Modern Love

I. Want. This. Room. Everything about it – the plain white walls, the gorgeous amount of natural light coming in from a gigantic floor-to ceiling square window, and that huge reclaimed wood dining table. Oh? And those wine bottle chandeliers? Beyond love. The folks over at Popsugar (h/t to @alawine on twitter), suggest a much smaller DIY version. But let’s face it, I’m not a DIY kind of gal, nor does my current 760-square-foot home have a proper place for it. Besides, it barely stands up to the grandeur of this. Maybe one day. Sitting at this table, in this room, with a bottle of red, and a friend or two (or five or six) would absolutely be divine. 

(original source of this photo is Maison Estate in South Africa)

Wine, California Style

Sometimes you just have to give in to the rabbit hole you fall down while surfing the Internet. And if it happens at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday after a holiday weekend and continues after lunch and into the afternoon, you just have to smile and be OK with that.

Today’s journey landed me at the website of WhitneyA  – a blogger, sommelier, online retailer, wine shop worker, educator, and I’m sure she wears several other hats that I haven’t discovered yet. She pairs a youthful California style with interesting wines in a very approachable and fun manner. Online it translates into some lovely eye candy.

As I try to figure out where I fit in the wine world (Is this just a hobby? Could it be something more? Am I on the cusp of a career change? Or is this just a passing fad?), she demonstrates the creativity I realize I’m lacking in my own discoveries.

I think that creativity shines best in this two-year-old short video series, she did in conjunction with food blogger Claire Thomas (I’ll have to explore her world another day). Here’s one of the dozen or so videos they created. Take note of her “tasting notes” prior to the written words that scrawl across the screen. It’s a subtle, yet very alluring way of capturing the flavors and properties of the wine. 


(And if you’re curious on how I went down this particular rabbit hole – here’s the journey: It started with this tweet. That led me to this feature; and more specifically this profile. I can’t tell you the aha moment that told me explore further into her website or why 20 pages of the blog later I’m still clicking. But that eventually led to an online store and ultimately to the video series.)