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SAUV BLANC DAY!

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Spring is opening season for SAUVIGNON BLANC, which tastes like spring, sunshine and happiness. #sauvblancday is Friday May 7th! How will you celebrate?  #SauvBlanc  #StSupery Join me in raising your glass on May 7th, which is  #SauvBlanc Day and celebrate this lovely grape with sipsters around the globe. Oh I’ll start early. Like every good wine writer, I’m preparing for the big day with a  pre func the day before. I’m thrilled to be invited to a virtual wine tasting with St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery - Napa Valley on Sauv Blanc day eve. I’ll be gathering virtually with Michael Scholz,  VP Winemaking and Viticulture to taste and discuss what makes this varietal so beloved.  In addition, Tod Kawachi, Estate Chef, will teach how to prepare a sustainable seafood raw bar at home to accompany the perfect sauvignon blanc pairing. I’m super excited about that.  So, wait...I’ll be able to see the seafood but not partake? That’s not going to work. Zona Blanca to the rescue. Thankfull

Earth Day Every Day

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 The earth is one thing we all have in common.  We need not forget how to be good guests and to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.  #Earthday #EarthDay2021 #sipofspokane #thewritingroom #wordsarelikehoney #wooedbywords #writer

I’m must be a Mermaid. SauvBlanc Day

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  “I must be a 🧜‍♀️  I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living” Okay, that and when it comes to seafood - make mine RAW. My favorite pairing for raw food from the ocean is a plush Sauvignon Blanc.  Join me in raising your glass on May 7th, which is  #SauvBlanc Day and celebrate this lovely grape with sipsters around the globe. Oh I’ll start early. Like every good wine writer, I’m preparing for the big day with a  pre func the day before. I’m thrilled to be invited to a virtual wine tasting with St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery - Napa Valley on Sauv Blanc day eve. I’ll be gathering virtually with Michael Scholz,  VP Winemaking and Viticulture to taste and discuss what makes this varietal so beloved.  In addition, Tod Kawachi, Estate Chef, will teach how to prepare a sustainable seafood raw bar at home to accompany the perfect sauvignon blanc pairing. I’m super excited about that.  So, wait...I’ll be able to see the seafood but not partake? That’s not going to

Norte Dame - Beauty from Ashes

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I’m drawn to architecture with walls windows and floors that speak of history.  Two years ago we almost lost one of the greats, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris to fire.  💔 As the spire fell, the sky lit orange. Sadness ensued as seemingly endless smoke bellowed in plumes and flames shot out the roof. For a moment, all was lost.  But something lovely happened as France’s devastation was echoed with genuine empathy from around the globe. Some didn’t know why it was so important but nonetheless grieved along side those who did.  It’s ironic when we go through a tragedy, we appreciate more. You realize how fragile life and things are. We become very grateful.  *******UPDATE The “Lady” is making an epic comeback. After all, she’s already survived World War 2 and Hilter. So we shouldn’t  count the her out. Beauty from Ashes.  Thankfully the French National Assembly enacted a law requiring that the restoration must preserve the cathedral's 'historic, artistic and architectural interes

Wine Lingo - Words 4 Wine.

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The reason wine “lingo” was created was to assist in the description and discussion of wine. Or maybe it was created to sound pretentious or part of a secret society. Either way, using these words helps others understand your interpretation of the wine. Keep in mind, it is not necessary to use any prescribed language. You can describe a wine in any terms you want. As you may have noticed, SIP makes up wine words all the time. Think of wine tasting terms as those that describe how the wine smells and those that describe how it tastes or feels. The following are a few basic tasting terms you may have heard: Acidic : A sharp, tart taste. Strict like SIP's 5th grade teacher, Mrs Pepper. Aftertaste : Do we really need to tell you what that means? Aromatic: A term used to describe the wine’s bouquet. The smell. It's fun to compare what you think you smell and to the winemaker's notes to discover what you should smell. Hmm...really? Bitter: This describes a taste not

Tut Tut, Looks Like Rain

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Sure I love the sun but I don’t mind the rain. In fact, I’m rather fond of it.  When I was a small child, we lived in Belgium for a season. Dad let my sister and I dance on our urban balcony in the rain. I remember the laughter, joy and freedom that washed over us. We were little and stark naked.  Although clothed, I used to take my boys puddle jumping in our neighborhood park that overlooked the ocean. While other parents held their children’s hands tightly,  begging them to avoid the puddles, I was encouraging my boys to run through and jump in them repeatedly. We lived in Seattle, so puddle jumping could be a frequent activity. Although sometimes this was a spontaneous event, other times we’d be well prepared for our rain adventures. Many mornings, my youngest son would with get a sparkle in his eye and let me know in Winnie-the-Pooh fashion “Tut Tut, it looks like rain” We’d venture out with clean towels, a change of clothes and often a picnic to have in the car.  So today it’s a r

You’re my cup of tea

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  It may look like an old teacup & saucer. But it’s so much more. It most definitely has stories to tell. This delicate hand painted 24k gold lined teacup and saucer is from before WW1. Its seen a lot. Imagine the world events that have happened and possibly whose hands this was in. 💛  The back stamp is that of a famous Asian china, "Nippon," simply means "Japan." Nippon china was produced for export to the United States beginning in 1865, when the country ended its long period of commercial isolation. However, that ended in 1921, when the United States enforced the McKinley Tariff act which prohibited the import of items which were not "plainly marked” stamped, branded or labeled in legible English words. As Nippon was considered the Japanese word for the country of origin, "Japan" would become the English equivalent, the period of the Nippon china mark came to an end.  Genuine antique Nippon porcelain is nearly always hand painted and ornate in