Rosé Wines: Provence Style

Rosé wine sales are on the rise. They are dry (not sweet) and nothing to blush about.

The lighter shade of red depends on the grape used and how long the grape skins were in contact with the juice.

Grab a few rosé wines, chill them ice cold and drink them on a warm day. They have food-friendly versatility at an affordable price.

Winemakers note: Ensuring adequate anti-oxidant protection, optimal extraction and promoting aromas production are fundamental to obtain fresh, pleasant and elegant rosé wines.


The Nest of Hummingbirds

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The Hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation. – Papyrus

And for the person who contributed this picture from Kauai…

Selon les légendes, le colibri flotte, libre des contraintes du temps, transportant nos espoirs d’amour, de joie et de célébration. La grâce délicate du colibri sert à nous rappeler que la vie est riche, que la beauté est présenté partout, que chaque relation personnelle est importante, et que le rire est ce que la vie a de plus doux.

Thank you,


The Dream Inn – Santa Cruz

This is a great Hotel and location to Paddle-OUT, and Surf-IN….all through the beach door of the hotel.

And to really top off the day…Try it Surf and Turf style.

Just a few minutes away is the Allister Mackenzie course, Pasatiempo.  A Championship golf course for many men who set out to qualify for the U.S. Open.

After playing many golf courses around the world and having put Surfing on my “never to do” list.  This surf and turf combo is now on my “Best Day” list.

Dreamin’ of it again.The Dream Inn - Santa Cruz

15 yr Pinot Noir – 1999 Chateau St. Jean, Durell Vineyard

Well, I needed something a little more exciting than the game on Super Bowl Sunday.

After the first quarter, I went to the library section of my wine cellar and pulled a 1999 Château St. Jean Pinot Noir from the Durell Vineyard. I then made a phone call.

I made it to my girlfriend Margaret’s home in time for the halftime show. We were going to brave the rest of the game together.

Margaret is a vineyard grower and appreciates a fine wine and a good game. We settled for one of the two.

After opening the bottle, I no longer paid attention to the game clock or scoreboard. Up front the wine was smooth and rich. The exciting part was that this wine was only gonna get better.

(The first twenty minutes is a good time to take the first analysis and compare it to the second twenty, and so on until finished. The biggest changes come after the first 20)

The nose was soft and elegant. On the palate, it still held the black fruit, cherry, and spicy flavor the back label hinted of its youth.

About 12 minutes into the first quarter (of the bottle) the wine set off a funky smell. It was short, not sweet and then back to its excellence. This wine had only a hint of a fumble. The rest of the bottle was as cosmic as Bruno Mars meeting Parvina Venus.

This wine was a champion. A 15 year champion! Margaret added the bottle to her wall of fame. It stands with the other champions on Wine Memory Lane.