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: Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon

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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 … [Read more...]

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...]