Shenandoah Vineyard Hopping

The wines are complex in style and can easily compete with European vintages, especially the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Life Uncorked: Mastroberardino Historia 2000

  This weekend my husband, Nick, and I uncorked a bottle of Mastroberdadino Historia 2000, one of the wines we purchased at the Radici Resort and Spa in Mirabella Eclano, when my family visited there in July of 2009. Trust me, it is not often that we have an opportunity to drink a sixteen year oldContinue reading “Life Uncorked: Mastroberardino Historia 2000”

Chocolate, Wine & Dying Anyway? May as well enjoy ourselves!

Here’s hoping you enjoyed some red wine and dark chocolate yesterday in honor of St. Valentine’s Day! I know I did.   Like you, I chose to ignore reports like the the JAMA Network study Resveratrol Levels and All-Cause Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Adults which indicates there may after all, not be any real health benefits ofContinue reading “Chocolate, Wine & Dying Anyway? May as well enjoy ourselves!”

I Dream Of Paris…

…because some of my fondest memories were born there. Because if I try hard enough, I can still smell the flowers in the park and the lily of the valley perfume I tried on in the perfumery. Because I can still taste the crisp Sancerre on my tongue and smell the savory rabbit on myContinue reading “I Dream Of Paris…”

Artistic in the District: Part Seven, A Strong Second Act!

  If you have ever dreamed of becoming an artist, it’s time to stop dreaming and start doing. Creating art is a wonderful hobby even if it never consumes your life, it can enhance your daily existence. As a former account executive, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer, I know all about second acts and thirdContinue reading “Artistic in the District: Part Seven, A Strong Second Act!”

Farm Stand Fresh is Best

If you look carefully, you’ll see signs of summertime, as local farm stands and farmers markets begin a new season. This year, I’ve decided to buy local more often and enjoy fresh, seasonal favorites. The first stop, a quaint little place I’ve driven by countless times on my way to the soccer fields: Spider HallContinue reading “Farm Stand Fresh is Best”

Holy Places: Assisi

Of all of the places I traveled during a three year expanse living in Italy, Assisi stands out as one of the most holy.  I expected to feel this way about Rome and I did up to a point, but tourism, vendors and the overall commercialization of Vatican City left me feeling a bit deflated, which is notContinue reading “Holy Places: Assisi”

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