All the latest wine fodder for your next dentist appointment, cocktail party or pre-trial hearing. You’re welcome.
Wine and Water. There seems to be a polar shift happening in the universe. Somms are now becoming water experts leaving wine behind, and Italy has started filling their fountains with wine instead of water. What a time to be alive.
Wine and Cheese
a. There’s a reason you love to pair wine and cheese, and it’s apparently scientific fact that they go together like Peas and Carrots. A study published by very knowledgeable researchers has found that cheese gives wines a more pleasant flavor, and decreases brain activity associated with disgust. Cheers to cheese (and wine)! Also, how do I sign up to be a subject in one of these studies?
b. As my mother always says, a little is OK, too much is no good. Kim Jung-un, that crazy dictator guy in North Korea, apparently has a bit of a wine and cheese problem. He’s tipping the scales at around 300 pounds, allegedly because he can’t stop popping Swiss cheese cubes and sipping on bottles of Bordeaux red wine. I feel your pain buddy, I feel your pain. He’s even bragged about having ten bottles before dinner. #cantstopwontstop
A Crazy Time in Celebrity Wine.
a. Brangelexit. Brangelina’s sudden breakup has left the state of their Miraval Rosé up in the air and the Château has allegedly been for sale since before the divorce bombshell broke. I was always on Team Jen, but I did taste the stuff a few times. I admit, I didn’t want to like it, but I did. Perhaps now the bottle I still have in my cellar will be worth some money as a collector’s item.
b. Calling All Outlander Fans. Claire and Jamie’s passionate love story has apparently spurned a line of wines. Not sure how I feel about this, although I usually am drinking a glass of wine while reading the books or watching the TV series. Sassenach Cabernet anyone?
c. Hello Kitty? I’ve never understood the allure, but my 3-year-old neighbor is obsessed. Apparently enough adults are likewise enthralled, and a special edition of Hello Kitty Wines was recently released by an Italian winery who partnered with Japan’s Sanrio, creator of Hello Kitty. Turns out the wine is virtually impossible to find right now, so if you get some, let me know how it is so I can pass it on to my neighbor, for that time when she can drink wine in 18 years.
Until the next glass, Cheers!
 And I’m not talking about the REAL polar shifts that apparently are happening, or already have happened, or may happen in the future, depending on who you ask.
 LA’s Ray’s and Stark Bar, an upscale eatery by the Patina Restaurant Group, purportedly has a FORTY. FIVE. PAGE. water menu. Yes. You read that right. 45 pages. Really?
 This has been added to the Wine Esquire’s Wine Bucket List. A free-flowing wine fountain. In Italy? How can I NOT go?
 I hope the government doesn’t come abduct me because I wrote about him. If I disappear, you’ll all know why.
 I’m a sucker for Rosé, pretty bottles, and pretty labels, and they pretty much nailed all three.
 If you haven’t read them yet, please do yourself a favor and download Book 1 on your Kindle. I can pretty much almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Assuming you’re into time traveling historical romance kinda stuff. Disclaimer: If you don’t like it, it’s not my fault.
 She was the cutest damn “Spooky Kitty” for Halloween you ever did see.