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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Review: Renieri Invetro Red 2011

Whining Down: Is My Kid an Ahole?

When it comes to measuring the successes of our parenting, I think that this is the most important question we can ask ourselves. There’s just too many day-to-day missteps that pile up and hide all of the good stuff…like the clean (I think) piles of unfolded laundry heaped on top of our missing Apple TV remote in my living room. If I can see that my child has goodness and kindness at the base of her being, then I can overlook all the mistakes.

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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: 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 I’m too busy to do in the first place); who the hell wants to hear that from me?

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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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Review: Chalkboard Moscato

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 skate to and from school every day. Not inline skating…old school, clunky 4-wheel skating. Ok…sounds like a simple enough hobby to accommodate. So…that’s what we do. We put her school shoes in a plastic, jacked-up Sketchers bag and she rolls to school. Then, when we get to school, we put her clunky skates and helmet in the Sketchers bag and she puts on her sneakers. I carry the bag to and from school…day in day out. Ever’ day.

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Review: Kiara Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

Wine:   Kiara Private Reserve By Le Vigne Winery Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

Vintage:  Cabernet Sauvignon – 2011; Chardonnay -2013

Alcohol percentage:  Cabernet Sauvignon – 14.5%; Chardonnay- 14.2%

Found at: The California Wine Club

I hate snow days!  I know I am probably not that popular with the younger set by making this announcement, but honestly, I hate them.    My youngest son agrees.  He is a boy of summer, and he figured out early on in his school career that a snow day in January or February translates to an extra day at the end of the school year.  There used to be something so magical about the powdery, fluffy white stuff falling from the sky at a rate that the plows can’t keep up with.  But now that I am an adult, it just means more shoveling, and a sloppy, white knuckle commute to work.  I grew up in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, so I am pretty used to the snow.  Getting around in the snow never bothered me, but now that I live down near Cape Cod, it’s a different kind of animal down here.  School can be cancelled for a flurry in the air and a mere rumor of a storm.  Snow days also mess with my vacation time that I work so hard to accumulate, and as much as I love spending time with my son, the prospect of a snow day just makes me sour.

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