Category: Holiday

Father’s Day Treasures…

Father's Day was always a favorite holiday because my Dad appeared to be thrilled with any gift he received. "Fancy!" he'd say. And he saved everything. I mean everything. Called them his "treasures." He'd keep them in boxes, in dressers, ...

Give Birth to Your Own Little Sommelier

Scientists at the University of California - Murphys, working together with El Jefe, he of the Twisted Oak fame; have developed a new horizontal tasting geared toward expectant the parent's desire for early education of  her soon-to-be child in the fine art of wine ...

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 ...

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