wine

The Ins and Outs of Wine Club Memberships

Are you a member of a wine club? Do you receive monthly mailings of new wines? I myself have been a member of a few wine clubs and some I’ve joined have proven to be a mistake. Now, I’m not talking about the wine clubs that you join after a weekend in Sonoma or Napa. Those wines you’ve already tried and enjoyed. Plus, those are usually of much higher quality. I specifically mean these mass-marketed wine clubs like Wall Street Journal Wine, Tasting Room wines, or one of the many other “clearing…

How to Build a Wine Stave Table

I previously wrote a post explaining how my husband and I made a wine barrel table. After we were done making the table, we had extra wine staves left over. Not liking waste, I wondered what we were going to do with the leftover pieces. We had less than half of the staves left, so we had to make something simpler or smaller. When it comes to wine furniture, there are so many things a person can make. A simple search online will show you benches, chairs, candle holders, bar stools, high tables, and wine racks.  We opted against making…

Making a Wine Barrel Table

I’m a wine addict.  I love wine, red wine specifically.   After a fun couple’s trip to Sonoma and Napa, my husband surprised me on my birthday with a wine barrel. A wine barrel?  YES! It was a barrel from Sonoma that had once aged merlot.  Somehow, he found a company here in the midwest that sells the old barrels. I had no doubt what he intended to do with this gift.  He was going to make us something, whatever I wanted. I asked for a wine barrel table, and then we set out to find a…

California’s Wine Country – Travel tips, whether or not you love wine

If you love wine, you must visit California’s wine country.  Take a couple of days to relax, enjoy the beautiful countryside, and just drink wine!  Everyone always wants to know what the best time is to visit.  It really depends on what experience you are looking for.  Most people want to come for harvest.  So mid-September through October, Sonoma and Napa are full of tourists.  Obviously, harvest is a fun time to go – you see colorful foliage, witness bunches of ripe grapes on the vines, there’s more activity on the vineyard grounds, and the…