An Ode to the Sommelier’s Instrument

Every wine lover has a favorite. It’s the one you grab each time you are opening a special bottle. Maybe it’s stored separately, in a box, even. There’s something about it you just love, but it’s hard to explain because to an outsider, it looks the same as all the others. It could be tied…

Going the Distance… For Malbec

I hate to use the term “regrets,” but one of the adventures I missed during my six weeks of traveling across Argentina was spending time in Mendoza. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the land of Malbec in that region, however, I did spend a week traveling across the more northern wine region of Salta,…

The Ideal Slowdown

This past year for my birthday in October, we went to one of my favorite places: the Pacific Northwest. My college roommate is from Tacoma, Washington, and over the years, I’ve made a handful of trips out there to the opposite end of the country to visit her and her family. I find the Seattle…

Like a Lover’s Scent

Have you ever been turned on by a bottle of wine? If you haven’t fully felt the sensuality of it, maybe you haven’t been drinking the right bottles.  The aromas, like a lover’s scent, are enough to be purely intoxicating in the right context. The taste, like the sweetest sin, can transport you to places…

On Choosing Books & Wine

I’ll admit that it has been a while since I read a really great book. This is disappointing to me because I like to think of myself as a “reader,” although, it’s hard to carry that title these days due to the lack of actual book reading that is occurring. I’m to blame for this,…

Feeling Lighter?

What have you shed during our call to socially isolate? It’s true that we may never get back to the life we had before all this mess, but that may be the best thing for us. It appears that nature is healing, people have shown great kindness, and we are learning to live with less–driving,…

The Writer’s Bite

Sometimes it takes a moment of stillness to bring you back to where you need to be. I think it’s safe to say that we are all going through that right now. A moment. A day, week, a month? How long has it been since you last saw friends? Family? Your manicurist? Almost eight full…