Eat This: Dinner at South and Pine With A Little Pinot Noir

Categorizing an area for restaurant reviews on my website, and calling that category “Eat This”, should just happen. Mood noted. I don’t go to Morristown for two reasons; (1) I have a destructive ex, in the industry, that trolls the land, and (2) I never think of Morristown as a qualitative “foodie” place.  Great bars, young pretentious hipsters, younger girls vomiting in the corners of … Continue reading Eat This: Dinner at South and Pine With A Little Pinot Noir

Deep Reflections and Crappy Montepulciano

What to do if, when walking into a dinner party, a deep conversation is taking place and there is little or no interest in your opinion. Harsh, honest, but what do I mean by that?  I think we all choose who we want the best advice from; consciously or unconsciously.  There is always that better voice, amongst a group of friends, that raises the best … Continue reading Deep Reflections and Crappy Montepulciano

What I Didn’t Want To Drink But Did

I sat down at a very empty restaurant yesterday and was served the wrong wine. I decided to be daring; an Argentinian red blend of Cabernet Franc and Malbec was my original choice.  A ten dollar delight.  Didn’t have high hopes, but wanted to risk it.  That was not what I was given. The disgusting thing is, on my part, was that I didn’t realize … Continue reading What I Didn’t Want To Drink But Did

All The Feels and Unfortunate Wine Choices

I”ve been working with a nutritional therapy practitioner in hoping I can clean up my dirty little secret – my lifestyle.  This is someone I know, someone that I am comfortable with, and someone that I can be completely honest with what I have been putting my body through that last few years.  It’s been a mess.  My sugar handling was out of control, I … Continue reading All The Feels and Unfortunate Wine Choices

The Night I Invited Champagne Out To Dinner

In my career, I’m asked to describe a wine well enough to sell it.  That entails telling a buyer about the vineyard sites, history of the winemaker, and anything else I can conjure up to make the wine sound alluring.  I’ve studied my style, changed it over the years, and ripped off other people’s pitches when I would hear something worth the take.  Through investigation, … Continue reading The Night I Invited Champagne Out To Dinner

Holding Back Not Just The Good Bottles

The feature picture was caught by accident.  It can not describe, in better detail,  the people I hold close to my heart, and our relationship as it unfolds year after year. Michael – always pointing out that something can be better, that my hair is a mess, that I should date, and would like to re-arrange the furniture in my house. I wait for his … Continue reading Holding Back Not Just The Good Bottles

Travel Diary; Life In The Castle – My Visit to Castello Di Gabbiano

Absorb Italy and keep it coming You are allowed to enjoy this. Learn to cook, learn to listen, learn to accept. Everything I eat makes my body shake. My choices are between lying in a pool overlooking a vineyard Or napping on the daybed under a pergola. The winemaker makes me smile. You have studied, now it is time to experience. I’m finding balance. Practice … Continue reading Travel Diary; Life In The Castle – My Visit to Castello Di Gabbiano

Shaniqua Says I Can’t Sell Rose

How do you handle the itching behind the eyeballs I call pressure? Pressure leads me to my new associate- enter anxiety.  This is a new partner in my life.  I’m handling anxiety better by giving it a persona.  This was an example/lesson/practice I read in the amazing book The Untethered Soul (thanks G) – imagine the voice in your head sitting on the couch next to you. … Continue reading Shaniqua Says I Can’t Sell Rose

Sincerity And My Wine Intentions

A colleague asked me the other day if I wouldn’t be happier selling more serious wines. So many ways to answer and react to this question.  Being “serious” is a negative vibe for me.  I am passionate, curious, a little flakey, determined, cry at commercials, laugh obnoxiously…but serious?  Is it better, for the judgmental powers that be, to be put into this “non serious” category? … Continue reading Sincerity And My Wine Intentions