Howdy Neighbor! Total Wine and the Coming War

Started in 1991 by brothers David and Robert Trone in Delaware, Total Wine & More states that it is the largest retailer of fine wine in the United States - which may be disputed by Costco. I don't particularly care.

Chardonnay Video Shoot-Out! Central Coast vs Sonoma/Napa!

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?

The Gallery – My Other Passion

Along comes digital photography! I've had fun with it over the years, but very recently I purchased a digital SLR and my artist's heart is soaring. This gave birth to the idea of the Gallery at Vegas Wineaux. While I have been using some of my work to showcase my wine reviews - you'll recognize my kitchen wall if you've been to my home - I have been busy behind the scenes doing some pretty serious photography. Yeah, I think it's that good.

Vegas Wineaux Meets Joseph James Brewery – Yeah, Brewery

However, they did have several beers there, and each one was delicious. Dammit. I’m always looking to do a smackdown of beer, but I couldn’t this time.

Elements of (Italian Wine) Style – an Evening with VWWC

I was done. There was nothing left. I cried uncle. Generous servings along with delicious wines had done me in.

Hugs and Kisses in Pink!

I needed a Rosé that acted like it was older than a high-school coed, with personality, charm, and strength. A grownup. And since I was in the mood for a Rosé, I grabbed one of my bottles of 2009 Hug Cellars xoxo Rosé. Hugs and Kisses. Get it?

Drinkin’ Smoke – 2005 Abiouness Pinot Noir

The first two bottles were great, don't get me wrong. This one (time to rest? bottle variation? planet alignment? full moon? sun spots?) was absolutely outstanding, and I stretched that bottle out over two nights. It lost almost nothing the second evening.

Wine Clubs – All Kinds! Redux

The only downside is that their washable tattoos don’t wash off very easily. I had some explaining to do about the Naked and ZinBitch tattoos that were prominently displayed on my neckline. But that’s another story.

White Zin in South Africa. Argh.

What's interesting - at least to my eyes and is the complete antithesis of American White Zin producers - they are using a green bottle and though I've only been able to look at it in pictures, the wine actually looks, well, *white*!

Vegas Wineaux Meets Trader Joe’s!

The Trader Joe's tasting was quite an eye-opener for many of us who tend to have more, um, *polished* palates than the average person. Okay, I'll just say it. We're wine snobs.
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