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: Donna Anita Arneis 2013

Whining Down: Is my Beaver Busy or Productive? Over the past 2 months, when someone has asked me the standard: “How are you?”, my answer is either “Good, but tired!” or “Good…just really busy.” I hate that….or as we try to say in my house, “I have strong feelings about that.” Not only is it passively provoking a follow-up discussion as to why I’m so tired and busy (which … [Read more...]

Review: Chalkboard Moscato

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Whining Down: Love The CAD you Had You liked “MWNW” for a reason, and whatever that reason is….I’m sure it sounds something like, “you won’t believe the crazy ass day(CAD) I had”. Crazy is crazy, period. But crazy also has many levels: like Lady Gaga. I have CADS pretty much every day. How can I not? My middle daughter is mad crazy about roller skating, She wants to roller … [Read more...]

Review: 2011 Arrogant Frog Reserve

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Whining Down: Memes Who Need Wine I love a new year. The energy is palpable as people everywhere make a concerted effort to improve areas of their lives that have been left neglected or rundown. What to call this ‘renewal’ is purely a matter of personal preference (I’ve heard everything from ‘resolutions’ to ‘iPlans’; ’inner upgrades’ to ‘mesolutions’). Whether you … [Read more...]

Review: Pacific Rim 2012 Dry Reisling

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Whining Down: The Roots of Parenthood My husband and I decided to take our three girls out of school for a family trip to Yosemite. It’s been on our list of ‘mustard do’s’ since our move to California, and we knew that if we didn’t make a plan for it…it would probably never happen (as if often the case with parenthood). A few  days before we left, I had forgotten that I signed … [Read more...]

Review: Finca Nueva Rioja 2007 Reserva

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  Whining Down: Is Your Life a Good Read? I was speaking with a mom friend about swimming as a form of exercise. Even after I mentioned the amazing non-impact and resistance benefits, she had her mind made up. “I just don’t feel like dealing with getting wet and gross and getting in and out of a pool. I’d rather just put on my shoes and run.” While I understood her … [Read more...]

Review: Riunite Lambrusco

Whining Down: Burning Pancakes Weekend mornings are pancake mornings, and nothing hustles the girls to the table quicker than the smell of scratch pancakes. However, on the days I’m on spatula duty, it’s all: “Mine are a bit burnt.” “I’m just asking….but these are YOUR pancakes, aren’t they mom?” “Dad’s pancakes are the best. You should ask dad how he makes them!” What … [Read more...]

Review: Warre’s Otima 10-year Tawny Port

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Whining Down: Audible Ready It was a Monday morning. My family and I had just returned from a three week visit in Maryland, and I was exhausted. My husband, God love him, had single-handedly moved our things out of our former home while I was away with the kids.  I sat at my computer, surrounded by cardboard, trying to come up with a plan to start getting our new house unboxed. I knew I had a … [Read more...]

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...]