Get with it man, the red blend is almost gone!

How to turn a shed into a table and a chimney into a flower bed. I love anything FREE. I mean, come on, who doesn’t. Right? Re-using or repurposing is hip nowadays. So, get with it man and create something amazing!

Arvin dropped off some used bricks from an old chimney that he had removed. They are from the 1930s! They now line my walkway making it wider and I even got a nice little flower bed along the house. So sweet and so EASY.

brick flower bed brick flower bed 2

(drought-tolerant flowers)

Larry tore down his old shed and it lives on in this new display table. You can see it up close in the store proudly displaying a new line of fancy baked goods…   hashtagamazing

bakery display table bakery display table 2

So, keep your eyes peeled when you’re driving around town. You just might see me on the side of the road salvaging giant sections of cut down tree.

free wood

To be continued.


four wines pic

 Angove Sauv Blanc ~ Cellar No.8 Chard ~ Eco Terreno Red ~ Fetzer Cab


Angove Sauv Blanc

2009 Angove Vineyard Select Sauvignon Blanc $4.99

Elsewhere $16.99

Larry liked the aroma of this Sauvignon Blanc, he thought it was citrus or apple. Terry commented, “Oh, tastes good. Nice summertime wine – a little sweet with a little bite. It didn’t bite me until I paired it with food.” Karey (my visiting cousin 🙂 thought it was on the dryer side and Connie said it was spicy, but good.

On-line review: An ideal wine for the warm summer months, perfectly suited as an aperitif or with freshly shucked oysters & grilled salmon.

Tasting Notes: Bright pale white and green, this wine shows all the hallmarks of its region with blackcurrant leaf and freshly cut grass and a touch of aromatic passion fruit evident on the nose. The palate is vibrant and fresh with tropical fruit and citrus leaving the wine refreshing and long on the finish.



Cellar no 8 chard

2011 Cellar No. 8 Chardonnay $3.99

Elsewhere $9.99

Becky noticed the aroma right away, she said it was buttery like walnuts and tasted smooth. Larry agreed, very smooth and the oak was not overbearing. Connie described it as creamy.

On-line tasting notes: This Chardonnay shows characteristics of tropical and citrus fruit flavors and lemon, pineapple and sweet white peach. These flavors continue on a lush, juicy palate dominated by clean citrus flavors. Some aging in French oak gives the wine additional depth of flavor and a creamy, refreshing mouth feel.



Eco Terreno red blend

2010 Eco Terreno Three Vine Red $9.99

Elsewhere $35.00

***I have to warn you, this wine is selling quickly! Get yours before it’s gone***

Becky stated that this red blend was good on the noise. Karey took a sip against his will (he doesn’t like red wine) and found that it is actually great with dark chocolate. Arvin said he’s enjoying the legs – nice. Larry said “when you sip it – you feel it”. Terry thought it would be great with Italian food, especially red sauce. Arvin paired it with dark chocolate as well and commented that it made it taste like chocolate covered cherries. Steve agreed, saying that chocolate did the job and Larry said it brings it all together. Upon tasting this wine Connie declared wine tasting over. “No more tasting for me, only drinking!” she confiscated the bottle.

Wine tasting is over

86 Points from

On-line review: We’re suckers for delicious red blends here at The Wine Spies, and today’s exceptional 2010 Alexander Valley Three Vine Red from Eco Terreno had our entire tasting panel reaching for more!



Fetzer cab

2008 Fetzer Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon $5.99

Elsewhere $19.99

This Cab has a very nice garnet color. Karey thought this was also dry and Larry agreed, very dry. Steve liked this at first taste. He said this is his favorite of the night.

5 out of 5 stars from Vinexus Web Shop for Wine Lovers

Tasting notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon is complex with various layers of spice and flavors. On the nose you will find enticing aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and vanilla with evident spice from the oak and a hint of herbs. Tasting delivers a multi-layered wine with texture of ripe blackberry, mocha, toffee and vanilla. Medium firm tannins provide structure and balance to this medium bodied Cabernet, which will continue to evolve in the bottle.



I have to admit, I am a procrastinator. Yep, the queen of putting things off. My house is full of small unfinished projects that quietly wait for me to get a-round-tuit. Silently mocking me. This week they haven’t been so quiet. Steve to the rescue! He went in to work for me, leaving me in an empty house –no kids – no distractions – it was GLORIOUS! An empty house is completely therapeutic sometimes.

As soon as they left I made my list and raced to complete it all before they returned. That is a fun game. I painted the patio tables to match the new cushions, painted the kitchen & bathroom baseboards that Jake installed months ago, touched up some spots on the kitchen cabinets, hung curtains in the loft & bedroom, patched & painted the trim on the stairs where the dog ate it (two years ago, when she was a puppy) cleaned my bedroom and washed & put away ALL the laundry. When all the laundry is clean and put away, it really makes me feel like I have my whole life together.

stair trim repair

eaten ~ patched ~ painted

AND finally ***FINALLY*** I painted the front doors! I had been putting that off for months. It was super easy. I mean palm-to-the-forehead-easy! I cannot believe I waited so long to do this. I love it. And Steve? His excitement could barely be contained…. As he walked up to the house he said, “oh, we’re those people now?” Yep. We are. You’re welcome.

front doors

(maybe a little darker/deeper purple?)

I also may have fell behind reviewing our Front Porch Wine Tastings… So, here’s the last 2-3  weeks worth (I’ll try to keep the reviews short since there’s so many).

whites     reds

seven whites    ~     five reds


Procrastinate Pinot Grigio

2011 Procrastinate Pinot Grigio $3.99

Elsewhere price $15.99

Terry tasted fruit, and commented that it’s nice & light. Arvin said this is a good summer night wine and Connie liked it as well. I really liked the label 🙂

82 points from Wine Enthusiast



Barrymore Pinot Grigio

2011 Barrymore Pinot Grigio $3.99

Elsewhere price $22.00

Joe S. commented that this was nice and Misty liked that it was not too sweet. Terry didn’t care for it. Joe thought it was good with food and Steve said it was even better with chocolate. Isn’t everything?

Online review from my Good Friends at ‘The magical world of wines from Grocery Outlet’ had this to say: This full-flavored wine is dominated by juicy acid of lime / green apple, but also shows Pinot Grigio’s pear and straw.  It’s pleasantly crisp with a little minerality, and very tasty overall.


fire cracker wine blend

Firecracker White Blend $2.99

Elsewhere price $8.99

Misty thought this white blend was light, without a strong aftertaste, it would be nice for 4th of July picnic with that label. Scott and Terry both commented that is was too sweet for their taste. Larry tasted peach or Pineapple & mango mixed. We finished the bottle.

Online Blog Review 4 of 5 stars: Oh boy, this was a nice surprise! The flavors of mango and pineapple are magical here. The wine isn’t real crisp, but it’s smooth and settles well. I would highly recommend this for lighter fare.



2010 Bowtie White Wine $3.99

Elsewhere price $12.99

Misty tasted grapefruit and Steve commented that he liked the citrus finish. I always enjoy a blend 🙂

84 points from Wine Enthusiast: This tastes honey-sweet, with apricot, lime and vanilla flavors, brightened by crisp acidity. The blend is Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Viognier


pepi chardonnay

2011 Pepi Chardonnay $3.99

Elsewhere price $10.99

Arvin commented that this Chardonnay was even better than the last one and Connie agreed, she liked this one. Larry said it was not oaky and Joe R. thought it was clean and crisp.

84 points from this blind taster on Cellar Tracker: Straightforward aromas of lemon, grapefruit and green apple. The palate is full-bodied with medium acid, showing grapefruit and lime mixed with apricot and dried pineapple. No detectable oak. Not very deep or complex, but it’s balanced out quite nicely.


trinity oaks chard

2012 Trinity Oaks Chardonnay $4.99

Elsewhere price $8.99

I chose this Chardonnay because Larry requested an oaky wine. Well, it wasn’t lol. Terry said it started sweet then mellowed out. Arvin thought it was full-bodied. Joe R. tasted tart-lemoniness, he liked it and also commented that it gets more mellow as you go. The label said ‘sweet oak’, I don’t know what that means, but the sweet was just enough.

87 points from Cellar Tracker


Pra Vinera

2012 Pra Vinera Chardonnay $2.99

Elsewhere price $9.99

Yes, we have reviewed this Chardonnay in the past but Steve just got it in again so… And, we all agree: We still like it!


Discoveries Petite Sirah

2009 Discoveries Vineyards Petite Sirah $4.99

Elsewhere price $10.99

Larry likes the red! Steve commented that this Sirah had a strong taste and Joe S. thought it was great with chocolate and berries. I love me some Sirah!

87.5 points from Cellar Tracker


Excuse Moi Cab

2012 Excusez Moi Cabernet $5.99

Elsewhere price $17.99

Bottled by Michel-Schlumberger in Healdsburg, Ca. We all really loved the Excusez Moi Merlot, so of course we had to try this Cab. Scott said he liked it at his first taste and Joe S. said, ‘Ew, that’s good!’

From the label: Characteristics of black currant, plum and cherry. Well-structured tannins with rich texture and long fruit finish. This wine pairs will with prime rib, grilled summer vegetables and tomato sauce pasta dishes.



2011 Lithos Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $9.99

Elsewhere price $16.99

Joe R. commented that this Cab was kinda mild, not too strong. Terry said this was her favorite of the night and that it goes down reeaaallly easy. I thought it was smooth. We finished this bottle, oh yeah!

I could not find ANY online reviews for this wine. I wish I would’ve taken better tasting notes :-/


quickfire cab

2010 Quickfire Cabernet $6.99

Elsewhere price $18.99

This is a Top Chef Selection from the Central Coast of Ca. Arvin said it was excellent, a pleasure to drink! Terry thought it was on the sweeter side, yet still dry and Scott said it was full-bodied and full of flavor.

Tasting notes from The Quickfire Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will allure you with its silky tannins and substantial finish. The aromas of this Cabernet Sauvignon deliver layers of cassis, cocoa, blueberry and hints of vanilla. Full-bodied in nature, the palate delivers rich berry flavors with a hint of dark chocolate


Arceno Chianti

2005 Arceno Chianti Reserva $6.99

Elsewhere price $20.00

We just had to throw in one of Arvin’s favorites – Chianti. He said after his first taste, “It’s a good one”. Then he had to have a second glass because he ‘forgot’ to think while he drank it, lol. Steve said he loves thoughtless drinking. Joe S. said it’s strong and Becky said it’s smooth. Kerri said it was dry and had a nice flow and it made Terry feel warm. Arvin commented on his second glass: Dry, good aftertaste that lasts on the tongue so you can enjoy it 10 minutes after you drink it.

89.8 points from Cellar Tracker


If you made it all the way to the end of this, you are a true fan – Thanks!