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...]

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...]

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...]