Wine Writing with Bordeaux Wines

Bordeaux Wines

Did you know there is an opportunity for food bloggers to discuss wine? I attended Wine Writing with Bordeaux Wines at the IFBC because I wanted to sound like a snooty wine drinker when I write about wines that make me feel inebriated I like. However, after learning that the story is more appealing than the tasting notes in a blog post, I feel less inclined to get all geekish about it. I think wine bloggers want to keep that a secret. Insider wine bloggers say food bloggers can tell better stories about the experiences of drinking wine without getting bogged down into tasting notes.

My Story about Bordeaux Wines Tasting

Okay, here’s a story. After IFBC attendees began the Bordeaux Wines experience, additional wine bottles were deposited at each table. An attendant handed me a bottle and for some seconds I was confused about what to do with it. I put the bottle in my personal bag. Ha! My fellow wine tasting partner (who by the way I think is an aspiring sommelier) was mortified! She uncovered me with her eyes and gave me a look of pure disgust. Now there, a totally embarrassing story for me, but you get how a story can make writing about wine more interesting. And by the way, I did put the bottle on the table for my fellow tasters and myself to enjoy.

Bordeaux Wines conference speakers, Sam Klingberg @brokewino and Ward Kadel @drXeNo, guided attendees through sensation exercises that had us recalling fruit, spices, earth, nuts, and chocolate smells and notating colors and tastes. As we sampled wines from various Bordeaux region appellations, we learned why the vineyard is distinct—the secret to what makes Bordeaux wines elegant: microclimate (situation and climate) and terroir (microclimate and soil). If you’ve never written about wine before (raising hand), consult a reference that can help you describe your notes in a standard wine writers way.

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My favorite wine we tasted was the 2009 Chateau Haut-Mayne Sauternes. The Sauternes is a white wine that is super sweet and would be a perfect addition to your dessert wine collection. This wine reminded me of a Southern grape, muscodine or a scuppernong. If you have not lived in the Southeastern parts of the US, you probably have not heard of this grape. These grapes range in color when ripe, but I’ve always eaten them green. These grapes are called all lots of different names.

Suja Juice Cleanse Program

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I received my Suja Juice 3 Day Cleanse Box, 18 Count a day after I placed an order. It came in a Styrofoam cooler with four ice packs. Upon opening the box, I see lots of color, chilled bottles—ready for consumption—and a brochure which describes the product line, company, and the cleanse program.

About Suja Juice Products and Program

The colorful Suja Juice line is comprised of six themed and flavorful products such as Purify and Fuel. The fruit and vegetable juices are USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. Each drink’s ingredients are cold pressed and never heated leaving you assured that it’s chock-full of nutrients.

Suja Juice prescribes how you should drink the juices over the three-day detox, so you don’t have to think. There are six juices for you to drink each day for three days.

First Day

I began my “detox” the following day on a Saturday. I chose the weekend to start the program because although I am the designated home cook, my husband has more time to help with cooking.

My first day drinking Suja Juice was challenging, mainly because I love to chew food and I chose to start the program when I knew I was busy. That morning, I packed two juices in an insulated bag along with one of the recyclable ice bags and headed out the door to a half-day conference. The ice packs were handy because I reused them to keep one of the juices cooled until I was ready for it for lunch.

Suja Juice

Suja Juice

First sip of the Glow, the first drink of the day which I sipped on for about an hour, I taste mostly celery, but there is a hint of the other ingredients.

By that afternoon, and after drinking three juices, I had a headache. I had energy, but felt hungry. Feeling concerned about the amount of sugar that I’d consume after a day’s worth of juices, I ate dinner. And for the next three days, I sipped juices for breakfast and lunch, but ate a regular meal for dinner. This is not prescribed by Suja, but it was best for me to have adequate protein in my diet.


After four days on the “cleanse”, I lost two inches in my waistline and a half inch in my hips. I didn’t use all of my drinks. I averaged two to three drinks each day because I was satisfied from sipping, not being conservative, and enough leftover juices to continue substituting meals. A day’s supply has 1120 calories. Enough calories to fuel your body.

Other Info

One day’s supply of juices can be high in sugar, although there is no added sugar. For example, each bottle is two servings so if you multiply each juice’s sugar content for one serving times two, one day’s supply has 180g of sugars.

Suja Juices

Suja Juices

My favorite drinks are Green Supreme and Fiji because I like the the complementing flavors of kale and lemon! Dominant flavors of some drinks are celery, kale and carrots. You really have to like vegetables. Vegetables are the most overpowering flavors.


  • Reuse ice packs
  • Drink lots of water while you are doing the cleanse. Suja Juice’s ingredients are pure vegetables, fruit, and some herbs such as turmeric for coloring or taste; it’s main ingredient is not water. Because the sugar levels may be more than what you typically consume, sugary drinks can slow hydration
  • The packaging is so vivid and inviting, the biggest challenge is keeping your family members from getting into your Suja Juice stash.
  • Bottles are fashionable enough to tote with you, so you don’t feel like you are exposing yourself with a “dieting” drink. And by the way, Suja Juices are not weight loss drinks, they are health drinks! If anything, drinking Suja Juice shows you care about about what you put inside your body: quality and natural ingredients.

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Swag Bags and Taste of Seattle at IFBC 2013

After the first workshops ended today, conference attendees were spoiled. Did I say spoiled? Let me repeat, spoiled! We grabbed a conference bag and a complimentary Bob’s Red Mill bag and filled our bags until awesomeness treats spilled out.

After we finished our “trip to the candy store” we proceeded across the hallway to the tasting event of the conference. I sampled my way to a full belly and enjoyed food from W Seattle, The Hunt Club, and Poquitos. Grocery IFBC 2013

Yummy treats that were given to us in a sturdy brown paper bag, fittingly called a “swag” bag.

I’m at the 2013 IFBC in Seattle and we are challenged to blog while various food brands present GMO-and gluten-free foods. All healthy stuff. Grocery

The Grocery brands are pitching their treats to us and the overwhelming theme is “real ingredients” and “foods that you’ll be proud to serve to your families.”

IFBC food bloggers’ live tasting:

The event kicked off with a tasty summer strawberry candy strip tasting from Original Fruit Leather, Stretch Island Original Fruit Leather, Summer Strawberry, 0.5-Ounce Bars (Pack of 30)@StretchIsland, which may help me meet the daily requirements for fruit.

I devoured a chewy and heavenly chocolaty truffle from Lindt Chocolate @Lindt_Chocolate.

Annie’s Homegrown, Annie’s Homegrown Berry Patch Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, 5-Count Pouches (Pack of 4)@annieshomegrown, pitched their organic bunny fruit snacks. It’s very low in sugar, ideal for your young ones.

Sahale, @SahaleSnacks, also produces food locally. We received the Sahale Snacks Maple Pecans with Walnuts, Cherries, Cinnamon, 4-Ounce (Pack of 6) that I shared with my hosts in Seattle. We also were given a sample of ground cinnamon; I’m saving it for a special recipe.

The bumblebar from JunoBar, Juno Bars (Pack of 12)@bumblebar, is certified organic, gluten free, and dairy free, and in an interesting package. This company is proudly non-GMO and family owned and operated in the sate of Washington.

I’ve never tried Brookside, Brookside Dark Chocolate Covered Acai and Blueberries, 7-Ounce (Pack of 4)@brookside_choc, chocolate until today. It is based in B.C. Canada and distributed and owned by The Hershey Company. I love the pairing of dark chocolate acai with blueberry, it’s perfectly sweet. The chocolate used to make the products are not certified and will not be before 2016. I took some home to my family and we love all three fruit flavors: pomegranate, goji, and acai.

I sampled Dragon Fruit from Navitas Naturals, Navitas Naturals Organic Dragon Fruit, 3 Ounce@NavitasNaturals. I hope I’m not the only one on the planet who loves the name, packaging, and texture—grainy and natural— of this snack. It’s delicious and high in magnesium. Navitas Naturals foods are certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and raw.

We sampled Manuka Doctor Bio Active Manuka Honey, Manuka Doctor Bio Active 10 Plus Honey, 1.1 Pound@manukadr. It’s very sweet and comes from a native New Zealand plant, manuka. The honey is collected responsibly. I am going to use this in my teas (honey should be added to warm, room temp, or cold liquids) and smoothies. However, you can use it topically for healing. The shelf life is long, store in your pantry.

We have an afternoon “pick me up” in our bag, Happy Squeeze—Fruit & Veggie Twist, from Happy Family, Happy Squeeze On-The-Go Superfoods, Kale, Apple, Mango, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)@HappySuperFoods, who started off providing pureed baby food and have expanded their line to toddlers and even adults. This is a great product for runners and athletes. I finished one after my body needed replenishing from a workout. It was perfect. Happy Family foods are certified organic and BPA-free packaging. Happy Family donates a portion of their profits to fight hunger.

YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks has everything for the sensitive stomach and snooty palette, real foods all the way. YumEarth, Yummy Earth Organic Fruit Snack, 5 Count@YumEarth, foods are certified organic, gluten free, fat free, soy free, dairy free, peanut free, tree nut free, vegan, and no artificial dyes. I highly suggest any parent (or non-parent) get some of these low-sugar and calorie packs from YumEarth—they are very gummy and 100 percent vitamin C!

The Scharffen Berger San Juan De Cheni 78% Cacao Bar, 3 Ounce (Pack of 4)@scharffenberger, also owned by The Hershey Companyis a good piece of dark chocolate for chocolate lovers. And the wonderful thing for those of us who are very conscious about where food is sourced from, Scharffen Berger produces chocolate in a limited supply to ensure that the beans are reserved in supply and reproduced.

Zico Coconut Water,Zico Premium Coconut Water @Zico is perfect for replenishment post workout. I’m holding off on drinking it because I want to save it for later. Zico is zero fat and zero-added sugar.

Drink Chia, Drink Chia Nutritional Drink, Strawberry Citrus, 12 Count@drinkchia, was created by a young woman who was training for a marathon and was looking for a nutritious drink to help her replenish her nutrients. She created it in her kitchen and after she saw her kids drinking her homemade drink, she decided to take it to the market. The creators want you to “shake it baby” and have fun.

Lots of wonderful presentations from Grocery.

Summer’s Almost Over


Southern Lemonade

My grandmother made fresh lemonade. And I also make lemonade during summer—it’s my favorite summer drink. I like how refreshing lemonade can be when you are soaked in sweat and miserable on the hottest of days.

I imagine in my old age, an elderly couple sitting on a front porch waiting for the sun to set, drinking a glass of lemonade. My partner is wearing jean overalls, while I’m decked in a house dress with slippers, rocking back and forth in a wooden chair.

We are content as we reminisce of yesterday when we were in better health. We are laughing, smiling, and napping occasionally, all while the sun slips away and summertime passes.