Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category

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Rosh Hashanah ~ Wine of the Week ~ Psagot Edom

Shana Tova, to all of my Jewish family and friends! Raised as a Catholic child, religion was a great comfort to me; as an adult, the dogma became difficult. So, like many people during the 60s and 70s, the Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi were so intriguing that that culture introduced me to a new […]

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First Memorial Day 1865 ~ It Might Surprise You

MoveOn.org “KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865, in Charleston, SC, to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude […]

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Concannon Vineyard ~ where St. Patrick’s Day means so much

While James Concannon may have not been the first Irish vintner to work in a vineyard or winery in the United States, he was clearly the first Irish vintner to create his own winery. This is why, for me, celebrating St. Patty’s Day has a lot of significance. So much credence is given to the […]

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Simply Charmed ~ That’s What I Was and What It Is

Being December born… Let’s just call this a “musing,” or “stream of consciousness…” Asked if I would consider looking at Simply Charmed magnetic wine glass charms, I thought, “Why not. Sounds like fun!” Anything December really strikes my fancy. I wondered, too, “What’s new and clever, and there’s a wine component attached to it? Something […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]

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Labor Day, a Sobering Holiday

What labor Day Means to Me… is not what you might expect. It’s not a day to go boating for the last time of the season; or, heading off to the beach one more time, before I settle into apple picking. No BBQ’s for me today. Nay… It’s pretty sobering for me. It’s time to […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

I’m so thankful for a wonderful family, now all over the US (Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Florida, and California). This all happened in my generation. (Incredible!) My friends are all over the globe, and that number has greatly expanded via social media. Where are you from? Places I’ve yet to […]

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween and Boo!

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Once you’ve gone European… Kenwood Restaurant meets the standards

If you’ve traveled abroad, you know that a restaurant table is yours for the taking. Nothing is rushed; and if you are, it’s because the restaurant wants you to leave. Check out the film “A Good Year…” From the movie notes: London-based Investment expert Max Skinner (Crowe) moves to Provence to sell a small vineyard […]

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Valentine day wines for 2015

For Valentine day wines, let’s start with some bubbles, segue into some delicious red wines… Bubbles are a natural for Valentine’s Day and perhaps the first wine associated with this lovers’ holiday. My choice for the best California sparkling wine recommendations are Brut wines from Iron Horse Vineyards,  J Vineyards and Winery, and River Road. […]