Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oh What a Day...

It's too tough to re-post all the drama.  Here's what was sent to FB, by me, This wonderful Halloween... Enjoy.

Sent in a maintenance request at 630 am for heat. Got a call at 640 and it's already been fixed. Can't say enough about the level of customer service I receive since moving and, due to unfortunate circumstances, becoming a renter again. They may never get me to move out.

I also work with the BEST people (thanks, West Marine ~ Hampton) who are insisting I stay home today to take care of a (still) sick little girl. Her fever is gone but she woke up coughing so hard she could barely breath.

This is my good friend Cassandra.  She KNOWS my hatred of spiders and posts this pic with the following comment...

I just did a spell to send a big hairy spider to your door for trick or treats. Just kidding. #notawitch
That wasn't a bad thing.  Just fun and I thought I would get her back by posting her pic and "threat" here :)

Holy naked fire drill. 2 steps out of the shower and the smoke detector goes off. Take the carbon monoxide alarm off wall and ripped the batteries out but the beeping kept on. That's when I realized it was smoke alarm. Drop the towel so as not to trip over it as I sprint down the stairs to get a chair. Still couldn't get it to stop. Tried everything short of ripping it out of the ceiling. Maintenance is now replacing it since it's electric and caulked to the ceiling. My ears hurt

When your 6 year old realizes she REALLY isn't going trick-or-treating, and loses her mind, it's important to be flexible. My flexibility leans towards abandoning the pork chops and ordering dinner from Sunrise Pizzeria. Then, to keep little minds preoccupied, carving pumpkins. This day just keeps getting better. Oh, and I have no candy to give out either. Anything else?

So.  That's my day.  Now I'm going to pour a nice glass of wine and hand out candy with miserable baby girl.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

#BlogChile Sauvignon Blancs

What a great time.

Last night a group of bloggers got together, virtually, with Chilean Winemakers and Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer for a night of Wine Tasting and a Q & A session.  12 wines were featured and Fred was actually in Chile sitting with the winemakers to discuss the wines.  Most of us were at home.  A select few were actually in Chile.  I was envious of those in Chile until I found out they were put together in a separate room from the Wine Makers and Fred.  So close.  I enjoyed being at home in my lounge clothes on the couch.

There were 4 varietals so I'll break up the posts to feature each.

First up...

Sauvignon Blanc.

I'm, for the most part, a Red drinker.  I occasionally enjoy a crisp white on hot Summer days.  The weather here was in the 80's yesterday so the timing on these whites was Perfect.

First up

Vina Casablanca Nimbus Single Vineyard 2012
Casablanca Valley
SRP $12.99

Wine Maker's Notes
Hand Picked Grapes. The selection of fruit is done in the vineyard to avoid oxidation.

 ~ Cold maceration for 4 hours at 50*
~ Fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts between 50-56* for 3                weeks
~ Battonage process for one month to achieve smooth texture
Tasting Notes
Nose: Nose is laden with minerality and dried lemons, characteristic of it's cool maritime climate
Palate: Firm acidity with notes of thyme and lime, and a lingering finish of tart apple.

My Thoughts...  This wine was crisp and sweet with a creamy citrus and peach palate.  It is a great outdoor wine and left me craving crab legs.

San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard 2011
Leyda Valley
SRP $19

 Wine Maker's Notes
HarvestHand Picked the last week of March
~ Destemmed, cooled and macerated in the press for 4-6 hours at 46*
~ Alcoholic fermentation took place with selected yeasts and controlled temperatures between 51* and 53* under completely reductive conditions
Tasting Notes
Nose: Intense and delicate nose that stands out for it's freshness and complexity, mainly marked by citrus fruits such as grapefruit and lime, tropical fruits and mineral notes.
Palate: Fresh and fruity on the palate with extraordinary volume, minerality, well-marked acidity and lingering finish.
My Thoughts...  Crisp with lots of grape and grapefruit, hints of bell pepper and grass.

**Others thought this had an early hint of asparagus.  I'm thinking I may need to work on allowing my palate to reach further.

Casa Silva Cool Coast 2011
Colchagua Valley 
SRP $25

Wine Maker's Notes
HarvestHand-picked between March 15- March 21
Vinification~ Grapes were cooled down below 41* upon arrival at the winery
~ Bunches were hand sorted before being pressed to select onl the best grapes
~ Whole bunches were crushed and the juice was immediately separated without maceration
~ Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 24 days at 55*
~ Aged in 100% stainless steel tanks
Tasting Notes
Nose: Intense aromas of fresh Pineapple with citric notes
Palate: Firm with refreshing acidity and minerality with a very elegant and long finish.

My Thoughts... Zippy acidity with effervescence, hints of apple and lots of lime.  Long Finish

**Best quote on this one from @vinegeek "Pineapple-y Lightsaber"  Classic!

I really enjoyed all of these.  The Nimbus was my favorite

Stay tuned for Part 2...

The Pinot Noir Collection

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#BlogChile Tonight!

A bunch of bloggers, Fred Dexheimer, Chilean Wine makers and 12 wines make up tonight's event.  If you are interested in learning more about wines from this region, follow us on Twitter.  We'll be blogging live using #blogchile. 

12 wines in 2 hours.  3 whites and 9 reds.

It'll be fast and furious...

and it's ALWAYS a good time!