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Books and Wine

Books and Wine

I always say I like it when a plan comes together and right now those plans involve wine and books. I’ve been frequenting my library to read paper books because a lot of current books aren’t available for my Kindle. I didn’t realize until I went to open my new bottle of red wine how my new book cover and new wine match up beautifully. I can’t wait to dive head first into The Ramblers and drink Fiction Wine.

If you are curious about The Ramblers. Here’s an excerpt from the author’s website.

Simple luxuries.

The Ramblers

Travel Radar: CabFest Napa Valley


If I lived on the West Coast (Southern California), I would hop in my car, get on the road, and drive to Napa to attend CabFest. Cabernet is one of my favorite grapes and I love drinking them. I would learn more about this wine from the legendary Karen MacNeil, but the highlight would be all that wonderful California Cabernet Sauvignon juice. I can’t make it this year, but it is definitely on my radar for next year.

Shopbop Spring Sale

Shopbop Spring Sale

My favorite online shopping boutique, Shopbop is currently having their spring sale. I’ve become very choosy about my what I’m buying and Shopbop never lets me down. It’s my go to for all my flowy, springy, dresses and great cashmere from Equipment.

DC Living: Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival – Charlottesville, Va

Taste of Monticello

It’s baaack. The Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia is returning April 7-9, 2016. I’ve heard so much about the wine trail festival and have it on my radar to go this year with my wine friends. Early Mountain, one of my favorite Virginia vineyards will be there and a few I’ve recently discovered. In total, over 25 vineyards will be represented. Charlottesville is a quick 2-hour jaunt from DC and has great restaurants and lots of places to explore.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. and will be available on the website and the Charlottesville’s Visitor Center on the downtown mall.

See you on the trail.

DC Living: Catalonia Wine Tasting

Catalonia Wines and Cava

Catalan. The name alone makes me giddy. Spain was the first trip I ever took with my husband after knowing each other six weeks. Crazy, I know. We’ve been together ever since, so the land of tapas, Sherry, and wine reminds me of that trip. If you’ve been to Spain or plan on visiting it is imperative you taste the wines of Catalan. Catalan wines herald back to the Roman empire, but their wines may not have ever graced your palette. I’m here to give you a few reasons why you should add them to your wine rack or try them the next time you are in a restaurant.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Catalan wine tasting here in DC. My belief of beauty as a lifestyle extends to wine. Lots of wine. As a budding wine junkie (oenophile) and sommelier in my head, I have had the pleasure of sipping some amazing wines. But, I didn’t always know their origins. Sure, I knew they were from this or that country, but not much else. The nerdy side of me wanted to go deeper and after four hours of seeing, sipping swirling, and savoring I have a little more knowledge to bring to you, my lovely readers.

Let’s discuss the beauty side of a wine tasting; I have to wear perfume that doesn’t leave an impression. I know. Devastating. It’s hard to really appreciate and smell wine if I’m wearing one of my heavy and impressionable oud scents. As much as I love a deep, stop you in your tracks, what scent is that fragrance, it doesn’t work when tasting, and I hate it. Plus, it hinders the people around you from really tasting the wine. Beauty science 101. I had to opt for a “wine friendly” perfume. I settled on Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess from a few years back and only one spritz. One. What in the world am I getting myself into? I digress.

{Cava is Spain’s version of sparkling wine.}



{A sweet wine made in the Sherry style, but not Sherry.}


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{Wine writers who are also friends.}


Currently Coveting: These Pretty Things

Currently Coveting

I can feel. Spring is in the air and the sun is not going down so early that I want to go to bed at 5:00pm. This has got me in the mood for pretty things that make me smile.

  1. Life by Muriel Brandolini Cocktail Napkins. I vow to drink more fun drinks this spring and summer and not just my go to rose. All the rose is good anytime. These napkins will be a fun accessory to any bar car.
  2. AERIN Mediterranean Honeysuckle. I say it all the time, Aerin Lauder knows how to make a fragrance. This one is another beautiful addition to my beauty arsenal. This has spring and summer written all over it.
  3. Memo Jannat Eau de Parfum. If you haven’t heard of Memo put them on your list. They make gorgeous fragrances and you will not be disappointed. Any fragrance that mixes Neroli and musk has my beauty vote.
  4. 2013 Lise & Bertrand Jousset – Brut Rose Petillant Naturel. A rose that’s sparkling and natural. Yes, I know I was going to add something else to my wine rack, but this is hard to come by so it’s a must.

What’s on your spring wish list besides better weather. Unless you live in Southern California.

DC Living: Maryland Wine Passport Experience

Maryland Passport Wine

If you are in the Washington, DC area and wondering what to do this weekend or next weekend, I suggest the Maryland Wine Passport Experience. You might be saying to yourself “I didn’t know Maryland made wine.” Yes, they do. The Passport Experience is a self-guided tour through the wine trails of Maryland to see the culture and wine each region offers. The passport also allows you to go on both weekends to explore local wine, attractions and dine at a few of the restaurants.

Hopefully, I will see you on the trail.

DC Living: La Ferme Restaurant


I recently had the pleasure to celebrate a gem of a restaurant in a suburb of Washington, DC. La Ferme Restaurant is a classic French restaurant that I never heard of. The restaurant celebrates thirty years in the city and is practically unheard of in the restaurant industry. In DC restaurants open and close faster than I can change my mascara, so it was a real treat to celebrate La Ferme. The Francophile in me has a new food favorite.

La Ferme reminds me of a rustic chalet in the French Alps. I am currently planning a full meal with a few of my Francophile friends so we can partake in the house-smoked Norwegian Salmon, Coq Au Vin, and an array of stinky French cheeses.

Later this spring, La Ferme will be adding a new bar, apply named Cognac, featuring a collection of wines, cocktails, and cognacs with a select bar menu offering small bites.

Learn more about La Ferme Restaurant and visit before the DC foodies find out. It’s the best-kept dining secret that soon won’t be a secret.


{House-Smoked Salmon.}


{Cognac wine which was delicious and potent.}


{Rendering of the new Cognac bar.}


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