Wine Tasting Notes

scenes from the past week


  An early morning photo shoot in my beloved Red Wing Minnesota, brisk autumn walks, a good book and a cuppa next to a warm fire, a road trip with my friend Nancy: breakfast at the adorable Homemade Cafe in Pepin Wisconsin (We had the yummy blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup, cheesy hashbrowns, bacon,…

carnivor cabernet sauvignon {wine tasting notes}


BOLD, REFINED, SMOOTHNESS. “Just as Cabernet Sauvignon, the “King of Reds,” resides in the upper echelons of the wine world, the carnivore sits atop the food chain. Inspired by these two kings, we created Carnivor, a sophisticated wine whose bold, intense flavor is matched by a refined smoothness. #DEVOURLIFE AVAILABLE IN SELECT HIGH BROW AND…

wine tasting notes ~ november 9, 2013


montgravet sauvignon blanc ~ france 2012 melon, candied apricot, green apple, key lime pie with whipped cream, bright and fresh raymond r field blend, R collection lot number 7 ~ california 2011 strawberries and cherries, plum pudding, anise, cardamom, soft and supple craggy range sauvignon blanc ~ new zealand 2011 lime, passionfruit, peach, apple, dry…

october tradition


big orange pumpkins on a porch, sunshine peeking out from behind clouds, blue skies, a hayride, a wine and cider tasting at our favorite apple orchard and winery (my favorites were the Cedar Creek Winery Settlement Gold and the Von Stiehl Skinny Dip Point White.) an orchard tour, golden corn fields blowing lazily in the…

scenes from the past couple weeks


an autumn art festival, a riverside farmer’s market, “hoof & snout” (beef and pork) sandwiches and wild rice meatball sliders from the meathead’s food stand for lunch, a brass band playing in a courtyard, trains stopping and going at the train station in levee park, red wing all decked out for fall…corn stalks and pumpkins…

scenes from the last couple weeks


enjoying a vineyard picnic with my dear friend Nancy ~ delicious food and wonderful conversation over a glass of wine while gazing out at a gorgeous vineyard… perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes in all colors, bursting with flavor… a weekly menu… an afternoon spent at Barnes & Noble with Gracie ~ sipping iced tea and sharing…

wine tasting notes


Hello Lovelies! Happy Friday! Last weekend while out to lunch at The Creamery, I tried a few new wines that I have to share with you. They were all so good and just screamed summer. The first one I enjoyed was Astrolabe Malborough Pinot Gris 2012. Crisp and citrusy, it was wonderful with my salad.…

scenes from my week + restaurant review


the onion grille, hastings minnesota the onion grille’s “Onion Burger” with sweet potato fries the onion grille’s lamb gyro the onion grille’s BLT I tried the Canaletto Pinot Grigio and the Alexis Bailly Seyval Blanc… both were lovely! the old hastings bridge in front of the new one… chai latte On Saturday we drove to…

scenes from the past week


  I’m back! Wow! what a fun weekend we had with the girls. Now I’m cleaning the house after the flurry of activity. On Saturday morning my brother Phillip dropped my darling daughter Andie off at our place for the weekend. He was spending the weekend with my other brother, Terry, who only lives a…

chocolate fondue


Hello Friends! Happy Sunday. We made yet another fun-filled trip to Menards to get some stuff for working on the house and painting. I do not love this part of the process. I will be happy to have everything done. It really has been a wonderful weekend so far though. My daughter Andrea came into…