DIY: Wine Glass Charms in 5 Easy Steps

I cannot remember which glass of wine is mine! Do your guests set down their glasses of wine and then forget which one is theirs? Sure, you can buy a couple dozen wine glass identifiers, but why not make your own unique wine glass charms? We’ve hosted our First Fridays wine tastings for nearly a year now, and it never fails; a guest will put her glass down on the table for a few minutes, […]

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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 25, 2013, seeks to remind the world that Champagne is not just a type of wine; it is a distinctive region in France. “Mais non!” you say. “I have tasted Champagne from California!” Perhaps you […]

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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 go on dates in Houston’s West Alabama Bookstore) we spent about three hours there. It clearly was not enough time to see the whole thing — but with only one full day to discover the […]

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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 descriptor of Sauvignon Blanc is “cat pee” on the nose. Some describe it more politely as “cat box;” others as cat piss. And some like to dress it up with a bit of […]

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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 son Alex, then eight, had no problem sitting down with me, showing me his toys and talking up a storm — the younger was more reserved. I had made fudge for Joe’s family and […]

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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 time to go to the gym. There are guys sitting all over the equipment, chatting as they “rest” from having done some ineffective workout consisting mostly of isolation exercises to muscles that don’t much matter […]

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Onion Tart – Perfect for your holiday party or New Year’s brunch

This onion tart is the perfect complement to just about any sparkling wine. Take it to an office holiday potluck, serve it at your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party, or best of all for a holiday brunch. Then make it all year long if you want, and I believe you will want. If you’ve never had one, or only had them improperly prepared, an onion tart may not sound like the most appetizing dish. […]

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%#&@ the Pilgrims!

WARNING! The following post may contain language, ideas, and humor that some might consider offensive. If you feel that you might be one of these people then this post might be about you or someone you know and we highly recommend that you use your back button or click here for an excellent turkey brining article. Yum, turkey! With stuffing too! Mmmm! Buh-bye now. Enjoy your brined turkey.

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