​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!

There’s a first time for everything…

Big fat welp coming!

So, this is a another Wine Insiders treat, which so far, hasn’t disappointed. I opened this wine with high hopes for my chicken alfredo, but alas, my heart sunk. I sniffed around for vague apple aromas, along with something else.  What that was, was completely lost on me.

I soldiered on, sipping. Dry, almost astringent citrus flavors gave way to the apple I perceived, but then were washed away by that something.  My best guess was that “mineral” flavor I’ve read about before. While it did present an overall crispness that was quenchworthy (just roll with me, I make up words, ok?), This glass of white just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I even went as far as to bake a whole damn apple crumble.  Thinking it might been the food I was pairing it with. Still a no.  I’m just glad I tried. But this crosses Chardonnay from South Africa off my list.

Maybe next time, Trebuchet.

The King of Reds

Black Fox Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon!

I totally get it!

I got this bottle from my Wine Insiders shipment…

I swirled my glass, smelling tons of juicy red fruits like cherry and berry.

The taste was way more complex than I’ve experienced so far.  The cherry was still there, but before the alcohol finished me off, I want to say I caught some kind of spice.

First, we paired it with dinner, cheese tortellini in red sauce with steak strips. It was great.

The next day, we nibbled it with dark chocolate.  Still a winner.

I’ve been having tons of fun retraining my palate for wine.  Even though it isn’t sweet at all, I can still taste the ✌️🏾fruitiness ✌️🏾 and complexity in this wine.  Needless to say, I really enjoyed it.

Wine pairing doesn’t have to be complicated at all. When dining out, let the waiter recommend something you’ll enjoy.  Remember that the flavors in wine can echo flavors in your meal, like roasted meat, and spices, but at the same time stand on their own with flavors of fruit, berry, or even vanilla.

Drinking Alone


Personally, I never pass up an opportunity to enjoy a good bottle of wine.  Whether I’m out at dinner with friends, kicking back at home with bae, or heating up leftovers alone.

There’s a strange taboo about consuming alcohol alone.  Some believe it increases the likelihood of alcoholism.  My opinion is it’s not drinking alone that get you in trouble, it’s drinking too much.

Overindulgence of any single thing is hardly ever good, so it’s always important to know your limits.  Make sure you know when to stop.

I typically have a glass while cooking, and that can kick up a serious buzz by the time dinner’s ready.  I take care to pace myself during and after dinner so I can still enjoy the rest of the night aware of myself and my surroundings.  Even when relaxing at home, I can’t help but pair my wine with a light snack like a rich piece of chocolate or even some fruit so I don’t get too drunk too fast. Honestly, for me, pairing my wines is one of my favorite ways to experience it, so it’s a regular habit of mine.

Sometimes, after a long day, I like to unwind with a glass.  I’m also careful not to chase my feelings with wine, as that’s never the best way to solve that problem.  I prefer to journal, until I’m a bit more relaxed, then cap it off with a glass of my favorite stuff while cuddling up on the couch with my favorite TV show.  It helps me sort things out and not get all foggy headed while still having a problem to solve.

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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.


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 🤔🤔🤔”

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My first red blend


Geja’s Big Bold Red

Big. Bold. Red.

So far, I’m speechless.

Smooth, definitely bold, and hot.  I felt it right down to my stomach.  I can’t pin down the flavors, which is a typical issue with blends, but I want to say there’s definitely some cherry in here, and something else savory, maybe the oak or even leather.

I heard somewhere that its a huge no-no to chill your reds.  But, doing so won’t kill you.  It just makes you some sort of weirdo 🤡🤓😲 or something.  I enjoyed this room temperature.  And it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Wine Insiders definitely got it again!  So good I had to buy another!