Wine,

Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde (“veeng-yo vaird”) is a region in northern Portugal, known for it’s lush green landscape as well as its young, bright wines. This 2016 from

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Wine,

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 true. While it is a good, Spanish red blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet, the literal translation takes on the colors of the

Wine,

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, cool labels. But, Merlot is distinguished and established. It keeps working while trends come and go and is easy to get along with. That

Wine,

New Year, New Wine Regions to Explore!

New year, new wine.
Some say if you love Zinfandel, you’ll love Plavac Mali. They’re closely related grape relatives—a cross between Crljenak Kaštelanski (the ancient, original Zinfandel) and Dobričić grapes. California Zinfandel ($25-$30 range) compared to this Plavac from Frano Miloš is… well, other than both being red and full-bodied, there’s really

Wine,

St. Laurent

St. Laurent = Red Wine Grape Variety Found Mainly in Austria & Czech Republic.
I recently drove to downtown Phoenix in search of a Croatian red. I was lucky to get a copy of Cracking Croatian Wine, & thought it would be appropriate to have a little Plavac Mali (“Plah-vahts Mah-lee”) while I

Brett,

Brett!

Of the countless bottles of red wine I’ve opened over the years, many of them had aromas of earth, soil, leather, etc. Some even had a hint of moldy basement and some sort of stinky dirt you can’t quite place—which can be such a good thing! 
Brettanomyces (nickname: “Brett”) is a

Wine,

Salacious

Salacious Indeed…
If you need to make a quick, pit stop in Paso Robles, I highly recommend popping into Asuncion Ridge—especially if you are on a road trip with children. There’s a pizza place next door and a lovely, green park right across the street. The tasting room is right downtown,

Book, Wine,

This Book Makes Me Miss Santa Barbara

Those who know me, know I love wine and books. I also happen to love Santa Barbara. Who doesn’t though? It’s so beautiful! I’ve only visited a handful of times, but with each visit, I sigh… “Why don’t I live here?”

I decided to share a few of my old photos,

Wine,

In Good Hands…

I chose to write about Schild Estate’s 2012 Shiraz because the image of these hard-working hands resonated with me. Hands that are strong, for sure sore and achy at times, strained from years of hard work. They’ve probably been cut, too many times to count, and healed quickly without fuss.

Wine,

Drink Zin, Avoid Hantavirus

Rapscallion to the rescue!
This month has been busy. And, I’ve spent quite a few days up in a little mountain town in northern Arizona with my mom. This is always a good thing—I love spending time & helping out my mom. However, being in a wooded area, and it being