The Break Down of A Wine Bottle

We all do it. Okay, well most of us do it.We have those moments where we rush to our wine rack, or to the nearest liquor store and grab our wine of choice, then proceed to drink it (however you wish, of course).  Generally, this action occurs after a rather intense day (or maybe morning, if you see fit), sometimes in celebration, or sometimes for no good reason at all.  I don’t do this nightly, or daily by any means.  This intense ravaging of my wine rack happens only on very special occasions....more
OMG...hilARious!!!  I have a girlfriend or two or three who will appreciate it!  Must share!more

Sunday Pasta: Spaghetti con Pomodoro e Basilico (Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil)

a world in tatters riots war recession ‘quakes ball of confusion*tomato basil olive oil garlic pepper salt parmigianospaghetti vino a simple summer pleasure escape share loveCooking and Prep: 45 minutes Serves: 4-6Ingredients:...more

Cocktail Play Dates: Do Wine And Kids Mix?

A big story on Tuesday's ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) highlighted a growing trend: moms who drink wine at play dates. These events are known as cocktail playdates. In the GMA segment, a group of about ten Florida moms are happily drinking wine during a play date as their kids drink bottles and play. These moms meet once a month to enjoy time together with wine and kids. They say they don’t drive after the play date....more
Maybe I'm old fashioned. But, even when I take my child to a family function where alcohol is ...more

Wine Pairings for Spaghetti all’Amatriciana Leggera (Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Cherry Tomatoes)

Wine pairings for Spaghetti all’Amatriciana Leggera (Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Cherry Tomatoes)Red: Tai Rosso from Rezzadore; Schiava “Elda” from Mayr-Nusser and Vernatsch from Gumphof...more

A BIG splurge

Since the day we bought our house, we've had big dreams. Big. We've made changes and renovated, section by section. Piece by piece. We have made this home the house we dreamed of. But as we sat on our patio this summer, in the un-godly heat, we knew it was time to go for the big purchase. ...more

Wine Pairings for Pasta con le Sarde (Pasta with Sardines)

Wine Pairings for Pasta con le SardeWhite: Alastro or Carricante from La Planeta Rosato: Syrah Rosé from La Planeta...more

Skinny Girl Sangria

 So it was a hot Saturday evening and I had a gorgeous bottle wine that I was just dying to drink.   But I didn't want just a simple glass of wine; my pallet was looking for something different.  So I checked the fridge and discovered the makings of Sangria.  Here is what makes is skinny.  This concoction was fabulous and I didn't feel one bit guilty drinking itSkinny Girl Sangria Recipe:1 Beautiful glass pitcher½ bottle of Pinot Grigio½ of a small bottle of 0 calorie flavored sparkling water (I used Lemon/Lime)...more

Wine Pairings for Trofie al Pesto Genovese (Pasta with Basil Pesto Sauce)

Wine Pairings for Trofie al Pesto Genovese (Pasta with Basil Pesto Sauce)Rosato: Ciliegiolo Rosato from BissonRed: Rossese from Punta CrenaPine nuts add a delicate yet decided decadence to a dish with their rich, nutty, oiliness....more


There is nothing like a few vacation days off from work to make you appreciate the value of free time.  I love, love, love time off from work.  A home stay-cation over the 4th of July is just what I needed. The slower pace, the relaxation, fun with friends and family,  reconnection with Derek, Nigel & Jacob, home-cooked meals; they are all a little slice of heaven....more

Briar Rosey

Blog Directory Once upon a time in a scratchy bramble bush outside the stone walls and behind an orchard there played a two year-old girl who her parents called Rosey. Just two nights before Rosey was being held by her mother ( a king and queen) and father, passed back and forth, when two ariyas stood up and announced their wishes for Rosey, one being a long life, the other being enduring health, and bestowed upon the girl these two things....more