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Wine lovers

Like wine? Intrigued, but inexperienced? Take a sip -- take the plunge. Let's learn about one of the joys of life, from the jug up.

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Favorite Vino?

Started by Molly. Last reply by Mallery Cowan Sep 5, 2010. 3 Replies

What's a teetotaler?

Started by Nancy. Last reply by Diana Jul 30, 2009. 1 Reply

What wine are we drinking with dinner tonight?

Started by Nancy. Last reply by Rick Bucich Jul 18, 2008. 6 Replies

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Comment by Yang Mommy on January 23, 2010 at 9:35am
Hi Wine Moms! Anyone know of a decent non-alcholic wine?
Comment by Yang Mommy on January 20, 2010 at 9:33am
Molly, I can always ship ;)
I also make my own butter and bread, when I have the yearning to, which is usually just special occasions. It's hard to make a lot of homemade foods with a toddler around, LOL! Reading this, I think I need my own goat or cow!
Comment by Molly on January 19, 2010 at 8:34pm
You guys make your own wine AND cheese? Can I be your BFF??? lol
Comment by Yang Mommy on January 19, 2010 at 12:59pm
At last, a group hand-tailored for me, LOL! I love wine and I love to make good wine. It started as a Christmas present and now I just can't stop making my own cabs and chards. My hubby makes cheese, so we're a right pair!
Comment by La Jolla Mom on August 12, 2009 at 9:17pm
Hi. I write Wine Wednesdays posts every week where I talk about wines under $15 and other wine related topics.. Here's a link to Wine Wednesdays.

Thanks! Let me know if there's a wine under $15 that you like!
Comment by Emily on July 29, 2009 at 10:57pm
I should mention that I had a whole case shipped back from Italy, so that was not the only bottle I had. (That was back during a time when I had a little extra money... not so much any more...) Anyhow, toasting to a baby sleeping might not seem like a big deal, but you don't know what we went through to get him to sleep at all. At the time, it was worth opening the bottle. No regrets. Thanks for reading and I hope you have something to celebrate soon. Yum!
Comment by Molly on July 29, 2009 at 8:59pm
I am the same way Emily...I love my nightly chard, and have been kicking around an idea for a blog post about wine, I do lots of toasts too! I read your post about the special bottle...I have a Castello D'Albola Chianti my mother in law brought me from Italy last fall, waiting for the right night to try it!
Comment by Emily on July 28, 2009 at 11:31pm
I'd love to read other mama posts about wine. I love writing about wine... almost as much as I love drinking it. My blog doesn't have a ton of posts specifically about wine, but I do raise a lot of toasts! One of my earliest posts-- Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montipulciano-- was about my opening a special bottle after my finicky son cried himself to sleep. Anyhow, please share.
Comment by Rick Bucich on September 18, 2008 at 8:07pm
Nice thing about Trader Joes (if you're lucky enough to have one nearby) is that the wine is relatively inexpensive and heavily screened for quality. They seriously won't put something on the shelf simply because they could buy it at a good price. They have trained wine tasters at their HQ that are pretty strict. You can be fairly certain that the $5.99 bottle you just picked up won't be foul. I pity those in Connecticut and elsewhere who have TJs that can't sell alcohol:(
Comment by Nancy on July 29, 2008 at 10:54am
Hi Denise and Rick --

Sorry about the long delay in replying to both! (Gaaa! Who invented the 38-hour workweek --- for part-timers??)

I jumped from white zinfandel (perfectly yummy, after all) to red wines by trying a wine Gallo used to make called "Cafe Zinfandel." It was specifically marketed for "people who would love to love a red wine." I am not sure if they produce it anymore, but a comparable "training wheel" red might be a white merlot, or that really delicious rose from Chile (salute to Rick) called Frontera that I mentioned on 7/3.

I work with a guy who has had 30+ years experience in the wine industry -- call him O Esteemed Colleague -- who says that everybody tends to start out liking sweet wines and then with time, everybody's palate "dries out" somewhat. I've found this to be true.

What a shame, though, that you should feel looked down upon for liking white zin or other sweet wines. The whole point of the experience is pleasure. One of the best wine writers ever, Jancis Robinson, writes that in recent years "the public has been schooled to feel proud of liking something dry" -- but how much would you bet that the people sneering at white zin also drink gallons of pop themselves? Human nature is so much fun ....
 

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