#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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Hills and Valleys-Part 2-Willamette Valley

{This is part two in a series documenting our trip to the Willamette Valley last year. The previous post highlights the coast and McMinnville, Elizabeth Chambers.} The house we rented was located in Sherwood, an immaculate equestrian property fully stocked for a large group and entertaining. When we arrived in early August of 2017, the […]

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Hills and Valleys-Oregon-Part 1

We gathered in the golden hills to celebrate a golden anniversary. Fifty years of commitment and compromise. Fifty years of trials and triumphs. Fifty years of  love. We chose the Willamette Valley because we wanted a place with beautiful views, temperate climate, and a comfortable home to gather. After my experience at Pinot in the […]

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Three Little Pinks and the Big Smooth Reds

{These wines were provided as media samples with no other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own. All photos are bottle shots taken from the respective website. Thank you Teuwen Communications, The Provence Rosé Group, and Freehand PR for providing them} Once upon a time there were Three Little Pinks. Two lived in a charming country home […]

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Sparkling Monday Wines-Domaine Bousquet

{These wines were received as media samples, no other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.} While Argentina’s Mendoza region may not be synonymous with sparkling wine,  their bubbles should be on your list of wines to explore. I recently sampled two sparklers which far outshine their price point. Produced in the Charmat method, priced around […]

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Albariño Shines in Summer-#AccessAlbariño

What do you seek in a white wine? Do you crave acidity or creaminess? Tropical or stone fruits? Aromatics? Salinity? Do you want a little weight to your wine or do you like to keep it light? What if you could find all of these qualities in one region, in one grape? I recently participated […]

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An Array of Tributes- Mother’s Day

Recently a winemaker I love shared a post I had written last year for Mother’s Day. It was a light-hearted guide to picking a wine that suited your mom’s personality. As I was trying to think of an angle for this year, I decided to look back at posts from year’s past. The first one […]

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