Wine Review: Troon Vineyard

Troon Wines

 

I get asked one question a lot. Do you enjoy all the wines you taste? The truth is no. Yes, there are bad wines. But, the wines I tend to buy to cellar and drink have been good. I like to think there are some I could drink for the rest of my life. The ones that if I had all the money in the world I would cellar as many as I possibly could. In order to taste better, you have to taste a lot. There are wines I come back to over and over again. It’s like I can’t get enough. Troon Wines are wines I often recommend and if you can get your hands on their Malbec you will be shocked it’s made in Oregon and not Argentina. 

Troon is located in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon and I have them on my “must visit” list for 2017. I first tasted their wines at the Wine Bloggers Conference in California last year during a rapid fire wine tasting. Ten wines in one hour. You do the math, but I couldn’t get Troon out of my head after the tasting. Craig Camp, the general manager of Troon, is a great ambassador for their wines. He listened to all my questions, gave insight, and encouraged this newbie wine blogger on the industry and so much more. 

2014 Troon Vineyard, Malbec. A beautiful interpretation of Malbec with notes of violet, raspberries, and hints of a cigar. This wine pairs perfect with red meat, but it also pairs well with chili which is perfect to cozy up with this time of year. 

I leave you with this quote from one of my favorite authors. His words resonate how I feel about Troon wines. 

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ~ Paulo Coelho, Brida
Troon Malbec
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Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.

Beauty Friday: Bergdorf Goodman Spring Beauty

Bergdorf Goodman Beauty

It's time that stores are thinking about spring beauty and it's definitely on my radar. I have been using the fall and the spring to really get exactly what I need in terms of major beauty purchases. Bergdorf Goodman's Be Beautiful Gift is here. This is the perfect time for me to replenish my Memo African Leather scent and grab a refill of my AERIN Rose Lip Balm

Beauty Friday: IT Cosmetics Superhero Palette

Beauty Friday: IT Superhero Palette

Beauty Friday: IT Superhero Palette

Welcome, Michele y'all. Michele and I became fast friends a few years ago and when I decided I needed a beauty intern, so I could focus on other lifestyle writing I went to her first. Michele and I will be bringing the beauty every Friday. She's a beauty girl like moi and is a great person to have on the team. 

What’s there to say; this palette is a dream. All the colors you need to do any makeup look from day to night. The colors are pigmented, very blendable, and a good eyeshadow base. The bases are the three eye foundation shades at the top of the palette.  They create a flawless canvas, and make applying the eyeshadows a dream and blending easy. 

There is some fall out when applying so, pressing or tapping eyeshadows are recommended. This is now my every day and night time palette.

Michele 

 

Travel Radar: Paris Cocktail Week

Paris Cocktail Week

Who knew Paris had a cocktail week? Paris Cocktail Week starts Saturday and I am so excited. Although I am not able to attend, I am so glad to not be in D.C. during the joke of a weekend. The City of Lights is known for many things and I’m excited to see what bartenders and mixologists come up with for the week. This is definitely on my radar for 2018. My favorite wine bar in Paris, Lavinia, is participating and I can’t wait to stalk their Instagram to see what they create for the occasion.

January Reading List

January Reading List

There are so many good books out right now and I always say I don't have enough time to read them all. I'm hoping to read a least 40 books this year and so far I have already read three and I'm currently on my fourth. With a little, less than two weeks to go in the month and I am hoping I can get through one more. 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. A few years ago I got into young adult books and I continue to add them to my reading lists. I had heard of Nicola Yoon and she was on my radar, but when a good friend called and said you really should read her sooner rather than later and at least before the movie. Movie? What movie? There's a movie? Yes. I am so glad I read it. Trust me. Pick it up and read it. It's so good even if you don't think young adult books are for you. In my head, Nicola and are BFFs based on this one statement from her. 

"In a former life, I was French. I could live entirely on wine & cheese."

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. I discovered this book from Alicia who I now consider my book twin. Our Goodreads list is similar and when she suggested this book I am immediately downloaded it from my library. I started to read it and when I got to the violent parts I had to do one thing. Put. it. down. I realized I needed to read this during the day. I can take violence, but I was till like - whoa!

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner. This book had been on my list for awhile and when the library sent the notice that it was available for me to check out I was happy. I love a good crime novel and happy to add Susie to the list of authors I want to continue to read. I keep an ever-running list of books by character and I can't wait to add Detective Manon to that list. The second book in the series comes out in June. 

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers. The minute Tia recommended this book I went and ordered it. I had to have this book and add it to my Obama collection. There isn't enough time in the day to say what First Lady Michelle Obama has meant to me. To see someone who looks like me, smart, classy, elegant, and tough in the White House these past 8 years are hard to put into words. Thank goodness Veronica did it for me. 

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein. I needed a laugh-out-loud funny book to help me relax in the evening and this one delivers. I didn't know who Jess Klein was before this book, my bad, but I am so glad I discovered her. 

I keep saying this is the year I am going to read the Elena Ferrante series, but I think I need a long beach vacation to do so. Every time I start it doesn't seem to hold my attention like it does for so many people. Hopefully, I can start and finish all of them this year.

Tell me, what are you reading?

Wines of Tunisia

Wines of Tunisia

Wines of Tunisia

I'm talking Tunisia for this #WineWednesday. Most people can’t find it on a map or why it should be of interest to the wine world, but it should. Tunisia is located in North Africa and is bordered by Libya, Algeria, and the Mediterranean Sea. This climate along with the sea air allows for this smallest country in North Africa to produce some exceptional wines. I had the opportunity to taste a few of Tunisian wines at the Tunisian Ambassador’s Residence and my mind was eager to understand the wine and my palette eager to taste.

Wine is a complex endeavor. Everyone’s palette is so different and depending on what you are eating and what you have eaten can all play a role into how you, as an individual, interpret the wine. The following were two of my favorites.

The Domain Nefereis 2005 Selian Chardonnay Reserve

At first taste very lovely and after numerous sips it opened up and became beautiful. Unlike the over oak and buttery notes that can be found in many an American chardonnay this wine with hints of stone fruit was balanced and as it opened up was enjoyable to drink. Note: to open a wine this is where the swirling in the glass to get air helps. 

Ceptunes Jour Et Nuit Mornag

Rosé all day, every is the motto in the U.S. and this beauty from Tunisia should be on every patio come summer. It’s light and refreshing and not a heavy alcohol rosé which is perfect for dining al fresco on a beautiful summer evening. 

I’m hoping these Wines of Tunisia get distributed in the U.S. I know there is a market for different wines from all over the world and I can’t wait to try them. 

Photos: Jai Williams Photography

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Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.

Savannah: Where to Eat, What to Do, and Where to Slumber

Savannah's Historic Square

Savannah doesn’t always get its do. It’s a city that deserves repeat visits to discover the city, the culture, the food, and yourself. The city goes beyond quaint and charming. Yes, it is both of those, but it’s also hip and at times eclectic. Like many cities, the fun happiest in downtown and on my next visit I plan to explore the outskirts to see what that area has going on as well. 

My home base was The Marshall House considered one of the best historic homes in the U.S. It’s part of the historic homes of Savannah and due to the location is a perfect place to stay and explore historic Savannah. The city is known for their historic bed and breakfasts homes and with the influx of new hotels from Andaz and Kimpton, the city is definitely changing. 

The Marshall House was beautiful and I loved staying there. The staff was pleasant and extremely nice and I loved learning their favorite places in the city. I have a thing for hotel libraries and I loved sitting and reading in the the library. I especially enjoyed their daily happy hour too. 

WHERE TO EAT:

Savannah cuisine is based on low country food meets modern cuisine. Low country food is based on South Carolina and the Georgia coast. The food utilizes local seafood and it’s African heritage with new twists on classic dishes. 

The Olde Pink House

Cha Bella

Charming and delicious are two easy ways to describe Cha Bella. But, inventive and progressive could be another way as well. A take on the traditional Southern, but with an updated twist. 

The Collins Quarter

The Collins Quarter brings the concept of Melbourne, Australia to Savannah. After a decadent and delicious brunch, I was hooked. I loved the lack of pretentiousness, the food, and the vibe. Every day I was in Savannah I stopped at Collins for my fix - lavender mocha latté.

The Grey

I learned about The Grey through Bon Appetit magazine and I knew I wanted to eat there. It's not often you see an African-American woman running an award winning kitchen and Mashama Bailey is doing just that. The Grey is an old Greyhound bus station reimagined as one on the city's popular restaurant. 

 

Wine Picks:

Savannah didn’t have a wine bar, but there were a few places with great options on the list that you must check out if you are a wine girl like me. The Grey and The Collins Quarter had great wine selections that veered from the traditional Califonia heavy wine lists and represented many places around the globe. 

WHAT TO DO:

Savannah Riverboat Cruises. I like being near water, playing in the water, and on water. A riverboat cruise is a great way to learn history and relax. 

Savannah College of Art & Design Museum. A visit to this museum is a must. 

Architectural Savanah. I said it before. I think Johnathan gave one of the best walking tours I've had in the U.S. When I return to Savannah, I plan to go on the tour again. 

City Market. A mixed-use shopping, dining, entertainment, and art area.

Broughton Street. I loved staying on Broughton because I was able to shop, get coffee at a local spot, and my green juice fix. The Lucas Theatre for shows is also on this street and only one block from The Marshall House. 

Leopold's Ice Cream. I make no apologies to only love Blue Bell Ice Cream. But, Leopold's is a close second. The Grey is the only place you can get Leopold's Snickerdoodle ice cream so don't forget to have it while you are there. They ship people. That's all. 

WHERE TO SLUMBER:

The Marshall House on East Broughton street is in the middle of everything. It's a great place to use as a focal point to tour the city. I suggest catching an Uber from the airport and walking everywhere you need to go. Historic Savannah is easily accessible by foot and it's a great mode of transportation. The city also has rental bikes and it's easy to use those as well. 

Andaz Savannah is also located in the Historic District and has a boutique hotel feel with only 151 rooms. 

Kimpton Brice Hotel is quintessential Kimpton and is a modern and quirky hotel.

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Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.

Beauty Duty: The Best Hand Cream You Will Ever Use

Order these before they sell out. They always sell out.

Order these before they sell out. They always sell out.

It’s been a long time since I wrote about a beauty product that I want you to have, but I can’t keep it to myself. It’s not new, but it’s the best hand cream you will ever use. I mean, it’s good. It’s really, really good. Like supa dupe fly good and you may want to play a Missy Elliott song while using it. I discovered it last year and it’s the only hand cream I have used this year. I keep one in my car, one in my bag, and one in my travel suitcase. I’m addicted. 

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is everything. I wash my hands a lot and this cream is (1) not greasy, (2) moisturizing, (3) heals minor cuts and scrapes, and (4) softens your hands. I don’t buy the large size. I buy the 3-pack from Nordstrom every winter and stock up for the year. In Europe last year Clarins released the hand cream in various scents and now it’s available stateside and I didn’t have to pay an exorbitant amount on Ebay. I guarantee once you smell the fig scent you will be like me and begging Clarins to make it a staple. I sometimes put it on my hands and inhale just to smell the soft scent. It’s not overpowering, but trust me it works if you are on a plane and your seatmate smells like an ashtray.  

To Savannah: A Love Letter

Savannah, Georgia

I didn’t plan to fall in love with Savannah. I had always wanted to visit, but it was somewhere over there, on a travel list far away. It was on the list, but it wasn’t high on the list. Foolish girl. Savannah, I love you.

I arrived in Savannah on a direct flight from Baltimore on Allegiant Air. I don’t normally travel on budget airlines, but the Allegiant flight surprised me. The staff was great, plane clean, and for someone who hates to fly - a decent flight. Savannah is only an hour and a half flight from me and now there is no reason I can’t visit more often. When I visited, Savannah was recovering from a hurricane and although there was debris in many of the streets and squares the city was up and running. Their resilience and pride were evident in every shop, restaurant, and cafe I visited. 

Savannah, like most southern states, has a past steeped in racism, but they own it. The history is evident everywhere in Savanna, but instead of acting like it never happened they honor it. I was honored to discover Savannah’s history (one of my favorite subjects) and thankful that I was able to see it in person. I’m looking for more books on the true history of Savannah, so if you know of any please leave in the comments.

The way I like to visit a city is through food and culture and preferably on foot. Savannah is a walking city. The squares are to be explored on foot to stop, maybe take a seat, and take it all in. It’s easy to get around and I suggest not renting a car unless you plan to visit Tybee Island. I took a walking architectural tour of historic Savannah and I would do this tour again. I plan on visiting Savannah again this year and I can’t wait to explore it more. Savannah is home to the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), a premier art school in the U.S. The school has a museum that is definitely worth visiting. I loved exploring Savannah's streets, talking to the small shop owners, and eating the great food. 

I'm sure you are thinking; Julia where did you stay and what did you eat? Stay tuned. 

Savannah, I'll see you soon. 

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Wine Talk: Diversity in Wine with Bin Notes

Kathryn Hall Wine Tasting

Last year I was interviewed by the wine writer L. M. Archer of Bin Notes about diversity in wine and it was a really interesting interview. I realized I never posted it. As a newbie in the field, it has been great. I can’t wait to show you a project I’m working on with a few dynamic people in the field for 2017. The full interview can be found here. Have a read and let me know what you think in the comments below.  

r/T™: Any obstacles or challenges you’ve encountered?
Yes. Many people don’t take me seriously because I am still working on my first certification. The apprehension dissipates once we start talking wine and they realize I actually know what I’m talking about. The wine world can be very elitist, sexist, and racist. Yes, I said it.

Photo: Jai Williams Photography

Grateful for the New Year Despite the Pain

Sunset in Louisiana

Here we are. A new year. A time to start again according to the calendar. I usually start my new year on my birthday. But, my birthday last month was not how I intended to start my own "new year." My brother Justin passed away on that day. Now, my birthday will never be the same. I had already planned to spend a month in Louisiana to assist my aunt with her knee replacement so being here for my mom and my family was actually a blessing. 

At Justin's service, I spoke that he always lived life on his own terms. He truly did not care what anyone thought about him. It's a lesson to all of us to live on our terms even if it doesn't agree with what seems "normal." In honor of him, I am going to do just that. To lose two brothers in two years is hard. It's the absolute worst. It sucks. In both their honor I'm going to enjoy every single day. I'm going to work harder and smarter. Write more. I'm going to laugh more. I'm going to show love more. I'm going to continue to travel, and I'm going to make sure I take care of myself. 

I know to take care of myself I need to make sure that the hereditary heart disease in my family does not come to my front door. Normally when I come to Louisiana, I lose my food loving mind. I eat all the things I can't eat in D.C. The South really does have the best food. I decided before coming to Louisiana that I wouldn't do that on this trip. I would not eat boudin, fried shrimp, and Blue Bell ice cream every day. I would eat them, but in moderation. The lifestyle of a wine, food, and travel writer means you eat everything. I decided I would workout 6 days a week and get my system and body back on track. It's been two weeks and I'm proud of myself. 

I wish you new year blessings full of love, laughter, travel, peace, sweaty workouts, food, and good wine. As Tim McGraw sings "live like you are dying."

Shopbop's Go BIG Sale!

Shopbop has long been one of my favorite shopping sites. I have spent the past year working on minimalism in all areas of my life. I've found a few of my favorite clothing and home items on Shopbop.

Shopbop has their GO BIG SALE happening now and I suggest you head over and grab a few items. I love a good handbag and had been lurking over this one from Zac Posen for a few weeks. I love it. I am slowly transitioning the majority of my sweaters to cashmere. It's warm, can be layered, and lasts. These booties will transition well into spring and I love a statement pair of gloves. 

The sale ends Monday, November 28. Happy shopping!

Shopping For Fall // Shopbop Main Event Sale

Shopbop MAINEVENT Sale

Shopbop MAINEVENT Sale

https://www.shopbop.com/I'm home sick, but that hasn't stopped me from taking advantage of the latest Shopbop MAINEVENT sale. I only need a few items for fall. I'm still working on my minimalist style and Shopbop sale actually helps. I picked up two sweatercoats, leggings for style and working out, and super cute booties. I definitely think you should get involved. The sale ends Friday.

NFL Monday Night Football + Naked Winery

NFL Monday Night Football + Naked Winery Outdoor Vino

NFL Monday Night Football + Naked Winery Outdoor Vino

The last post felt very good to write. I have some more stories about my wine adventures in California coming soon. Today is Monday and since that means football, I want to mention my partnership with Naked Winery. I will be sipping some of their fun-named and delicious wines while watching NFL Monday Night Football every other week. It's like a bucket list dream come true. I get to paint my nails, drink wine, and watch football? Thank you, God, for this life.

Let's talk about wine.

I met the lovely folks at Naked Winery at the Wine Bloggers Conference. When I pitched them my idea of wine and Monday Night Football they were stoked and introduced me to their Outdoor Vino.

NFL Monday Night Football - September 12, 2016. Two games. Hallelujah!

  • Steelers v. Redskins
  • Rams v. 49ers

Naked Winery's Wanderlust White Outdoor Vino

The Wine. This wine is made specifically for what it says - outdoors. The Wanderlust White is bright and floral. I get melon and a flower component when I breathe it in. I put my entire nose in the glass, but it easily works with a tailgating solo cup, if that is your kind of thing. The packaging is made for the outdoors. It is not glass, but a plastic bottle that and twist-off time so you don't have to worry about a corkscrew or glass shattering. If you want to be fancy, and really who doesn't, I love using the heavy plastic wine glasses you find at this time of year. This is a great wine for the last few weeks of summer parties. 

Food Pairings. I'm a big fan of simple and clean salads in the summer for parties and this would work great with a watermelon feta or my favorite arugula and shaved parmesan. 

Vintage. 2015

The Price. $18.00.

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Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.

Shhh. I've Been Keeping a Secret. . .

Shhh. I've Been Keeping a Secret . . .

Shhh. I've Been Keeping a Secret . . .

A lot has happened in my world over the past year. I mean a lot. More than I have said or actually written about and it all has been good. There were many blessings from my surgery last year including feeling better, being thankful for health, and much more. One of the main items from that time was deciding what I really wanted to write about. My mother was helping me out and she noticed a pattern. Once I was able to finally drink wine, she commented and asked.

"Why aren't you working and writing about more wine and food?" I didn't really have an answer. I shrugged my shoulders and we proceeded to watch every episode of Uncorked, SOMM twice, and so many other wine shows and documentaries until one day she finally said:

"Girl, are you not listening to me. I know more about wine now and I don't even drink." 

"Girl, are you not listening to me. I know more about wine now and I don't even drink." 

Black mothers. You gotta love them. The next few weeks passed much the same way and by the time she got her plane to fly back to Louisiana we had come up with a plan. It took little convincing the husband who has been telling me for years to figure out the wine work. "You like talking, you like people, and you love wine. It's a no-brainer." Needless to say, wine books started being delivered, classes were being taken, and certification goals were being written down. 

On a wall in my office, I wrote down tangible and finite goals. It felt really good. I reached out to my wine and food network in D.C. and everyone was helpful it was actually quite surprising. Things moves so quickly I was questioning myself. I had to admit to myself everything happening was good. And it was. I met some cool wine bloggers who encouraged me to attend a Wine Bloggers Conference in California. I attended and now here I am. During this time I also started working with a luxury travel company and that has taken me to Paris, Colombia, and the British Virgin Islands with a few more places this year.  

What about beauty? The world of beauty blogging is so different than it was 10 years ago. I no longer feel the need to buy every piece of every collection. I don't get the beauty space anymore. I just don't. My beauty palette is more discerning. Skincare and fragrance are still my first beauty loves. I will NEVER stop writing about those and go back to what I really love in beauty; the story on how the product makes me feel. Beauty is like wine. It's emotional.

I'm not an expert, but this arena of wine feels like a natural fit for me in my life and where I want to be. Beauty is a lifestyle and so is wine. Studying is fun, talking to winemakers and hearing their stories brings joy to my life. I'm trusting God and myself. The secret is out of the wine bottle and it feels good. My first exam certification exam is December 1.

Wish me luck. 

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Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.

Book Friday: Read These Books

Book Friday: Read These Books

Book Friday: Read These Books

I can't believe we are already in August. I know I am not alone when I say the summer has flown by. The days home has been wonderful.I enjoy going to the farmer's market, cooking, and enjoying my time when I can be a tourist in my own city. Here are three books I definitely think should be on your book reading list.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker. I discovered this book through Reese Witherspoon's Instagram. If you didn't know it, Reese is a book lover, and a has translated some great books to film - Wild and Gone Girl. I always read her suggestions and when she mentioned this book and I read a quick excerpt I had to read it. I have roughly a 100 pages left and it is so good. It's already been optioned for a movie. P.S. Reese's Bookclub regrammed my photo of the book and it definitely made my day.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. I discovered Curtis through her first book Prep and have loved most of her books. If you are fans of Pride & Prejudice, this book is for you. It's a modern retelling of the story. I had to read Pride & Prejudice so much in college that I was against reading this book, but I'm over it and can't wait to dive into this book.

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. If you have never read Remembering Amelia go read it now. This will help you understand how much I enjoy reading Kimberly's work. I have been saving this book to read on my next flight which is Wednesday and I can't wait to lose myself in this book. 

 

 

 

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Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.

Currently Coveting: These Pretty Things

Currently Coveting: These Pretty Things

Currently Coveting: These Pretty Things

I have become obsessed with the Bumble and Bumble Curl Line. I know I'm an old school beauty girl because I didn't even notice they changed the name to reflect - Bb. I see you Bumble. Whatever floats your copy boat. I have been using my old faithful curl pomade for my low cut fade for well over 20 years. Then I go get my haircut and my stylist Q at Parlour (Seriously if you live in DC you should go see her. She works on all types of hair and you don't have exorbitant wait times. She starts on time).

Bb Curl LineQ suggested I try the anti-humidity gel oil. I wasn't expecting much because most curl creams take forever to penetrate and I just don't have the energy. This dried quickly, was moisturizing, and made my super low curls pop. I immediately purchased the gel oil and the conditioner. If the styling aid was good I knew the conditioner would be. It didn't disappoint either. I'm hooked. I'm taking it on my trip later this month and I can't wait to see how it travels. 

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé. The store near my home discontinued my favorite Vinho Verde Rosé this summer and for a second I was livid. How could they do that to me? Yes, I took it personally. When I told the store owner he laughed and said I have another one for you to try. I trust his wine choices and he told me if I didn't like it the next bottle was on him. Okay. Challenge accepted. Needless to say, it's delicious, perfect for these hot summer days, and will take me well into September. I'm praying for an Indian summer.

Book Friday: Read These Books

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan. Terry gives another tale of friendships, bonding, and life. The central character Georgia will have you laughing out loud and nodding your head in agreement while you cheer her on her journey. 

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger. A tennis protegee, a cruel coach, and Hollywood craziness all happens in Lauren's new book. You will recognize her trademark writing wit. This is a book for the pool and the beach where you can laugh out loud at all the fun shenanigans. 

The Girls by Emma Cline. This is already a New York Times Bestseller. It's about girls, cults, and is so eerily good you won't put it down. If you enjoy creepy reads this one is so well written you may want to read it with the lights on. 

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Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.

Wine Wednesday: Discover Georgian Wines

Ready for a day tasting Georgian wine.

Ready for a day tasting Georgian wine.

When many people think of Georgian wine there minds go to to the state of Georgia and not the country. This is a constant battle when I try and tell them why they should be drinking more Georgian wine. I'm guilty of getting stuck in a wine rut at times. It's easy. You find something you love and you don't leave it. It's conformity. What helps me is attending wine tastings and master classes so I can bring to you my love of wine.

Wine and beauty are very similar. They both present a feeling, a memory, a transformation so to speak. If you ever attend a wine dinner and wonder why they paired certain wines to go with certain dishes is because it's a delicate dance. The wine changes the taste of the dish in the mouth and the food changes the taste of the wine in your mouth. Next, an emotion sets. How do you feel when you enjoy a really good meal and a glass of wine? It's science and emotion. It's really a perfect combination. I find the same joy in a fragrance. The science that went in to make a perfume combined with the joy I feel when applying it. To me they are one in the same. Wine is living an breathing. I see fragrance the same. Although I do not wear it when tasting. 

Here's what happens at most wine master class tastings. The good, the bad, and the not so pretty. 

  1. The good. You get to taste lots of wine, meet up with fellow wine colleagues, and learn.
  2. The bad. You can't wear perfume because it inhibits your sense of taste and smell. Trust me I tried and it's horrible. I can't even think about wearing a goopy lip gloss. 
  3. The not so pretty. There is a lot of spitting in various cups and buckets and weird noises. It's part of the job. You can't drink all that wine because you will be drunk.

Now you have a quick rundown of what happens at a master class tasting, let's discuss why you should be drinking Georgian wine. I dIdn't know much about Georgian wines until I attended the tasting class with a few wine journalists, sommeliers, and restaurant people. It peaked my interest and it's definitely a place on my list to visit. Now you know how tastings work, let's get on to the business of all that good Georgian wine.

First, where in the world is Georgia?

Georgia is located in the continent of Asia, but shares land borders with Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It is at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe and next to the Black Sea. Georgia has over 525 indigenous grape varietals and has produced over 8000 vintages. Georgian wines are made in the old tradition of using a qvevri, a vessel made of clay to ferment and store wine and stainless steel. The main grape varieties in Georgian wines are rkatsiteli, saperavi and mtsvane. 

Bagrationi is the big boy of the Georgian wine world. It covers over 80% of their domestic market and has been around since 1882. They produced sparkling in the tradition of Champagne and Charmat. A few others including Château Mukhrani's 2012 Saperavi were worth me finding them to bring home. My favorite of the tasting was a rosé and the 2014 Pheasant's Tears Saperavi which has notes of blackberry, reminded me of Essie's Wicked Nail Polish, and a wine I could easily get used to drinking. If you are a wine nerd like me, Alice Feiring's book on Georgian wine is a must to have on your shelf. Georgian wines are not the easiest to find, but they are definitely worth exploring. I suggest going to your local wine store to find them.

DC Living: Watergate Hotel Grand Reopening

Claire from Up in the Air Life, moi, and Katie Rose, Wine & Spirits Educator

Claire from Up in the Air Life, moi, and Katie Rose, Wine & Spirits Educator

When the invitation calls for Black Tie, you rummage through your closet and find the one long summer dress for the occasion. The evening called for cocktails, fun, and glamour and it didn't disappoint. The Watergate Hotel Reopening party was the main event to kick off the summer. There was DC's version of celebrities: former senators, current lobbyists, and people of political power. It was a who's who of DC and it was a whole lot of fun. 

The hotel name is no stranger to scandal, but the past has made way for the future. It pays homage to its original Italian design, but works for the new traveler. A well connected and multi-gadget guest. The hotel is situated closely to Georgetown, The White House, and other tourist attractions. It is definitely for the luxury traveler who favors modernity and elegance at the same time. 

 

 

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Julia Coney

Julia Coney is a lifestyle writer with a focus on beauty, travel, and wellness. She is also the creator of The Paris Beauty Tour, a yearly tour to the city of lights to beauty shop, feast, and enjoy embrace her inner Francophile.