Surprises in South Africa

I recently participated in a virtual tasting hosted by Verve Wine, where I stumbled upon Craven Pinot Gris Stellenbosch 2019 from South Africa. I read it was a skin contact aka orange wine, so I was both intrigued and excited.   Their story began back in 2007 while both Mick Craven and his now Aussie…

A Taste of South Africa

As you may have noticed from my reviews, I’m partial to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Its crisp and zesty notes always perk me up. Naturally, varietals taste different depending on the region they’re grown in, so I didn’t know what to expect when I tried The Inquisitor Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from South Africa. From the…

Put a Bird on it!

There are certain inside jokes that you can’t help but laugh at even if no one else in the room gets it. One of my favorite inside jokes comes from a Portlandia skit where stars Carrie and Fred go into a boutique and make items trendy when they “put a bird on it,” so whenever…

Thanksgiving Fun

Thanksgiving definitely warrants an #alexaswinediary! I’m guilty of still having some Halloween pumpkins around, so I decided to give one a second life as a wine cooler for festive table decor 😉 It’s so easy to do – just cut open the top of the pumpkin, scoop out the guts, and pour in some ice….