We stopped at Beringer for two reasons.One. my husband wanted to take photos of the incredibly beautiful grounds.Two, they were offering a special tasting of port and chocolate in honor of the Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend.A regular tasting was also being offered, but the regular tours were closed due to the holiday weekend.We walked around the gift shop and the outdoor area between Rhine house and the Carriage House before heading into Rhine House for the tasting the second floor.Walking up the stairs, we stopped to admire, and photograph, the lovely stained glass windows.The port and chocolate were served in a small bar at the top of the stairs.We tasted a 1988 Vintage Port of Cabernet Sauvignon with a piece of cherry bark chocolate and a 1998 Vintage Port of Cabernet Sauvignon with a raspberry truffle.The chocolates really enhanced the experience of the Port.We bought two bottles of the 1998 as we enjoyed its flavor a little more than the 1988. We’ve discovered, due to this experience, that a divine way to top off a meal is with a glass of Port and a chocolate.The tasting was worth every penny of the $10.00 per person we paid.Please be aware, however, that Beringer only sells its Port through its gift shop and website at the present time.
PS - Since this review originally appeared on my website in 2004, I have found the Port in a few stores though it's still not available just anywhere.
I ordered 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity Balance and Joy by Moorea Seal because I enjoyed her The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration. I wanted to keep exploring this idea of a weekly guided journal. 52 Lists for Happiness took on a different tenor for me though. I opted to do the lists every Sunday because I felt it would be a good way to start off the week. I had some struggles this year that sometimes made the lists hard to write and other times the lists cheered me up. Focusing on simple moments of happiness gave me an opportunity to remember the good in my life no matter what happened in the world around me.
Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries & Visionaries by Jennifer Chambers offers a snapshot into the history of the role of women in Oregon's history. Chambers provides enough information about each woman mentioned to spark an interest in learning more even providing sources for further reading. Remarkable Oregon Women is an interesting book that reminds the reader that women have always played an important role in the progress of society even when they've been stymied or their efforts have been hidden by history.
I've been intrigued with Brené Brown's work since I listened to her Ted Talk on Vulnerability. I finally got around to starting to read her books. I expected I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" to be a reiteration of all the things I've heard her say in her talks and classes and in her interviews. It was that but it was also more. In fact, it was more than I expected or perhaps was ready for. I sat down intending to simply read the book and ended up deciding to take her advice and work through the exercises. I didn't always like the answers that arose for me, but it was worth the time it took. I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't) pushed me to examine my thoughts and my attitudes toward shame and blame and vulnerability and strength. I started the book thinking that I'd already done this work, so this would just be me learning more about the topic. Brown breaks dow…