Thursday, December 29, 2011

How To Read the Sparkling Wine Label

I found this reference guide from a Snooth Blog very handy. I just printed it off and took it with me to shop for my bubbly. Cheers, Kathy

PS. If you didn't get to read my blog, Because We Care, it received lots of emails that the information was very much appreciated and was forwarded to many family and friends.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Because We Care

I was listening to the radio while working today and in addition to great Christmas music there were regular public service announcements…

Drink Responsibly, Don’t Drink and Drive, Alcohol – Know your Limit

The last slogan, Alcohol – Know Your Limit, had me Googling…

So some basic facts...
  • Your body processes alcohol at a constant rate of .5 oz. per hour, regardless of how many ounces you consume.
  • Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) is the amount of alcohol present in your blood as you drink
  • In all 50 states, the legal limit for drunk driving is a BAL level of .08.
  • Eating protein and fatty foods supposedly can slow down alcohol absorption but I couldn’t find any detailed, statistical supporting facts
  • A 120-pound woman can reach a .08 BAC level after only two drinks and a 180-pound man can be at .08 after only four drinks
What got my attention!

One drink is defined as having one-half ounce of pure ethyl alcohol; each of the following is considered "one drink."
  • 10 oz to 12 oz of beer at 4% to 5% alcohol, or
  • 8 oz to 12 oz of wine cooler at 4% to 6% alcohol, or
  • 4 oz to 5 oz of table wine at 9% to 12% alcohol, or
  • 2.5 oz of fortified wine at 20% alcohol, or
  • 1.25 oz of 80 proof distilled spirits at 40%alcohol, or
  • 1 oz of 100 proof distilled spirits at 50% alcohol.
As I type this blog, I’m drinking one of my favorite beers… One 12 oz Stout at 9% alcohol. (This would be 2 drinks)

Wines today, especially reds, weigh in on the average of 13-14+% alcohol, and the average glass pour is not 4-5 ounces.

One martini is equal to two drinks, one margarita equal to 1.5 drinks

The messages are still Drink Responsibly, Don’t Drink & Drive and Alcohol – Know your Limit

Know Your Limit, though, has a much broader message. It’s as important but in a different way than “don’t drink and drive”. We all know that when we drink, we’re a bit freer in mind and good decision making is diluted with alcohol.

So, my friends…

Because we care,

The Working Girls of Olympic Cellars

PS…. The tables below will help you estimate your Blood Alcohol Level

If you're a WOMAN, your Blood Alcohol Level is:
# of drinks
in 1 hour
100 lbs. 120 lbs. 140 lbs. 160 lbs. 180 lbs. 200 lbs. 220 lbs. 240 lbs.
1 .05 .04 .04 .03 .03 .03 .02 .02
2 .10 .08 .07 .06 .06 .05 .05 .04
3 .15 .13 .11 .10 .08 .08 .07 .06
4 .20 .17 .15 .13 .11 .10 .09 .09
5 .25 .21 .18 .16 .14 .13 .12 .11
6 .30 .26 .22 .19 .17 .15 .14 .13
7 .36 .30 .26 .22 .20 .18 .16 .15
8 .41 .33 .29 .26 .23 .20 .19 .17
9 .46 .38 .33 .29 .26 .23 .21 .19
10 .51 .42 .36 .32 .28 .25 .23 .21
11 .56 .46 .40 .35 .31 .27 .25 .23
12 .61 .50 .43 .37 .33 .30 .28 .25
13 .66 .55 47 .40 .36 .32 .30 .27
14 .71 .59 .51 .43 .39 .35 .32 .29
If you're a MAN, your Blood Alcohol Level is:
# of drinks
in 1 hour
100 lbs. 120 lbs. 140 lbs. 160 lbs. 180 lbs. 200 lbs. 220 lbs. 240 lbs.
1 .04 .04 .03 .03 .02 .02 .02 .02
2 .09 .07 .06 .05 .05 .04 .04 .04
4 .17 .15 .13 .11 .10 .09 .08 .07
5 .22 .18 .16 .14 .12 .11 .10 .09
6 .26 .22 .19 .16 .15 .13 .12 .11
7 .30 .25 .22 .19 .17 .15 .14 .13
8 .35 .29 .25 .22 .19 .17 .16 .14
9 .37 .32 .26 .24 .20 .19 .17 .15
10 .39 .35 .28 .25 .22 .20 .18 .16
11 .48 .40 .34 .30 .26 .24 .22 .20
12 .53 .43 .37 .32 .29 .26 .24 .21
13 .57 .47 .40 .35 .31 .29 .26 .23
14 .62 .50 .43 .37 .34 .31 .28 .25

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just Reach Out

A few weeks ago I went to an art show in Port Angeles featuring one of my favorite artists, Melissa Klein. I’ve been drawn to her work because of her eccentric humor... poking fun at social convention.

The first painting I purchased was the “Curse of the Good Girl” that inspired one of my favorite blogs. Some days when my genetically inbred “Guilt-O-Meter” gets into the red zone, I think of the picture’s chant… There’s no place like home, there’s no place like work and try to rid myself of the curse!

This art show, though, was different.

As usual I started to circle the room but was stopped short by one painting which immediately drew me in. I wasn’t sure why but all I could do was focus on the girl straining forward with one arm outstretched.

The painting was multi-media and there was a gossamer fabric overlaying part of the painting lightly covering the picture below.

Finally I dragged by eyes away and read the card by the painting.

“Passing Through” by Melissa Klein

Melissa then walked over and stood by me. We didn’t say anything for a few minutes both lost in our thoughts. Then she quietly told me the story…

My cousin wrote to me when I lost my friend who died very young…
The veil between life and death is very thin.
It’s comforting to realize that we're not so far from those who have departed.

I've always felt strongly that this was a very personal piece.
That it was a healing process to create and one that I almost wouldn't show.

When I was preparing for my art show, here was this painting staring at me and I knew my friend would want me to show it… even to the point of kicking my butt to do it.”

So why that night and why that show?

I told my husband at the last minute, I’m going. Don’t know why the strong pull. But, I put a hat on my head and was out the door.

I bought the painting and Melissa emailed me to say… “I'm glad that someone I know and trust will be her new caretaker, and that the healing passes on to you.”

As I walk around my house decorated for the holidays, there are so many memories of children growing up, of parents who have passed. Family gatherings also have dwindled over time living so far apart. And, this year dear friends have lost so much it's hard to comprehend.

This is the season when all of our feelings and emotions seem to tumble down upon us… sometimes more like a babbling brook with laughter floating ever so gently then an unexpected waterfall that threatens to pull us under.

I’m looking at the painting and these words keep rumbling in my heart.

Just reach out, Reach throughyou and yours will be united within.

Thank you Melissa for entrusting me with such a precious gift.


Artist, Melissa Klein

Saturday, December 17, 2011

An Unexpected Gift

Saturday I snuck away from the winery for a few hours of shopping in my home communities of Sequim and Port Angeles.

I was feeling overwhelmed with the quintessential “Holiday Pressures” & a long list of “got-to do’s.” Yet in each store I was greeted with warm smiles (hugs in some cases), offers to help, relaxed atmospheres, friends chatting (sharing ideas for a grandma in need). The list goes on. I could actually even hear the Christmas music.

Obviously, as a small business owner shopping local is near and dear to my heart. Usually I’m on the other side of the counter (behind our bar, in my case) greeting customers with a focus on my guests.

Now I was on the ‘receiving end’ and it was an incredible experience.

I found the gift selections unique and abundant. While small businesses may not have large inventories, each item had been personally chosen by the owner for their store. And with each store visited, I found myself getting more festive and also a bit more thoughtful.

I’m formally from Dallas, and believe me, I know my way around Malls. Trying to make your way through one is like trying to cross a NYC street at 5PM. Hesitate and you’re nudged not so kindly out of the way.

But “Local Shopping” was a gift to me personally. As a “customer” I got way more than what I bought. I was given the “Gift of the Christmas Spirit.”

Finally, I realized I had a story to tell about each purchase… with every gift having a connection not just a credit card receipt. As my family opens these I can tell them about the shop, the people that own it, where it was located and the history.

A big thank you to our business community (and to the joy of shopping local).

Kathy Charlton
Olympic Cellars Winery

Choose Local Campaign - City of Port Angeles, Graphic Design & logo by Laurel Black Design

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Twelve Days of "Wine" Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is part of everyone’s holiday tradition. I used to drive my Dad crazy singing it over and over.

I heard it on the radio today and I started humming “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… a bottle of Working Girl Wine.” You can now just imagine… the challenge was on.

So this year I created a Working Girl version of this classic.

Now if you used the original poem as inspiration for gifts you might have trouble finding that partridge in a pear tree or eight geese a laying…

But in my version, it’s simple. It’s all about wine and I know us Working Girls can help.

Read on and enjoy. I’ve left a copy for my husband and circled some critical stanzas.

In addition, at the end we have the “Twelve Days of "Wine" Christmas Package (and yes, it’s really available) an
d the “more affordable” versions.

Cheers & Best Holiday Wishes, Kathy

“A Working Girl’s Twelve Days of Christmas”
On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
One bottle of Merlot
And told me to go play in the snow

On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Two bottles of Cabernet
And said have a great day

On the third day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Three bottles Syrah
And told me to have a massage at the spa

On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Four bottles of Lemberger
And fixed me my favorite Vege-burger

On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Five bottles of Cranberry Jubilee
And told me it was time to decorate the tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Six bottles of Chardonnay
And took me for a ride in a Sleigh

On the seventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Seven bottles of Petit Verdot
And told me my nose was a-glow

On the eighth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eight bottles of Rosé
And took me to the ballet

On the ninth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Nine bottles of Riesling
And asked me to stop all that singing

On the tenth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Ten bottles of Go Girl Red
And said I probably needed to go to bed

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eleven bottles of La Galopine
And told me they were fit for a Queen

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve bottles of Sparkling Syrah
And yelled Hurrah!!!

Merry Christmas!

“Twelve Days of "Wine" Christmas” Package
  • 78 Bottles of Olympic Cellars Wines as described in the poem
  • Signed and Framed copy of the Working Girl’s Twelve Days of Christmas Poem
  • Collector’s Magnum Etched Bottle of Rosé the Riveter wine
  • Complimentary Tickets to all 2012 Winery Events and Concertsb
  • Cost $1457.94
  • No tax
  • Shipping complimentary
  • “You deserve it”

And, the “more affordable” packages with our gift to you.
  • Purchase 8 bottles and receive 4 Olympic Cellars Logo Wine Glasses, value $28
  • Purchase 4 bottles and receive 2 Olympic Cellars Wine Glasses, Value $14
  • Purchase 2 bottles and receive your choice of one of our Working Girl Wine Glasses
Just order the wine you want in any of the above quantities and we will ship the wine glasses with the wine!