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Saturday’s sip & saying


There’s the saying, now here’s the sip…

I chose this wine to go with that saying because there is magic inside this bottle longing to reveal itself … and, it’s nice to believe in a little magic and delicious hidden secrets.

2013 Kronos front

Some may say Cathy Corison’s wines are delicious hidden secrets, but I’m not so sure it’s such a secret anymore. Her popularity has increased as many wine drinkers are beginning to appreciate her old-world style and restrained approach to winemaking.

Cathy Corison’s 2013 Kronos Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon is ethereal.

It’s a beautiful taste now, but this wine needs time to develop to its full potential.

There is a depth of concentration here, with scents of red, black and blueberries; red currant, dusty rose, violets, and eucalyptus. Although this is a full-bodied wine, it doesn’t feel heavy; the acidity is uplifting, and one sip leaves you wanting more. It has lovely texture and solid structure. This is still a very young wine, and I’m waiting and watching for that magic to show itself in years to come. =)

I’ve been a member and fan of Corison wines for many years, and due to the small amount of wine produced from Kronos’ old, gnarled Cabernet vines, I believe you may only purchase this via her club membership. (sorry about that, I didn’t realize this until after I finished writing. It’s possible that you may find it on winesearcher.com)

This wine is a splurge, but like many fine wines of value, you can lay this down for 20+ years.

I hope you have a great weekend and watch for those special hidden secrets and find the magic in your days. ❤️

Do you know of any great hidden secret wines? If so, please let me know with a comment below.

kronos back

Bubbles, Bubbles, Toil and … the day after

My apologies to Shakespeare—I had to change the words in the title to reflect the festivities of All Hallows’ Eve and this story.

Last night, there was no bubbling caldron, but there were bubbles. And, there was no pairing wine with Halloween candy, just a group of friends and good fun doling out confections to the kids. Personally, I think very few wines pair well with candy—but I’ll save that for another post.

Every year we celebrate Halloween at the home of our beautiful friends. They toil for days to set up a fantastic Halloween scene for all to enjoy. It truly is one of, if not the best-decorated homes in the entire neighborhood.

We live in an old-fashioned town and parents come from miles away so their children can trick or treat here. There is a steady stream of folks from 5pm-9pm. I kid you not, there are thousands of children. This year we handed out over 3,700 pieces of candy!

The entire street, measuring one-half mile, is closed off from end to end, and I sometimes see the police keep vigilant patrol on horseback or motorcycles. Honestly, I think they have a great time watching all the fun.

With so many kids to tend to, we all take turns handing out candy to the procession of Wonder Womans, Disney princesses, Spider Mans and Harry Potters. When we feel the carpal tunnel begin to set in, we take breaks to visit with neighbors, have a splash of wine or take in the sites of the Halloween scenery.

We need to eat at some point and, lucky for us, our hostess makes the best lasagna—it’s all homemade—even the noodles. Everyone brings wine to share, so there is always a nice variety, and it’s fun to give each one a taste. There’s also the occasional Old Fashioned or Gin and Tonic cocktail too. Me? I usually bring champagne, because … well,  obviously, I’m not a barbarian. =)

Here is this year’s line up:


halloween wines
a fun group of wines (Mrs. Incredible in the background agrees)       photo: Lynne Bryant

I didn’t get to try all the wines shown here, but the Pol Roger champagne was beautiful, and the 2014 Passorosso from Sicily was very good. The bottle with the fancy artwork was La Catrina Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma. I honestly didn’t know it was a Cab until I read the bottle. You’ll find full tasting notes on these wines here.

So, it’s the day after Halloween, the festivities are over, we go back to work and realize— oh my—it’s November! Time to get ready for the holiday rush, maybe travel and, of course, time to get ready for relatives invading. Don’t panic!

Wishing you all good times and good wine. ❤️


our hosts
our gracious hosts, the homemade lasagna chef is on the right    photo: Michelle Leavitt




me and Ross
yours truly with good friend & owner of Oak & Rye, Ross Hanson. (excellent artisan pizza place! you’ve got to go if you’re ever in Los Gatos, CA)           photo: Michelle Leavitt


good friends
our photographer, Michelle, aka “deflated Brady” and “blind referee”   photo credit: unknown



halloween decor
our hosts’ decorated house        photo: Michelle Leavitt


william harrison chard
the nightcap

wines tasted tonight here