Showing posts from April, 2018

The Red Room ~ A California Red

Tonight we opened The Red Room. As describes this red, "... is a blend of three grape varieties (Syrah, Merlot and Zinfandel) grown mainly in California's Lodi region. Lodi is influenced by cool coastal winds coming off the San Francisco Bay and provides warm days and cool nights. It has become a fantastic region for making elegant red wines." 

I found The Red Room to be smooth with a spicy finish and it went well with our red pepper, shallot and pesto sauced fresh pasta. I have to admit though the reason I bought this wine was because of its name. It reminded me of  this scene from The Shinning:

I'm sorry if that scared you, here's another clip of why Stephen King hates the movie...

I've seen the movie and I love it, the book is good too. After watching why Stephen King hates it, tell me if you love it or hate it.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park lies north of Moab in the state of Utah. Bordered by the Colorado River in the southeast, it’s known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red-hued Delicate Arch in the east. Long, thin Landscape Arch stands in Devils Garden to the north. Other geological formations includeBalanced Rock, towering over the desert landscape in the middle of the park. A surreal setting when you grow up in the lush farm lands in the Midwest. Moving to Salt Lake City and loving the outdoors, this is a Mecca of the West. 

My favorite hike thus far in my life has been the hike to Delicate Arch. I’ve made the trek several times and would recommend making the journey.  I missed it so much after we left the state of Utah I had painted this watercolor...

EmC ©2006
There is a winery nearby tucked away by a 5 star resort and restaurant. If you are in the Moab area be sure to visit Castle Creek Winery. It overlooks the Colorado river and you can witness the…

Australian Wines from the banished culture

There were 19 crimes which British criminals fell punishable by transportation. These 19 crimes bequeathed roguish Brits, who were guilty of only one, a contingent plan. It was a long rigorous ride by sea and those who survived became settlers in this frontier penal colony. These wines eulogize the crimes that were committed and the provincial life that was forged. If you buy the bottle, you can hear a snippet of their voices describing their crimes. Or, you can read more about them on their website: here is the link to the app for iOs devices in the app store.

The Warden:


"Only those who have stood within the bars and heard the din of devils and the appalling sounds of despair can imagine the horrors of the hold of a convict ship." — John Boyle O'Reilly

He is reborn in another red blend. A mix of rich red berry fruits with the aroma of chocolate and vanilla for a soft finish. 
There were awful trials he overcame in his har…

Peroni Italian Beer

We came back from an amazing trip to Italy and we converted to Peroni Italian beer. Luckily, our local grocer carried the imported beer. HEB is amazing and anyone not living in South Texas is really missing out, I may be a bit of a local patriot, so I'm sure you have your own fav. The Peroni Brewery was founded in Vigevano in Lombardy, Italy, in 1846. It has been based in Rome since 1864. And Rome is where we started on our once in a life time trip. I have traveled a fair amount, but Italy is my favorite thus far.

For a country with so much history, it has only been a country for a short time. In 2011 it celebrated 150 years. It is often part of an identity that is as regional as it is national. As for Rome, it once ruled the Western World. It is important to remember that Rome is not just a place of the past, but one that lives and breathes and buzzes with Vespas in the here and now.

In the hot summer months, small shops, restaurants and bars close anywhere between two weeks to …

The best of my Easter eggs

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. A post shared by emc528 (@emc528) on Apr 5, 2015 at 12:30pm PDT
This is an image I shared on Instagam @mywinespill

It depicts easter eggs with the likeness of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I was un aware of a product being sold by a Polish start-up company, called John' Lemon,  that sells a variety of beverages in the UK and other EU countries. Yoko Ono went after them for using John Lennon's legacy to sell soda. The John' Lemon beverage company registered its EU trademark in 2014, 2 years before Yoko Ono registered the John Lennon brand. Would you say using and abusing an icon for financial purposes or clever marketing? I haven't decided. But, way to show your muscles Yoko, your late husband is still relevant.

A Whole Lada Enchilada

A new truck showed up today, one I haven't seen before Lada Ladies ~ A whole lada enchilada! Haha, I couldn't get a view inside the truck today, but here's a shot of the outside...
What a fun display of color and graphics. I love skulls especially the colorful designs of Day of the Dead ~ Día de los Muertos!

Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

All Saints Day, celebrated by the Roman Catholic church on November 1, is set aside to honor church members believed to have gone to heaven. All Souls Day, November 2, was created to commemorate those who died baptized but without having confessed their sins, and thus they are believed to reside in purgatory. Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that intercessions (pra…

Robert Mondavi Cabernet aged in Bourbon Barrels

Last night we had this for a second time and I actually bought 2 at HEB, the price was unbelievable. It is a 2016 from Monterey County, a California coastal vineyard aging wine in Southern Bourbon Whiskey barrel. The result combined the deep fruity flavors of black cherry and blackberry with the time lapse of at least 3 months for an added sweet oaky flavor. Read more about Cabernet Sauvignon on my All About the Grape page.