Variety in the Rhone Valley

From Vienne to Avignon, the varieties vary. The Rhone Valley produces some of the most widely recognized blends. Beginning in Roman times, the region became synonymous with quality wines. Wine ranging from those worthy of Popes to those you can open on a Monday, just because. French labels can be confusing, intimidating even. If you […]

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Mixing Things Up-Sparkling Wines for Valentine’s

{Wines were provided as media samples. I received no other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.} There was a time I put a lot of effort into the day. Handmade cards, a new dress, a decadent meal, a splurge on a bottle of Champagne. These days, it looks a lot different. I still make something […]

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I Shocked Myself this Week-Scout and Cellar Wines

Dear friends, I have a confession. I did something I thought I’d never do. I’ve had opportunities. Multiple opportunities. But I resisted. I JOINED A WINES SALES CLUB,  I know. I’m as shocked as anyone who knows me would be. I’ve been approached by friends about many MLM opportunities but could never get on board. […]

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Warming up with Washington Wine

It has been unusually cold here this winter. For Austin, that is. While mentioning temps in the 20s and 30s might elicit a guffaw from my friends up north, we are not as equipped here in Texas. We’ve burned a lot of firewood, busted out the scarves, and opened up some big, red wine. Two […]

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A Vastly Different Holiday-Don Melchor

{The wine was sent as media sample. I received no other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.} The tree was trimmed while Harry Connick crooned. The stockings were hung, the nativity set in place. But this year there were a few major changes. For one, my children had asked THE question. They’ve been surmising for […]

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Delayed Plans-Wines of Alsace

Wines were provided as media samples. I received no other compensation, thoughts and opinions are my own. I had plans for these wines. They arrived when the temperatures were not conducive to the cuisine, but I was patient. I had plans for these wines. I’d taste them all together, a three course meal with friends, […]

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A Thrill of Hope

I can’t get through the stanza without a catch in my throat and tears in my eyes. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices This year has been one challenge after another. From a global level to the very personal, this year has been one in which I’ve grown weary. There were stretches in […]

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Two wines, two countries, one region

These wines were provided as media samples. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own. The temps in Texas were still in the 80s in November. In fact, they hit 80 again last week…a few days before it snowed. The lesson being you always need to have a variety of jackets and […]

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2017 Gobble Gobble Give-#Austin

We are now in our 7th year here in Austin. If you’ve participated before, thank you. If you are in any of the cities we have Gobble, Gobble, Give, consider volunteering. This year we are returning to straight potluck (we had started buying meals) which means we can’t do it without you, without each other. […]

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