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...]

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...]

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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: 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: 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...]

Review: Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

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Wine:  Vinum Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir; Vinum Cellars 2012 Zinfandel Vintage: Pinot Noir – 2012; Zinfandel - 2012 Alcohol percentage: Pinot Noir -13.5%; Zinfandel – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club Goodbye March, I was not a fan!  I started the month with emergency eye surgery and ended the month with the flu, and there was not much good in between!  The eye surgery was to … [Read more...]

Sponsored Post: Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir

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Maybe the fact that your kid just sprinkled Baby Powder all over the living room sofa is all the excuse you need to buy a bottle of wine. Mother-in-law dropped by unexpectedly and stayed all day? Yep, another good one. Stepped on a Lego? Two year old swallowed a Lego? Legos have taken over your entire first floor? All good reasons. But we have a better one: Buy a bottle of wine and help save … [Read more...]

Review: 19 Crimes Red Wine

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Who: 19 Crimes What: Red wine (blend, 13% ABV) When: 2012 Where: Australia Why: Because this wine is no crime. How: You’ve got to love a wine that celebrates the founding of a nation by criminals. But back in the late 1700’s, that’s exactly how Australia was born. Seems there were 19 different crimes that could get you transported (via creaky boat) to England’s penal colony. … [Read more...]