Scandal (the show), Olivia, and Me

Someone told me that the main protagonist and central character of the ABC series Scandal reminded her of me. "You have to watch it," she said. "She's almost exactly like you, except younger, prettier, and really talented."

The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

The Mirage, Las Vegas
It doesn't seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that's dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.

The Nevada Senate, Winery Law & Me – I Have No Juice

New tax laws are being escorted through the legislature like a hot date on prom night, and this bill which has the potential of bringing so much business - and its resulting revenue flow - into the state is looked upon as “minor.”

Nevada Winery Law: From Whoopee to WTF in 3.5 Seconds

So how did I go from ecstasy to dismay faster than a funny car at the Winternationals?

“The Press” and Nevada Wine Laws – a Rant

The title alone told me that it was a story written for effect rather than for accuracy. The title, Winery expansion bill pits big counties against rurals couldn’t be further from the truth.

Pinot Noir, Typicity, and Dog Shows. A Rant.

But when a pet quality wine being touted as a potential Best In Show winner, then something has gone awry somewhere.

Thrifty Car Rental, Wine Jelly, Yelp, and Me

I could actually hear my wine turning to grape jelly as I waited in that hot, smelly mess.

Food Network, Cutthroat Kitchen, and Doubling Down on Stupid

Apparently Food Network has enough commas in the paycheck or enough contract lawyers on retainer to make that little annoying trait called self-respect irrelevant.

Can Gary Eberle Be the Latter Day Steve Jobs?

Eberle vineyards and canopy
Karma's a bitch. But she's only a bitch if you give her reason to be. I think Karma's going to have a great time with these three clowns.

Tasting Wine and Learning to Spit – A Short Rant

The little girl in me will always feel that the male of the species has cooties.

Cutthroat Kitchen – “Chopped” with Math

I didn't think it was possible, but this show makes the great Alton Brown, a self-deprecating, incredibly gifted, and spontaneous, intelligent chef, look like a jerk. He's become the Chuck Barris of the Foodie set.

Chopped Should Still be Lopped. But…

Okay, you got a chance to read my previous rant about Chopped. While I still have issues with it, it has embarrassingly become one of my guilty pleasures.