A Gold Medal Release Party at Darcie Kent

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Ever since I joined the Darcie Kent wine club, I’ve been darkening their door almost more than is socially acceptable. I like to toe the line between “hey, good to see you again,” and “this girl is REALLY back again?!” Thus far in 2017, I have been very successful in this goal. That’s why when it was time for the quarterly release party, I pulled up promptly at noon on Saturday like:

Is Wine Helping or Hurting Your Skin?

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The best things in life are usually killing us slowly. Such is the case with wine. We’ve read in lifestyle mags and blog posts that a glass or two of red wine a day can help our skin, but we’ve also read about the nasty side effects of alcohol in general on our angelic complexions. This mix of information […]

What Your Favorite Wine Says About You

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I’m sure half of you sassy wine lovers have already responded to the title with, “My favorite wine is the one I’m drinking.” First off, well played, and second, everyone has a favorite wine varietal even if they don’t want to admit it. I know these type of personality assessments have been floating around the […]

Wine on the Go

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For those of you drinking copious amounts of wine to abate the teeth-chattering effects of winter storm Stella, we feel for you from California. Over here, we’re getting a sneak preview of spring after a seemingly endless winter of storms and rain.

Vertical: Passion and Pinot

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Remember when ice wines were the hottest new trend? What about the current reign of rosé? Of course, we can’t forget about the hundreds of “champagne campaign” graphic T’s littering every Forever 21 storefront. Wine comes and goes in trends, and Rex Pickett’s 2004 debut novel “Sideways” made Pinot Noir the latest trend. Adapted into a wildly successful movie directed by Alexander Payne, “Sideways” introduced us to Miles and Jack, friends who struggled to find their identities at the bottom of a barrel traveling through Santa Barbara County.  Now we have a sequel, cleverly titled “Vertical,” and the differences are vast in the best way.

Pinot’s Palette Alameda Turns One

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We’ve all seen the adorable social media pics of couples at wine and paint nights, holding up their masterpieces and making cringe-worthy puns in the caption. Pinot’s Palette Alameda reached out to the Bliss and invited us to their one-year anniversary soiree—the perfect opportunity to surprise my boyfriend with a cliché date.

Album Review, The Novelists “Breaking the Script”

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In this soulless age of Apple Music 30-day trials, grating Spotify ads and Tidal-exclusive album releases, there’s something refreshing about popping a CD into my car’s stereo. The Novelists performed tracks from their new album, “Breaking the Script”, at the inaugural Darcie Kent “you bring the snacks/adorable dog, we bring the wine and the music and the seating and the sunset draping amber light over the vines” event. The Darcie Kent folks are working on a catchier name.

Celebrating “International Drink Wine Day”

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As if we haven’t partied hard enough this week celebrating Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, February 18th marks a day incredibly near to the hearts of the entire Wine Tasting Bliss team: International Drink Wine Day. That’s right, today you have another reason to drink wine other than it being a Thursday. Here are some […]

An Open Letter to Cheap Wine

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Dear Franzia, Cook’s, and Barefoot:

I know, I know: it’s been too long. You probably barely even recognize me at this point. That may also be related to the lack of crop tops and neon in my wardrobe, or the number of Wine Wednesdays that I have recently missed. Graduating from college and moving back home means I’ve been avoiding you lately. That lower shelf at the grocery store hasn’t caught my eye in a few months. My parents’ wine shelf beckons, full of wines that were bottled when I was a preteen. But can I be honest here, cheap wine? I miss you.