Review: Pinot Patch Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Rose

The following wines were included in the December shipment of the California Wine Clubs Wine Moms Series (which, for the record, makes an EXCELLENT holiday gift!)

Who: Pinot Patch

What: Pinot Noir (13.5%) and Pinot Noir Rose (13.6%)

When: 2013 and 2014

Where: Sonoma County, CA

Why: Because sometimes you just don’t want to work at enjoying your wine.

There are times in your life when you just don’t want things to get any more complicated than they are. The holidays come to mind. I totally enjoy the decorating and the cooking and the cleaning (well, maybe not enjoy that one but at least it gets done) and the shopping, but let’s face it. It’s a busy, busy time.

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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: DMZ Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

Who: DMZ (DeMorgenzon Winery)

What: Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (13%)

When: 2013

Where: Stellenbosch region, South Africa

Why: Because it was time to conquer my fear of Rosé wine.

There are a lot of things to be scared of in this world. Spiders, thunder, flying, spiders, the toddler years, heights, spiders…so it seemed very silly to me that I had a fearful aversion to wines of the pink hue.  If you tried to analyze the origin of my fear, it might be that my mother was (and is) a pink wine fan. It’s not that I object to pink wine, but when it’s one step above soda pop, and you drink it to the exclusion of all other types of wine, well, that scares me.  So a while back, in an effort to convince myself that pink wine was not the enemy, I tried a French Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé. And did not like it one bit. Nope, not one little bit.

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Review: 3 Spells Red Blend, Tess Red and White Blend

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 major holidays and events are being advertised earlier and earlier each year.  “Back to School” in July?  Come on.  We haven’t even hit the dog days of summer yet and you want to go buy notebooks?  I admit, sometimes I can picture myself skipping down the aisles in Staples throwing pencils and other supplies in my cart.  But quite honestly, this year I feel cheated.  Where did July go?  Are we already moving into the last week of the summer sailing program for my youngest?  Why do I feel like it should be June?  I work full time, so the summer is filled with mixed feelings for me.  Happy for the warm weather and fun filled days for the kids, but sad in a way that I am at work, missing out on sunshine, multiple sunscreen applications and lunches on the beach or boat. I hoard my vacation days in case of a last minute big trip (never happens) or another incident that requires major surgery (God willing, I am in the clear so far…) I wish I were a teacher and had my summers off.  I wish I won the lottery.  I wish I had 2 bottles of wine from the California Wine Club.  Wait!  I do!  Lucky me!

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Review: Chateau De Segries Tavel Rose

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 again. And your basement is dunzo….so enjoy all that. Kegels are b.s., IMO (which stands for ‘in my opinion’ if you’re texting: which is a verb and a form of communication that is slowly taking over actual human conversation).

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Review: Caposaldo Sweet Pink Merlot

Whining Down: Finding the Right Lube

My daughter brought a book home from her school library about idioms. The illustrations in the book contained real pictures with penned facial expressions and movements. My middle daughter LOVES this kind of stuff. She is such a literal thinker, that the idea of food having faces is mesmerizing to her. In fact, we call her “Literal Lisa”…a character I keep in my pocket in case Saturday Night Live calls.

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Review: Martini & Rossi Rose

Whining Down

Stuff Your Stockings with Toast

Tis the season for life to get snotbonkers crazy up in mom’s chimney! While we are ALL trying to keep the sleigh steady this month, I decided to drop a little snowfleck to take with you for ice breaking at all those parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting.

So toasting. What the elf does that mean? Raising a glass to honor someone began a long time ago. Greeks practiced drink offerings to the gods as a ritual, and they would also raise a glass to each other’s health. The word ‘toast’ was first documented around the 16th century. At that time, people would put an actual piece of burnt bread (toast) into their wine to reduce its acidity (the wine back then wasn’t all that grape). Toasting then evolved into honoring people and, early on, the person receiving the recognition would also get the soggy-arse toast. Drunk dunk…yes please.

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Review: Banrock Station Moscato and Pink Moscato

Who: Banrock Station

What: Moscato (5.5%) and Pink Moscato (6%)

When: 2011 and 2012

Where: Southeastern Australia

Why: Because pink and white are such universally flattering colors, especially in wine glasses!

I know that most people see the colors pink and white and think “baby shower for a baby girl”. But what runs through my mind is, “Oooh, a set of Moscato!” And that is exactly what I thought when I laid my eyes on a pair of Banrock Station wine bottles. One was a Moscato (2011), which seems to be the new summer It Wine, doesn’t it? The other was a Pink Moscato (2012). So in the interest of scientific comparison, I decided that a side by side taste test was the only way to go here.  (You are welcome.)

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Review: Louis Bouillot’s Perle D’Aurore Sparking Rose

Whining Down


What is red and white and green all over?  My recycling bin of empty wine bottles.

December is a month of consumption, and the meat of a season I call, “Wineter”; in which every occasion seems to contain the phrase:  “it will go nicely with some wine.” Observe:

“I cannot wait for dinner to finish microwaving. It will go nicely with some wine.”

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The Sunday Morning Sommelier: Ménage à Trois Rosé

Alcohol content: 13.5%

Category: other reds (Rosé)

Description per label: Think pink! Who says three’s a crowd? Some love our Red, some love our White, everyone loves our Pink.

Price: $10.99


Labor Day weekend of 1999 I found myself closing out the summer in Bridgehampton. It was there that I was last confronted with the act of debauchery that is this wine’s name. I was at a share house with six other wild alcohol enthusiasts when, after an all-day wine sampling marathon and polo match, my date and one of my floozy roommates thought this act may be a good idea. My response was to smack him in the face and ‘accidently’ spilled red wine all over her white dress.

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