Sunday, December 27, 2020

2020, the gift that keeps on giving...

I was really excited about 2020. After a pretty darn good year, I was going to take advantage of the momentum from 2019, increase the number of my wine classes, work more hours at various venues, and travel. Yeah...JD and I were supposed to spend a few weeks in England and France this year, but that was not to be.

What a disaster 2020 has turned out to be. Global pandemic. Global shutdown. Families and friends lost. Businesses closed. So much anger, misinformation, fatigue.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tasting outside your comfort zone: Part Deux...

This does seem to be the year where we're all out of our comfort zones. And the wines I've received recently reflect that. So when I opened a box and discovered three different sherries, accompanied by a big bag of Halloween candy, I thought it was just par for the course!

Sherry is a wine that many folks think is old-fashioned, found only in Agatha Christie mysteries, or meant to be drunk by self-important elder statesmen after dinner is finished, and the ladies have retired to whatever ladies retire to, while the men light up cigars and discuss world matters.

Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Tasting out of your comfort zone...

The Goddess of Wine gets crazy when a person says, "I don't drink xyz wine," or "I only drink xyz wine." I always ask, "Why would you limit yourself to what you already know?" So, when I'm approached by a wine rep or marketing person to try a wine that may not be something I regularly drink, I have to step outside my own comfort zone to taste it. 

Folks who know me well, know that I rarely drink sweet wines. I'm not talking about dessert wines such as Port or Sherry; I'm talking about sweet, low-alcohol porch-pounders. I received a package of 3 charmingly-packaged, partly-fermented, sweet, frizzante wines from the Mack & Schuehle Wine and Spirits Family, an international importer. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Serving wine in the time of Coronavirus...

As some of you know, JD and I work 3 days a week at a winery tasting room. The wines are very reasonably priced, and our tasting fee has been $12 per person, waived with a wine purchase. Up until this weekend, we would waive tasting fees for everyone in a group if even one person bought one bottle of wine. You might say we have been very generous in this regard. 

We had 2 groups of guests on Saturday; one group of 6, the other of 4. Both were scheduled to arrive at 2 PM. The air temperature was fairly comfortable, and the smoke level was low enough that I wasn't concerned about serving outdoors.

Monday, August 24, 2020

#LifeinthetimeofCoronavirus...and everything else

A friend recently asked me about my writing. In fact, every time he sees me, he asks. 'How's the writing going?' And I always reply, 'Not really doing much writing right now. Still just not feeling it.' 

My colleagues who write a lot just tell me to keep at it. Write a little bit each day. Just form some sentences. Do the work.

But right now my head is so full of anger and frustration about the state of our country that I have trouble staying on topic.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Wining in the time of Coronavirus...

The GoW & JD pre-lockdown
Random thoughts during the lockdown:

Making the bed every day counts as an accomplishment.

Digging out old recipes that I haven't made in at least 25 years. Comfort food, as they're my mom's recipes.

Rereading books. Re-watching TV series. Not feeling the need to watch anything new.

Surprised at how easy it is to just stay home.

Discovering that it wasn't lack of time that kept me from cleaning out the closet.

Wondering if I can get the airline to refund my money instead of giving me a travel voucher.

Wondering if we'll be able to travel next year.

Hoping we can start pouring wine at the tasting room soon.

Alternating between acceptance and frustration.

Happy that after all these years together, we still really like each other and get along well.

Happy that we have the technology to stay in touch with friends near and far. Some family, too.

Surprised at how many of my friends and colleagues feel driven to create, while I'm just enjoying the downtime, even after almost 2 months.

Wondering how it is that I've lost a few pounds during this time, despite thinking about food all the time.

Hoping I'll be able to get the medical procedures done that I thought would be done by now. Still need some post-cataract surgery clean up.

Enjoying bird watching from my front door. Love the mockingbirds.

Missing baseball season.

Happy that we're locked down in Morro Bay and not in Burbank.

Hoping you're well and safe, wherever you're locked down.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

It's been a heckuva year for the Goddess of Wine and #FirstAcolyte (#JDBakes) John Dickey, and we couldn't have done it without your support! 

Thanks to all the thirsty students of wine, the good-natured and patient wine bar owners, the wine company reps who consistently find amazing wines no matter what we ask for, and, of course, all the wine makers who create liquid magic for us.

We're looking forward to more wine and food pairings, more geeky wine arcana, and more wine enjoyment!

Happy Holidays to all!
Happy New Year!
See you in 2020!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Date Change for "Bubbly by the Bay"!

Due to ongoing renovations at the Morro Bay Wine Seller - soon to be The Savory Palette - we've moved the date one week, to November 20th. 

Sorry about the inconvenience. Hope you can come!

Reservations are required due to limited seating, so get your tickets now! 

Click on the date in the calendar to the right >>>>

Must be 21 or older to attend. 


Friday, August 2, 2019

Tasting Blindly in July...

And the theme is...?
We had an engaged and enthusiastic group of students at the July Tasting Blind class at the Morro Bay Wine Seller on Wednesday. As always, there was a theme to the wines, which I always hope students will figure out while they're tasting. This group did not disappoint - and neither did the wines!

As always, we had fresh-baked bread from #JDBakes on the tables for palate cleansing and generally tastiness.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rhone Valley vs. Paso Robles...

Wines of the night. Missing Seven Angels 'Chosen One'
Last month, the Goddess of Wine was challenged to compare Bordeaux to Paso; this month the challenge was the Rhone Valley vs. Paso. It was fun!

The Rhône Valley was created during the last ice age as the Rhône Glacier carved its way south through what is now France. Today, the Rhône River begins in the Alps and meanders for 505 miles to the Mediterranean Sea.

THE NORTHERN RHONE is only 40 miles long and is responsible for a tiny 4-5% of all the wines from the region. The climate is ‘Continental’ – hot summers, cold winters and precipitation throughout the year. Probably the most notable feature is the steepness of the hillsides. The vineyards are terraced to keep the soil from eroding, retain the warmth of the sun and make life a little easier for the vineyard workers!