A Sparkle in My Eye

      I have always been someone who believes that bubbly should not be saved for a special occasion; it should be enjoyed regularly. The celebratory feeling of just popping the cork never fails to put a sparkle in my eye.   Recently, I had the chance to try samples of two champagnes and […]

Let’s Take Champagne Off Its Leash

          The answer to my “what wine would you drink as your last wine” or “what it your favorite wine” question is champagne.  It’s not just a special occasion wine and should be enjoyed often. When Christopher S. Ruhland the author of  a new book, Press for Champagne: A Guide to Enjoying […]

Second Half 2020 Sample Roundup

      It’s sample time and I never knew what a challenge these would be in the time of COVID.  Usually, I invite friends over and pop open a few bottles, and, if my husband is in a cooking mode, then I get to use my pairing skills.  When the pandemic happened, the samples […]

Ushering out the Decade with Stellar Holiday Samples

  It’s crazy that 2019 has passed in a flash and a new year/decade has begun.  Why not usher in a new decade with a round-up article of a few favorite samples over the holidays?  Due to the weather, there is always a rush of samples shipped when the weather breaks in Texas, so it’s […]

June Round-Up: Spring and Summer Sample Standouts

June Round-Up

June Round-Up: Spring and Summer Sample Standouts In keeping with my pledge to improve the frequency of my sample posts, I am proud to say that I’m back on a quarterly schedule.  This post focuses on 26 wines out of the 40 wines that I sampled. Champagne Champagne Bruno Paillard – this is one of […]

Samples that Inspire a Rallying Cry Moment

  As a wine blogger, I get a lot of samples and I am very grateful to have the chance to try the amount of samples I do.  But occasionally, there are wines that when I open the box I drop my “professionalism” and I am sure you might hear an involuntarily “whoo hoo” rallying […]

Final 2017 Sample Update: The Top 30 That Turned My Head in this Tasting


It looks like I have a New Year Resolution and that’s to get a little faster about reporting on the samples that I’m sent.  This time I reviewed more than 65 wines and today I’m going to talk about more than 30 that made the list.  Note that these encompass a number of countries, price […]

Another Edition of the Round Up of Wine: Six Countries, Twenty Four Wines

Round Up of Wine

It’s time for another wine round up column filled with some of my favorite samples.  This time I tried 46 wines from six countries with 24 making the cut today. Sparkling NV Ferrari Rose Sparking – I’ve had the amazing opportunity of visiting Ferrari back in April.  To read more, click here.  Ferrari Trento was […]