Archive for the Tag 'Christmas'

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The best wine and food books for 2013

Tweet The best wine and food books for 2013 is a recounting of books I’ve read over the year. I enjoy recommending what I think would enrich and enlighten your life, only because that’s what they’ve done for me. I’m going to guide you toward what would work for whom, too, in the process with […]

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Merry Christmas to all… and to all a good bottle of wine (and an even better laugh)

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Wines of Jewish Origin to Toast the 2012 Season ~ Happy Hanukkah

Tweet ‘Tis the season to celebrate heritage, and what better way for the days of Hanukkah than to enjoy it with a glass of wine produced by someone of this culture? If this is not your cultural heritage, you’re still invited to toast the season on behalf of your Jewish relatives and/or friends. Personally, I […]

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“Sharing the road” is a two-way street that’s becoming much more crowded and dangerous in wine country

Tweet Years ago, when I was only 12, I got my first bicycle. It was a Christmas day. I had spent the entire month of December praying really HARD for snow, but it never came. (Unanswered prays, and it was Christmas! That was a good lesson for a growing up Catholic kid.) My birthday was […]

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When Cork Dork Is Too Simple a Name, or a.k.a. Charm School Dropouts

Tweet I love W. Blake Gray, of the Gray Market Report. When he read this story last year, he commented, “Hilarious, Jo. I don’t know how many if any of these things I’ve been guilty of, but I know in the future I’ll be wary of causing Pourus Interruptus.” I’ve had time to think about […]

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Fixed before broken

Tweet Having Entered through the exit, she had in essence assured that the ending was going to read much more differently and so it did. Oh it did. Work and Words by: Melissa Nelson Riverview Station, Studio #314, 191 Lyman Street, Ashville NC [828]-707-6845 I’ve told my husband that I wish Elizabeth Barrett Browning hadn’t […]

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Holiday Gift Giving Ideas Beginning With Thanksgiving ~ Wine Country Gift Baskets Are Great

Tweet For Your Thanksgiving Hosts… I’ve been preparing Thanksgiving, since the day my mom decided she was through cooking the big holiday dinner for what had become 20+ people in our family. Mom and Dad had brought us all together for so long that it was just time for Mom to retire from the kitchen… […]

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Road Warrior Survival Guide ~ Revisited

Tweet If you’ve read this one before, you know there’s room for additions. This was first published in Wine Business Monthly. It’s one of my rare rants, and was born from being on the road a bit too much (I think) at the time. While my schedule has slowed down, the following behaviors haven’t… Enjoy! […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas, Winewise…

Tweet This year, I was given interesting wines with which I could (and continue) to toast my holidays, all of which are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, A One Villa Sandi bubbly… (NV – $12.99… Such a deal, Folio Wine Imports, Italy) On the second day […]

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A Little Holiday Cheer on This Merriest of Days

Tweet Weekly Holidaze Drawing: Just leave a comment on any wine-blog entry this month, to win gifts this December: The following story came to me in an Email from my sister. Her name is Merry. I wondered my whole life about our names, until a few years ago. I was born on December 21, and […]