Review: Berberana Brut Cava

Whining Down: F the System

It’s summer time in the US, and if I actually get a second to sit back and unwine, I’d have accomplished a lot. Although summer songs promote this idea of ‘getting friendly holding hands’ and ‘recalling walks along the beaches’, I’m not sure moms are REALLY spending the summer ‘kicking back with summer breezes; making us feel fine’. As I write this review, my girls still have 2 weeks left and I can already feel my bathing suit losing its Lycra. As much as I look forward to peacin out homework, the morning routine, and packing lunches, I’m also VERY much aware of the impending SPF (Scheduleless Parent Freak-out).

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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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Budget Wine Review: Cupcake Prosecco

Country: Italy

Type: Prosecco

Average Retail Price: $9.99 USD

Taste (1 = yucky 10=yummy): 8

Snobby Wine Words: Less fruity than your average prosecco, this should satisfy your basic bubbly needs this Holiday season.

Drink When: You want to celebrate, on a budget, without feeling like you are celebrating on a budget.


And so, the year draws to a close and a harried mother’s mind turns to one thing: bubbly. But in these trying economic times, how can a lady on a budget justify filling her champagne flute when her kids are wearing clothes two sizes too small, her husband is forced to walk seven miles to work, and even the dog is working night shifts as a bartender to help make ends meet? What are you, Mark Zuckerberg? Oprah? Kate Middleton? Hardly. When your “yacht” is an inner tube at the local water park, your “limo” is public transportation, and your “mansion” is a third floor walkup above the 7-11, actual French champagne can be seem as elusive as a stateroom on the Queen Mary II.

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Review: Mionetto Prosecco

Whining Down:
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred wine sips….how do YOU measure a year?

Alright, that’s a lot of sips. But December is a month of measure; of reflection, togetherness, celebration, and Advil (various reasons). What measures are we taking in order to achieve balance, peace, and satisfaction within our families and in our relationships with others? What IS your measure of happiness?

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Budget Wine of the Week: Martini & Rossi Asti Champagne

“Budget Wine of the Week” is a new weekly column written by Amy Murphy, founder of The Budget Mommy (

My husband and I had a great day yesterday. It was my birthday, and he got a call out of the blue to start a job this week (he’s been unemployed for a LONG time.) We decided that it was time to celebrate, because these days, the only things we ever celebrate have to do with children being asleep with minimal fighting and the newly received Netflix DVD. We picked up Martini & Rossi Asti Champagne as a “splurge” (it runs anywhere from $10-$15,) and I loved it! I am not a dry champagne kind of girl. It’s sweet enough for me, but not so sweet that my husband won’t drink it. And for that price, it’s perfect for the small every day celebrations (kids are in bed and there was only one tantrum!) or for when you have company. It would also make a very yummy mixer for mimosas, so if you have any left over the next day, breakfast will be super yummy! Just make sure you don’t accidently put it in the sippy cup…

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