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…

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When you taste wine and beverages for a living, it’s nice to take your expert hat off and just enjoy wine for what it is, without thinking too much about it. This past weekend, I…

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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…

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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…

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After my charcuterie at Early Mountain (I could have stayed there all afternoon and into the evening – that is a NICE tasting lounge!), it was time to head to Uphill House, a super charming…

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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…

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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.  …

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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.…

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