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: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc


Who: Starborough What: Sauvignon Blanc, 12.5% When: 2012 Where: Marlborough, New Zealand Why: Because May is for Moms! So, it’s May. Notice I did not say “spring” because where I hail from, just because the calendar says “May” doesn’t mean “spring”. There have been times when I have actually cursed snow flurries on Mother’s Day. But even with the nutsy weather, May … [Read more...]

Review: Avelina Lucca and Pinot Grigio


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...]

Les Vins de Jean-Claude Debaume Pouilly-Fuisse White Burgundy

Whining Down: The Sweet Spot I’m not high maintenance…not even close. I only buy clothes when I am sent a marketing bag stating, “Stuff and Save”; I get my toes painted hobbitually (a term used when unkempt feet start to resemble those of a hobbit); and my facial hair is addressed around the time my kids point out the one, random long chin hair that grows abnormally after several weeks … [Read more...]

Review: Giesen Sauvignon Blanc


Who: Giesen What: Sauvignon Blanc 12.5% When: 2013 Where: New Zealand Why: I have a college senior, a high school senior, and a huge attitude going on around here. How: It is March of both my children’s senior years. And to say that the dreaded specter of the disease known as “senioritis” has made an appearance is putting it mildly. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to … [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 www.cawineclub.com  As I sit here and type away, I am stressing over the fact that … [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 www.cawineclub.com 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: Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay


Who: Kim Crawford What: Unoaked Chardonnay When: 2011 Where: New Zealand Why: Because “wines on a train” makes sipping even more fun. (Part 2) How: Last month I reviewed a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I discovered while riding the rails of a local scenic railroad’s Wine Train. I must admit, train rides give you a whole new perspective of things. You’re happily sitting … [Read more...]

Review: Stein Family Wines 2012 Just Joshin “Vaquero” California Chardonnay


Wine:  Just Joshin/Stein Vaquero Chardonnay Vintage:  2012 Alcohol percentage: ? Found at: www.cawineclub.com/wine-moms-series I was out to dinner earlier in the month with a close friend that I only see once or twice a year.  We live about 5 hours apart, so when we have time to catch up in person, it is great.  Toward the end of dinner my husband sent me a text.  All it said was … [Read more...]