Winter Wine Warm Up

Ah, winter at the lake house. How I love thee! By some seasonal phenomenon, the lake is unbelievably blue (and still) in the wintertime. My mom and I spent the first week of the new year out at the lake (it’s her tradition but this year I’m joining) and we had the nicest happy hour…

Rodney Strong on the Dock

There’s something about Sunday at the lake that’s just magical. California winemaker Rodney Strong posed the question, What makes us stronger together?, and for me that’s nature and family. Nature has always given me strength, which is probably one of the reasons why I’m passionate about al fresco happy hours. It’s been a stressful few…

Fall Fairytale Picnic

Life is but a dream I had the loveliest evening last weekend with my friend Lucy! We went to Prayer Lavender Garden in Rockwall, TX for a socially distanced picnic in 76 degree weather. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky! Prayer Lavender Garden is revamping their lavender fields this fall but the property is…

LVE Red Blend 2016

A spontaneous trip to the lake house with my mom turned into a spontaneous happy hour featuring Legend Vineyard Exclusive (LVE)’s Red Blend 2016 ($50). We sat at the bistro table on the porch enjoying the killer view of the lake on this almost-stormy-but-not-quite night, with just a hint of chill in the air. It’s…

Folktale Viognier at the Lake

I still think about the dreamy afternoon I spent at Folktale Winery on my trip to Carmel, California. I loved the wine so much that I shipped quite a lot back home. I opened a bottle of Le Mistral, Folktale’s 2017 Viognier, at the lake house the other day for an evening picnic. In my…

Kuhlman Cellars New Spring Wines

I could not be more excited about Kuhlman Cellars‘ new spring wines. I spent the last day of my pre-quarantine life in the beautiful Texas hill country sampling these new wines with Kuhlman Cellars’ winemaker Bénédicte Rhyne and Kuhlman’s Assistant Vigneron Ollivier. It was a gorgeous spring day in March and we three sat in…

LVE Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018

It was a golden afternoon at The Rose Table when I open John Legend’s rosé at the lake house one lazy Saturday. I was excited to try LVE’s Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 after being impressed by LVE’s Cabernet Sauvignon a few months ago. The rosé did not disappoint. This gorgeously hued wine is the…

Barranca and BBQ

Barranca and BBQ: a match made in heaven. My friends at Kuhlman Cellars have long told me that this is a divine pairing but I hadn’t tried it for myself until tonight when I tucked into some local east Texas BBQ. I can now report that this pairing is a spiritual experience. I was blown…

Kuhlman Cellars 2017 Sangiovese

Last week I paired my favorite Chicken and Sausage Gumbo with Kuhlman Cellars 2017 Sangiovese and must have looked like the heart eye emoji all night. The spiciness of the andouille and cayenne complimented the Sangiovese so nicely. Disclaimer: Kuhlman Cellars is now one of my PR clients. My PR company is not affiliated with The Rose…