All posts by: Diane McMartin

What I’m Tasting: Getting Ready for Italy!

Next week, I’ll be headed to northern Italy’s Alto Adige region, famous for its Pinot Grigio and pork products. A few days ago, what should appear at our tasting table during our grueling (ha!) Tasting Tuesday than a lineup of wines from Abbazia di Novacella, a great producer from this area. The Pinot Grigio was […]

Frivolous Friday: Take Care of Your Feet!

I’ve spent most of my working life on my feet.  You’d think I’d be thinner, but unfortunately I love to eat and drink so much all the standing, walking, and schlepping cases of wine up and down stairs merely keeps me looking average.  Probably if I cut back my french fry and rose consumption even […]

Frivolous Friday: An Oldie But Goodie

Despite the fact that without adult supervision, I could spend an entire afternoon and half my paycheck at Sephora, I’m often super lazy about grooming and maintenance. You should see my roots. OK, let’s be real here, they’re not even roots anymore, my hair is just gray. Some days even showering seems like a boring […]

What I’m Tasting: Soaking Up Summer

Summer is my favorite season – socks are optional, impromptu road trips are encouraged, and it seems more socially acceptable to drink rose in the middle of the day. Speaking of rose, this interesting little number caught my eye the other day when I was cheating on my wine shop at Planet Wine here in […]

Frivolous Friday: My Office

People always ask me if I write while drinking, and the answer is yes – but not wine or beer or absinthe or Madeira. I’m not Hemingway (and thank goodness for that!). I do most of my writing while drinking my other favorite beverage, coffee. I’ve spent a lot of time in coffee shops in […]

What I’m Tasting: Pink Fizz!

A few standouts from the last few days. First up, a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Auxerrois, and Pinot Blanc. Wonderfully tart and zippy, with the flavor of ripe pears. So good.   Next were a pair of reds from Mas de Daumas Gassac, a winery whose wines I always enjoy – they […]

Virginia is For (Wine) Lovers: Part 1

Sorry, low hanging fruit there in the title. I gripe all the time about how expensive Virginia wines are compared to other regions, and how the Cab Francs are always too green, and bla bla bla, but last week, I decided to stop being such a Negative Nancy and go visit some anyway – and […]

Frivolous Friday: Smell Like the Beach

It’s no secret I have kind of a…thing about perfume. I’ve shown the crazy sample vial collection before, but just in case: Frightening, I know. So when I ordered a sample pack from indie perfumer Olivine Atelier, I thought I’d just try them out and move on, but when I smelled Amongst the Waves, it […]

What I’m Tasting: Summer Beer (And a Little Wine, Too)

We’re in the sticky, sweaty, clammy period of summer now, and that calls for beer! I revisited Smuttynose’s Hayseed, made in an obscure style called grisette. It’s similar to a saison, but lighter and smoother. This had an interesting fennel note that made it really refreshing. Wheat-based beers are a favorite style of mine, and […]

What Goes With Summer Reading

The best things to read while laying on the beach, by a lake, or just under the air conditioning vent in your apartment are either escapist and absorbing, or funny and not too taxing. Why work your way through some generic list of current-release books from the Huffington Post or whatever when you can read […]

Frivolous Friday: Smell Like A Fancy Resort

In my continued quest to be a fancy lady, a couple of months ago I purchased this delicious body oil from MoroccanOil, the company that became kind of a culty favorite for its hair oil. The hair products are nice, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not that great when it comes to actual hair […]

What I’m Tasting: A Midsummer Hodgepodge

We’re taking a little bit of a break at the shop from our usual grueling tasting schedule at the store, so I didn’t spend my entire Tuesday spitting regrettable Zinfandel, but I have managed to taste a few notable beverages: A pair of truly delicious California Chardonnays. I know, I’m as shocked as you are. […]

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