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: 3 Spells Red Blend, Tess Red and White Blend

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Wine:   3 Spells Red Blend – 2011; Tess Red and White Blend Vintage:  3 Spells- 2011; Tess Red and White Blend – Non Vintage Alcohol percentage:  3 Spells – 14.2%; Tess Red and White Blend – 13.9% Found at: The California Wine Club  The BACK TO SCHOOL emails started filling my inbox back in July.  Last week I saw Halloween candy in the grocery store.  It seems like the … [Read more...]

Review: Presswork Shiraz

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Who: Presswork What: Shiraz (13.8%) When: 2011 Where: Barossa Valley, Australia Why: Nice wine, great price. Let me start out by saying that I am a total stalker in the wine department. I just wander the aisles and gaze at bottle after bottle after bottle. Typically I wind up in the tasting area, where hopefully there is a very helpful wine guru who will taste right along with me. … [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...]

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Wine:  Castoro Cellars Reserve Viognier 2012; Castoro Cellars Reserve East meets West (Syrah) 2012 Vintage: Viognier 2012; East meets West 2012 Alcohol percentage: Viognier – 13.5%; East meets West – 14.5% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com It’s been a late spring in my neck of the woods.  We kept our woodstove stoked until mid-April, and typically my husband … [Read more...]

Review: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Who: Starborough What: Sauvignon Blanc, 12.5% When: 2012 Where: Marlborough, New Zealand Why: Because May is for Moms! So, it’s May. Notice I did not say “spring” because where I hail from, just because the calendar says “May” doesn’t mean “spring”. There have been times when I have actually cursed snow flurries on Mother’s Day. But even with the nutsy weather, May … [Read more...]

Review: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

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Who: Excelsior What: Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5%) Where: South Africa When: 2011 Why: Because there’s a horsey on the label. So, here in the good old U.S. of A, there is one certain sports weekend dubbed “the greatest two minutes in sports.” (And no, it is NOT the two minutes when the Cleveland Indians are playing baseball well. There, I’ve put it out on the table.) Nope, … [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...]

Review: Avelina Lucca and Pinot Grigio

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Wine:  Avelina Lucca Santa Barbara County, Avelina Pinot Grigio Santa Barbara County Vintage: Lucca - 2011; Pinot Grigio - 2012 Alcohol percentage: Lucca – 13.9%;  Pinot Grigio – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club   I have thought a lot about it.  I think I would trade my left arm to be a stay at home mom. Before you get all offended, let me say this:  I … [Read more...]

Les Vins de Jean-Claude Debaume Pouilly-Fuisse White Burgundy

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...]