The Yard of the Rising Sun-Rubin Family of Wines

It is easy to see where they get their name. The new leaves unfold as the earliest colors of the sun: waxy yellow, pink grapefruit, apricot, chartreuse and key lime. Splashes of citrus fade, the greens deepen. The Rising Sun Redbud borders our deck and is a family favorite. A few weeks ago, when the leaves were […]

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An American Revolution-Locations Wines

You may recognize the label even if you haven’t tasted the wine. Perhaps flying past you on the Autobahn, adorning a neighbor’s Volvo 240 wagon, or through your fingers as you covered your eyes, held on a prayed in a taxi in Rome. The oval stickers on European cars denoting the country of origin have found a new […]

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Winter Whites

When I think of winter whites, I think of those elegant ensembles: cashmere and wool, floor-length coats. The kind of outfits that no woman with children under 10 would ever dream of wearing. I’ve never thought I could pull it off. I’ve never even tried it on fearing a greater resemblance to Frosty than the women […]

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Dot-to-Dot Sample Reviews

Dot-to-dots began with a scanning of the page to find where to begin. A one, an a, however it began, you had a pretty good idea of how it was going to end by the general placement of all the numbers. And yet we would happily practice numerical order, giving our caregivers a brief moment of […]

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No Debating the Value- Chilean Monday Wines

Let me preface by saying that I loathe this election cycle. I am not an overly political person. I can usually see pros and cons to each candidate, try to understand people’s differing point of view. It means I may never take a hard stand on a specific candidate. Issues, yes. Party, no. It makes my husband […]

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Nothing Blue about Pink Monday

Spring is in full swing, the temps have been rising but your price point doesn’t have to to get a great bottle of wine. It’s been a while since I’ve covered Monday wines. The truth is, I haven’t been drinking as much. If I have, it has been on the weekend, thus Weekend Wines. Saturday was Ladies’ […]

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A Confession- Hess Select #WineElevated

I have a confession. I am reminded of this shortcoming every holiday season. The family gathers, appetizers are prepared, it is time to open something. And I freeze. On one shoulder there is the angel saying, “Share that one. It is divine and will go smashingly. It is the holidays, after all.” On the other […]

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Meeting of the Minds-Indaba Wines

In most places the season is wrapping up, in South Africa it is just beginning and here in Central Texas it never ends: grilling season. Although it may look different, the spirit is the same. And though many of the current celebrity BBQ kings hail from Texas, South Africa boasts the oldest archeological evidence of the […]

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Holy Halloween Party, Batman!

From the moment they opened their eyes, my children were ablaze. Crackling with expectation for the evening’s festivities, feeding off of one another, they ran with their neighborhood friends until I could rein them in, briefly to transform. I wasn’t far off. Wielding a hot glue gun and green fabric, I channeled Batman’s villains to […]

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