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Plant Parent Wine Inspiration

By |September 28th, 2020|

One diversion output of 2020—aside from the influx of new banana bread makers—is the yield of new plant parents. Succulents, snake plants, eucalyptus, you name it. Along for the ride is the resurgence of in-vogue macrame plant hanger enthusiasts. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s something about tending, [...]

2017 Miner Gary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

By |September 23rd, 2020|

I have never been much for small talk. I crave deep and though provoking conversations, especially now that we are sheltered in place. This may explain my podcast addiction. Recently, when my friend Kara stopped by for a social distancing visit, my prayers for real talk were answered. “Pick a [...]

A 411 On Pivots In Wine

By |September 14th, 2020|

With all the twists, turns and plot twists 2020 has brought us, it might even be mistaken that it is solely this year responsible for the changing dynamics within the world of wine itself. It really isn’t. And while much of that exact world is in the seam of (finally) [...]

My Favorite Neighbor 2016

By |September 8th, 2020|

Full disclosure, I bought my first bottle of Booker Vineyard’s “My Favorite Neighbor 2016” because of the label(s).  The artwork on the label showed several of the winemaker’s Paso Robles neighbors. HOWEVER, the second and third times I purchased and recommended this rich deep full-bodied wine was all about the [...]

WTF Wine Talks Fragrance: A Game

By |August 31st, 2020|

A little rose petal florality.   An expressive, pictorial description, right? Is it a wine description or perfume description? When you first get into wine and read wine descriptions — whether that means from the bottle label directly, from technical specs, from store signage or from third-party online marketplaces — [...]

Limited Wine Release Alert: Reborn

By |August 26th, 2020|

I am super excited to have received a sample the limited release wine from Reborn. This is a collaboration with Tank Garage Winery and Chicago based artist D. White II (@dwhite.original).  Reborn partnership was established to support The Simple Good, an Arts Residency Program for youth in Chicago, and Black [...]


By |August 24th, 2020|

Sake is one of the most misunderstood, disrespected adult beverages on the market. How many of you swore off sake after your first experience? Years later, do you still think of it as a warm and tasteless “rice wine” to be served only with sushi?

3 Wine Regions Summarized – TV Binge Edition

By |August 17th, 2020|

We each have our own individualized ways of action and activity which help us power through less-than-pleasant times. It isn’t always just one activity. One day you might curl up next to a good book, another day you might garden and on another day you might cook a comforting meal. [...]


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