Review of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (5e)
Review of D&D 5e

Review of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (5e)

Note from AJ: I have moved most of my gaming posts to a gaming specific blog site.  Nonetheless, I thought I would post this on this site as well as I decide what to do with A Meandering Mind.  I THINK I want to turn it into more a photo, travel and musing site, but first I need to take photes, take a trip and have time to muse about something!   It is a work in progress, pretty much like me.

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2016 Orin Swift Machete California Red Blend
2016 Machete California Red Blend

2016 Orin Swift Machete California Red Blend

I was talking to one of my fellow wine-lover friends a couple of months back, and she was raving about a California Red Blend called Orin Swift Machete.  She said it was one of the best wines she has ever had.  Knowing her taste palate tends to bold, in-your-face wines. Realizing my wife likes the same wine style, I bought a few bottles.

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2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon

I love great “value” wines. For a wine drinker, there are few things better than buying a low-cost bottle of wine, opening it, and having it surprise you, outpacing its cost with good flavor and quality. The 2016 Block & Tackle Cabernet Sauvignon did exactly that for me. I bought this wine at a local wine shop (shout out to Sunset and Vine in Blowing Rock, NC for this selection.  Support your local wine shop!). My wife was grilling out some spicy jalapeno burgers. My cab stock was low, so I picked up this bottle for $16 to pair with our meal.

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Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2013
Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2013

Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2013

While I haven’t been posting many wine reviews lately, it hasn’t been because I haven’t been drinking any wine.  God forbid!   No, I’d been drinking down a lot of my Spanish Tempranillo stock for the last few months.  But as this year draws to a close, the Missus and I decided to open a bottle of the prize of my (admittedly) meager wine collection, a 2013 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir.  While I hoard my bottles of this wine like Smaug in the Hobbit hoarded dwarven gold, after a crappy 2017 I thought it might be nice to end the year on a high note.

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