Jour Vignoble

picking cab,

Last October, Fiance and I headed out to Middleton and picked more grapes.  We went at it alone, which loosely translate to ‘We waited to late to ask’ and ‘Our friends were busy’ and there was some game on, we kept hearing.  No big!  We packed some sandwiches, the dog and off we went!
We picked all day.  We picked a lot, like, a few hundred pounds a lot.  So cool, can’t wait to do it again.
Cabernet.
Cabernet.
Haulin' Cab.
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barbera.

loot
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the bounty
The cabernet booty.
Just a little crush.
good juice.
tasting.

The next weekend we picked granache, barbera and nibiollo.  The Barbera and Nibiollo will be aged together, as there was about less than one hundred fifty pounds of each.
great berries
And my camera battery died, and it was raining lightly.  Not necessarily a bad thing, as it kept our cutters clean, and with the right water resistant jacket, tunes on the ipod, and we’re good.

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Thanks for reading!

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Photo a Day Challenge Week 48

Day 18 – Happened this weekend.  My Birchbox came in the mail.  Kind of ‘meh’ this time around, same with the last one too, unfortunately… may have to research another kind of box maybe probably.

Day 19 – Something awesome.  Our dog turned four this day!  She got a mani/pedi, and a bath!  Yay!!  I made her treats, she got a whole can of dog food and lots of belly rubs all day long.  We really do love the crap out of her.
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Day 20 – work/play.  Making pumpkin pie cupcakes (work, but admittedly some play too) and the wine (play, and sometimes work)
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Day 21 – what I wore.  Clothes to hot yoga.  Found some workout clothes combo that works for me.
But on the actual day it was something cute, actually.  I worked a half day, and went out for drinks for a good friend’s birthday.  I had like, skinny jeans, a cute black and brown sweater, with a bright green tank underneath and brown flat booties.  Booties!!
Now, I am by no means a fashion blogger of sorts, but I do like documenting cute outfits.  They are rare.    Sometime full of hair and with color stains.
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Day 22 – Grateful.  Oddly enough, I did not take a single picture this day.  We woke up.  I went to yoga, had a breakfast, I made the apple dumplings, went to the parents’ house, and I’m sure I laughed with food in my mouth several times.
Overall I am just grateful.  I try and be grateful everyday, which I am.
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Day 23 – black.   (Super) Black tea.  I really didn’t catch on to the whole “black” until I realized it was because of black Friday, a day where I go to work and business as usual.  Our salon is nice enough to give us some adequate time off for Thanksgiving.  So we had a half day for Friday and I promptly stayed in my non public clothes until I had to get ready for work.
It was awesome.
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Day 24 – A sound I heard.  Heard the sounds of Christmas, that’s what!  This was at the Boise Festival of Trees, an annual event where there are some pimp trees.   It’s all for a good cause, and it’s enjoyable to see some winners.

Vin voyage- Napa Valley California

Early in May, we decided to get another wine trip going on, and decided to go big.  Napa big.  We Googled, Reddited, and booked a room in Fairfield, California.  We heard not the best things about there, but we were isolated, and had our mastiff, which we can usually get away with her.
It was a great trip, beautiful green hills everywhere and oh yeah vineyards!!  We were in adult Disneyland for sure.  Especially when we saw the wineries that we see here, in Idaho, on the shelves in our stores.
This is part one of two posts, I thought to split it up into two posts, with our first night in California and Napa the next day, and lonely lonely Sonoma by itself, with a few highlights.
We arrived Friday afternoon from Winnemucca.  I kind of remember dozing in and out on the bed, just unwinding, while Fiance looked up something to do that night, our tapas at Fuso, a little Italian American restaurant.  Stuffed mushrooms, and espresso brulee with a Vitus merlot, and some Kenwood sparkling white wine to wrap it all up.

stuffed mushrooms and Vitus merlot

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Now day one, Napa Valley.  Before we left Fairfield, we stopped at a grocery store and loaded up on bread, cheese and a salami.  We had a cooler with freezer packs in there, then we threw some ice in and had our snacks for the day.  Heading all the way up to St. Helena, we came back down to begin our tour.
First stop, Clos Pegase.  Great art, and right off the bat, Fiance talks about wine, and the pourer, let us sample the port as well.  That being not on the list he paid to taste.

Clos Pegase

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i want to go to there

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Next random stop, Charles Krug.  I did not know this, but this winery was finally acquired in the 1960’s by Cesare Mondavi.  And, there is some wine drama!!  Oh yeah!
Taken from the Robert Mondavi Wikipedia page.
“In 1965 Mondavi was fired from the family winery after a feud with his younger brother Peter over the direction of winemaking at Krug. Subsequently Mondavi started his own winery in Oakville, arguably out of spite. Today, the Robert Mondavi Winery is located between Oakville and Rutherford, California (though its corporate headquarters are in nearby St. Helena).”

Charles Krug winery

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Then time for lunch.  Culinary Institute of America was recommended, and we are glad we went.  Nice little (pricey) bites, but with a view that you just could not beat.

Culinary Institute of America for lunch

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Like eating $$$

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still enjoyed it

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Even though we just ate, I almost always had a loaf of bread in my lap.  Eating bits and bits.  Off we went to Louis M Martini for some two for one tasting.  My point and shoot camera also died, so I went to my backup.  The Nikon.

Louis M Martini

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Sonoma Cabernet

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Then we stopped at another ‘grocery store’ wine, Beaulieu Vineyard.   Granted, the bottles here and at stores are different, it was just looking really really busy at Robert Mondavi winery.

Beaulieu Vineyard, or tasting room

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More tasting room

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Last stop for the day, Raymond winery.  We actually have some of these bottles in our collection, so I had one of  ‘those’ moments.

Last stop- Raymond

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We were later told that Raymond is pretty eclectic and has this whole froo froo winery thing going on, and we loved it!  They even let us bring doggie inside.
Here is their Corridor of Senses.

Raymond’s Corridor of Senses

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Their wine library… a buh buh buh…

Wine library?? My two favorite words in a sentence… sounds good.

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Doggie doing what she does best.

she wasn’t a big nuisance

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I was just… random at this point. Camera in hand syndrome.

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The entrance into the Crystal Cellar tasting room.

Ah, one of my models

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This was just off the side of the Corridor of Senses.

Random Raymond Room

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Here is a montage of winery entrances I caught.. from top to bottom we drove by Mondavi, Beaulieu Vineyard, Napa Cellars/Menage a trois and on the bottom, St. Supery.

drive by montage!

Now the wineries are closed or closing, and we are heading on our way out of Napa, back to hotel home, but we need just a little bite before we drive out.  We were recommended Fume Bistro, so we found a primo shaded spot for the car and dog and we headed in.

First it was there…

We split a steak and mac and cheese.  I also could not turn down the blood orange mimosa.
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Blood orange mimosa?

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So there is day one half and one.  We headed back to our room, made up some paper plate charcuterie and chocolates and had the Chandon sparkling white wine, a pinot noir from the grocery store (yeah, we headed back and got a few bottles) and something else, I’m sure.  Sonoma post coming up!

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Beverage Medley – Three bottle night

These were wines we had one evening a few weeks ago.  All reds.  It was a lazy weekend, I got a massage.  He did yard work.  The weather is turning nice, but there is a fine line since I can only take so much heat before I start to melt.  For real.
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2010 San Giorgio Sangiovese.   Or S word wine, I call it Sangio most of the time.  The San Giorgio family has a good selection of wines for under $10.  We even liked their white wine.  This is a light red, not too tannin-y, like just enough of the dry taste.  I can see this being a great patio wine at night.  I am mentally filing away summer red wines, other than pinot noirs.  We had this with Brats, nice, easy, light, flavorful.
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2003 E&E Barossa Shiraz.  This nice big red was given to us, I am pretty sure it was given to us by Fiance’s little brother.  This. was. delicious. We were sampling whatever cheese we had, which may have been some Frigo brand cheese sticks. Chocolate to pair with?  Anything we can get our hands on (like, Christmas candy or something).  We looked it up, and we were blown away by the praises and great reviews. We took notes, and tasted dark, inky with dark red fruits, black cherry, plum.  Long finish, great finish, I didn’t really want the glass to end until we got to the port.  Just joking, we poured into separate glasses.  Ha!
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Elyse Petite syrah port.  We took no notes on this, but there is something I have learned over the years, never say no to a petite sirah port.  I feel like there is enough tannin with the sweet that it just works.  I love these ports, the two that I have had so far.


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More wine, more time, more wine time.  We just keep getting bottles, and we are getting better at taking notes here and there.  You can’t blame me, by bottle number three, it just tastes good enough to finish.   I am still.. researching the spring and summer beers.  I used to just, not care and not drink it, but I am drinking with my big girl stein and getting my tastes down.  Daunting research.

Beverage Medley – I Wined

Another medley of beverages, this time they are all red wines.  We have drank these in the past month or so.  I try and wait for the weekend to share a bottle, which is why we have the box of cabernet for a glass in the evenings.  I can’t remember the prices, well, the Paul Autard was $14 at Ericksons and the Borsao was $10 at Porterhouse meats in Eagle, ID.  We usually don’t spend more than $15 on bottles unless it is darn good and value things blah blah.
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2010 Domaine Paul Autard Cotes Du Rhone.


A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Cinsault.  This bottle we had some time ago, and we did no tasting notes, and the back of the bottle describes this as a full bodied fruity wine.  Which I do remember it being.  It also says it goes great with grilled meats, stews and roasts.  Well I did make some pork chops and the hot chocolate cookies.  We picked this up after tasting the Paul Autard Chateaunuef-du-Pape at Bueno Cheapo Vino.  That was the rouge which is a Grenache, Syrah and Counoise blend. PS- when I can’t pronounce varietals, grapes, the wine- I seriously call it the name’s initial.  Mouvedre? M word wine.  I like it.
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2009 De Loach Merlot- Heritage reserve.


This, I don’t remember when we really had this, I the picture dates are all over the place. But from what I read and remember, this was an easy wine to drink.  Smooth, a safe fruit flavor on the tongue.
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2008 Borsao Red Wine


75 Garnacha 25 Tempranillo blend.  This was a ‘walk into meat store, see bottle, grab bottle, continue to shop’ bottle.  I liked their Granacha, always a great price, it just all added up.  A nice, dancey red wine.  Definitely had the earthy, mineraly taste to it.  I like their Granacha so I had a feeling this was going to be a tasty wine.
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So to conclude the post, wine.  We drink it often. And I always love those bottles where while we drink it, all we say to each other is how good it is and how well it it pairing with whatever we are eating.
I  have 3 more bottles, with one of them a Cabernet Tempranillo blend to try and get an idea of, before we blend our own, coming up next.  Also, with the warmer months, I realize I should not drink an oatmeal stout in the middle of July, which brings the inevitable question: what other than PBR do I drink?  Amber ale, time to discover!

Beverage Medley – Mostly bubbles

Another installment of the Beverage Medley, in a sort of random assortment.
The first is a box of wine from Powers.  This is an eight dollar glass at a local restaurant.  A twenty-two dollar box?  Don’t mind if I do!

say it with me now..

It is a great way to “just have a glass in the evening”.  However, due to recent events (getting fit) it is more like, “every other day cabernet”.  Also, note the post-it note recipes.  Pretty sure those are the Irish car bomb jello shots.
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The next beverage is a grand, grand one.  Sofia Coppola sparkling white wine… in a can!  It.. it’s beautiful.  Still too big to carry-on for flying (drat!), great for poolside, river trips, snowboarding…

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The last beverage is sort of a medley in its own.  I have always been a fan of the San Pellegrino sparkling juice drinks.  Made with cane sugar, not too sweet or tart (with the personal exception of the Limonata, kind of tart) it’s a total sweet drink treat for me.
Now to my delight, I found out there are two new flavors!  Aranciata Rossa, a blood orange flavor, and Pompelmo, which is grapefruit.

Some three drink that are worth trying out.  I did go to the new local soda shop, and subsequently lost the bottles from February.  I remember what we got, so it may be a borrowed image type of post.
Any body have a favorite go-to drink? Anyone on the Kombucha train?

Pic a day Challenge week 7

This past week was a blur.  Between feeling a tad under the weather, and working late at Bespoke for my first art show at Happy Fish.  I am so so SO excited, things are starting to come together, getting prints ordered, materials to hang and display.. OH!  There will be whole post (or more) regarding all of this.  I think talking about it makes it surreal.  A good one, but I feel like when I am there, hanging up things, it will be really real.  One thing is for sure, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the help of my awesome assistant (Fiance-Man! Yes, like a superhero), who spun his arms around, over and over at my direction.  And when I told him, I am going to try and write “bespoke” (and it… wasn’t that bad) what can he do?  “Do whatever you want” and it just… worked.  I am so pleased.

Okay.  Picture a day time.
Day 8 -Sun
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Day 9 – Front Door.  Yup.  Still have the snowflake on her.  It will stay up probably until we go on a rafting trip.  We are in denial.  Fiance’s gchat status is set to “snow” year-round.  I did score a 60% off clover door hang, hey, there is some Irish afoot.

Day 10 – Selfie.  Ugh, really, fatmumslim???  haha Decided to try this with my warpcam app.

Day 11 – Makes me happy.  Novelty stuff.  I love it!  Oversized, miniature.. food.  This was my very first purchase at Cracker Barrel.  What I like about this picture it I am drinking tea.  Its lightly steeped English Breakfast, so kind of like coffee?

Day 12 – Inside my closet.  I “installed” Christmas lighting in my closet.  I use it… occasionally.  Tie rack holding my costume/talisman jewelry.

Day 13 – Blue.  Oh these lights.  Used them a lot this past week, and I am nothing but pleased with the results.


So, another few days, some more pictures, an art show in March (eeee! I said it!) and tonight we are getting our Bonum on and having the owners of Bueno Cheapo Vino try it and give us a review.   So excited!