A Wine Drinker Rambling about Wine

Month: November 2017

Our Saturday Sips: Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Confession. We actually opened this wine on a Wednesday. It was a very good Wednesday.

My middle daughter had begged me to be a chaperone on the annual Classics Day field trip held at the University of Oklahoma. Unbeknownst  to me, my shrewd girl had an agenda.  One, get out of school and two, meet up and hang out with her sister who attends OU. In order to accomplish this,  my daughter talked her Latin teacher into letting us drive separately by using me as Chaperone bait. There’s usually a scarcity of parents for any high school field trips so I was a welcome addition. However, my girl’s ace in the hole was a packed field trip bus.  In the end, she got her wish; the sisters got to meet up for the afternoon and the college girl got a free lunch.

One highlight of Classics Day was the presenter on the history of Greek Warfare. His vast knowledge of Greek history kept the students extremely engaged. However, I think the real reason for their rapt attention was the sharp, shiny weaponry and the fact he was built like a Gladiator.  Turns out, his other passion is body building. What’s that old saying? You can never judge a book by its cover? The combo definitely works in his favor!


The other reason I wanted to open a bottle  was the fact I  went on a field trip with my daughter and didn’t do anything  to embarrass her in front of her peers.  This might be silly, but trust me, any public outings where my kids don’t roll their eyes over my behavior is a rare event. This may not be reason enough for celebration in your house, but where I live, Teenlandia, it’s practically a National Holiday.

In celebration, I picked up Bogle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 California.  It’s a consistent everyday wine at around $11 and has a nice smooth blend of cherries, plums and  vanilla.  Plus, Bogle Wines are everywhere so those rare occasions you have an eye rolling-free experience with a teenager, you can celebrate without breaking the bank. Cheers!

Thanksgiving Cheer!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Thank you for reading this ramble of mine and for commenting and sharing wine knowledge and for making me laugh and think and for just taking the time to be kind.  You may not know it but God has used you for good in my life and for this I’m grateful. 

I love Thanksgiving. Unlike Christmas, with the pressure to produce the perfect gifts, or mail a magnificent family Christmas card photo, Thanksgiving gives me an intentional opportunity to reflect on life and give thanks to God, family, friends, even strangers for impacting me in so many valuable ways. 


Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 106:1


However you celebrate this year, I pray your day is filled with lots of laughter and good cheer.  

And on that note, for those of you like me who stress over the holiday details, here’s a bit of advice from one of my favorite party hosts, Julia Child:

On cooking mistakes: “Always remember: If you’re alone in the kitchen and you drop the (turkey), you can always just pick it up. Who’s going to know?” 

Dinner conversation: “Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you’ll have a marvelous time!”

In general:  “With enough butter, anything is good.”

Our Saturday Sips: Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The first week of November wrapped up the official Marching Band season with the final football game honoring the Seniors. Our family met our son at the 50-yard line as his name and future aspirations were read out over the PA system. Prior to this honor, Senior son had to fill out a form stating future plans, college, studies etc. He’s a joker and heavily encouraged by his father so this was a golden opportunity. Here’s what he wrote:


“Going to Colorado School of Mimes to pursue his dream of silently changing the world one motion at a time.”



In the end, I put the ‘mom’ squeeze on him and he put where he hopes to actually go to college to pursue degrees in Jazz and Physics. The traditional and boring answer. Looking back, I should have let him do it. No one ever remembers what’s said but they might have remembered that one. 

For the weekend, I picked one of my favorite producers to commemorate of our ‘Senior Mom and Dad’ titles. After four years of band, I’d say we’ve earned it! Now we only have four more years to go before we’ll be completely done.


“The Everyday Wine for the Well Informed” ~ Decoy

Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2015


I really like this young Cabernet with it’s blackberries, tangy cherry and spice. Very satisfying. Decoy is under the umbrella of Duckhorn Vineyards and Wine Co. and has grown into a well established Sonoma County winery. It’s the affordable cousin among the Duckhorn wine brands with ‘ready upon release’ wines selling for around $20. All of Decoy wines are Sonoma County appellation-designated and thankfully, widely available. 



Band Mom Corsage. It was as big as my head.


Homerun or Strikeout? MLB Swings Into the Wine Bizz

Recently, my sister-in-law, who is an ace at finding unique and interesting gifts, brought us a bottle of New York Yankee Cabernet Sauvignon from the MLB Club Series Reserve. She thought we’d have fun trying it out and as usual, she was right.

I immediately had thoughts of gimmick wines like Marilyn Merlot and Game of Thrones Blend but since the Yankees brand themselves with the image of ‘Old Money’, there was a chance the wine would be quite drinkable.

Apparently, Major League Baseball and wine is a fairly recent marketing venture dreamed up by the company Wine By Design and its founder Diane Karle. The offerings started in 2014 with 7 major league baseball teams who signed up to serve and sell their own ball club branded wines. To get past the novelty perception, each team uses either winery-specific partnerships or generic region-based wine holdings. The largest source for most of the team wines is from Plata Wine Partners with their vast California Central Valley holdings.

A few teams are fortunate enough to be located in well-known regions and have access to solid producers such as the San Francisco Giants Sparkling Brut which partners with Mumm Napa and the Seattle Mariners in Washington wine country. The Philadelphia Phillies bottle Reds from local Chaddsford Winery and the NY Yankees offer Finger Lakes Riesling by Anthony Road Winery.

As the 2017 MLB season wrapped up, there were currently 20 teams sporting their own club labels with many of the MLB Club Reserve wines priced between $20- $35 a bottle.

So, did the Yankees hit it out of the ballpark?

Um, not really. But my sisinlaw did score in the fun category. The wine was more like a sacrificed bunt for the run than a grand slam. For the $25 price tag, it was just  so-so and probably more suited as an accent to a great memory like sitting behind home plate in the Yankee Moat than served at home with a weekend dinner. Or to be given as a nice gift for baseball fans who collect Team memorabilia.  

We still had fun trying it, though, since anything is possible before you actually open the bottle. Cheers! 

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