Living the Dream

What in the world do DIYers do when the house is done?

I mean for most of us (or maybe just me?), we’ve spent years on do-it-yourself projects fixing up the house.

Years.

Not only doing the projects, but also planning and maybe even a little fixing of the projects that didn’t turn out quite right. It becomes a big part of who you are as a person, it’s how you spend all your weekends and free time. Imagine the shock when there’s nothing left to do.

Now, I’m not done, not even close, with my house. The stair case still haunts me and there’s that tricky base board that I can’t get to bend around the round wall in the game room not to mention the whole upstairs. But, enough of it is done that I got to wondering how the other half live. I know there must be people out there that live in houses that are not in desperate need of updating.

baseboard staircase

What do they do with themselves?

I can imagine that they must be sitting around in their project-free homes sipping wine, thumbing through magazines with their feet up. Glamorous.

Just a heads up – I’d go bat crazy.

I need something to paint – something build – something to redecorate & re-redecorate.

Yeah, so basically when I’m sitting around sipping wine – I’m thumbing through catalogs, not magazines. Planning the next project. Everything around here can be bigger/better/brighter! Just living the dream :^)

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four wines

Giorgio & Gianni Pinot Grigio ~ Matchbook Chardonnay Musque’

Kendric Syrah ~ Sempre Vive Red Blend

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2014 Giorgio Gianni Pinot Grigio – Italy

Elsewhere price $9.99 ~ Our Price $3.99 ~ You Save 60%!

From the label: This product has been tailor made by Giorgio & Gianni to arouse all your senses. Giorgio carefully selected grapes from vineyards located in northern Italy creating a Pinot Grigio that unfolds into a seductive fruit driven wine, with a rich and elegant taste. Gianni gave birth to a design that fully captivates Italian creativity adding style to any room and always being the life of the party. Together, Giorgio & Gianni have created a perfect match “Made in Italy”.

Ethan liked this light Pinot Grigio, he thought he’d stock up on it for his wife Barbara (and he did). Becky said it had a floral bouquet. Larry tasted peach and Arvin called it elegant. Terry found it kinda tart at first, but said it grows on you after a second taste. Joe S. & Misty both liked it. I thought it tasted fruity, Misty agreed.

3.4/5 stars from Vivino.com: Surprisingly good value. Light fresh and pleasant. Tangy citrus with soft peach and subtle floral notes. Under $12 this can’t be beat

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chard

2013 Clone 809 Matchbook Giguiere Musque’ Chardonnay – California

Elsewhere price $14.99 ~ Our Price $5.99 ~ You Save 60%!

From the label: Misque’ is the French term meaning both perfumed and muscat-like. Many grape varieties, including the  Clone 809 of Chardonnay have a Musque’ mutation, which produces a highly aromatic wine. The wine has beautiful aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom with flavors of apricot and honey.

Terry called this unusual Chardonnay tasty, she tasted apricots. Larry and Misty both commented on the buttery color and called it smooth after their first taste, Larry thought he tasted vanilla. Becky tasted peaches and Arvin found it more floral. Joe S. also thought this was a smooth Chardonnay.

87 Points from WineAlign.com: A perfumed and grapey wine, as promised on the label, with a round, soft, sweet and gentle impression on the palate

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kendric

2008 Kendric Vineyards Syrah – Shenandoah Valley Ca

Elsewhere Price $21.99 ~ Our Price $5.99 ~ You Save 73%!

This California Syrah is READY TO DRINK NOW! Joe R. was worried that it would be over-due, but there was no sediment and it hasn’t turned. Misty tasted licorice, Steve & Joe S. both tasted ripe berries. I loved the aroma, very intoxicating. Becky tasted plums and Arvin thought he got a hint of tobacco. Joe R. & Becky really liked this Syrah.

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sempre vive

2013 Blue Heron Vineyards Sempre Vive Red Wine – Napa Valley

Elsewhere Price $44.99 ~ Our Price $19.99 ~ You Save 56%!

Steve insisted we try this Napa Red Blend. We rarely get such an expensive bottle! After his first taste he announced, ‘I like this.’ Joe R. commented that it had a great aroma, and said, ‘WOW’ on his first taste. Becky said it tasted earthy/tobacco. Misty found it to be full bodied. Larry tasted black current and said it was smooth. I loved the aroma of berries. Everyone agreed, it was perfectly paired with the Chocolate Cake we had! Thanks for hosting Terry & Larry.

4.1/5 stars from Vivino.com Pretty great reviews from their experts:

The wine is a great surprise. Clearly over delivers with its pleasant ripe fruit (typical Napa flavors) and soft roundness. Think the small portion of Merlot is doing a great job in this wine

Wonderful wine! Clear, purple color with a clear, thin rim. Medium intense, very balanced Bordeaux red blend from Romeo Vineyards, Napa. Medium intense aroma of black plum and fine barrel spices. Palate is black & blue fruit all over, cocoa and a long, sweet finish

Pretty impressed and am really enjoying this in spite of the vintage. Made with fruit from the vineyard Chateau Montelana owned until 1997. Big, round, complex layers from the medoc style blend of Cabernet sauvignon, petite verdot, and Cabernet franc. The petite verdot shows through given the type of tightness in the wine associated with petit verdot’s smaller Berry size

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