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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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. Notes: And so, the year draws to a close and a harried … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]