Our Humanity Connects Us, Our Dignity Defines Us

I woke up this morning with this phrase running through my mind. “Our humanity connects us, our dignity defines us.”

I am not really sure exactly why, but as we are all coping with the new normal in the world, these are the words that took over my thoughts last night. Not long before this whole pandemic started I had listened to a “TED Talk” podcast dealing with the world, climate change, Mother Earth, outer space, and taking care of our planet. The talk was fascinating, but one key element that was repeated frequently, and that I continue to refer back to is that we are all members of the human race. We may be Americans or Italians, African American or Caucasian, Muslim or Christian, green, blue or purple, but we are all existing on this one planet together. How we take care of that is what really matters, as we have to work together to create a healthy environment, without name-calling or finger-pointing. This is where our dignity comes into play. The importance of rising above to do what is right, helping those in need with an understanding that every life, no matter what social status or economic circumstance, on this planet matters.  Read More

Wine of the Day: Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir

From the Central Coast’s Monterey region, Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Estate Grown Pinot Noir ($26) leaps from the glass with ripe red and black cherry notes, balanced with juicy strawberry, pomegranate, and cola. Bright and fresh, with a nice balance of tannins, the medium-bodied wine showcases the beauty of growing fruit near the Pacific Ocean, as coastal breezes ensure a long growing season, allowing the fruit to develop over time, delivering a complete and delicious wine.

Wine of the Day: April Fool’s Day

Have we all been living in a joke, as this April 1st rolls around it certainly feels like it? However, we are actually living in reality. As the new month begins, and mortgage payments or rent are due, we look to toast with something affordable, yet very tasty. And, if ever there was time to toast with a bubble it is now. When thinking of affordable sparkling wine, Spain’s traditional method produced Cava is one of the best bang for your buck options you can find. Juve & Camps Brut Rose Cava ($20) is produced from 100% Pinot Noir grown in the heart of Spain’s Penedes region, and aged for at least a year on the yeasts prior to disgorgement. The aging gives the strawberry and red cherry-filled palate a rich layer of creaminess, with toasted hazelnut and brioche notes. The wine is quite lively, vibrant, and clean, ideal for pairing with grilled salmon or fresh Ahi, or simply enjoying on its own.

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Cogill WIne & Film and Cogill Consulting brings together the talents of Producer Gary Cogill and his wife, Sommelier Hayley Hamilton Cogill, working together, yet thriving individually, for a perfect pairing of wine and film.