Birthday Surprises! Mastro Scheidt: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon

IMG_0379What’s a birthday without a surprise?

In this case, on a Birthday ski trip to Mammoth where we stayed nearby at Lake Crowley, there were several terrible ones: I fell just before we drove off and couldn’t do stairs well or ski, my son fell the day before and had stitches in his elbow so if he skiied at all it had to be below his level, and my husband was sick and spent most of the trip in bed asleep.

But some surprises can be great.

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Get on the Good Foot Via Twitter Events

Did you miss me? After a rather long holiday hiatus, it’s time to “Get on the Good Foot” again and get my blog on!1510871_10152440148100924_2187829704039238759_n

First up: ever wonder how in the world to participate in a Twitter event?

I know I talk about doing wine twitter tasting often on this blog because I do a few of them each month (for example #WineStudio on Tuesdays and #WineChat on Wednesdays). But what exactly are the nuts and bolts?

This has come up because an online community that I am part of “Healthy 2015″ is using Dr. Mark Hyman’s book, The 10 Day Detox Diet.

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Because his The Blood Sugar Solution Paperback edition came out 12/30/14, he is hosting a New Year’s discussion on health, wellness, recipes, food, nutrition and all things health TODAY at 4pm PST.

And he invites us to bring our comments and questions and to get ready to win some prizes including signed copies of the Blood Sugar Solution book to participants chosen randomly!

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Cheers to Nat’l #ZinDay W Nov 19!

Just in time for Thanksgiving and other holiday feasts, it’s National Zinfandel Day on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. 2015. Continue reading

8 Chardonnays from Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Each Tuesday in November at 6pm PST, join me and a dozen or so other wine writers on Twitter for #WineStudio where we will be exploring the “renaissance of Chardonnay” in Oregon’s Willamette Valley located just south and west of Portland.

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Life, Death, Eros on Dia De Los Muertos (plus Freixenet Cava!)

Happy Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos!

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What, you don’t know what Dia de Los Muertos is? You mean you don’t have an altar to remember those who have passed?

Wikipedia explains that Day of the Dead  or in Spanish: Día de Muertos “is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.”

“The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.[2][3] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.”

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