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Funny Wine Sayings

There has been an abundance of funny wine saying memes floating around Facebook and other social media. A lot of these have been posted on Someecards, where users can create their own memes. Here are a few examples:


Whenever I find a fun wine saying or meme, I post it on the Wining Wife Facebook page to share with fans. If you have one that you are particularly fond of, please share it with me! I get a big kick out of these. Be sure you also like the Wining Wife page as I often share information about upcoming tastings, wine pairing links, and winery news on there.

What are some of your favorite funny wine sayings?


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Five Wine Drinking Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

It’s one thing to drink wine while watching a movie, it’s another experience entirely to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine while watching a movie about wine.  Here are a few classics and a few that may have gone overlooked.


Cover of "Sideways [Blu-ray]"

Cover of Sideways [Blu-ray]

Sideways – What is a wine drinking movie list without mention of this film. Who can forget that Miles does not drink Merlot? This is the movie that many vineyards credit with an increasing popularity of Pinot Noir and a decreasing of popularity with Merlot. This is one of those films that can always make me laugh, no matter what my mood is. There’s something about watching a misanthropic middle aged guy have a nervous breakdown in the middle of a winery’s tasting room that makes me chuckle just to think about it.




Cover of "A Walk in the Clouds"

Cover of A Walk in the Clouds




A Walk in the Clouds – Okay, so Keanu Reeves is a bit cheesy in the end of this film, but it’s one of my all-time favorite movies (let alone one of my favorite wine movies). Reeves plays a returning soldier who meets a young lady. The young lady asks him a favor, and he winds up on a vineyard helping to make wine. It has what I believe is one of the most romantic scenes in a movie ever. Watch it. Ignore the line “If you plant it, it will grow.”


Arachnophobia – This film scared me when I was a kid. Killer spiders invade a house – and the wine cellar in the house is literally to die for. I mean, I saw this film when I was 13 and after watching it, I thought, “When I grow up, I want to have a wine cellar.”


French Kiss – This is a fun film with Meg Ryan and Kevin Klein. The film involves a woman unwittingly smuggling a grape vine, lots of good wine references, and a lot of fun and romance. This is a very charming film for those who want to take the time to sit down with it.



Cover of "The Princess Bride (20th Annive...

Cover via Amazon


The Princess Bride – This is my all time favorite movie. You know the scene. “Plato, Socrates, Aristotle? Morons.” Next time you watch the film, see if you can drink your favorite wine. It’s such a great movie – for a date, for cheering up, for a fun party celebrating movies from times before. I love it.

So, what is your favorite wine-drinking movie? Please post your recommendations in the comments section. I’d love to check them out!


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Harvey’s Bristol Creme Sherry

A "copita" sherry glass containing a...

A “copita” sherry glass containing amontillado sherry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Sherry, Niles?”

“Why yes, Frasier.”

Sherry is one of those under-explored after dinner drinks. Harvey’s Bristol Creme sherry is quite a treat, and it is mentioned in the television show. As far as cost-effective, after-dinner drinks come, this is quite the treat. We enjoy drinking this sherry after dinner as we watch television shows and movies. It is sweet, light, and slightly spicy. When you want something that’s a little sweet that will accompany both vanilla ice cream and rum raisin ice cream, this is your beverage.

What do you like as an after-dinner beverage?

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Movie Classics: The Birds

Potter Schoolhouse in Bodega (California), use...

Potter Schoolhouse in Bodega (California), used in 1963 film ‘The Birds’ (Alfred Hitchcock) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


One of the movies that really was memorable for me as a kid was Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds. This film, set in a small Northern Californian coastal town, scared me. I attribute my dislike of large groups of birds to this film. It’s brilliant the way the movie sneaks up on you. Unlike the horror films of today, this film, centered on birds gone wild, has a slow pace that culminates in a climax. While the action is not constant, it creates a sense of psychological terror and wonder that make it a classic.


What is your favorite classic Alfred Hitchcock film? Why? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.



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Indie Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

One of the great pleasures in life is the ability to take part in viewing the arts. There are many independent films that go unnoticed, but that are very good. Wining Husband and I do really enjoy watching many films, including independent film and foreign films. Recently, we watched three very good films that you shouldn’t miss!


This film is based on a story about the diagnosis of “Hysteria.” This diagnosis used to be a catch-all phrase for women who experienced anxiety, boldness, etc. The film follows Mortimer Granville who invents a device that reliably provides a “pelvic massage” to female patients suffering from this. This film is very amusing and features Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal in lead roles. Don’t miss it.

The Kid with a Bike

This French film follows the life of young Cyril Catoul (Thomas Doret) and his search for the father who abandoned him. He is in an orphanage and uses his bike to visit a woman who takes him under his wing, Samantha (Cécile de France). This film is both whimsical and poignant at the same time, something difficult to accomplish, but masterfully executed by the directors.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16:  (L-R) Actors Jack ...

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 16: (L-R) Actors Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey and writer/producer/director Richard Linklater arrive at Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival opening night premiere of ‘Bernie’ at the L.A. Live Regal Cinemas on June 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)


This film follows the true-life story of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), an assistant funeral director who winds up in quite a bit of trouble. Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Waking Life, Suburbia, Dazed and Confused) directs this zany faux-documentary style film that will have you questioning assumptions about morality. Was Bernie justified in his actions, or should he have taken a different route? The Carthage, Texas community believed him to be innocent in his actions. This one is recommended for those who think that the law is easily black and white.

What independent and/or foreign films have you seen over the summer? What would you recommend? It’s so great to see the little studios and directors accomplish so much. Please share your recommendations in the comments section.


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Female Legitimacy, Battlestar Galactica, Sex, Love, and Emotion


Theme Song: “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar”

So, I’ve been watching episodes of Battlestar Galacitca with my son and my fiancé. It’s interesting the different rolls women have in this series. I’m only in the second season, so please don’t ruin it for me in your comments. It seems to me that the women in this program are either religious, sexual partners, in love, or filled with angry emotion. That seems to appear to be how women are portrayed in media, period. After all, aren’t we emotional, sexual, loving beings – and when it comes to legitimacy as leaders, we need to be spiritual and the “perfect” woman?

What is the “perfect woman?” Especially when it comes to learning how to interact with the opposite sex, this can be a loaded question. It can put a lot of pressure on women. As a woman, I’m told not to move too fast, too slow. Don’t have sex too often, too seldom. Don’t put career first: Put career first! You’re your own person; you are here to serve your partner and help him to become the man he is meant to be. Womanhood is such a complex thing!!!

It can be overwhelming. What makes a woman, a woman? What makes a man a man? In our media. we learn that women are supposed to be beautiful, intelligent, matriarchs who can heal a wound with a kiss and make our husbands swoon. In our academic lives, we are told we are independent, we don’t need men, and relationships are the balls and chains that enslave us.

I tend to think that life is what you make of it. I love my partner and fiance. I would never look at him as anything other than a “partner” in the truest sense of the word.

What does modern media teach you about what it means to be a woman? What do you think about that?


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Five Movies That Have Inspired My Blogging


Theme Song: “Hello Monday” by Danny Wood

For the first blogathon theme, we are asked to select five movies that have inspired our work and our blogging. I’m stretching this a bit, because, well there are a lot of good movies out there. Here’s my list:

1. Julie and Julia

I have to admit this film has influenced me in more ways than just one. Julie and Julia shows what can come about when one has a successful blog. It’s more than that, however. It’s about keeping going on a dream even when it seems difficult. It’s about setting goals and seeing them through, and it’s about how food can heal our souls. Yeah, I love to cook and eat, so that helps. But it’s also about how we all find success in our own way – and that’s a good thing.

Julie and Julia

2. Reality Bites

This movie is my favorite movie of all time. I often will say “I love Terminator and Terminator 2, but in reality, Reality Bites is my favorite film. When it comes to blogging, the following quote is salient: Lelaina Pierce: “I really thought I would be something by the age of 23.” Troy Dire “Honey, the only thing you have to be by the age of 23 is yourself.” Never were such true words spoken. No matter what age we are, the only thing we have to be is ourselves. Whether we are making a documentary or a blog, that’s the most important thing we can do in life.

Reality Bites

3. Iron Man

We spend an awful lot of time planning out our lives as though it were an exact science. Tony Stark, he believed that sometimes you have to run before you can walk. I fully support this sentiment. Sometimes, you do very much have to run before you can walk. Blogging is one of those times. Another great quote from this movie involves Tony Stark’s production process. He, after all, built it in a cave from  bunch of scraps. If Tony Stark can do it, anything is possible!

Iron Man

4. Legally Blonde

There is nothing better than attending law school with a pen and some paper and having it all be color-coordinated with your iMac! I LOVE this movie! Legally Blonde is everything that is fun – and shouldn’t we love what we do? From this movie, I’ve gathered that if you love what you do and you stick with it, you will be successful – and even possibly wind up on top – no matter who you are! Bonus points if you do it with style!

Legally Blonde

5. He’s Just Not That Into You

Let’s face it, not everyone is going to be a fan of what I write. However, some people will like it! What He’s Just Not That Into You has taught me about blogging is that you can’t worry about pleasing everyone. The right readers will follow you, and the wrong readers, well they’ll keep on their merry way. What’s important is that you learn who your audience is, and you learn how to speak to them. The rest will come with time!

He’s Just Not That Into You

Honorable Mention: The Television Show, Ally McBeal

Naturally, Ally McBeal inspired me to create this blog. I felt I had enough  in common with her quirky ways to use her name as my blog name.  Naturally, we don’t have too much in common, but it’s still fun to think about what it would be like if she and I knew each other (of course, providing she were a real person.) I think we’d be friends!

Ally McBeal

So what movies and TV shows have inspired you?


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On Those Who Man-Bash (or Woman-Bash)


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Theme Song: “Vertigo” U2

So there I was, about a year ago, watching Sex in the City as a divorced woman with a friend. When I was in my 20s, it was one of my favorite TV shows. As I watched the movie, I noticed all the man-bashing jabs, and watched my friend laugh at them. This isn’t to say I’ve never found such jokes humorous. But it is to say that I think that it’s safe to say that I’m no longer in a place where I think it’s funny to bash significant others.

Let’s face it, these are the people we want to spend our lives with! Whether you call someone an oaf to his face or behind his back, it’s cruel, disrespectful, and frankly not funny. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I think it can’t possibly be a sign that you love the person you’re with.

But women in relationships aren’t the only ones who do this. Single women do this too. They poke fun of the men they date, put them down, etc. Some women bash before the man even gets to the door for the first date. Our society seems to think this is okay. However, my thoughts are if you don’t respect the guy, don’t go out with him, it’s that simple.

The same goes in reverse – men, if you don’t respect a woman, don’t date her! This kind of mate bashing is just cruel. In some of the groups I’m a member in on Cafe Mom, there’s a lot of this kind of bashing that goes on (women bashing their husbands, partners, etc.). It saddens me. While not every guy is a good guy, there ARE some really good guys out there, and they deserve respect from the women who love them.

It’s interesting because the attitudes we have towards members of the opposite sex, even those things we think are harmless, can eat away at our relationships with others. How many times have we been the recipient of a joke someone else thought was funny, only to find that it hurts us? I know that’s happened to me, and I’m sure other people have experienced this.

I don’t think other people’s weaknesses should be the way we bond with our friends. It’s bad karma. If you find yourself bonding over bashing other people, try changing the subject. There are so many interesting things to talk about. I won’t say I’ve never participated in man-bashing, but over the years, I’ve realized that it’s like a cancer. My fiancé does so many great and wonderful things for me and for others. He is an awesome man. I’d never say a negative word about him (In fact, I can’t think of anything negative to say about him, anyway). Instead of bashing your man (or woman, or friend, or date, or partner, etc.), try taking a deep breath and think about all the wonderful things that person has done for you and brought into your life.

Have you ever bashed someone else just to bond with a group of people? How did that work out for you?


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The Right Stuff


Theme Song: “The Right Stuff” New Kids on the Block


Projects: Revising a book chapter, updating blogs, sending out newsletter, editing


Right now, I’m listening to “The Right Stuff.” I know it’s totally cheesy, but would you expect anything less from a reformed Blockhead? I put on my “NKOTB Playlist” on iTunes, because for some reason, whenever I’m stressed out, I do such a thing. I think it’s because returning to a simpler time musically is relaxing. It’s interesting though, because this particular time, when I put it on, I really noticed the lyrics:


“All that I needed was you/O

New Kids on the Block

Cover of New Kids on the Block

h, girl, you’re so right/And all that I wanted was you/You made all my dreams come true”


Now, to many people, this won’t seem like a big deal. These lyrics are innocuous enough. I’ve listened to this song thousands of time over my lifespan since I was a wee preteen. Never once did I notice the interesting connotations of these lyrics until today.


I’m having a problem with the word “All” in the lyrics. Really? “All” I needed was you?  That seems strange.  It would seem that more would be needed – food, shelter, clothing, friends, a career, etc. All I wanted was you? Really? All dreams?


Granted, I’m possibly reading a little much in this, but it made me look at other songs by the group…take this set of lyrics, for example:


“Please don’t go girl/I just can’t live without you/Please don’t go girl/So listen to me… (Don’t go, girl)/Please don’t go girl/You would ruin my whole world/Tell me you’ll stay/Never ever go away “


Really? “I can’t live without you?” “You would ruin my whole world” YIKES! This is another song I’d listened to hundreds of thousands of times while growing up.


Here’s one more:


“There’s so much I like in you I can’t go on,/I wanted a girl like you I’ve looked so long,/girl, nothing will make us wrong, I know our love is too strong,/let’s leave the rest behind, our dreams ask what we will find.”


I’m not going to get into the logistics of solo albums. Jordan Knight‘s “Give it to You” was banned in Canada b/c it seemed to advocate date rape. Okay, so where am I going with all this, you wonder? That’s where it gets interesting. Imagine that you grow up listening to these lyrics – over and over again. You begin to get a very skewed idea of what “The Right Stuff” is. These lyrics are indicative of very, very unhealthy relationships! I mean the guy can’t live without her! She’s EVERYTHING he needs. He can’t go on! YUCK!


Healthy relationships happen when two people recognize that there’s more in life than just the relationship. Each person is whole in his or her being. There are individual goals, interests, etc. The other person is like seasoning to the individual’s life – and life will go on (albeit possibly uncomfortably for a bit) once that person does leave. If I ever again dated someone who said “I can’t live without you,” I’d run faster than you can say “On your marks, get set, GO!”  I’ve had enough of that kind of crazy NKOTB song-worthy “drama crapmance” for a lifetime. YET, this is what we’re feeding our young girls. Let’s look at some of Justin Bieber’s lyrics real quick.


“My prize possession, one and only/Adore you girl, I want you/The one I can’t live without/That’s you, that’s you

You’re my special little lady/The one that makes me crazy/Of all the girls I’ve ever known/It’s you, it’s you”


So these girls are learning that they’re someone’s “possession” and there’s that not being able to live without someone thing again. And this one:


“Running out of time, where is my runaway love?/Searching low and high, know that I’m not giving up/I’d give it all up for us, it’ll never be enough/I won’t stop until I find my runaway love”


So now stalking is okay too? Sigh. I will grant that I am pulling lyrics out of context of an entire song, but it’s still quite disturbing that teeny-bopper music seems to espouse a celebration of unhealthy relationship patterns. I’m not quite sure what the effects are or if there is a causal relationship. However, I think it’s interesting that pop culture seems to hold these sorts of sentiments as being ones to strive for in relationships/as being “romantic.” Quite possibly this is why many girls do pass up on the good guys…which is sad, because good guys are WAY more romantic and cool than people who look at women as possessions they can’t live without! (And I know that, because I’m with a good guy, and he’s quite romantic!)


Real, healthy relationships develop over time, they’re more like really close friendships than crazy love affairs, and at the end of the day – that’s what’s important, right? Having a companion who will stand by you when things are hard and when things are easy!


I’m really interested now in song lyrics and connotations about romance from them. What are some lyrics from your favorite songs that are questionable?


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The Uniqueness of Social Media


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Image via CrunchBase


Anyone who has been using social media for a little while will probably know what I’m talking about here. Isn’t it interesting how social media – well really, if you look back before that chat rooms and the internet – has changed the way we relate to people? But what’s most interesting is that we keep in touch and we get in touch with people we may not have seen in years – in a way we might not have before. While the letter is a beautiful thing, how many people sit down to write long letters to friends? How many people would get in touch with each person from their graduate department and send a letter? Social media makes keeping in touch streamlined – something that is a commodity in our American culture.


I’ve found Facebook to be a very interesting (in a cool way) phenomenon.  People I didn’t speak much too in junior high school and high school are now those with whom I regularly keep in touch. People with whom I didn’t have an opportunity to get to know in grad school are now good friends.  I’ve met people I wouldn’t otherwise have met. It’s really a neat social tool.


The downside of social media is sometimes you realize that people you thought you knew are not people you thought they were. Your statuses go out to everyone who you allow to see them. That means that depending upon your privacy settings, everyone’s going to read about your crappy day, your rant about school, your comment about your boss – including your boss, adviser, and everyone on your friends list. That is fine, but sometimes, prospective employers – your current employer – and even your school may happen across this. If they do, you may be putting your career at risk.


People tend to either love or hate social media. I tend to totter on it. I like connecting with people. I don’t like spending way too much time on social media. What are your thoughts?


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