Review: The White Ribbon

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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 … [Read more...]

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. And … [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: 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 … [Read more...]

Review: Manu Sauvignon Blanc

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Who: Manu What: Sauvignon Blanc, 13% When: 2013 Where: New Zealand Why: Because you never know when you’re going to meet up with a new favorite. How:  Every year, a parents’ group the Winey Hubby and I are members of hosts a wine tasting. Actually, it’s a 5-course meal, each course paired with a different wine, so I guess it’s a wine dinner. It is one of our group’s most … [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...]

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Wine:  Viansa Sangiovese 2012; Viansa Vino Bianco 2012 Vintage: Sangiovese 2012; Vino Bianco 2012 Alcohol percentage: Sangiovese – 14.5% ; Vino Bianco – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club A friend asked me the other day, “What do you like to do?”  We were having a deep conversation about careers, and family, and when she posed this question, I immediately listed off 4 … [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: Clos Pegase Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot

Wine:   Clos Pegase Merlot; Clos Pegase Sauvignon Blanc Vintage:  Merlot- 2009; Sauvignon Blanc -2012 Alcohol percentage:  Merlot – 14.5%; Suavignon Blanc- 14.4% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com Well, the holiday season is in full swing, which means, it is WINE DRINKING SEASON!  Actually, when isn’t it WINE DRINKING SEASON???  I recently made the switch … [Read more...]

Review: 2Up Shiraz

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Who: 2Up What: Shiraz (14% ABV) When: 2013 Where: Australia Why: Because everyone needs a guilty pleasure. There are people who love fall for the crisp weather and the gorgeous leaf show Mother Nature puts on. And while I’m all about the pretty colors, I look forward to fall because I know that soon, very soon, there will be a new season of Grey’s Anatomy. I know, I know. … [Read more...]