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But first, a story…

pexels-photo-290316Recently, on two separate occasions, I’ve watched someone cry out in sheer boredom at the lack of stimulation everyday life was giving her.  Stress was everywhere; at home, at work.  All work and no play was making her a dull girl and her entire spirit yearned for something new.

I can’t say I’ve never been there before. Getting restless with the same old routine, going straight home after work, to veg out on Netflix until I fell asleep.  Trying to link with friends became a chore; if it wasn’t our schedules that had trouble syncing, our wallets just couldn’t see eye to eye.  I started to wonder, “do I need new friends?”  Where’s my popping ass crew of super savages?   My A-team that stayed ready so we never had to get ready?  My Entourage who was never a minute away from the turn up?  In the meantime I waited around for something new to be a part of, I happened upon a hobby.  

As simple as it seemed, finding something to keep my hands (and brain) busy got me thru the slump and into my new favorite thing to do.  Once I got a hold of my “thing” *pause* I started to seek out other saavy sistas like me.  And to my surprise, they were right here waiting!  Completely over the typical club hop or speed dating event, me and my girls have ventured into a not so new frontier that not only brought us all together, but brought us into new spaces, new places, and new faces.

What could this great new pastime be?

Believe it or not, it was wine.

pexels-photo-66636.jpegNow, we’ve all enjoyed a glass of vino at dinner, so that’s nothing new.  Venturing into the world of wine as an enthusiast has taken me beyond a booth at my favorite restaurant.  It’s got me speaking a new language, meeting new people, and having more fun than I ever thought could fit in a glass.  Even when I’m at home enjoying a cool glass of cab on the couch, my mind drifts to a rocky plane in Italy, or some grassy hills in California, or a dank cave in France (and that’s before the buzz sets in).  With friends, we can chat for hours over what we smell and taste, and what foods would taste even more amazing beside a glass of the good stuff.

Boredom is a word that just doesn’t exist in my vocabulary anymore.  Even on a date, my glass becomes the conversation.  You’d be surprised what you learn about a person by their taste in wine.  All of a sudden, you’re the most interesting girl in the world 😏.

Please accept my personal invitation to something new in your life.  Have fun with me and my friends as we sip, discover, travel and fall in love with what’s been right under your nose this whole time.

Don’t worry, I’ll bring the wine. 💋💋💋

My Favorite Blogs

What? Did you think just because I have my own blog I don’t read other ones? Of course not! Part of how I got started with wine so quickly is the fact that I kept up with some of the most awesome blogs on wine. Here they are:

Wine Folly

If you follow me on Twitter, you know Madeline Puckette is my friend-in-the-head (we are BBFs in my mind, but she probably doesn’t know I even exist). I love Wine Folly’s content because it is so thorough and easy to understand. Don’t get me started on her book. Its one of my top reads! Get it here! Next is some of those gorgeous posters for my office. I would call Wine Folly an obsession, but, I think you get it by now.

Wine Enthusiast

I’ve subscribed to Wine Enthusiast for years now, and it’s one of my favorite magazines because it’s all wine, all over the world, and what’s new in wine right now. Their website, same deal. All the major wine events, new trends, as well as the wine biz on a whole are in this blog. Definitely another good one. Check them here.

Food & Wine

Food is wine’s best friend. Read about how they have fun together here. Recipes and trends galore. Appeal to your inner foodie by bringing out the best in your new favorite wines!

Decanter

Last but not least! Class it up with advanced level wine etiquette, pairing techniques, wine travel, and more! Definitely where you go to step your game ALL THE WAY UP. Don’t be shy about peeking around, some of my biggest wine questions get answered right here.

I guess it’s the thought that counts..right?

Ok, so, first of all (you know it’s about to be some shit when you stat with “first of all,” but anyway), I generally stay *very far* away from “flavored” wines of ANY TYPE. However, I happened upon a chocolate wine some years ago that looked like a yoohoo so I thought that’s what I was getting here. I read the label and saw the words “artificial flavors” and felt instant dread. Mama didn’t raise no quitter so I forged onward.

In the glass, gorgeous color, but the “chocolate” aroma hit me like a ton of bricks.

Then I tasted it.

It was red wine with artificial chocolate flavor. It tasted like exactly what it was. In case you were wondering, it’s something I will NEVER do again. I’m sticking to my no flavor guns from here on out.