Swirling, Sipping, Savoring

I’m on vacation people!
If you don’t see me around your blog, and if I don’t respond to a comment, it’s because I’m on vacation!
I promise to catch back up with you at the end of the week!! Have a good one!

To keep you entertained while I’m away, I present to you one of my best blogging friends, Tonya! If you don’t already know Tonya, you are going to want to after this. Once you are done reading here, go check her out at her pad Letters for Lucas. She is a first time mom to her beautiful son (Lucas…he just turned a year old), she lives at the beach and has a full social calendar, and she writes beautifully! I knew Tonya in another life…one before kids and while we were both working full time and living the life of adults with no real responsiblity. We lost touch for awhile, found each other on Facebook, and are closer now than we ever were when we saw each other at work everyday!

And one other thing we have in common? We both LOVE wine! She’s gonna tell you all about her love for wine. Mine’s gonna have to wait for another time. But I love everything that she’s about to tell you!

So….here’s Tonya!

I love beer. I especially love beer on a hot day in an icy cold mug or while enjoying pizza, or at a BBQ with big juicy cheeseburgers, but I ADORE wine.

My love affair with wine began many many bottles ago. In college, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I wasn’t drinking wine from bottles, I drank the boxed stuff…good ole Franzia. Hey, desperate times called for desperate measures.

After college, my friends and I used to frequent a restaurant in Newport Beach, CA called Bayside, that had wine tasting every Thursday evening and let’s just say, for a good eight months, I sat in a lot of Friday morning status meetings wreaking of alcohol and feeling like utter crap. Needless to say, we got to know the pourers pretty well and we getting way more than “tastes”. Good times.

Sadly, I have never really taken the time to learn about wine. I know that red wine is supposed to be good for your heart and that it typically goes well with steak (and chocolate!) and white wine is better chilled and served with fish and chicken. In my opinion, both compliment a cheese plate, but what doesn’t pair well with cheese? With so many different grapes, countries, regions and flavors, it honestly makes me dizzy and a bit insecure when ordering or purchasing.

I tend to stick with what I know and I have realized that just because a bottle of wine comes with an expensive price tag, doesn’t mean it’s good. I know that Merlot is too heavy for me and that if it were the only wine available, I wouldn’t turn down a Syrah. I reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio for weddings and at home you will always find a bottle (or six, if my in laws are coming to town) of Cabernet Sauvignon. It will probably be a Californian wine and most likely Cannonball, Bliss, Luis Martini or Turning Leaf. All delicious!

Benjamin Franklin’s quote, Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance has never made more sense to me now that I am a mother. There’s just something about that first sip of a full-bodied Cab at the end of the day that is indescribable. It’s bliss.

Being a mother, as many of you can attest to, is sometimes very frustrating, always exhausting and never without rewards. Those rewards, however, come in different packages… maybe your child will come up to you out of the blue and say “I love you, Mommy” or maybe you’ll catch your son doing something that makes you so proud, your heart will want to burst out of your chest, like lovingly helping his little sister take off her socks and shoes, or maybe you’ve endured a day full of too many dirty diapers, runny noses and over the top tantrums that once you’ve put the kids to bed the reward comes in the form of a nice, big, beautiful glass of wine!

Some days, it is literally the only thing that gets me through the day; knowing that at the end of it, I have a glass of vino waiting for me. Sometimes just envisioning myself sipping it slowing and savoring every last drop, all in an effort to wash away my day and clear my mind for a little while is enough for me to power through.

I recently read an article on Mommy Tracked by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay that spoke to me loud and clear: “I like the way wine softens the edges, smooths out the line between “their time” and “my time,” helps me to feel relaxed, helps me tune out.“ and I thought to myself… Yes! That’s it, that’s the beauty of wine! That’s exactly what it does for me too! I must note that Wilder-Taylor goes on to say that she is concerned about her habit and has quit drinking.

Before you start to worry about me, I am NOT an alcoholic. In fact, far from it, and get this: my husband doesn’t even like wine! He’ll have two beers while I down a bottle…just kidding…have a glass, but he can’t tolerate wine. He says it has to do with the tannins and headaches, or something. Oh well, more for me!

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on the stress level of the day I believe that wine is one of those things that simply must be enjoyed with others to truly appreciate. After all, what’s wine with conversation? So, no matter what kind of day I’ve had I don’t (hardly) ever drink alone.

Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy. – Alexander Fleming

Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it. – Anonymous

Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living. – Robert Mondavi, Autobiography, “Harvests of Joy”

Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized. – Andre Simon, “Commonsense of Wine”

Reality is an illusion that occurs due to a lack of wine. ~ Anonymous

Good wine is a necessity of life for me. – Thomas Jefferson

Consuming wine in moderation daily will help people to die young as late as possible. – Dr Philip Norrie

And so it goes…


  1. Natalie, you are amazing- with this blog even from vaca. I already follow Letters for Lucas too.
  2. Amen! :) We have a bottle open at all times.
  3. Hey Tonya! I agree, everything does go with cheese. And pretty much everything goes with wine. Except sauerkraut which goes with nothing.
  4. Hey, now, KLZ...I love me some kraut, and how can you not pair it with beer? :)

    Tonya - if I already didn't read you, I would have started falling in love while reading your first line, and would have fallen even deeper once I got to the end of your second sentence.
  5. Daisygirl says:
    Have a great vacation! I can't wait for ours!!!!

    I saw your cute little youtube video over at Sonora's place today...oh my gosh it is soooooo freakin cute!!!!
  6. The Flying Chalupa says:
    Hey Tonya - is it too early for a glass of wine, because I'm ready. We actually had a wine tasting class in college - BEST EVER!

    Have a great vacation, Natalie.
  7. Have a blast! It feels good to take a bloggy break anyways:) enjoy.....
  8. Bethany @ Organic Enchilada says:
    I don't drink, but I think I get the same therapy from reading a good book at the end of the day. Sometimes I look forward to it in just the same way you do with your wine. Cheers!
  9. So relieved to know I'm not the only one that enjoys a glass of wine at the end of the day. :)

    Thanks, again for asking me to guest post, Natalie!! Hope you are having a wonderful vacation.
  10. MommaKiss says:
    Mmm. wine. I just tried a new one - because I love cham...it's cham in a can. No lie! sophia by coppola. it's delish.