Category: Holiday

Didn’t I say not to go out for Valentine’s Day?

Last year I wrote about the horrors of going out for Valentine's Day. I even posted alternative ideas for your Valentine's Day celebration. Here are some excerpts of what I wrote: If Valentine’s Day had an equivalent to Scrooge, I would ...

Be Mine? Gift Ideas for Your Wine Valentine

Gentlemen, please listen: I know you'd love to go into one of the many naughty or next-to-naughty lingerie shops and purchase some "barely there" outfit for your lady for Valentine's Day. That's fine, if you understand it is your Valentine's ...

Totally random thoughts on the past year (and other stuff)

This was a pretty good year for me, filled with some amazing and wonderful memories. It was also a year filled with a lot of things in the world that will be memorable for not being quite so good. 2008 ...

Cava: An Economical Alternative to Champagne

I must admit, I've never been a huge fan of traditional champagne, and it doesn't matter what the price point.  It could be that I just haven't found the one that "wows" me, yet. But we've found a reasonable alternative ...

Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

Every year I look for the ultimate gift for my husband, the wine lover.  Joe makes a point of saying, "I don't play dress up with my wine!"  So those cutesy "wine caddies" are definitely out. But I have found ...

Warning: Emotions Can Impair Your Drinking

Recently we attended a company holiday party. The invitation indicated each guest would receive two drink tickets, with all additional drinks available from the "cash bar." Upon arriving we learned that the bar policy had changed. One of the head ...

Champagne Styles

This video about the different styles of Champagne should help with the holidays right around the corner.

Champagne and Sparkling wines under $40

Just in time for the holidays the San Francisco Chronicle has a nice article with reviews about French Champagne and domestic sparkling wines. Of the wines that are reviewed that I have tasted, I agree with their assessments. But what really ...

What I am thankful for – Happy Thanksgiving

While I am thankful that I am able to cook well, and that I have a little talent when it comes writing, the truth of the matter is that I have to cook and I have to write. Cooking is ...

Wine, Women & Hurricane Ike: On Being Thankful

It has been two months since Hurricane Ike made landfall with a direct hit to Galveston, roaring up through Houston and wreaking havoc and damages estimated to go up to as high as $21 billion. That figure would make Hurricane ...

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