There are a lot of chores where I don’t need to concentrate; tilling the garden, mowing, spraying, snowblowing, building raised beds. Podcasts are great for that, I can educate myself and get stuff done at the same time. Earbuds work well for some chores, but for noisier ones I use earbuds with earmuffs.
Eastern Washington has some great red wines and the Walla Walla area in particular has some outstanding values. I tend to favor Eastern WA over other regions, but I buy from all over. My strategy is to drink a mix of $8.00-$25.00 price points and types. Overall I like robust, smooth wines and am not a fan of dry wines, spicy wines or Pinot Noirs. Prices are from the Total Wine website on 6/11/2017.
My top ten red wines, Summer 2017
Charles & Charles Red Blend. 2015. Washington State. $8.99 (or $8.09 with a 10% volume discount), are you kidding me? This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauv. and 30% Syrah is perfect for sipping on the porch or with a ribeye steak. I recommend letting it breathe about 45 minutes after opening. MrWheat score: 89
Zerba Cellars Wild Z Red. 2012. Washington State. $22.49. Blend of 52% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauv. I like it on its own or with any red meat or poultry. This wine is a great example of what Walla Walla has to offer. MrWheat score: 91
Robert Karl Claret. Washington State. $19.49. This one I recommend waiting till you have a steak. Any steak will do. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauv. 17% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec. MrWheat score: 91
Kaiken Ultra Malbec. 2013. Argentina.$19.99. Pure Malbec aged 12 months in French oak. Rich flavor. I’ll take mine with roast chicken, thank you. MrWheat score: 91
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauv. 2014. Washington State. $9.97. Widely available. From Horse Heaven Hills. Great on its own or with a meal. MrWheat score: 89
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon. 2012. Chile.$17.99. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Black current and earthy with hint of sage. Let it breathe an hour. Great with potato chips. MrWheat score: 88
Saviah Cellars The Jack Red.2015. Washington State. $13.99. I recommend letting it breathe about 45 minutes after opening. Blend of 75% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Sangiovese and 5% Petit Verdot. Great with pasta. MrWheat score: 88
My entrance into the blogosphere has been via personal finance and financial independence (FI) blogs. One of the first blogs I read was Mr. Money Mustache. I started reading a few of his articles, then started to devour the content. Then I found more FI blogs, and let my magazine subscriptions expire.
My top ten favorite blogs:
Root of Good. Justin has great articles about personal finance and frugal living. Favorite post: “$150,000 Income, $150 Income Tax”. Who knew some people could contribute to a 403b and a 457? This blog has saved me a lot of money. If only I’d found it sooner.
Early Retirement Extreme. Jacob Lund Fisker has a great blog about principles for lifestyle design and achieving financial independence. Favorite post: Here I am going to diverge a bit and say my favorite content is the first chapter of his book “Early Retirement Extreme” which can be previewed on Amazon.
GoCurryCracker. Travel and financial independence blog. I like their tax articles, they show their forms and it’s very helpful to see exactly how they minimize taxes. Favorite post: “Never Pay Taxes Again“.
My Money Blog. Jonathan posts about investing, money saving tips, and credit card rewards. Favorite post: His latest deal/tip.
Interstellar Orchard. Took till #9 to get to a non-FI blog. Becky documents her full time RVing in a Casita trailer. I don’t plan to full time, but I’ve gotten some great tips on buying an RV and traveling. Favorite post: “Boondocking Answers”.
Doctor of Credit. The latest credit card and financial deals. I’m addicted. Favorite post: The latest deal/tip.