Villa Ruby

Ladies and gentlemen, rosé season is finally here!

I snuck this bottle in one night (hence no poured shots), but I can’t keep it a secret at all. Full bodied, with aromas of bright fresh flowers and strawberries. It’s off-dry, but still quite crisp and very satisfying. The bottle looks huge, but the glass is pretty thick, so it went just as fast as any other bottle 😩😩😩

Get it at Wine Insiders with my coupon code: ZG7A13. It’ll get you $25 bucks off your first order of $50 or more!Cheers!

The Great (White) Hope

A Sauvignon Blanc that I can get down with!  Who knew?

Light and crisp, but not tart (it doesn’t catch you in the side of your neck, like, right there), with distinct aromas of pear.  Lovely chilled, super dry, but very mellow.  From Spain.

Courtesy of Direct Cellars!

#ThirstyFridays at Urban Uncorked

Aaaaaannnnndd, we’re back! #likeweneverleft

Dry, but very pleasant box wine *gasp* from South France.  #dontjudge A real pounder! Super smooth, light as a feather, and this unassuming packaging packs a whopping 3 litres, and will keep for 6 weeks (but you won’t let it, trust me!).

I was a little late taking my pic, but there’s some in there, I promise!

Mineral aromas with floral notes, beautiful crisp fruits with light traces of canteloupe on the tongue.

Pairs well with seafood, and is ever so slightly briny. 

Get yours at

Urban Uncorked
147 Flatbush Ave Ext
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Just in time for the change in seasons…

HB4116HB4116*sigh*

Fall is upon us, and I jumped into a glass that just embodied the season.  A lovely mix of Merlot and Malbec, this one was velvety smooth, deeply fruity, and made me feel all warm inside, like the perfect cashmere sweater.  I definitely got deep berry flavors, some vanilla, and when I paired it with food, I caught tar!

Call me what you want, but I live for new flavors and aromas in every pour. I’m having a great time exploring wine and everything about it!

The beauty of blends, I am learning, is they take the best of each varietal and bring you something special.  I definitely had fun with this one and can’t wait to get my hands on some more.

This is another Wine Insiders treasure!

​Where to find the good stuff, pt. 2

In my spare time, I like to check out local wineries and wine shops for wine tastings.  There’s nothing more fun than trying it before you buy it!

Often, the producer of the wine is there to talk about the process and what inspired the wine they’re featuring that day.  If you’re like me, you’ll get a kick out of getting to know that bottle inside and out.

I’ve found some pretty interesting selections at wine tastings, and keeping in touch with the winemaker keeps you abreast of new releases (and more wine tastings).  They can also give insight to pairing with your favorite meal, something that I could never stop hearing new things about.

I’ve also personally fount tons of little tips and tricks for wine etiquette at tastings, as well.  This can help when you go on that nice date to that expensive restaurant and finally get to order that amazing steak with a fabulous glass of red.  Wine etiquette is just as important when entertaining at home as well.  Nothing spells impressive like presenting your friends with a perfectly chilled glass of white with some cute hors d’oeuvres!  Share the good stuff and have some fun out there!

So today, I had wine with my breakfast.

And I’ve never felt more free.

About a month ago, my car got repossessed. It took a lot of work and stress to get it back.  I was all set, with a new part time job alongside my full time job to get things back on track.  I made plans payment arrangements, budgets.  I had entire workbooks filled with my future.

Then, this past Tuesday, I was involved in a car accident.  All parties involved made it out alive and in one piece, but somehow the brand new car I haven’t even owned for a year yet was totaled.

All wasn’t lost, but it’s gonna take a bit of waiting before I get off this new detour.

Needless to say, life is different for the moment.

Still, I feel like things are still on the up and up.  I’m working my way toward financial freedom (ask me how), I can see the horizon, and it’s super bright.  I realized I’ve worked this hard all this time just to get more stuff, when all I really want is the freedom to enjoy the “stuff.”

Freedom to enjoy my life.

Freedom to enjoy my family.

I got out of bed and went to the kitchen to make breakfast.  I made eggs and toast for my son, and was about to make the same for myself when I remembered I had some BBQ chicken in the fridge from the other day.  I decided to make that with my eggs, and in feeling so free I wondered what was stopping me from having a nice glass of red with my breakfast.

Not a damn thing.

So I squirted my eggs with some sriacha (I might be obsessed), shredded some chicken beside it, poured me a glass, and enjoyed the beginning of my new life.

A life of freedom.

VINEBOX

I’ve loved wine for quite some time now, but it wasn’t always this way.

Initially, I was overwhelmed by all the options available.  What if I didn’t like it?  I didn’t want to waste money on entire bottles of this mysterious stuff and watch them turn into vinegar in the back of my refrigerator.

“If only there were some way to try some, just a glass full, without schlepping all the way to the liquor store 🤔🤔🤔”

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, VINEBOX.

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The Key to Enjoying Wine


When it comes to enjoying anything, the best things about it are completely up to you.  Some people enjoy wine for the sensory experience, some for the buzz, some for the connections you make while enjoying it with friends.  Whatever you make it about, always remember that the major key to enjoying wine is to have an open mind.

Enjoyable flavors vary from culture to culture, and what you may be used to may be hard to find in even the finest of wines.  For example, most people enjoy drinks that are sweet, and expect that since wine comes from grapes, it should be  sweet in every instance.  Sweet wines are only a fraction of what’s out there, and don’t always fit every occasion.  Some meals are well-complimented by something dry (which means not-sweet), earthy, or even spicy.

Enjoying the many flavors and aromas in wine may require some retraining of the palate.  Like I mentioned, you may be accustomed to certain flavor profiles and wine might not fit within that.  All the more reasons to start new adventures!  Your best way to start retraining the palate is to keep an open mind about what you expect wine to taste like.  What helped me tons along the way was just getting out there and trying new things.  The reading I’ve done (Including this scratch and sniff book I found, lol) was a great start.

After a while, reading about flavors was confusing without engaging my sense of taste.  Once I got my hands on some of the good stuff, I did what I read the pros do: swirled it around in my glass, sniffing for aromas, I took my time tasting and really reflecting on what came through on my palate, and I even had fun with pairing with foods I enjoyed, to see if it was indeed a good match.

There’s a whole world out there to discover drinking wine, especially if it’s something new to you.  The best place to start is in a glass!