A Single Bottle Will Do

These days, for better or worse, a lot of my social wine drinking involves multiple bottles of wine. Everyone gets a taste (or two or three) and moves on to try something different. Sometimes wines are revisited. It’s exciting to compare notes on what you’re tasting in between other kinds of chatter and gossip.

But on Memorial Day, I did something I haven’t in a very long time – and it was absolutely wonderful! I shared a single bottle of Red Car rosé with a dear friend over some cheese and an amazing strawberry cake she baked.

We caught up with each others lives, enjoyed the warm air and had a few hours to relax, breathe and just be in the moment. At times, I could even still geek out and talk about the wine. It was the perfect way to spend Memorial Day! Looking forward to more occasions where just a single bottle will do. Cheers!

Tour My Desk


“shh, THERE MIGHT BE WINE IN HERE” – a little snapshot of Alicia Cypress’ cubicle. She’s the Investigations team’s digital editor by day and blogs about wine by night @itswinebyme.

My wonderful day-job colleague who maintains the @mugsofnpr tumblr featured my most recent addition to my desk decor – although it’s frequently used for much-needed caffeine breaks, too! But if you’re curious about any of the other items in this picture, here’s a quick tour:

* On the left in is one of the Payday candy bars I was awarded at this year’s Wine Writer’s Symposium.

* Behind my now infamous mug, can you see the card with the grapes? It’s a hand-written thank-you note from a former intern, who understood my passion for wine.

* Below the shelf, I’ve decorated using postcards as art. That includes a few from Hope & Grace (an aha moment in my wine journey).

I’m trying not to let wine completely take over my desk, but when something makes you happy, having little reminders while crashing on deadlines can be incredibly helpful!

Happy Birthday, Julia!

“I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food…,” said Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 103rd birthday today (Aug.15).

She seems to have been just as smart about wine as she was about food. Here’s proof in another one of her quotable gems:

“As you get older, you shouldn’t waste time drinking bad wine.”

I totally agree.

Happy Birthday, Julia!