A Wine Drinker Rambling about Wine

Month: December 2016

Happy Happy New Year!

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s with a grateful heart I wish you all a Happy New Year!

I’m choosing to remember the good over the last 12 months as this tumultuous year ends.

Good bye 2016. You’re a year I’ll probably not remember with much fondness but I will remember these:

  1. All the family, amazing friends, and even strangers, God blessed us through, who’ve given love, encouragement & rearranged schedules to spend precious time with us.
  2. Our first high school graduate and the hilariously terrified look on her face as she crossed the stage to get her diploma. The realization you are actually going to have to grow up can be terrifying!
  3. Dropping off our college freshman.
  4. Running in my first half-marathon
  5. First trip to Seattle. Washington State has a winery on every corner and someday I might visit one.
  6. A new sister-in-law – an amazing woman to put up with my brother 😉
  7. Getting to serve in the New Moms Bible Study in the role of Old Mom. Strange as it seems, those halcyon days of strollers and play dates are about as appealing as a root canal now.
  8. Wine from Mallorca – Thank you, Alaska Cousin!
  9. Meeting up with #winestudio friends while on vacation
  10. Discovering Rías Baixas through fifteen bottles of Albariño from Spain. Thank you #winestudio!

I didn’t want to put too much effort into picking the celebration bubbly so I chose one I can always rely on. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige.

Cheers to your new year and a toast to new beginnings.  Oh yeah, and I just learned we’re getting a dog. As in, Today.  2017 has an interesting start already.

Happy New Year,


Merry Christmas & Wines Opened in December

An entire month has passed since we last met. We’ve been all over the place with our wine selections this month. However, as I glance through my notes I see a heavy emphasis on France and Italy with one Sonoma County thanks to my sweet sister-in-law. I was also introduced to Cabernet Franc this month due in part to my wine scientist friend and winemaker, Lori of  Dracaena Wines and #CabFranc Day on twitter. I’ve tried two so far: one new world which didn’t leave a good impression and one old world Chinon that I’d drink again. You know I tend to hang out in the $10-20 price range for wine so trying a new wine with a higher price tag brought some momentary discomfort. More expensive bottles ($35 – 60) are usually for holidays, celebrations and special occasions like if the Steelers win the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, a second obstacle was the scarce availability of Cab Franc, at least in my area. Remember, the majority of Oklahomans like sweet wine and craft beer. But I’ve started noticing more and more international varieties popping up in our local wine shop from around the globe so we have hope. 

Anyway, I could ramble on but I’ll post pictures instead. Plus I need to bake Christmas cookies with the youngest so time is short! Waiting till the last minute to get Christmas stuff done is my specialty.


Penya 2014 Côtes Catalunes IGP France 

Silky, dark fruit, smoky with plums and cherries and spice on the finish.  Easy to drink. $12


‘Poggio Anima’ Lilith Primitivo – Salento IGP MMXII

Dry, slightly sour cherries and plums with a touch of spice. I thought it was just OK. Here’s an interesting touch of trivia: the name Lilith comes from a Hebrew myth of wild proportions. The myth is Adam had another wife who refused to be subservient and was thus banished from Eden to become a demon. And I thought Adam had enough trouble with his real wife! This Primitivo is named Lilith because it too is racy and uncontrollable. Might be another myth. $16

‘Messanges Rouge’ Chinon Récolte 2014

Bright, lovely floral and spicy with loads of acidity. I really liked this Cab Franc from winemaker Domaine de Pallus. A nice introduction to the world of Cab Franc. $22


Cantina Zaccagnini Riesling 2013 Colline Pescaresi IGT 

It comes with a piece of vine tied to the bottle. That’s where the charm ended for me. This was my first Italian Riesling and I was wishing by the second taste I’d picked something different. But for $15 not to much “skin off my nose”. I like Riesling so there had been hope. Oh well.

Simi Alexander Valley, Sonoma County 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Lovely smooth tannins with velvet dark fruit and blackberries. Delicious. For a non-winedrinker, my sister-in-law has a talent for picking good wine. She brought us one for Thanksgiving dinner and surprised me with a second bottle she’d slipped into her suitcase. Cabernet Sauvignon is my husband’s favorite so Sis is awesome.


That’s a wrap on the wine. There were a few other not so note-worthy bottles and several old favorites I haven’t included plus with Christmas in two days I’m out of time. Besides, my youngest has abandoned me for a Barbie movie marathon so I’ll go bake alone until the first aroma of cookies drifts through the house. Then the kids will crawl out of their iPhones to make sure no one’s poisoned the king. 😉

One more thing before I go. I wanted to express a heartfelt Thank You, dear friends, for all the encouragement you’ve given me through this difficult year. I’ve appreciated your shining lights in the darkness. Wishing you peace and joy in the Savior this holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cheers, Allison

Caught Santa Rumble spreading good cheer.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.”  Isaiah 9:6-7

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