Winemaker Spotlight: Chris Condos

There’s a definite cool factor about Chris Condos. Perhaps it’s that he decided to try his hand at winemaking at the age of 25 or maybe it’s the fact that he had a brief DJ-ing stint in college. It could be his relaxed, organic approach to winemaking or that without a vineyard of their own,…

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New Year, Gentler Me

I love the idea of New Year’s: the midnight kisses and champagne toasts – a festive sendoff to the prior year. But glitzy dresses and swanky soirees aside, I admittedly feel a certain pressure as one year ends and another begins. It’s this pressure to have a sense of closure, a clean slate if you will,…

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Drinking champagne (or sparkling wine) is a no-brainer on New Year’s Eve, though I’m game to sip it anytime of the year. There really is nothing more festive than some bubbly, so don’t count down to 2018 without a glass! If you’re pre-gamming before heading out on the town or hosting your own soirée, you’ll…

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Never Shop Hangry

When we spent Christmas in New York City as a family last year, we drew names and did all of our shopping on Christmas Eve. It could have been more fun, but we arrived at the store thirty minutes before closing which, needless to say, made the experience slightly stressful. When I do my holiday…

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The Month for Mistletoe

Trekking out to the “mistletoe trees” at our ranch has quickly become a December tradition in my family. Longtime blog followers may remember last year’s wild mistletoe post. The retrieval isn’t always easy, especially for someone as short as me, but the reward is a festive yet all too easily forgotten holiday touch. Far beyond the vineyards…

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

While you may have crossed a few people off your list with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales last month, December always seems to be when the bulk of the shopping gets done. Take the guesswork out of those last-minute purchases with this something-for-everyone gift guide! For more ideas, check out last year’s guide…

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Support Wine Country This Thanksgiving

It seems as though Thanksgiving sneaks up on us all, temporarily disappearing under the Halloween displays that quickly morph into Christmas decor and talk of New Year’s Eve plans. Yet Thanksgiving is a holiday not to be glossed over. Though we should give thanks in our daily lives, as gratitude makes for a more meaningful…

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The saying goes, “Another year older, another year wiser,” and I’ve known this to be true. These past twenty-two years have flown by, but not without valuable lessons in life, love, friendship, etc. Obviously, I’m not perfect and still have so much to learn (like how to have better patience in nearly all aspects of…

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How I Made It Through A 30 Day Detox

You know those people who exercise with an insane amount of enthusiasm, crave things like kale and quinoa, and pack around jugs of water on the daily? I am not part of their squad. Forcing myself to go to the gym is a constant battle, my cravings almost always fall on the sweet side (see…

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A Fall Ale With A Festive Backstory

When I order a beer, it’s almost always an IPA of some sort. I’m a sucker for hops! But with fall upon us, I’ve found myself gravitating toward darker ales and the occasional stout or porter. I recently came across this bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale at the grocery store and couldn’t resist bringing it home…

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