Perception vs Reality

Tonight, one of my clients organized a really fun “cheap/expensive” red wine tasting. He bought two bottles each of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and zinfandel. One of each varietal was “cheap” (under $10) and the other was “expensive” (over $20). He poured cups for each of us participating in the tasting, and we had to try to identify which varietal was which and which wines were cheap vs expensive. At the beginning of the tasting, I was telling my coworkers that {Read More}

Sponsored: Columbia Crest Crowdsourced Cabernet

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Columbia Crest. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I have to say, I love how the internet brings niche communities together. I have seen so many neat ideas on IndieGogo and Kickstarter that are happening because tons of people thought they were worth it – rather than it being up to the say of some corporate executive who might not truly understand a {Read More}

Sponsored: A Big Win and Celebrating with Palm Breeze

Last week, I told you about how I was out in southern California for the week to observe a training program that our senior associates go through after promotion. The “observe the program” part of that went great and was easy. The part I was nervous about came on Wednesday morning, when I auditioned for our Learning & Development team to take on the “orchestrator” role for the program. The orchestrator basically acts as the emcee for the week-long program, {Read More}

An Engaging 1920s New Years’ Eve

Last night was a truly wonderful New Year’s Eve! It kicked off with a few of my girlfriends coming over to my place for some food and champagne before we got ready to go out. I popped a bottle of Rosa Regale that I had picked up for my housewarming months ago, which we had forgotten to open at the time. New Year’s Eve seemed as good an occasion as any! In addition to the small bites that I had {Read More}

Sponsored: Kenwood Vineyards’ Holiday Food Drive for WhyHunger

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kenwood Vineyards. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. This weekend was a big weekend for wine – but surprisingly, although the Denver International Wine Festival was happening just a few miles from my apartment, that wasn’t the reason for it. Instead, it was just lots of great get-togethers with some great friends. My company’s regional all hands was on Friday, {Read More}

Flying Solo at the Colorado National Monument

This weekend, I headed out to Western Colorado for an annual event that my friend Kelly and her husband Den organize: the Den Grand Fondo. It’s a cycling weekend where we do a 20 mile leisurely ride on Friday afternoon, going from winery to winery in Palisades and culminating in dinner and more wine. Carbs to fuel up for the next day, you know? Because on Saturday, we do a 50 mile bike ride that took us up and around the Colorado {Read More}

How to Get More Exercise? Hide Your Car!

Since moving to Colorado, one of the challenges I’ve faced is figuring out how to go out for drinks… or more accurately, how to get home after doing so. In New York City, it was so easy – I took the subway, Citibike, or a taxi pretty much wherever I went, so driving wasn’t even an option. But in Colorado, I’ve had to do a lot of planning ahead to make sure that I stay safe. When I was apartment-hunting {Read More}

Review: Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. When I got home on Thursday night, my apartment was still pretty much a just-moved-in disaster. My dining room had been taken over by all the discarded boxes that I hadn’t yet broken down to throw away / give away, since I was waiting till I {Read More}

Review: Barefoot Refresh Crisp White and Sweet White

The product and promotional item were provided by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly for this review. Lately it seems that everyone is sick. First JP got sick, and then we worked at a high school college fair together and went to dinner after – so I got sick. Then his wife, my good friend Blake, got sick. Each of us was feeling crappy for nearly a week (but staggered), so we haven’t gotten to see each other almost at all, and {Read More}

September Means Back to the Books

After I wrote Friday’s post about not really wanting to drink… I changed my mind. And probably drank more in the last weekend than I have in a long time. Oops! Like a 21 year old on their birthday, drinking was a novelty that was too fun to pass up – and when combined with a wedding that reunited me with my NYU sorority sisters, it was even harder to resist. But now that it’s out of my system, I {Read More}