What do you say after a tragedy?

So originally I planned to write my second post this past Sunday evening, but then the world in my hometown turned upside down and suddenly my posting anything seemed truly irrelevant.  I live in Las Vegas (well, really in Henderson, but I am a born and bred Vegas girl), and, if you’ve watched the news then likely you have heard that someone decided to rain bullets on 22,000 innocent people who were out enjoying a concert on a beautiful Sunday night in October (weather-wise, this is a fantastic time to be in Vegas).  This tragedy was something so surreal, so insane, and so not anything anyone I know could ever fathom happening here.  My love and I had thought about going to the concert that night, but could not get single night tickets.  But I knew a few people who did go either to enjoy the music or because they were a first responder already assigned to work the event.  Of those I knew that went, they either left before it happened or were able to get out after, but there was at least one person I know who lost one of their other friends who attended, and the cousin of a colleague of mine was shot (she is ok and as I understand, is now out of the hospital)).  My love and I looked at each other and said we’re thankful we weren’t able to go.  We heard this crazed man had rented rooms at a high-rise condo at the Life Is Beautiful Festival, which we did attend last weekend (for the final night of that event) and that is a scary thought because it hits home how this could have happened anywhere.  I know I don’t want to become paranoid because of incidents like this, but it definitely reminds you to be ever more aware of your surroundings when you’re out and about.  And my heart aches for all those who were injured and especially for those who lost their lives and their grieving families.  At the same time, I am also outrageously proud of my hometown for how everyone has pulled together to help all of the victims.  We may be known as Sin City, and there’s that tag line that implies that anything that happens here stays here, but what I hope doesn’t stay here and instead gets out to the rest of the world is how much heart actually resides here.

So, what does one say after such a somber week and saying “Cheers!” doesn’t feel at all appropriate?  Perhaps instead we should raise a glass and offer a prayer (and/or deepest sympathy and best wishes for healing, if prayer is not your thing…no judgement here) for those who lost their lives, for those who are recovering from their wounds, and for everyone from the concert attendees who were able to escape, to the folks staffing the concert who also had to flee, and of course for all of the first responders and all of the medical staff at the area hospitals that took in victims.  Our hearts go out to all of them.  And then after you raise your glass and make your offering, go hug those you love tightly.

p.s. The header photo is one of the best ones I have of (a portion of) the Strip.  I love that it shows at least a bit of how bright, colorful, and sparkly my hometown is.  No matter what this madman did, his actions can’t dim how bright Vegas shines.

p.s.s.  If you’ve been following the story and want to donate, there is a GoFundMe for Vegas set up to help the victims.   And if you happen to live in southern Nevada and are willing and able to give blood, please check out United Blood Services.  But do note that they are asking people to make appointments in order to better manage the blood supply.  Thank you!

To do list at 5am: blog, watch a movie, run,…

It’s actually 5:15 a.m….on a Monday, but apparently my to do list on this day includes blogging.  I’m currently up, entirely too late and too long (after attending a local music festival), watching Julie & Julia and it was something of a kick in the pants reminder that it’s been four years since I posted anything to this blog.  And really it’s the second reminder that I’ve received.  The other was having a friend mention my blog a couple of weeks ago and proceed to compliment me on it despite having no recent posts.  He really enjoys the title and theme and that was akin to a gentle nudge.  So, a gentle nudge and a kick in the pants later, and here I am…sitting in bed, watching a movie about a once popular blog while restarting my own.

Now for the important part…what the heck to write about.  One might think “Well, duh…you have a wine blog…write about wine.”  And true…that’s the theme, but I have a slight dilemma: I’m not drinking anywhere near as much wine as when I first started.  This dilemma has fantastic benefits of course.  Like I dropped nearly 40 pounds and my blood sugar level dropped by 16 points (a great thing since Type II Diabetes runs in my family).  I’m also back to paying closer attention to the wines that I do drink; trying to determine what I smell and taste and how it goes with food.  But not drinking wine as much or as often presents an interesting challenge to writing a wine blog.  My friend suggested I write about wine and fitness.  Definitely a good idea since I still truly enjoy wine, but have to limit how much I drink so I can run in a straight line.  However, I also like to cook and there is a big cooking holiday coming up (actually come to think of it, there are two of them coming up), so writing about wine and cooking sounds like a great idea as well.  I believe though that I may do a bit of both, with some other wine-related musings in between.

So no pictures of wine with this post; just the picture in header with a question to which I can say, yes I do have wine.  Cheers until next time!


p.s. Though I did write this at 5:15am, I did not publish right away.  Even as inspired as I was I know the wisdom of write once and edit twice…preferably after at least a few hours of sleep.


Here’s to new beginnings!

Sofia Blanc de Blanc 2011 Sofia bottle

Today I raised a glass of Sofia 2011 Blanc de Blanc to toast the start of a new venture.  A few of my girlfriends and I, led by good friend Toni Spilsbury, started an online magazine called Recess.  Recess is a blogger-based online magazine, similar to Huffington Post, but geared towards Las Vegas women.  And we love guys, too, so we have a section just for them.  We’re inclusive that way.

Personally, I’ve posted a few articles to the site, including this one about some upcoming wine events here in Vegas.

So grab a glass and head on over to the site.  It’s time for Recess!

And the Sofia? Lovely, light, vivacious, smells of pears and citrus and tastes like a fun summer party. Cheers!

FB cover photo 1

I wine for school, too..

Marie de Beauregard 2011 Vouvray Actually I wine because of school. I meant to post this post earlier this week, but ah, the life of a busy working mom and student…I’m lucky that I even get a few hours sleep a night during the week. I am a student at ASU (Arizona State University) on the online campus and am pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Communications (I received my Associates degree last year). The classes in my program run only 7.5 weeks, but, they cram all of the material found in a traditional 16-week course into those short 7.5 weeks. Online learning is not for the faint of heart or the practitioner of procrastination.

So, last Friday I wine-d to celebrate making it through the first of my classes for this semester. This first class I found particularly challenging not only because of the subject (Philosophy of Science) but also because of the lack of proactive interaction from the instructor (yes, I’m venting just a tad bit here). To be fair, he did answer emails on time every time he received them from his students, however, he wasn’t very ‘there’ in terms of interacting with us as a whole class (very little in the way of facilitating class conversations to go over and discuss the material we were reading). For a heavy subject like this, that bit of interaction could have gone a long way towards keeping a good portion of the class (including me) from struggling through the term. But oh well, it’s done and my Mr. Drake treated me to wine and appetizers at Anthony’s at M Resort. And after tackling that class, I was more than ready to celebrate!

Our chosen bottle of wine that evening was the Marie de Beauregard 2011 Vouvray. We were in the mood for a fruity white wine and this fit the bill nicely. I could smell and taste pear and apricot, too, and I tasted a bit of honey on the finish. The bottle label mentioned acacia as one of the aromas, however I didn’t pick up on that at all. I did enjoy how well this wine went with the chopped salad I had as my main meal as it calmed the acidity of the herb vinagarette dressing.

And that tough first class? Well, I found out yesterday that all the struggle during the term paid off. I got an A! I may have to toast that with a nice Prosecco this weekend.


Marie de Beauregard 2011 Vouvray bottle

Wine Repurposed

Repurposed wine bottle lit up

I like to live green when possible (and practical and within my budget…I’m pragmatic that way).  So I absolutely loved this green gift I received from a friend at work today.  What a great way to repurpose and reuse a wine bottle!  And it looks like I should be able to to replace the bulbs in the string of lights if need be, or I can just switch out the clear lights for another color. 

So of course now I’m thinking of ways to repurpose the handful of wine corks I’ve been saving (other than turning them into a cork board…I don’t have wall space for another cork board).  I’m thinking a few may become ornaments for a wine-themed Christmas tree later this year.  If you have any other creative ways to repurpose wine bottles and corks, let me know.  Perhaps we together we can start a decorating trend with wine!

Repurposed wine bottle unlit


It’s my life and I’ll wine if I want to…

National Drink Wine Day 2013-my photo

So I heard earlier today that it is National Drink Wine Day.  Well, I could think of no better day to open a wine-related blog than today.  So here I sit, typing away whilst sipping a nice Pinot Noir (a gift from a dear friend) and nibbling on a chocolate chip cookie (don’t judge…the pairing is working for me). 

As my tag line says, I’ll wine if I want to, and with this blog I’d like to share my adventures in wine.  I’m not a newbie to wine, but I’m not a wine snob either.  I simply enjoy wine and all that I perceive that it entails: creativity and heart and a sensory experience that beseeches me to truly stop and smell and taste all of what a wine has to offer.  I’ve been fortunate to have met several people who are far better versed in wine than I am and I’ll introduce you to them along the way and share with you what they’ve taught me.  And perhaps, through this blog, I may have the honor of meeting more wine-minded folks from whom I can continue to learn and share that knowledge here. And yes, sometimes I wine just because it’s fun to wine with your friends and loved ones (Wineopoly anyone?). 

So let the fun begin and join me on this journey through wine-land!  Cheers!