Chateau Montelena * Chardonnay * 2013

Gold glitter hat, check. Running shoes, check. Cake and bubbly, check and check! On paper I am prepped and ready for my 30th birthday on Friday. In reality, though, that’s not the case. I sat down with a glass of wine Thursday night as I tried to make my peace with the demise of my 20s. 

The best thing about this wine: Fantastic alternative to butter bomb Chardonnay
Available at: Omaha Wine Company
By the bottle: $50
Pairs well with: fish, lighter fare

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Chateau Montelena * Chardonnay * 2013

Seghesio * Zinfandel * 2015

20170430_152900Faced with a cold and dreary day last week, we decided to meet some friends for lunch and have a drink at a local sports bar. As I looked through the drink menu, I noticed they had an extensive wine list. Typically, at a sports bar I would steer towards a beer but instead, my friend and I decided to split a bottle of the Seghesio Zinfandel.

The best thing about this wine: Big, bold and jammy
Available at: Ryan’s Food and Spirits
By the bottle: $30.00 By the glass: $12.00
Pairs well with: Chicken Nachos and buffalo wings
Winery Web Page: www.seghesio.com

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Seghesio * Zinfandel * 2015

Canyon Road * Chardonnay * 2015

20170505_155344This week I had a close friend of mine pass away. What she thought was arthritis, turned out to be cancer. She found out 3 months ago it was a mass and quickly went downhill. We met in 2002 and right away we became partners in crime. She was fun, spunky and lived life to the fullest. Today I rode my bike to Old Chicago to clear my head. After my first beer in her honor,  I decided to order a glass of Canyon Road Chardonnay.

The best thing about this wine: Light, clean and refreshing.
Available at: Old Chicago
By the glass: $5.29
Pairs well with: Grilled chicken, lighter pasta dishes or mild cheeses.
Winery Web Page: http://www.canyonroadwinery.com

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Canyon Road * Chardonnay * 2015

B Side * Red Blend * 2014

Balance

I’ve been struggling a little bit (ok, a lot bit) with balance lately. Last night, I rushed home from school to grab my craft store coupons to get supplies for a tie-dying project at school. I saw my super long lawn and decided to do a quick mow before I headed to the craft store, before I started my part-time job. I didn’t find what I needed and ended up at 2 more stores after my shift ended. When I finally made it home, I collapsed in bed. With my days looking like this more and more frequently, I find that spending my weekends relaxing is essential to any semblance of a work-life balance. Last Sunday at a wine tasting, I thought perhaps I could achieve some balance from a nice Red Blend called B Side.

The best thing about this wine: A nice peppery finish gives this more appeal than your average Red Blend
Available at: The Winery
By the bottle: $24.99
Pairs well with: A rainy Sunday, appetizers, a nice steak with roasted veggies
Winery Web Page: http://www.bsidewines.com/

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B Side * Red Blend * 2014

Pali Wine Co. Huntington * Pinot Noir * 2014

My wife, daughter, and I spent the weekend away from home. We were in Schuyler, NE for a confirmation and dance recital. It’s always enjoyable to have several days with extended family, but heading back to Omaha Sunday afternoon created feelings and thoughts around how we would prioritize our minimal weekend time remaining before Monday would soon be upon us. We unanimously decided on takeout from Three Happiness Chinese, and I made a quick stop at Wohlner’s for a bottle of wine on my way to pick up the food.

I decided on a bottle of 2014 Huntington Pinot Noir. I knew the Pali Wine Company wouldn’t let me down.

Available at: Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery & Deli
By the bottle: $21.49
Pairs well with: cheese plate or appetizers
Try this wine i
f you like: a reliable, easy-drinking Pinot Noir.
Winery Web Page: http://www.paliwineco.com

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Pali Wine Co. Huntington * Pinot Noir * 2014

Chain Gang Pitch Black * Red Blend * 2016

I’ve always been partial to a great breakfast. Whether I’m cooking at home or checking out a cafe or local dive, my spirits lift with a great morning or mid-day meal. Sunday we met at Pitch in Dundee for brunch. The food here is always delicious and I quickly decided on VIP Smoked Mac and Cheese, bypassing the breakfast menu options. Typically my drink of choice for Sunday brunch would be a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, or sparkling wine, but I ordered a glass of Chain Gang’s Pitch Black Red Blend. 

The best thing about this wine: smooth and silky
Available at: Pitch Coal-Fire Pizzeria
By the bottle:  $20.00 / By the glass: $9.00
Pairs well with: beef, lamb, sausage
Winery Web Page: http://www.dcflyntmw.com/chain-gang-vineyards

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Chain Gang Pitch Black * Red Blend * 2016

Silverado Vineyards * Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon * 2013

Hurry Up and Wait

Our daughter isn’t here yet. What happened to science? What happened to modern medicine? What happened, even, to my hopeless romanticism? Yesterday, April 16, was not only my birthday as well as Easter, but it was also two full days after our daughter was due. I fully expected, in my arrogance, that she would arrive on my birthday, you know, sort of like a great cosmic present to me from the universe. I deserve that much, don’t I?  And yet here we are, Monday evening, the day after my birthday and three days and counting after our baby girl was supposed to get here, and all of my romantic notions about sharing cakes and parties have been dispelled. Even if my daughter didn’t arrive today, however, a shipment of wine did. I consoled myself by pulling the cork on this extraordinary bottle of wine as I cooked dinner for my family and listened to U2 instead of wondering why my daughter was taking so long to incubate.

The best thing about this wine: The QPR (Quality-Price-Ratio)
Available in Omaha at: Costco
Cost: $28 (at Costco – typically retails higher)
Pairs well with: Family time, red meats, an evening stroll around the neighborhood

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Silverado Vineyards * Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon * 2013