Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wine, Spirits & Other Finds

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this page. I’ve been traveling, getting started on my new Midwest Travel section on, and keeping up with my other blog, Wine And Spirits Travel.  

I’ve also been doing a lot of sampling on and off the road. It’s about time I shared some of these great items. * I expect to start updating this column again at least monthly.

My favorite of what I’ve received this summer:
2013 Mercer Yakima Valley Pinot Gris
A must try for those like me who really appreciate a good light and white.

An easy drinking bubbly which has a hint of strawberry:
Montalbera Bollicine Roseus Brut

A peachy Moscato-like wine you can take this along anywhere:
Naked Wines Wanderlust White

For the dry red drinker, who likes that cherry nose:
2009 Reserve Abacela Tempranillo

If you like a sparkle in your apple, you’ll love the strong green apple notes in this:
Kramer Vineyards 2013 Celebrate Pinot Gris

Though it’s not one of my favorite wines, this not too heavy, black cherry and white pepper taste took me in:
2010 Mckinley Springs Cabernet Sauvignon


Straight up cold, or on the rocks, this one’s super-refreshing:
Malibu Sparkler

A smooth taste distilled with corn and wheat from the heartland:
Salute America Vodka

And More…

Cascade Ice
I love this brand of zero calorie sparkling water that is sweetened with real fruit. My favorite is the Coconut Pineapple (add some rum and you have a super skinny piƱa colada), but I also enjoyed the Peach Mango and Coconut.

*As is always my policy, I only share what I like, regardless of what is given to me complimentary.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Amazing Carry-on Luggage, National Spa Week & a FIAT Giveaway

It’s no secret that I have no place in the world of quick and condensed packers. I like my things and every time I attempt to cut down what I bring to bare minimum, I end up shopping! I was challenged to possibly change this when I received the Gate8 Trifold Cabin Bag.

Did this bag change me into a carry-on only gal? No, but it will certainly be my No. 1 carry-on and I suggest it for those who really can minimalize. 

The bag has lots of pockets and room to bring and separate lots of items which makes it a winner in my book. That’s not the key element, though.

I am just blown away by the simplest idea that makes this G* bag miraculous – it has a zipper off laptop bag! Whether you are putting your carry-on above your head or handing to a gate agent because you have a small item only plane (as I usually do), the idea that you can zip off a laptop big – which has room to add other items too – is great.  On my way home, I decided I wasn’t going to squeeze everything in so I checked the main bag and carried on the laptop bag and my pocketbook.

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It’s hard not to get a smile on my face when I hear the word “spa” and National Spa week is coming April 21-27. This always means that $50 treatments will be available in spas around the country, and this year it also will be the time for some giveaways.

Among the prizes up for grabs are products from Jurlique skincare, Godiva, and FabFit Fun. You can enter to win at the Spa Week Facebook page.

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MSC Logo
I haven’t yet traveled on MSC Cruises yet, but I’ve heard enough good things to pass along this contest. $21,000. Anyone booking a seven-night cruise aboard the MSC Divina to the Caribbean will be automatically entered. Just book by May 18, 2014 and sail between August 2-December 27, 2014. The winner will be selected at random in December.