’?”  Sound familiar? I usually respond with, “I’m sorry you feel that way, but I don’t always say no.”  What I WANT to say is, “Um…unless you are talking about the iMom3 (wine, pizza, a nap) you are probably right.” But to be perfectly honest… I think I do say a ton of no’s. However, I always try to … [Read more...]