Useful Truths

Thursday, October 1, 2015 9 No tags 0


I was reading an interview with Ruth Reichl yesterday and something she said rang like a bright bell straight through my ears. She said, “Your truth can be useful to people.”


So, I sat there on my couch and thought about how my truth could be useful. But really, I’d been looking for permission to share my dirty little secret, which has nothing to do with wine or travel or cool restaurants, for some time. There’s healing in sharing and not hiding, and with that comes the ability to move forward, boldly and freely. I wanted to do that, finally.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine (+ Giveaway!)

Saturday, September 26, 2015 59 No tags 4

I’ve long been a fan of Madeline Puckette and her site Wine Folly. It’s a wine information hub with great infographics, wine 101 basics, colorful maps, and more. It’s an awesome resource for anyone that loves wine and wants to learn more. Madeline is all about simplifying wine and that is something that I most definitely support. Well, guess what she’s gone and done? She done wrote a book!


Along with the co-founder of the site, Justin Hammack, she’s created a perfect little primer on wine – Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. There are food and wine pairing guides, detailed maps of the major wine regions of the world, tips on serving and opening wine, and detailed descriptions of the most popular grape varieties organized by style and body. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s just plain pretty to look at. The graphics and illustrations are great.


Bravo Madeline and Justin! Job well done.

* I’m giving away a supah fresh copy to one lucky reader. Leave a one word comment below telling me, word association style, what you think of when I say “marsala.” I’ll pick a winner at random on Tuesday, September 29th! Limited to U.S. residents only.

All About the Shrub

Saturday, August 22, 2015 0 No tags 0

My latest YouTube vid is a good one. It’s a good one mainly because I shot it with my homie Adrianna and it’s all about…SHRUBS. I almost used a z there instead of an s since that’s how tight me and shrubs are at this point. I’ve become obsessed with fruit shrubs this summer and am even more so now that I realize how easy they are to make. Check out the video for a how-to and super simple but delicious cocktail ideas using the peach shrub Adrianna made.

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And if you happen to be lazy and/or in a “I ain’t got no time for that” mood, I found a solid bottled version from INNA shrub while at Esters recently. The meyer lemon is perfectly tangy and sweet, just as a shrub should be, and excels with crisp bubbly water over ice.

Falling in Love

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 0 No tags 1

Falling in love with a wine is a lot like falling in love with a person. As a grown lady and someone that’s been in the wine game for a minute, I’ve come to realize neither of those things happen with great frequency. You have to kiss/drink a lot of frogs before you find your prince.


Being able to share a wine you love with a person you love – well that’s a little bit of magic right there, isn’t it? While up in Los Olivos recently I was able to do just that. I brought back a bottle of Tom Shobbrook 2013 Syrah from my Australia trip that was so kindly given to me. I was waiting a few months, four to be exact, to crack it open.

My visit with Tom in February was really wonderful. He’s such an intelligent and curious guy sort of breaking the rules of what some people might think Barossa Valley wine should be. He’s making a sherry style wine, skin contact sauv blanc (the Didi Giallo – one of my favorite wines of the trip), and working with other Rhone varieties beyond syrah. After living in Italy and loving Italian wines, he came back to Australia and started playing around with things like nebbiolo and sangiovese too. The man cannot be stopped. And that’s a good thing because he makes damn fine wine.


His syrah was so fresh, drinkable, silky, juicy, aromatic…the opposite of what you think a Barossa Shiraz would be.  It’s still unmistakably syrah, which is nice to see as some natural wines tend to lose their varietal identity a bit. Needless to say, I didn’t want this bottle to empty, but as it happens with all delicious wines, it did.