Abril de Azul y Garanza

Abril de Azul y Garanza translates to: affordable, good, drinkable, Spanish red wine.
Before you cry out, “Fake News!” and stop reading, the above statement is partially


Aridus Merlot

Merlot is like that co-worker who’s been there forever (since the late 1700’s). Consistently shows up, works hard, has great character—but oftentimes gets overlooked for the hipster,


Rapscallion & Rune

January flew by, didn’t it? With so many alternative facts lurking around this busy, nonsensical month, I’ve been thankful for the distraction and happiness that comes in the form of a (good) bottle of wine (or two). While there were plenty of wines to choose from, I’ve decided on two


League of Rogues, We Olive, and Ocean Air

This past weekend I was back in sunny, Southern California and just happened to be walking distance from We Olive in La Jolla (which is a good thing because parking is nearly impossible!).  I know We Olive is a franchise, but there’s something special about the one on 1158 Prospect

Wine, Wine Tasting,

Bernardus Pinot Noir & Friends…

The first weekend of October has brought cooler weather, cute little pumpkins to buy, and a visit by our good friend (and old neighbor from San Diego) Justin! He’s an excellent food photographer, Freelance Web Designer, and cook. Be sure to visit his website, for gorgeous food photos/recipes &


Olfactory: The Nose Knows

I participated in my first olfactory tasting class this week. It was offered through Carlson Creek Vineyards, a family owned and operated winery out of Willcox, Arizona (the majority of Arizona grapes are grown in Willcox, about one hour east of Tucson). The class was taught by Robert Carlson, the head


Yay For Cabernet Day!

If I hadn’t joined Twitter to connect and learn from all the other wine lovers, I more than likely wouldn’t have known about Cabernet Day (it seems every day is a designated day for something/anything!). Who came up with this? Per my extensive online research (Wine Folly’s site came up

Book, Wine,


I read Vertical this week, the sequel to Sideways, written by Miles Rex Pickett. It’s a must read if you loved Sideways, love books, and love wine Pinot Noir. The book, 382 pages short, read quickly and I couldn’t help but instantly visualize Paul Giamatti & Thomas Haden Church’s characters/voices, playing like






The state or situation of being alone.

Pablo Picasso was obviously a genius. Solitude is not only necessary at times, it’s essential for writing (and all things sanity related). Just as I downloaded the quote above, I’ve been interrupted three times which took my attention away from this masterpiece of a

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Salerno Wine Tasting & Cheers…

While spending some time with friends in South Park, we decided to visit Salerno Winery (nestled in the hills of Ramona Valley, California, about a 45 minute drive NE of San Diego).   It was an easy, quick day drive to Salerno, considering it was on a Friday, before a holiday


Juan Gil Monastrell

Spanish Wine = Excellent Value

Juan Gil is one of several wine brands produced by the Gil Family, four generations of wine makers, dating back to 1916 (see my previous post about Honoro Vera, a Garnacha also named to represent their family in the business). This 2013, silver label, Jumilla red


Honoro Vera Garnacha & WVR

Honoro Vera is a humbly priced Garnacha, produced by Bodegas Ateca (fourth generation of the Gil Family), in the Calatayud region of Spain.  Per Maria (their awesome Export contact, who was  kind enough to email me back & forth) the names of their wines represents their family.  Vera is the