Sables d’Azur Rose’ and Ice Cubes!

So, it’s still HOT here in Iowa. Not letting up. Day after day of unrelenting heat and humidity. I’m not complaining, mind you. Just reporting the uncomfortable fact. Because of this heat, I put my red wines in the refrigerator last week and chilled the heck out of them! Read my post here. This...

I Break The Red Wine Rules and IT’S OKAY!

It’s hot in Iowa these days.  How hot, you say? Mid-90’s, no breeze, lots of humidity, sweat-trickling-down-your-chest hot. Well, I can certainly drink lots of well-chilled white wines on my deck in this weather. But what to do when I want to drink a red wine on my hot summer deck?  Oh heck, just...

Dishtowels, Coasters, Cheese, and This Wine: Laroque Cabernet Franc

Housewarming gifts… yes, please!  Candles, they make even a new house feel warm and inviting.  Coasters, because, who doesn’t want to prevent glass rings?  Kitchen towels, yes!  Especially if they are wine themed! And cheese!  It does pay to have friends who are foodies because they bring bags full of food.  God love ’em....

BLOOM: Gravel Bar Dry Riesling

Predictable.  Settled.  No Surprises. This is how I had always envisioned my life would be as I grew older. Open.  Seeking happiness.  Fearless. Funny though, these are the actual descriptors of my reality.  After taking a break from my blog to purchase my own little house, and move box upon box of my belongings,...

Rainy Saturday, Decadent Pasta, and Old Soul Pinot Noir

I was looking for a good reason to drink some Pinot Noir.  It being Saturday was probably reason enough. But, how about Bacon Mushroom pasta?  On a rainy spring day, that was even more reason.   I opened a Pinot Noir from a favorite producer, Oak Ridge Winery’s Old Soul Pinot Noir. Oak Ridge...