Category: Holiday

Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

If you are like me, you purchased your holiday gifts months ago. But if you are more excited by the idea of last-minute gift giving, you started shopping yesterday, and are ready to pay a premium for shipping. Looking for the perfect ...

Cornerstone Oregon 2012 Willamette Valley Chardonnay

Lemon zest, whipped pineapple, slate and toasted vanilla on the nose, the straw-hued 2012 Cornerstone Oregon Willamette Valley Chardonnay tastes of Meyer lemons, vanilla and a tiny hint of plantain. Crisp acidity balanced with a creamy malo mid palate and ...

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

Tis the season to answer Hallmark's clarion call and spend our hard-earned money on their crap. Like lovesick little rats following a corporate piper we pay premium prices for already dead flowers, bad cattle call dinners, jewelry, and of course, ...

HOT Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

It is the day before Valentine's Day and you haven't a clue what to give your wine lover. Perhaps we can help. When someone contacted us about tasting the Fifty Shades of Grey "White Silk" and "Red Satin" blends I was ...

New Year’s Eve Magic: Saber Your Champagne

Want to add a little magic to your New Year's Eve celebration? Open the bottle of Champagne with a saber! The first time we saw someone open a bottle of Champagne with a saber was a New Year's Eve several years ...

Celebrate Champagne Day: October 25, 2013

Kleenex. Xerox. Band-Aids. These were once brands names that are now used generically, to mean facial tissue, copies and adhesive bandages. But Champagne is not one of those words. Now in its fourth year, Champagne Day, set for Friday, October ...

Money, Guns and Workers: The True Meaning of Labor Day

After six days of wine tasting and pairing in Portland and Carlton, Oregon, we headed on a walking tour of the city and landed at Powell's City of Books. Since Joe and I are secretly book nerds (we used to ...

Happy Sauvignon Blanc Day! Viva #SauvBlanc!

Today is International Sauvignon Blanc Day! Wine drinkers around the world are celebrating with a refreshingly crisp glass of wine from the green-skinned grape, so named from the French word sauvage, meaning wild and blanc, meaning white. Pipi de Chat? Mais, Oui! A classic ...

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On Becoming a Mom at 50

When I first met Joe's younger child, he was only four years old. I was visiting Toledo, Ohio, for Christmas and we were at that "serious" point in the relationship when Dad lets the girlfriend meet the kids. While Joe's older ...

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New Year’s Resolutions? No thank you, none for me.

I'm not a big fan of making New Year's Resolutions. As a former, and hopefully future, gym rat, I have had a front row seat to observe how effective they are. The first week of the year is a horrible ...

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