Is your liquor vegan?

I believe wine is one of life's great pleasures. Perhaps not the healthiest beverage, but definitely one of the most delightful. Unfortunately, a variety of alcoholic beverages are often laced with animal ingredients.Towards the end of the brewing/winemaking process, "fining agents" are often used to remove impurities, usually in the form of isinglass (fish bladders), gelatine, egg whites. I've been aware of this for some time, but since fining agents aren't listed on the label, I'm sorry to say that I've generally adapted an "ignorance is bliss" attitude....more

Coffee in the morning; wine in the evening

I used to have only a few cups of coffee every year. And then I started having coffee time with a friend of mine at work, so now I have coffee on a more regular basis. It's still not every day, but around once a week....more

Red Wine Spaghetti with Shrimp and Walnuts


Doggone Wine

My family would say I have a magnetic animal attraction to chaos.  I would argue that chaos randomly finds me just by nature alone.For some reason on this blistery cold morning in mid-February, I must have woken up with a chaos magnet under my skin by no fault of anyone; it was just what the stars had in store....more

Beef Stew with Red Wine, Root Vegetables and Leeks

Beef Stew with Red Wine, Root Vegetables and Leeks.  With winter here in the midwest, this is when I want stews, braises and soups.  This is a delicious take on beef burgundy.  The vegetables are caramelized in bacon drippings and sugar, and added to the stew near the end.  The sauce is amazing with fork tender beef and vegetables.  My favorite stew.

Visions of Vinicultural Grandeur – an excerpt of Mouthfeel: Confessions of a Wine Slut

An excerpt of Chapter 1 of the unpublished memoir, Mouthfeel: Confessions of a Wine Slut by Mari Kane.We laughed at our own pretentiousness even though we were indeed on a mission, as students of Wine Marketing 101, to observe patterns of consumption and purchasing at one of Sonoma County’s oldest wineries. But we could barely hear each other in the swirling vortex of descriptors and hokum in which we stood, where everybody around us was a critic...more

Tip a glass of Beaujolais Noveau in solidarity for France

Viva la France! It's Beaujolais Nouveau Day!  It's the third Thursday of November. That means the Beaujolais Nouveau has been released, a vintage of grapes from this year. It is released for sale on the stroke of midnight, marked by parties, fireworks, and other festivities. It’s a good marketing campaign.  ...more

Venice Beach Wines: Beet Salad with Flair!

Ooooh la la! Wine and beets and cheese   oh my! Craving some Southern California warmth, a glass of delicious Malbec, and a snazzy, decadent beet salad? Yes - you heard me correctly: decadent beet salad! Venice Beach Wines awaits your fabulous presence.  ...more

What Wine Pairs Well With Reptile?

A couple of weeks ago, David and I were faced with a question that never in a million years would I have thought we would ponder over: What Wine Pairs Well With Reptile?...more

Dear Wine, I've Cheated but I Love You Still

I was raised by my dad.  When he had his friends over, I never saw little cute drinks with umbrellas in them.  I rarely saw them mix anything with orange juice and never even had cranberry juice in my refrigerator until I became an adult.  When I think back, the only wine we had was Tawny Port. and trust me, it wasn't a good one.  What I saw were various versions of liquid that looked like tea and smelled like gasoline....more