This weekend our lack of food options hit the tipping point. We no longer could stretch not going to the grocery store by pairing random options of whatever food was remaining together and still call it a meal. A lonely bag of baby carrots had survived, and I had decided they would be delicious on the grill for dinner. But simply eating grilled carrots wasn’t going to sustain our Saturday night appetites. At the grocery store grabbing a few grilling items to pair with the carrots, I made my way to the wine section in hopes of finding something new and pleasing. I set my sights on a 2011 Forefront Cabernet Sauvignon and with a quick scan of the label using the Vivno app, I had decided to give it a try.
The best thing about this wine: complex and unique flavors
Available at: Hy-Vee
By the bottle: $9.99
Pairs well with: Beef sirloin (and–of course–carrots)
If you like flavorful Cabernets, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: http://www.forefrontwines.com
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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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If you are anything of a Napa Cab fan, you have surely heard over and over about the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintage years. The weather in those two years was nearly identical and the exact conditions wine growers love: warm days, cool nights, little rain. I got the opportunity to taste many wines from those vintages over the last few weeks, both at tasting events around town and in Napa. A few of them really stood out to me, one being Salvestrin’s 2013 Cabernet from St. Helena in the Napa Valley
Best thing about this wine: Fruit bomb with a complex finish
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese Rockbrook
By the Bottle: $71
Try this if you like: Big Napa Cabs!
Winery website: www.salvestrinwinery.com
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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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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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Growth Mindset Parenting
One evening near the end of a bottle of wine, great conversation, and dwelling on the merits of the terms “fixed mindset” versus “growth mindset”, Mark grabbed a bottle of John Anthony Cabernet, suggesting my wife and I would enjoy it. Fast-forward a few days later to when my wife and I experienced a particularly tough parenting day. Our only daughter is wonderful, but—like all children—she proved to be extremely difficult this day, causing us a little more stress and anxiety than we had anticipated. I snatched up the John Anthony, thinking it would be just the trick to bring us down to reality: we’re not bad parents, it was just an off day.
The best thing about this wine: Smooth and balanced all the way through
Available at: The Omaha Wine Company
By the bottle: $65.00 – $70.00
Winery Web Page: http://www.johnanthonyvineyards.com
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