For International Women’s Day: Erica Crawford’s LoveBlock Pinot Noir

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc: this is what I want all of my NZ Sauv Blancs to be like! Fresh and crisp but also sumptuous. The warm roasted olives in harrissa spices were a REVELATION and paired beautifully as did the hamachi crudo.

What better wine to toast International Women’s Day than with wine by a pioneer in the New Zealand wine industry Erica Crawford? That is, Erica Crawford, partner of Kim Crawford, and that would be Kim Crawford,  the third largest and possibly the most recognizable Sauvignon Blanc brand from New Zealand?

none other than NZ wine pioneer Erica Crawford: in the yellow glasses

Last month, Que Syrah Sue and I had lunch at Wolf on Melrose with Erica Crawford.

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How to Toast United Nation’s Internat’l Yoga Day: Montes Cherub ROSE!


Today is the United Nation’s International Yoga Day! Have you seen this video of how to drink wine while doing yoga? It’s a fun one!

I started doing yoga when I was in college at UC Santa Cruz, but I didn’t get into it until I had a serious rock climbing accident where I fell 15′ onto my back and my chiropractor was my yoga teacher. Later, when I moved back to Ventura, my teachers kept asking me to sub; one of the first classes i subbed was a Patagonia where I had two students: Yvon and Malinda Chouinard! When I learned one of my favorite Yoga Journal writers, Erich Schiffmann, was doing a 40 hour teacher training in Santa Barbara, I figured it was time to take the plunge. A few years later, I followed that up with Iyengar teacher training with Bryan Legere who I studied with for 15 years.   These days, I mostly have my own practice, attend classes, and do the occasional subbing.

As a yoga practitioner I definitely DO NOT recommend doing yoga while drinking or after drinking! Do yoga then drink wine!

During your yoga practice today, you should definitely do a few sun salutations (because solstice!) and in recognition that, like the sun, you ROSE off the ground for those sun salutes, the obvious wine to choose is ROSE! For International Yoga Day, you might want to try Continue reading