Let’s Wine

I love wine. Too much for my own good, I’m sure. Part of the problem (um, did someone just say ‘problem’?) is that I happen to be married to an amazing cook who makes gourmet meals most every day of the week. I can’t help but want to pair these delicious creations with the perfect vintage. A good wine just seems to bring out the flavor in most any meal. I’m not formally educated by any means, but I do know what I like. I’ve experimented over the years, and would say I have liked more than I hKissing a Wine Bottleave disliked what I have sampled. My first experiences drinking wine included cheap sangria and wine in a jug. I’d like to think I’ve refined my tastes just a bit since then.

In my 20s and 30s I rarely, if ever drank wine. It made me shudder, literally. It wasn’t until a friend’s baby shower (such an appropriate place to drink wine, don’t you think?) where I was introduced to GOOD wine, that I really started taking an interest in learning about it. I think from that day, I was hooked!

In generalDrunkagain, I  agree with the ABC rule:  Anything But Chardonnay. Recently, however, I’ve started experimenting with some naked chardonnays, and am enjoying much of what I have found. I tend to go in phases, where I pretty much stick to a certain varietal for months at a time, though I still like to mix it up.

Now let’s not get crazy here. I do also like a good beer every now and then. But it has to be ice cold; and I mean so cold it’s starting to form crystals. I tend to like Pilsners, but I also like a good Bock beer when they are in season. My absolute favorite beer is Heineken. I like it so well that when my son was in Europe a few years ago, he bought me this awesome and isn’t-that-an-appropriate-gift-for-your-mom T-shirt at their brewery.

I’ll dedicate this part of the site to my love of wine; my amoré de vino. Come on in and share what you know! Where did your love of wine start? Do you have a favorite? How do you choose your wines? Let’s have some fun as we explore what’s out there. We’ll sample wines (and maybe a few beers) together, and I’ll write my reviews as I invite you to share yours. All winos are welcome! But please, no whiners allowed.

Let’s WINE!

Let's Wine ~~ June, 2017

June 30, 2017 3:40 pm
A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc on a warm summer day

Wow! In the blink of an eye, it’s time for the June installment of Let’s Wine! I can’t believe how quickly this month has flown by. Have a seat with your favorite libation, and let’s review the month together! I’m more of a red wine lover, but in the summer months I do enjoy a cool, crisp Sauvignon Blanc as I prepare for dinner or while hanging out on my deck (or at the local Mariano’s, as the case may be).

Some quick stats as I close out the month:

Walking/Running:  53 miles

Biking:  27.5 miles

Gym Workouts:  6 hours

Wine Consumption:  Waaay less than usual! Is that a good thing?

This may be true…

My walking/running mileage is up a little this month and will continue to grow, as I started my official marathon training this month. I’ve always (sort of) followed the Nike Running Finish a Race  plan, which is pretty forgiving and great for first-time marathoners. The first four weeks of the plan call for running or working out 5 days a week, and then starting with Week 5, a sixth day is added to include weekly long runs, starting at eight miles and topping off at 20 miles in Week 11.

This year, I decided to try the Nike Running Set a New PR plan. Like the “Finish a Race” plan, this is a 15-week training plan leading up to the big day. But unlike the first plan, which starts Week 1 with a total of 9 miles, this plan starts with a total of 25 miles and six days of running or working out starting the first week. Well, then, how about we jump right in?! The first plan calls for a total of 363 miles over the course of 15 weeks, while the second calls for 588.9, to be exact!

I’m up for the challenge. This will be my 5th year in a row doing the Chicago Marathon, and in two weeks I will be running my 9th half marathon, the Destination Races Napa to Sonoma Half (by the way, if you’re interested in these beautiful wine country half marathons, you can use my Promo Code DRAMBJUR to receive $10 off of your registration for all but the sold-out Napa to Sonoma half marathons in their series). While I won’t be joining the elite runners just yet, I thought it was time I (try to) pick up the pace a little and boost my finishing time. I am by no means near a BQ time, but I would love to PR this year, if even by a few minutes.

A tower of fun

Anywho…June has been a pretty good month here at the home front. My youngest son is home from college for the summer. The older two are out of the house already, but I love having all of them home, and nothing brings me more joy than seeing the three of them together, horsing around and showing each other their brotherly love.

My sweet great-nephew

On June 9th my darling little great-nephew was born, and he is absolutely perfect! My husband had knee replacement surgery a little over two weeks ago, and is doing fantastic in his recovery. He had a less-invasive procedure done, and is already up to walking about a half mile three times a day. He’s not ready for a marathon just yet, but it will be good to see him fully recovered and free of the pain that has been plaguing him for years.

My eldest son is getting married in September, and wedding plans are in full swing. As the mother of the groom I have little to do, but it is so exciting for all of us as the date is getting closer and closer. I’m very much looking forward to meeting more of the beautiful bride’s family and friends in the coming weeks and months.

How was your month? Did you meet your workout goals? What upcoming races are you training for? Have a safe and happy 4th, and of course, cheers!


Let's Wine ~~ May, 2017

May 31, 2017 11:47 pm

Hi everyone, and welcome to the first installment of Let’s Wine! This section of the blog will continue to evolve over time, but for now, I plan to use it to sit down and relax over a glass (or two) of wine as I reflect on my progress over the month. Why not pour yourself a glass and join me in my journey?

The weather in Chicago this month has run the gamut, to say the least! We’ve had temperatures as low as the mid-30s and as high as the high-80s, and everything else in between! We’ve also had our fair share of rain, which kept this wimpy runner in for much of the month. Some quick stats:

Walking/Running:  42.1 miles

Biking:  57.3 miles

Gym Workouts:  8.5 hours

Wine Consumption:  Let’s not go there

Hey, it’s a start. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of girl, and I tend to do much better when I have a specific goal in mind, so I’ve registered for several races throughout the year to help keep me on track.

On May 13, I completed the Destination Races Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon. I recap the race here. I was horribly sick for the entire week leading up to the race, and in true me fashion, I didn’t really train, so as always, I was happy just to finish. My horrible sickness lasted a full week after the race, so I didn’t get much outdoor time in after the race, either.

Bike the Drive Chicago

The cool and rainy weather in Chicago finally broke this week, which has gotten me out the door a little more often. This past Sunday, my eldest son, his fiancé, my middle son, and I participated in the MB Bike the Drive in Chicago. Rain was predicted for several days leading up to the event, but it turned out to be a beautiful morning and we completed the entire loop, logging 32.1 miles that day. We rewarded ourselves with a couple of ice cold beers (at 10:30 a.m., no less!) and some yummy food at Four Moon Tavern in Roscoe Village in the city. I would highly recommend it.

I have a little bit of a green thumb!

Memorial Day brought such beautiful weather, I decided to forego any further runs and got myself outside for a good 5 hours of gardening. That in itself was quite the workout!

So what about the wine? I tend to go in phases, moving from one varietal to the next. This month, I’ve gone back to enjoying Pinot Noir, Meiomi being one of my favorites. With the summer weather here, I will probably start playing around with some Sauvignon Blancs again, which I love to sip on my deck on a warm summer night.

How was your month? Did you meet your workout goals? Share some of your favorite wines with me! I’d love to hear about what you love. Cheers!


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