Woodwork * Pinot Noir * 2015

It’s that time of year when you see a garage sale on every corner. I don’t care for for garage sales, let alone shopping! My mom and sister go crazy over garage sales and will spend hours driving around looking for them. I never understood!

The best thing about this wine: The value
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: On sale $6.99 Regular: $14.99
Pairs well with: Grilled pork or chicken.
Winery Web Page: www.woodworkwines.com

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Woodwork * Pinot Noir * 2015

Dreaming Tree * Pinot Noir * 2015

IMG_1454Often, after work, I want to make as few decisions as I can, and I prefer to put the least amount of effort into the rest of my day. Dreaming Tree Pinot Noir is reliable in situations like these, when I’m feeling extra lazy.

The best thing about this wine:
Available at: Hy-Vee
By the bottle: $13.99
Pairs well with: any quick meal after work
If you like an easy option for pairing without much thought, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: https://www.dreamingtreewines.com

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Dreaming Tree * Pinot Noir * 2015

Sean Minor Point North * Pinot Noir * 2014

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My goal heading into this weekend was to have a burst of productivity. On the to-do list was: reading for a project I’m participating in at work, a backlog of papers needing graded for a course I’m teaching, and several half-initiated projects around the house. My motivations and ambitions were strong. The Japanese Beetle bombed those goals.

I woke up early Saturday morning, brewed coffee, and sat on the porch with my book. A couple of hours later and completely engrossed in the content, I heard faint “pinging” noises hitting the siding on my house. I looked up to see swarms of beetles raining down from the Linden tree and landing on my reading paradise. An impromptu Google search yielded information about Japanese Beetles and their destructiveness–they eat everything. I quickly began to connect the beetle invasion with my completely eaten rose bushes and withering leaves on my Linden tree.

Book closed, I sprung into action. More research, driving around Omaha, and working in the yard engrossed in a beetle battle, Saturday evening arrived quickly. I had not attempted even one of my original goals. Instead, I had purchased enough Japanese Beetle traps, set them up, and sprayed Neem oil on what was left of the rest of the plants in my yard in hopes of saving them from the ravenous creatures.

Feeling defeated, late at night, I opened a bottle of one of my favorite Oregon Pinot Noirs. It accompanied me to my upstairs office as I tried to re-motivate myself and grade some papers.

The best thing about this wine: A myriad of pairing options
Available at: Spirit World
By the bottle: $21.99
Pairs well with: cheese plate, poultry, and/or Asian food
If you like Oregon Pinot Noir, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: https://www.seanminorwines.com

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Sean Minor Point North * Pinot Noir * 2014

Elouan * Pinot Noir * 2015

About once a week we get together with our friends Katie and George for a couple glasses of wine. After I spent a week in Napa, they came over to hear about my trip. We shared a bottle of wine I brought back with me, which I will be writing about in the next few weeks, but I wanted to write about the exceptional wine they brought over!
The best thing about this wine: Great levels of complexity.
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $19.99
Pairs well with: Roasted chicken, tomato penne pasta, aged cheddar or goat cheese
Winery Web Page: http://www.elouanwines.com

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Elouan * Pinot Noir * 2015

Don & Sons * Pinot Noir * 2011

After an uniquely stressful work week, dinner was the time for me to be decisive. I’m predicting the upcoming week will most certainly be the “part two” continuation, so I thought I’d practice my quick decision-making skills knowing they would be necessary for another round of meetings ahead, some where indecisive players would be present.  I did a quick browse of the menu at J. Coco, and landed on the 2011 Don & Sons Pinot Noir.

The best thing about this wine: balanced
Available at:  J. Coco
By the bottle: $46.00
By the glass: $12.00
Pairs well with: Cedar Plank Salmon
Winery Web Page: http://www.donandsons.com

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Don & Sons * Pinot Noir * 2011

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

Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve * Pinot Noir * 2014

Any new venture is bound to come with a few hiccups. I’ve been running into some here and there as we’ve launched this site, so thanks for sticking with us. A typo on my end led to a particularly funny conversation when I stopped by my dad’s the other night.

The best thing about this wine: how well it complements spicy food
Available at: Trader Joe’s
Pairs well with: spicy or robust flavors

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Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve * Pinot Noir * 2014