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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Fast-Forward Into Fall

Living in Los Angeles has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl, so actually building a life here can feel a little surreal at times. But every autumn, I find myself wishing I was back “home” in Northern California to revel in the beauty of the vineyard harvest and the substantial…

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Second Chances and Why You Should Give Them

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I’ve heard this age-old saying enough times to truly convince myself that giving someone a second chance after they’ve wronged me would make me a fool. Because of this, I am someone who seldom gives second chances. This is not to say I…

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A Lesson on Lillet

apértif: an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite; a French word derived from the Latin verb aperire, which means “to open”. While I don’t drink it often, there’s something I love about an apértif. The French have made sipping it before supper an everyday thing, but it’s always seemed a little more special…

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First-Ever AHS Exhibit: The Style of Scare

As a lover of all things horror, American Horror Story is naturally a favorite television show of mine. If you haven’t seen the critically-acclaimed anthology series, I highly recommend adding it to your Netflix queue. Full disclosure: it’s weird, but unabashedly so. If you already know and love the show, you’ll especially enjoy the free…

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Find of the Week

2016 Sauvignon Republic Marlborough NZ Sauvignon Blanc, $7.99 Trader Joe’s Do you have high expectations for an $8 wine? I admittedly don’t. While I don’t sip expensive wine on a typical weeknight, I don’t drink bottom shelf either. I’ve always found $15 to be a safe starting point. Before you jump to wine snob conclusions,…

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Despite the fact that I’ve been out of college for a little over a year, I still get that same back-to-school excitement as the summer fades to fall. I am actually that obnoxious person who never had a strong case of senioritis and, to my friends’ horror, I even miss writing research papers and reading compelling course…

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