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Wine + Wisdom: Risk Rejection.

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Good evening, and welcome to the inaugural post of 'Wine + Wisdom',  where I will share the latest wine that I'm sippin' on and a life lesson that I've encountered over the course of the week. Questions, comments or wisdom you'd like to share? Be sure to hit me on Twitter or in the comments below. Let's pour up, shall we? 

There's so much power in taking a risk. Leaping  jubilantly into the unknown with mustard seed-sized faith, and putting yourself so far out on front street that there can't be any possible way of you finding your way back to where you started. For as long as I can remember, I've never been scared to try something new, but it's the reaction to my risk taking that usually gives me pause. Sometimes, it's positive; but the negative usually results in the form of rejection.

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Reflecting on this, I'm finishing up the last bottle of four from my quarterly Bright Cellars subscription . It's a 2014 Nero D'avola Terre Siciliane by Arduini, and it is absolutely delicious. To break that down for y'all, Nero D'avola translates to "the most important red wine grape in Sicily" - specifically southeast Sicily . If you know me, you know I love my red wine and this one in particular has just the right amount of dryness and sweetness. With notes of raspberry and blackberry, this red wine is on the lighter side and doesn't linger too long on the pallet.

Now that you've gotten into my pour, back to the wisdom. Experiencing rejection is never easy, but it's a character builder that is absolutely necessary. From not getting the job of your dreams, to losing your job, to being ignored and/or completely dismissed by your significant other, the feeling of inadequacy and worthlessness can seep through at the drop of the dime.

But it's important that you don't allow the outcome of rejection to take over you. Yes, you took a step into the unknown and put your heart on the line, only to hear the word "no" and get your ego is bruised in the process. You feel all the terrible negative feels and maybe even question whether or not you deserve what your heart truly desires. Again, don't play yourself! These feelings are temporary, and believe it or not, you're a lot tougher than you could ever imagine. Most importantly, you are deserving of all the happiness, joy and peace the world has to offer.

Moral of the story? Embrace rejection because it'll make you stronger and more resilient in the end. Taking risks is apart of this thing we call life, and every thing you've ever wanted is waiting for you on the other side of fear.

Until next time, keep your head up and that wine glass full.

Cheers.

8 Wines of Christmas (Or Any Holiday For That Matter)

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Happy December, everyone! It's so secret that I love wine. From my #WineWednesday Instagram posts, to opening my newest shipment of wine from Bright Cellars every month, I've become quite the wine snob this year.

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With Christmas just days away, I thought it would be cool to put together a list of my favorite wines that would be perfect for a holiday gathering with family and friends or just a night snuggled up by the fireplace. Whether you're a novice wine drinker or have been enjoying adult grape juice for quite some time, this list has a little bit of everything for everyone.

Take a look at the list of some of my favorite wines below. Enjoy!

 

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Malbec (Alamos, 2013 - $12.99) - This is by far my favorite (affordable) Malbec that can pretty much be found in any grocery or wine store nationwide. Malbec is typically a fuller, bolder wine with a dark sweetness (think: plum, cherry and blackberry.) Alamos makes a variety of wines, but it is their delicious reds they are most known and appreciated for. Pair this Malbec with a hearty dish like steak, or with a piece of dark chocolate for an after dinner treat.

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Pinot Grigio (Cavit, 2014 - $7.99) - While I'm a huge fan of red wine, I do also enjoy certain white wines from time to time as well. This is another easy find in the grocery store that's light and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. With hints of green apple, this wine actually pairs well with turkey and chicken,  so go 'head and pour it up one time on Christmas Day!

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Shiraz (Nederburg, 2009 - $10.99) - A South African wine for $11? Let me tell you how much I came up in life when I discovered this gem. I love red wine that's more on the dry than sweet side, so if you're looking to make your way up the red wine ladder, I highly suggest finding you a bottle of this. I'll say that it hits your palate with a kick, so this would definitely pair well with a spicy dish.

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Sauvignon Blanc (Huru, 2014 - $8.99) - I received a bottle of this as part of my Bright Cellars monthly subscription and couldn't get enough of it. While Sauvignon Blancs can be on the dry or sweet side, I prefer mine (you guessed it) on the dry side. This would be a great wine to serve on New Year's Day with fish or even if you're snacking on Goat cheese and crackers. 

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Cabernet Sauvignon (Black Box, 2012 - $8.99) - I like to tell people who are just starting to dabble into the world of red wine to start with a CabSauv because it isn't an overpowering red, but it still gives you a full-bodied taste.  Given to me as a gift in what I like to call an 'adult juice box,' Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon is mild, yummy and perfect with a nice piece of steak or a meaty vegetable like mushrooms.

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Chardonnay (Smoking Loon, 2012 - $8.99)  - While I'm not the biggest fan of Chardonnay, this particular white wine is fairly mild yet creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. Typically, Chardonnay has a real buttery taste (which I loathe) but this Smoking Loon wine has melon and other citrus notes that don't leave that weird waxy after taste.  If you're hosting a small get together with family and friends, this is the perfect wine to serve with a cheese platter of Swiss, Brie and Gouda.

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Chianti (Tomaiolo, 2010 - $9.99) - If you're ready for a bold yet fruity red wine, let this Chianti (Kee-Ahn-Tee) be your go-to. What I love most about this particular red is that it can go with pretty much whatever you decide to eat. From salty popcorn to a cheesy piece of pizza, Chianti is that comfy red wine that'll make you feel right at home. (If I had to place any bets, I'd say this would be a wine that Olivia Pope would appreciate.) 

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Riesling (Eroica, 2012 - $14.99) - I have not been able to find this wine ANYWHERE! But let me tell you that this Riesling right here? Changed my life last Thanksgiving with this sweet aroma and spritz-y taste. Another lighter, drier white wine with strong citrus notes, this American wine pairs well with Asian cuisine. 

What are some of your favorite wines to drink around the holiday season? Let me know in the comments below or send me a tweet.

Cheers to a safe and responsible holiday season!