wine

stare, swirl, sniff, sip, swish/slurp, spit/swallow

March 23, 2011

(The Very Basics was supposed to be the title, but the alliteration was just too annoyingly perfect to pass over.  Plus, it’s a little more obvious as to what this post is about, no?) What do you do with the wine in your glass? Drink it, obviously. But if you’re at a winery you only [...]


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my new world of wine

March 21, 2011

Not a single person has asked about the new job, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway.  Afterall, I’ve dished out $80 for the new layout of this blog.  It’s only fair that I get a couple rolls in the hay for loose change like that. That doesn’t make sense?  Oh well.  Readership [...]


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open mouth, out comes dumb

March 9, 2011

Yesterday morning was my first wine trail meeting, at a very early (for me) 8am.  Appearing awake and alert was my goal, but my brain was struggling to cooperate. After a quick introduction to a few people my boss runs out for a second, leaving me alone.  No big deal, I thought, as a woman [...]


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if it comes in 3′s…

March 3, 2011

If you caught me 2 weeks ago, I’d say things have been looking up.  After a whole ‘lotta time wondering if I was wandering down the road towards Old Barmaid’dom, I landed a sweet new gig.  In the wine industry.  Locally.  It’s pretty much “right up my alley”, if all are to be believed, because [...]


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the super (bad) brownie

January 27, 2011

30 Simple Steps to Guide You Through Making and Experiencing a Super (bad) Brownie By Kyle. Step 1.  Want brownies; refuse to make large pan. Step 2.  Find recipe that makes 8×8 inch pan of brownies. Step 3.  Make brownies. Step 4.  Finish pan of brownies in less than 24 hours. Step 5.  Want more [...]


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local focus

December 13, 2010

Have you ever thought about what you consume and how much of it is produced locally?  Have you ever considered making an effort at localizing the majority of your consumptionistic tendencies?  (I know I made that word up.  Who cares.) This is something that has been on my mind for quite a while now, and [...]


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bring on the wine

October 27, 2010

Recently I set a new goal for myself- to pursue certification as a sommelier. As for the exact path I will take… I’m still deciding. But who cares- I’ll iron out the details on that some other time. However, when the opportunity arose last week to join a friend at the New York Wine and [...]


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tuesday evening.

July 28, 2010

Decide last minute (while bored at work) to return to cottage for remainder of week, with brothers consent. Realize cat has been home cooped up alone since last Friday. Run home from work to pick up cat and obtain other necessities from house. Head towards Keuka Lake with cursory stop at Wegmans. Promise cat that [...]


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do it right or don’t do it at all; or why i’m not rushing to visit a certain winery

May 24, 2010

In what could be construed as a loosely connected follow up to last week’s post “what’s next?“, I’d like to talk about why I’m not going to post bad writing, stupid ideas, or just plain shit.  (And I’d like to suggest you not read on if you haven’t an ounce of a clue about wine [...]


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summertime to-do list

April 9, 2010

Remember this past winter when folks that lived in the south had seriously harsh cold weather?  My friends in Florida were piling on the pj’s with footies, and my cousin in Texas was posting photos on Facebook of her frozen garden fountain… and a bunch of people in Washington were making themselves look like idiots [...]


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