How Does Your Garden Grow?

This is about half of my back yard. I’m not kidding. Look, I have a small raised bed and a patio with some nice new furniture.

From the very beginning of the time that I can remember, my family has always had a vegetable garden. I grew up on a five acre farm in [...]

Carmen Who?

Once upon a time, long ago in a country called France and in a wine region known as Bordeaux, there lived vineyards that grew six red wine grape varieties that were delicious when they were blended together. The names of these six grapes were Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Carménère. Hundreds [...]

Grape Plants from France

“Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them, and Champagne makes you do them.” Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French Lawyer and Politician (1755-1826)

France is known for bringing some of the finer things to the world, like Haut Couture fashion, Impressionistic art, baguettes, the Cannes Film Festival, and world famous wines. [...]

Wine in the Chinese Year of the Snake

February 10th 2013 marks the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Snake. This got me thinking. Since I have decided to boycott Valentine’s Day this year and all of its potential angst (sorry boys), why not focus instead on another big annual February event?

Here is a little bit of [...]

If I Plan the Itinerary, Will You Drive?

One would think that when a wine enthusiast enthusiastically shouts ‘ROAD TRIP!’ in the middle of a discussion about wine, that friends would line up to jump into the back seat of her band wagon. One would think. But after years of suggesting this I am still stuck in my small town nowhere near the [...]

Kicking Triangular Stones in High Heeled Boots

This is Lidia. She is Perfect.

I have a crush on Lidia Bastianich and I simply cannot help it. In my estimation, she is an absolute goddess.

I get to sleep in a little bit on Sunday mornings and after I get up I often bake a batch of muffins. I like to imagine [...]

Cooking with Wine and the Family Style Dinner

I saw a posting on Facebook the other day that as a single person, made me want to weep. It said, ‘It’s not where you are in life; it’s who you have by your side that matters.’ I felt like, oh sure… during National Singles Week, let’s just rub my nose in the fact that [...]

How to Cook with Wine

white wine works well with shellfish

Am I preaching to the choir when I advocate cooking with wine? Or is this something we would all like to be a little more confident in doing? For me, it’s something that I think I would like to do more often, but when it comes right down [...]


This photo depicts Joyce (right) and me (middle) with our other dear friend Barb in (I think) 1988.

Around twenty-three years ago I met this guy named Brian. He was dating my friend Joyce from Winnipeg and as I spent time with the two of them and got to know him a little bit, [...]

I Feel Guilty

I have about a dozen wine bottles in a pretty, wrought iron, marble topped wine cabinet in my foyer. Half a dozen handcrafted wine stems sit inverted on top of it. Some of the bottles have been there for years and they are covered with dust. Some of the bottles are new. All of the [...]