The WOW Factor – Movies, TV and Decor

“Allow your surroundings to become your inspiration”. Treevinos “It’s Complicated“ I can’t help it when I’m watching a movie or tv show my eyes are drawn to the background setting: the house, furniture, kitchen or living room decor and layouts. During my Tuscany Old World decor period, the house and my favorite kitchen are inContinue reading “The WOW Factor – Movies, TV and Decor”

How Many Layouts Does it take to Achieve the Perfect Design?

If Only I Knew… How many times have you moved furniture around to acquire the layout that welcomes others and offers the optimum conversation? For me, a lot less than tablescaping.  I’m good at rearranging my living room and bedroom. BUT, when it comes to tablescaping that’s another story. YIKES! 😣 To improve this unpleasantContinue reading “How Many Layouts Does it take to Achieve the Perfect Design?”

Tobaccology’s Mysterious Cigar and Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Exciting! Don’t you love when your favorite Tobacconist hands you a cigar and says, “Try this and let me know what you think? Or the winemaker shows up to your tasting bring out a bottle of wine that hasn’t been released to the public. The logical response with that huge Chester cat grin, “It willContinue reading “Tobaccology’s Mysterious Cigar and Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon”

What a Success! Southern Draw Cigars and Tobaccology “Cigars for Warriors” Veteran’s Day Event!

Updating the TAPassions.com Cigar page to showcase a Great cause and event evolved to creating a cigar with a hint of wine and beer blog.    TAPasssions.com “Today’s Cigar Delight” is brought to you by Southern Draw Cigars and Tobaccology “Cigars for Warriors” Veteran’s Day Event! A GREAT and SUCCESSFUL EVENT! Over 100 five-packs of Southern Draw cigarsContinue reading “What a Success! Southern Draw Cigars and Tobaccology “Cigars for Warriors” Veteran’s Day Event!”

Mediterranean Cellars – “Diamonds, Wine and Tradition; What More Can You Ask For!”

  “The wine doesn’t start in the barrel; it starts in the vineyard.” — Louis Papadopoulos (Southern Living, October 2006) This quote describes perfectly the experience my husband and I had at Mediterranean Cellars. The memorable moment began in the parking lot of the vineyard. Immediately, we were welcomed by a beautifully spirited (yes, feltContinue reading “Mediterranean Cellars – “Diamonds, Wine and Tradition; What More Can You Ask For!””

Stone Tower Winery – Wine with a Taste of Interior Design

  Even though, it has been awhile since our last visit, Stone Tower Winery is still worth writing about. From the decor that makes you wonder if you walked into a home decor shop to wines that may you question if you are in Virginia. THE ARRIVAL Upon arriving to tasting counter, I had toContinue reading “Stone Tower Winery – Wine with a Taste of Interior Design”

Distasteful Wine = Wine Slushies

  I do not like talking bad about a wine, so I decided to use the term “I’m not able to appreciate the wine at this moment”. However, there comes a time when a wine is not good. It is not about not being able to appreciate a wine or your pallet is not matureContinue reading “Distasteful Wine = Wine Slushies”

An Evening with Erich Sattler & Alec Bradley

  The thunderstorms have passed and we are taking advantage of the mild warm temperature of 88 degrees fahrenheit.  For the past few days, temperatures reached 100 – 114 degrees fahrenheit with the heat index. The tiki torches are lit and the cicadas and frogs are keeping us company.  The wine and cigar selections forContinue reading “An Evening with Erich Sattler & Alec Bradley”

Bamboozled and Blissed -14 Hands Hot to Trot

You know what’s hilarious? When you are at a restaurant and discover a wine that blows you away. The excitement is not due to the food, which is delicious or the ambience that places you in a state of relaxation. This restaurant is far from any of these descriptions. Your excitement, well my enthusiasm is basedContinue reading “Bamboozled and Blissed -14 Hands Hot to Trot”

I’m Back! Stay Tuned!

It has been a very long time since I posted a blog and it feels good!  I will let you know my hiatus was not due to no content; merely, “life” (career, health, high school senior activities, graduation parties and college tours and prep) consumed all my energy.  The thought of sitting at a computerContinue reading “I’m Back! Stay Tuned!”