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


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


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...]

Review: Quinta do Portal’s Mural Reserva Red

Whining Down Savor Every Morsel! As far as mental sharpness goes…I am definitely not the freshest grape in the bunch. I make the most nonsensical mom mistakes every damn day. Let’s just call them momsenicals…for a lesser mouthful. I have been driving back and forth from Orange County to Los Angeles (about 55 miles) with my kids about 30 times now. I have been stuck in HORRENDOUS … [Read more...]

Review: Layer Cake Shiraz


Who: Layer Cake What: Shiraz (14.5%) When: 2010 Where: South Australia Why: What did you not understand about the word “cake”? How: I am a sucker for cake. I simply cannot resist it. Especially the icing. And if that icing happens to be white buttercream on fresh white cake? Forget it. I’m a goner. Ice cream? Nah – easy to pass up. Chocolate? It has to be milk chocolate and … [Read more...]

Review: Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc

Wine:  Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2012 and Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley  Three Vineyards 2010 Vintage: Sauvignon Blanc- 2012; Cabernet Sauvignon- 2010 Alcohol percentage: Sauvignon Blanc – 13.4% ; Cabernet Sauvignon – 14.3% Found at: The California Wine Club  As I sit here and type away, I am stressing over the fact that … [Read more...]

Review: Banrock Station Shiraz


Who: Banrock Station What: Shiraz (13% ABV) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2011 Why: Because Australia has Australia Day, that’s why! How: As I sit here in a very chilly suburb in Ohio, USA, I can’t help but think about the fact that it is summer down under in Australia. Yes, summer. That wonderful time of year when you can leave the house without taking 20 minutes to … [Read more...]


Wine:  Madrona Zinfandel 2010; Madrona Chardonnay 2012 Vintage: Zinfandel- 2010; Chardonnay- 2012 Alcohol percentage: 14.5% both Found at: The California Wine Club Did everyone enjoy (or rather, survive) the holidays?  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really find I need that extra week in between Thanksgiving and the end of November. You know, the extra … [Read more...]

Review: Bob’s Your Uncle Wines


Who: Bob’s Your Uncle What: Bob White (12.5%) and Bob Red (13%) When: NV (in other words, “they didn’t say”) Where: South Africa Why: Because even beer drinkers deserve wine. Sometimes. If they’ve been very, very good. The first thing I should warn you about these wines is that you may very well pass them by thinking they are beers. I nearly did. Just look at them: … [Read more...]

Review: Naked Earth’s 2009 Organic Rouge


Whining Down NOmom’s Land  “Mom…why do you always say ‘no’?”  Sound familiar? I usually respond with, “I’m sorry you feel that way, but I don’t always say no.”  What I WANT to say is, “Um…unless you are talking about the iMom3 (wine, pizza, a nap) you are probably right.” But to be perfectly honest… I think I do say a ton of no’s. However, I always try to … [Read more...]