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Summer Wines

It’s summertime! Which means turn on the grill and hang out, right? But what if you want wine to go with it? Summer grilling usually means lots of protein and lots of sauces. How do you figure out how to pair a good wine with so many options?

When deciding which wine to pair with something straight from the grill, you want to consider how hearty the food is and what is the dominant flavor. Lighter foods, such as white-fleshed fish, veggies, or chicken breasts, oftentimes go with lighter wines. While heartier foods, such as steaks or burgers, pair better with a more robust wine. Identifying what the dominant flavor is for your food can help you determine which flavors in your wine will compliment the best.

However, there is no specific science to pairing wine with food. Win is high in acidity. This tends to help refresh the palate. A lot of red wines also have fat-cutting tannins in them. With a huge assortment, have fun playing with different pairs! I have listed a few different wines that are awesome for the summer and also won’t kill your wallet.

White & Rosé Wines

2020 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Experience a combination of brash lime, herb, and tropical flavors for only $17 a bottle.

2020 Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé

With flavors containing juicy melon, berry, and orange-zest, this bottle goes for $18.

2020 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Made with Organic Grapes Reserva

This wine smells similar to a spicy margarita! If you’re into that, you can pick it up for $12 a bottle.

2020 J Lohr Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc Flume Crossing

This wine has sweeter melon and ripe citrus flavors and costs only $14.

2020 Cousiño Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris

This is a white wine with a little more body and spice being from Chile. You can take it home for $15 a bottle.

Red Wines

2019 Layer Cake California Cabernet Sauvignon

This red wine has luscious blackberry flavors with a gentle cedar note for only $14 a bottle.

2019 Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina

You’ll love this red wine that is well-balanced with ripe fruit and floral notes. Check it out for $18.

2018 Masciarelli Montepulciano di Abruzzo

This wine is thankfully easy to come by and is loved by many with its red fruit and peppery flavors. Find it for only $12 a bottle.

2018 Codirosso Chianti

For $13, you’ll definitely want to check out this wine with a soft texture and intricate flavors.

2019 Pavette California Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir has great toasted spice aromatics and bright, ripe red-cherry flavors. It might become a staple in your home for only $12.

 

If you don’t see your favorite summer wine listed, comment below!

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Get to Know the Author Part 2

The second set of questions to get to know me as an author! Can you relate to my answers?

 

What’s your hardest thing about being an author?

Critics- Sometimes its hard being on the other end of that review – when people seem to forget that their is a human on the other end. Everyone does their best and I for one always try to give my readers the best.

If you could give any new up and becoming author any advice what would it be?

Write it, publish it, do it- There is no better time than the present to go for your goals and do the scary thing.

What novel of your own is your most favorite and why?

The book that is coming out this Christmas is my favorite so far…. SPOILER- Mistletoe Mountain – comes out November 2021. It is a feel good holiday book about a winery that is failing and the woman, Abby, finds a man who got lost in the mountains behind her winery. He’s lost his memory, but knows a lot about business and marketing. Their love story just gives me all the feels and the suspense twist is great lol I think!

If you had to choose one drink for the rest of your life what would it be?

Seltzer!

If you could write about any location what would it be?

Greece- Its on my travel list and then I’ll be sure writing a book about it!

What’s one thing you hate the most about writing?

Editing process and of course when I hit a block.

Do you collect anything?

Yes, I do. I collect Delft blue collectibles and smashed pennies from everywhere I go!

What age did you start writing/reading?

Seriously writing- college. I’ve always loved creative writing when I was younger.

If you have any questions you want answered by me, leave them in the comments!

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Get to Know the Author Part 1

I realized that I don’t really post much about myself, so I thought this would be a great start to show my supporters who I am!

 

What kind of stories do you write? What made you start writing them?

My first book was Paw Elementary: Roxy’s Adventure to the School Dentist. It’s a children’s book. My dog Roxy just passed away and I decided, while reflecting on how short life seems sometimes, that I was going to go for it and publish my first book with Roxy as the main character. I then decided to write my first romance novel- Bottle of Uncertainty. I love a good romance with a twist and one day I just started writing.

What are your Favorite things about writing?

The escape that it provides the readers and myself when creating. It’s a place that I can fall into a creative being and just be myself.

What is your favorite color?

Blue

What is your favorite candy?

Candies that are peppermint and toffee for hard candies

If you had to choose one, what character in your stories would you like to be like and why?

Amelia from Bottle of Uncertainty – There are so many great qualities to Amelia, especially when you’ve read all that she’s been through. I would love to be able to channel her bravery and strength. She also is a huge advocate for animals and so am I.

How many books to date have you written that’s including ones that are in the process of being written?

11- a few aren’t published yet

What is your holiday of choice that you like or love and why?

Christmas. I absolutely love this time of year- I love to donate, sponsor, and give. I think it’s a time that usually people are less selfish and more loving, kind, and giving. It makes me super happy and yes all my Christmas decorations are blue and white, haha.

What’s one of your fears?

Being a failure. Not being good enough. Letting people down.

What are other questions that you would like me to answer? Put them in the comments!

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2020 Top Romance Novels

The romance holiday has come and gone once more! But that doesn’t mean that we have to halt all romance talk. Here are some of the top romance novels (not including my own Bottle of Uncertainty) of last year!

Always Only You by Chloe Liese

Chloe Liese delivered one of the freshest, most heartfelt romances of the year. Frankie Zeferino has spent her life building emotional walls, thanks to her autism and her rheumatoid arthritis. But when she strikes up a secret workplace romance with hunky hockey player Ren, she has to learn the value of letting someone in.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Messy, broken Luc needs to prove himself capable of holding down a healthy relationship to rehab his image (and save his job). When prim and proper Oliver Blackwood enters the picture, they agree to fake a relationship for their mutual benefit. In the process, they fall in love in dizzyingly chaotic fashion, rife with the emotion’s true and glorious complexities.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

This is a deeply felt story of academic Dani Brown and anxiety-plagued security guard Zaf. When Zaf rescues Dani from a fire drill gone wrong, the two embark on a fake relationship to help boost Zaf’s business. But the two exercise such care with each other, they immediately become the other’s soft place to land. Talia Hibbert is an expert at plumbing life’s greatest obstacles – grief, mental illness, feelings of inadequacy — and how to navigate romantic relationships with, not in spite of them.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Alongside her two new friends, Samiah Brooks vows to spend six months working on herself. No romantic distractions. But that gets tested with the arrival of new coworker, the hunky Daniel Collins, himself an undercover agent. Samiah struggles with the pressure to be perfect, but The Boyfriend Project is a firm reminder of the value of allowing others to help us carry the weight of our own expectations.

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Wedding planner Carolina Santos faced her worst nightmare when her fiancé dumped her at the altar, but when a new project forces her to partner with his brother/best man, Max (whom she blames for the jilting), it’s a career opportunity she can’t pass up. As Lina and Max work to prove themselves, they can’t help falling for each other.


Did you find any wonderful romance novels you want to share? Comment below!