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: 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


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


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


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


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


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


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...]

Review: Vicente Gandia Verdejo (Organic)


Whining Down: Wishful Drinking Dear New School Year, Yeah….we’re back; but just barely. I know we had all summer to get ready, and I had every intention to do so, but we aren’t. Let’s start with school supplies. I miraculously secured felt chisel tip pens in bold. My oldest went ahead and tested one on her bicep, so it is slightly used and even slightlier washable. I forgot to get … [Read more...]

Review: Pierre Henri Morel 2010 Gigondas


Whining Down: Work the Core “Family Movie Night”…a double edged pillow pet: sometimes a cool idea; and sometimes a hassle. In my house, movie night involves creating a ‘nest’ of blankets, pillows (pets or regular), and stuffed animals for the girls to lounge on while snacking on a trail mix of whatever’s open from the pantry.  Sounds easy enough, and with a pillow half-stuffed … [Read more...]

Review: Ares Rioja


Whining Down Some more (Read: Summer) Singletasking I am looking at a picture of me from the summer of ’80. Pigtails; chubby thighs; ginormous-squinty-eyed smile… posing in the backyard that I knew every single inch of growing up. I am standing in an orange bathing suit… in a bucket; a silvery, metal bucket that my dad would use to wash our brown and beige van. The water in the bucket … [Read more...]