my five favorite wines

On this lovely Friday I have decided to share with the world my top five favorite wines. They just so happen to be of the red variety. I wish I had the financial means to be sipping on these every day, but until I win the lottery I'm normally enjoying my Franzia. But I digress. 

I was first introduced to wine by my grandma. She would give me a sip here and there. Always red. When I was a junior in college I spent two weeks travelling around Italy and I only further grew my love of all red wines. These just happen to be my favorite. Give me a bottle of any of the below wines and you'll see a huge smile come across my face. Because really. Wine. And I firmly believe all wine has a story.

I first had this on a cruise ship of all places. I was initially drawn to it because it was the cheapest bottle they had and well, wine can add up on a cruise ship. I loved it from first sip. Over the years I have grown to love it even more for it's sentimental value, because it turned into one of my grandma's favorite wines as well. So now every time I see the rooster, I think of her. And our mutual love of wine.

I don't really have a great story behind this. Which is strange. This was one of the wines Matt discovered in his glory days of purchasing $300 worth of wine a month, when he used to be mistaken for a bar owner. Nothing like a newlywed budget am I right? 

Robert Mondavi is someone I think Matt would love to be. Pretty much haven't met a wine of his that we haven't liked. Matt introduced me to these wines, which reminds me that he has me to thank for even trying wine. To think he was never a wine drinker prior to 2004? Schade.

This is James Maynard Keenan's wine. If you watch Blood Into Wine it'll explain more and it's also a really great documentary. I wasn't really a Tool fan but after that movie I am. And a fan of his wines. We discovered this documentary and watched it over and over again. Then searched high and low and drove to the great state of Maryland just to get our hands on it. Pennsylvania liquor laws suck. The end.

This little beauty I tasted for the first time over the weekend and wow. Wonderful. To make matters worse I was told it really is only available around Halloween. So naturally, I love it. Although I suppose if I cannot find it Red will have to do. Who am I kidding that is just as good. Love when I find a new wine.

And that's it. I am hoping that reading this will spur Matt into running out to the wine store. Who knows maybe there will be a sale? 

Linking up today with all these lovely ladies:

Have a great weekend everyone!


spring breakers keeping it real

The year was 2005. We were just a few months shy of graduating college... Matt and I had been dating for a very short amount of time (perhaps a month) when he asked if Kerri and I wanted to join him and his friends on a cruise out of Miami. The price was right and well, I was in love (I told him I was going to marry him about two weeks into dating soo.... there's that), so we said yes. Only clincher? We would be driving. All of us. In an extended cab pick-up truck. From Manheim, PA to Miami, FL. Five of us. Two of whom were then and are now well over six feet tall. We are nothing if not punctual and so we left practically 24 hours prior to debarkation. We had hours to kill along the way and even pulled over and the guys slept in the trunk bed on top of the piles of garbage bags. That were protecting our suitcases from the rain. Class class class. 

Once on board the Carnival Imagination the fun could begin in pretty much what you'd except Spring Break fashion. Our tab was ridiculous by the end of the trip. So much so I just can't even tell you. It's embarrassing. We drank raspberry margaritas until our tongues turned bright red. We danced every night at dinner. We slept on deck chairs and floated fruit in the hot tub. We met a man with a machete in Jamaica. We witnessed some of the damage caused by Katrina on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. We took funny pictures. We got our money's worth out of those Captain Cocktail Hours. And by money I mean not a dime because those things are free but we took full advantage. We made friends with a sweet grandmother type at our table. We got sunburned and Kerri possibly got SARS. We laughed until our sides hurt. And then we packed those suitcases right back into those garbage bags and headed on home. Cruising with a bunch of your friends with wild abandon? Yup. Pretty good times.

Ah... young love. 


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