Falling for the Wines of Alto Adige – Südtirol

{These wines were provided as media samples by Teuwen Communications. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.} Sometimes transitions are gradual. A slow cooling, mild warming. A gradual shift in elevation yields a barely discernible change in fauna.  In other parts of the world, the shift is dramatic, palpable. Alto Adige-Südtirol, […]

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Art, Wine, and a Wonderful Time-William Chris Vineyards-#TXwine

I got pulled into something else yesterday, so instead of Texas Tuesday, it is Texas Wednesday. Which works since it is #TexasWineMonth! We’ve had a lot of rain here in Central Texas this fall. I mean A LOT. Like crazy, dangerous flooding amounts. So when schedules aligned with the forecast, two friends and I decided […]

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Travel Beyond Texas at Tillie’s Restaurant

I was invited to this dinner as press but no other compensation was provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos are mine unless otherwise noted. A short distance off 290, past the town of Dripping Springs, you’ll find one of the state’s premier wedding venues. But the inspiration for the venue came from much […]

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The Fruits of their Labor-2018 Harvest-Part 1 #TXTuesday

It is a culmination of the year’s efforts. It is letting out a sigh of relief that the fruit has weathered the climatic challenges. It is digging in deep, finding the stamina needed in the coming days, weeks. It is harvest. While many fields have been picked, others are still swarming with laborers. Each day, […]

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Hills and Valleys-Pt. 4-Vista Hills Vineyard

{This is part 4 in a series of our visit to the Willamette Valley last summer.} It can be challenging to visit wineries with a big group. It can be challenging to visit with children. It can be challenging to visit with aging parents (mine, at least.) So, what to do when you check all […]

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Remembering, every year, every day

If you have been reading for any time, you know that I shared this post three years ago, the connected piece was shared the three previous. I took a break, not wanting to bombard. But the truth is, we all feel the weight of this day, some of us more acutely. I mourn for my […]

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#NFLChallenge-Can You Sacrifice 1% this Season?

So, I’m going WAY off course today. It was an idea that came to me on a walk, as most do. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Liturgists. The topic was Suffering. The guest, Scott Harrison, told the story of how and why he began Charity: Water, a non-profit that provides […]

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Hills and Valleys-Part 3-ROCO Winery

This series covers highlights from my visit to the Willamette Valley last summer. See the previous posts for travel tips and tastings. My first educational introduction to Willamette Valley wines came when Rollin Soles held a tasting at the Red Room in Austin. He poured a few Pinot Noir to compare and share about the […]

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A Magic Trick and Back to School

Did you see that? I once again performed my perennial summer social media magic trick. Once the kids got out for summer, I DISAPPEARED, almost entirely. Other than a quick post on the fly or while the passenger on a road trip, I was invisible. It happens every summer and it used to come with […]

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