• Wine Life

    Expensive Wine vs. Cheap Wine

    Despite the fact that my job is wine & I spend nearly my entire day immersed in it (one way or another) – I still find myself a complete (or nearly) novice. It’s honestly one of the things I love most about the wine industry. There is always something more to learn. That aside, I’m willing to bet we all feel this way from time to time. Wearing a novice hat that is. So I started thinking about what were my most pressing questions when I first became interested in furthering my knowledge of wine. One that always seemed to poke at me would be when I was walking through…

  • Who Am I

    Representation Matters So Damn Much

    Since becoming a mother myself, my eyes were immediately opened to the importance of representation. I can’t say why it was such a strong realization, it might partly be because it is something I realized I lacked growing up. Or it was just something that rushed into my life along with all the love and emotions that come when you meet a piece of your own heart. I’ve always been inspired by my son and his ability to be SO comfortable in his skin. He has pushed me to put away the straightener and embrace the hairs on my head. He prepared me for a move I made largely for…

  • Who Am I

    Progress. Not perfection.

    The funny thing about depression is it shows its ugly head – wait. It’s not ugly, that isn’t fair. Let me start over… The funny thing about depression is that it shows up when you don’t see it coming and without needing a reason. And it’s usually the unexpected visits that rock you the hardest. I take pride in taking care of myself. Mainly because I know what’s on the other side. I list what I’m grateful for every night before I go to bed (ask anyone who hangs around me – if I’m out and about with friends at bedtime I alert them all my when my phone dings.…

  • Lifestyle,  Who Am I

    Refuse to play small. Dare to dream big.

    So many of us have been raised to constantly assess risk, and run the other way at the smallest amount detected. We have been repeatedly warned about dreaming TOO big and warned against making decisions based solely on gut feelings. The safe and “responsible” way to live life is to finish school, get a job (don’t bother applying for those you are not fully qualified for, but take what is given to you and is with a stable company), buy a moderate house that needs work so you can build equity, don’t drown your children in gifts because that will teach them to be material in nature. Don’t overspend. Vacations…

  • Politics

    Qualifications for President

    Can we talk about this for a minute? Are the qualifications to be the President of the United States too low? What exactly are the qualifications? I bring this up after Oprah made a powerful speech at the Golden Globes the other night (read here). Almost immediately social media posts began happening that suggested she run for president. I have an issue with that. Is the qualification for president so low that the only quality we look for is words that speak to us or inspire us? Because if that’s the case, I have some bad news. You can’t be upset about or suggest that Donald is unqualified because he…

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