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Wine in the Summertime

July 23rd, 2014 · 2 Comments · Eats, Life List

 

We still have plenty of fine weather ahead of us here in The Bay Area and while I’m partial to sangria for a refreshing treat, opening a bottle of wine is often an easier option.

In the June issue of Sunset Magazine a reader from Reno -where it gets upwards of 90F- asked:

“What white wines are especially refreshing? And my husband actually prefers red wines- would any work in our heat?”

Well, bless her hubby. I red over white any day. Sunset’s advice was to try a Sangiovese specifically mentioning Washington State winery Claar Cellars’ 2009 as an excellent choice. For whites they say Sauvignon Blanc is the classic warm-weather white and recommend Clif Family Winery’s 2013 Rte Blanc.

I was surprised there was no mention of the trendy Rosé so I did a little more digging and found a couple more lists of wines to enjoy when the weather is fine.

From the New York Times: Summer’s Winners: 20 wines for $20. : A suggested a Broc Cellars 2013 Sonoma County White Zinfindel that is actually quite pink.

Epicurious has a nice list with pairings that include meat and meatless. Their choice for rose is Tapeña Rosé Tierra de Castilla 2008 from Spain to go with Baja fish tacos and/or horseradish potato salad. I always thought a Pinot Noir was on the heavier side but they chose one and say “Pinot and pork are perfect partners” (should be easy for me to remember at a restaurant). They picked La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008 from California.

Do you have a go to wine for summer?

I’m trying to become more knowledgeable about wine and how to pair it with food. This post is one of what I hope to be a series on wine.

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Week in the Life 2013 | Friday

September 14th, 2013 · 4 Comments · Blogging, Eats, Four-legged monsters, Photography, Projects

Breakfast - granola, blueberries, bananas and yogurt

I was so happy when Friday finally came. What a week. Here are some of the main moments from the day.

Books delivered

Books

Lunch at the desk

Lunch at the desk

Harvested tuna (prickly pear)

Taking a break for a walk, I noticed the tuna (cactus fruit) had been harvested.

break

I have to remember that taking breaks is important.

one of the last few

Leaving work I see that most have left ahead of me. Bad habit of mine when I get busy is not noticing the time.

dishes

Home to put away dishes;

feed the kitties

and feed the kitties.

Dinner out

Thank goodness hubby wanted to have a nice dinner out.

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Link Love: Knitterly projects, Disneyland, and Remembering an Old Friend

August 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Blogging, Crafts, Disney, Eats, Food, Four-legged monsters, Free, knitting, Make, Photography, Projects, Recipe, Wanderings, Yarn, yarn crafts

For Link Love this week Diane at Crafty Pod has tasked us with going through our archives and finding our popular posts.

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Wee pumpkin pattern – Harvest and Halloween fun in a simple little pattern. And a peek for things to come. I plan to go all out on Halloween this year.

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cheater's posole

Cheater’s Posole Recipe – Comfort food in our house can be easy. This one didn’t get a lot of comments, but it got a ton of views thanks to its acceptance to the foodgawker website.

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Adrian at Monster's inc

The details inside the Happiest Place on Earth – This was my nephew’s first trip. He’s an old pro now and I’m feeling the urge to visit Disneyland again.

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Knitters were thrilled that we were ahead of the game with the popular cowl patterns. Now we’re doubling and tripling them up and calling them “infinity scarves.”

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Handknit hand-dyed hat

I started to cry when I saw that this was one of my popular posts. I’m so grateful to have this picture of me and my wonderful friend’s dog “Boo.” She was my introduction to Australian Cattle Dogs and wicked smart. Although blind, she would gently herd us when we went for a walk. Always keeping count of her people. Boo has since passed away and will always have a special place in my heart.

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