Last week there were three words that I kept typing: Devastating Unbelievable Heartbreaking This week, I am reading updates and I keep thinking three words in RE-sponse. RE-silient RE-bounding RE-opening I am receiving press RE-lease after update after post and the message RE-mains the same: We are opening. We need your support. We are strong. […]Read More
To write about wine while the wine country burns feels wrong to me. And yet finding the words to do the tragedy justice seems impossible. When I look at the devastation, see what has been taken, how can I adequately respond? When I start to realize the enormity of the situation, all words seem […]Read More
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 […]Read More
After a bit of an indulgent weekend with company, it was time to return to clean eating. And while that should mean a break from wine, one bottle was staring at me with puppy dog eyes. Who could resist that little guy? Hoopla Chardonnay says it best on their label and on their site. “Wine should be […]Read More
Nearly two decades ago, a film set in the Tuscan countryside provided my first wine-related epiphany. Not through her teenage prattle or any life-changing plot, but through one scene in particular. The rich golden rays on a rustic table, wildflowers and clinking glasses, laughter and debate beneath the branches. I remember so clearly thinking: THAT. […]Read More
Yesterday was #Cabernetday in the wine writer’s world. And as a way to support those impacted by last week’s earthquake, we were encouraged to open and highlight some of the world’s best Cabernets, those made in Napa County. I’ve admitted before my frugality in all areas. I have no problem splurging here and there but I […]Read More
When reviewing a wine, I like to come to it with a clear palate and a clear mind. When I have had sufficient time with the wine, I like to go back and read the winemaker’s notes and the history of the vineyard. Each piece of information paints a picture and build my understanding of the industry, the winemaker, and the wine itself. It also serves as a means for self-examination. Did I pick up on that nuance? Did it remind me of another wine from the same AVA? Do I have a good understanding of how that variety typically shows? And did the pairing I chose work or not with all of this in mind? Then I go back to the wine with this knowledge and continue to learn.
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