Scratch & Sniff Guide to Wine by Richard Betts

“Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” —Richard Betts

One of my amazing friends gave me this Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert and I can’t put it down! I have happily read & sampled wines with it about 10 times since, so I thought it could be ‘wine-derful’ to share it with y’all. The most important thing I adore about this book is that Richard Betts completely eliminates the snooty feeling of wine tasting. I’ve been on this wine discovery hitch for about a year now, & it’s amazing to me that so many wine lovers are so damn serious. It’s wine – relax! The best part about the relaxed feel is that he’s actually from my very own Boulder, Colorado. I can definitely grasp our Boulder-esque vibes all the way through his non-technical wine lingo.
Here’s me, absolutely amazed (ha!) by my detection of blackberry notes (btw – I’m trying to find a perfect blue/teal for our dining room, hence the swatches & more on our home renovation later…)!

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& here’s a look at the inside of the book. It’s full of fun, perky illustrative spreads that take you through each sip, scratch, & sniff to help develop your palate:

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As a surprise in the back of the book, he’s tucked in The Whole Wine World! OOooooh, AAaaaaaahh…

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Here’s a glowing review :

Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he’s no wine snob and he hates wine-speak. In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine—the fruits, the wood, the earth—enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and get the glass they love every time. Humorously illustrated, with 16 scents, this irresistible gift puts the fun back in wine fundamentals.

My beloved friend found this playful book at Urban Outfitters, but you can also find it at Indie Bound! If you love the idea of a refreshing non-snobbery take on wine, you’ll probably love his perfect concoctions, my ESSENTIAL Red my ESSENTIAL Rosé, too! He also has a trio of Saint Glinglin wines for you french white lovers as well. You can find more fun info right here »
Enjoy, & cheers!

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Boulder, I LOVE you. A Boulder Flood Note…

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Boulder… flooding? Please forgive me – I’m still a little stunned. I just wanted to send a little note with a bit of reflection on my community.
For those of you that find this tiny blog around the country, or even the world – Boulder, Colorado is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, full of not only fabulous food, and happy, healthy people, it’s home to amazing open spaces, trails, and creeks – thousands of miles of outdoor adventure.
Sure, the Boulder Creek that runs through the heart of the city has furiously risen a few times since I’ve moved from Georgia lands five years ago, but I’ve never, ever seen anything like this. To put it into perspective – Boulder happily hugs to the fame of boasting 300+ days of sunshine. When it rains, it’s usually a 15-30 minute sprint, then it dies down and the sun comes back again. Sure, Colorado weather changes every 10 minutes – but damn, mother nature! —- BILLIONS of GALLONS of RAIN??? In the aftermath of days on top of days of flooding, we’ve lost lives, communities, farms, countless road systems, and almost all of our open space trails. I never imagined that we could be recovering for not only months, but years to come.
Design Wine Sunshine | Boulder Flood CompilationThankfully, our little family is safe, although I can’t speak for all of my friends, who have been dealing with areas of flood disaster I can’t even begin to comprehend. I’m not very good at wording these types of things, but for anyone out there who’s been affected by all of this, I just want to encourage you to stay strong, stay present. If I could be there with all of you, I’d bring my biggest hugs and love, and equipped with goulashes prepared to muck through and help you rebuild. And on that note, just wanted to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s helping out there. We’re so incredibly lucky to live in a community of hard working people who are coming together to keep Boulder moving forward.

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If you’d like to pitch in for the relief efforts, check out BoulderFloodRelief.org »
For more photos of these wild floods and full coverage from the very first moment, check out our local newspaper, The Daily Camera »
Most of all of these pictures were quickly found in this Pinterest search »

Cheers, Boulder! I love you.

Happy Weekend from a Happy Beach : Ingrid Cayuela

Design Wine Sunshine  xo  Ingrid Cayuela Beach BoardHappy weekend everyone! This has been a very unusual week with Boulder flooding (over 4 billion gallons of rain), wrapping up a photo booth, and other wacky renovation business from the home front, but I’ll be able to get back on the ball asap! If you daydream of the coast like me, you’d probably enjoy this ethereal, nicely curated Beach Pinterest board by Ingrid Cayuela »

Get out and have some fun!
Cheers,
Court

January Skies

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What a crazy weather month! super-super blue and crisp, mixed with overcast gloomy clouds?? not gonna let that foreshadow my new year. I’m just gonna accept January be all sorts of cranky, and forget the awful below 10 degree marathon we had throughout the first two weeks. Even southern California was cold and cloudy… psssssh.
Farewell, January 2013! looking toward February, i’m just thrilled that with every day we grow closer to spring. Boulder’s blooms will be popping up at the end of March and i absolutely can’t wait!