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.
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.
I’ve been playing Pathfinder RPG for about 10 years now. Back then, I liked they based it on D&D 3.5 rule set, which was the basis of my campaign back then. I also liked it wasn’t Wizards of the Coast, and it wasn’t D&D 4th Edition. It’s a poor way to choose a rule set based on what it is NOT, but having been a D&Der since the boxed set days, I was burned out by the constant rule edition changes and mountains of supplements and add-ons. And I, being a geek, was always there with my charge card out.
It has been a while since I did a wine review. Like everyone else, life happens, so my time to indulge in both drinking wine AND researching it for a blog post has been limited. So I have just been drinking and skipping the research part!
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.
Like many couples this time of year, my wife and I have a holiday movie rotation we start right after Thanksgiving. There are probably 20 movies we try to get through. A lot of these are not “exactly” holiday movies. Also included are movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but we watch them since they premiered in December. But we do have several holiday themed movies we are guaranteed to include. Here are our favorites: