Archive for the ‘Holiday’ Category


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 […]


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween and Boo!


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 […]


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. […]


Twelfth Day of Christmas

Twelfth Day of Christmas: Twelve drummers drumming = twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed. Get yourself a great glass of wine; this is a good finish to our series. In Catholic countries, this is a day of great joy, also called “Three Kinds Day” or the “Epiphany.” From the site: History of […]


Seventh Day of Christmas

Seventh Day of Christmas: Seven swans a-swimming = seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is also New Year’s Day. Happy New Year Dear friends, the Seventh Day of Christmas is also New Year’s Day. My New Year’s Wish for you is that 2015 brings miracles into your life. This image of Champagne being poured […]


As Wine-Blog celebrates nine years… Robert Parker just influenced me, again

As I read Robert Parker’s “Best of 2014” in his latest newsletter, it reminded me of how I’ve been handling being “on pointe,” since December 29, 2005. Yes, I’ve been wine blogging since then… and it’s now nine years later. I think I only keep track, because it’s so much writing. I’m going to now […]


Happy Third Day of Christmas from Wine Country

Happy Third Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 28. The Three French hens = faith, hope, and love.


Happy Second Day of Christmas from Wine Country

Happy Second Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 27. Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let’s celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist. From A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, with the original source coming from Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska: From the Catholic News […]


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Each year, once our family is about to have our Thanksgiving meal, we like to first say why we’re thankful. I, like most of you, have a lot of thanks for the people who have a great impact my life. I’m going to try to include you all here. This is just a snapshot of […]