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...]

Review: Finca Nueva Rioja 2007 Reserva

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  Whining Down: Is Your Life a Good Read? I was speaking with a mom friend about swimming as a form of exercise. Even after I mentioned the amazing non-impact and resistance benefits, she had her mind made up. “I just don’t feel like dealing with getting wet and gross and getting in and out of a pool. I’d rather just put on my shoes and run.” While I understood her … [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Gnarly Head Authentic Black

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Ah, Fall. The hot summer days have passed and there is a chill air. OK, in some parts more than a chill—there was ice on my windshield this morning. *sigh* That means my favorite crisp summer Whites are being tucked into hibernation. I will miss you, you citrus-y glasses of deliciousness that kept me company out on the deck while the kids ran around like complete maniacs on a popsicle high … [Read more...]

Review: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia Shiraz

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Who: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia What: Shiraz (13.5%) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2012 Why: Because it’s September and I am STILL vacuuming up pine needles from LAST year’s Christmas tree. How: Admittedly, I will never win the medal for “Best House Cleaner”. And I am okay with that. I can think of so many other things I’d rather do than dust, vacuum, clean … [Read more...]

Review: Riunite Lambrusco

Whining Down: Burning Pancakes Weekend mornings are pancake mornings, and nothing hustles the girls to the table quicker than the smell of scratch pancakes. However, on the days I’m on spatula duty, it’s all: “Mine are a bit burnt.” “I’m just asking….but these are YOUR pancakes, aren’t they mom?” “Dad’s pancakes are the best. You should ask dad how he makes them!” What … [Read more...]