My Top Ten Holiday Movies
Christmas just isn’t Christmas until Hans Gruber goes off of Nakatomi Plaza

My Top Ten Holiday Movies

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:

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Tenuta La Calcinaie San Gimignano Vernaccia 2015
Tenuta Le Calcinaie San Gimignano Vernaccia 2015

Tenuta La Calcinaie San Gimignano Vernaccia 2015

We are going back to Italy for our next wine.

I’m not a big white wine drinker.  I tend to prefer heavier, more robust red wines.  White wines are usually either too fruity or too sweet for my palate.  In addition, there are more health benefits in red wines, so I figure if I’m going to consume the calories, I might as well get the positive effects that go along with a red wine.

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Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2012
Produttori del Barbaresco 2012

Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2012

In preparation for our next “big” trip, I am again tasting the wines of Italy.

Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Piemonte, a region located in Northwest Italy. Barbaresco is made from the Nebbiolo grape, which has been grown in the Piemonte as far back as the 13th century. Nebbiolo is a late maturing grape, and is tempermental, very sensitive to different soils and climates. The grapes in this wine are grown at an elevation of 600 to 1300 feet above sea level.

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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico
Castello di Ama Chianti

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico

Well, I’m finally leaving my beloved Spanish Reds for a bit and turning to Italy.   As usual, my wine selections often reflect my future or recent travels, and Italy may be next wine country on the agenda.  Historically if I drink Italian wines, I gravitate to Chianti wines (minus any fava beans of course!)

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Review: Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

As a computer geek, I’ve never been much of a “pen” person. If I wanted to write something, I would type it on my laptop, that’s why they invented keyboards. However, in this fast-paced, email/social media world in which we live, I’ve found that I needed to slow down and think about what I was writing. My already meager writing skills were atrophying because I was writing too fast.

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