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UNR Vineyards
For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity - they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes - and there wasn't much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

Oh stop the screaming. There are those of us who can't suck down an entire bottle of wine in one night!

However, there are a couple of white varietals that give me fits because I find that I'm always comparing them to their French counterparts.

Trader Joe's 2010 Petite Reserve Napa Valley Merlot
I would love to be able to enjoy the 98+ point wines, but no wine shops have layaway.

Bradelina's Wine
Whether you're visiting San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, the OC, or San Diego, there's always something to dazzle the eyes and to spark the romantic imagination.

I had planned to videotape the entire event only to discover that the SD card wasn’t in the camera. So much for photographic memory. I had no film.

While the visit to Caesar's was pretty horrific - in fact, I haven't returned - the one jewel was the glass of Calera Pinot Noir which was presented to me to make up for all of the Wine Fubars they had committed.

One month later, I finally decided to taste it. Had to let it *age,* you know.

While I walked out of VSJ without joining the club, that was by the thinnest of margins and utilizing a willpower I didn't know I had.

Wineaux Guy at the Festival
We were having such a good time - and The Wineaux Guy™ was a magnet with his huge hat - that the next thing we knew, we were being escorted out at the end of the event. What!? How did that happen!?

KitchenAid/Whirlpool customer service? What?!? Did you think it would be any different from the microwave fiasco? Hahahaha!

So I became an ABC (Anything But Chard) gal. It was quite a few years before I found the Chard character my palate desired and, as I discovered, you had a spend a little money to get it. Nowadays - whether it's because you really don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy a good Chard or because my palate has matured - I enjoy it on a fairly regular basis. Yup. Me. Liking white wines. Who'da thunk?