wine wednesday: 4 game changing wine books

game changing wine books

Knowledge is power. And becoming versed in wine didn’t happen just because I worked in restaurants. It happened because I was hungry for more and wanted to become educated from the best in the biz. Even if you’re not wanting a career in wine, these books are suuuper helpful for learning the basics and beyond. They’re full of easy to follow verbage, pictures, illustrations and even drunk tales.

And fear not “Wine Wednesday” fans, I will keep my own content coming, filming more wine videos coming to the blog soon!

So to hold you over, enjoy these reads with a glass or two of wine (duh) links for the books at the end of the post!


WINE. all the time. by Marissa A. Ross

This chick. Guys she’s one of my favorites to follow on the ‘gram because she keeps it more real than a 1st edition Harry Potter book. She’s hilarious, knows her shit and is the Wine Editor for Bon freakin’ Appetite! Also she’s not a sommelier proving that you don’t need to pass some old school fancy test to kick-ass. Her book is truly a “casual guide to confident drinking” and will have you laughing. I promise it’s her writing and not the wine.

The Wine Bible. by Karen MacNeil

A true bible. MacNeil’s book is the holy grail of wine information. It’s my go to source when I need to look up unfamiliar regions or varietals. I haven’t cracked through the entire volume yet, but the book is laid out in such an easy to follow format that it’s only a matter of time before I spend a day highlighting my way through. And then booking tickets to said wine regions.

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

My first wine book! I was thrilled to open my package from Amazon and dive right in. Filled with amazing charts and illustrations that give the essentials on all the well known grape varietals. It touches on the wine making process, the basics of reading wine labels and how to serve each type of wine.

Rosé All Day. by Katherine Cole

I meannnnn. Of course rosé deserves its own book. And Katherine’s written one that not only looks good on your bar cart/ book shelf/ coffee table but that highlights everything rosé. And why drinking pink is the greatest! Also why deeper pink rosés shouldn’t scare you. Plus pictures of her favorite bottles and labels to help you shop!


Well there you have it folks. May I also mention that these books were written by W O M E N!!!! Hell yeah ladies (ok hi too Justin, you’re doing great things too!). But going into this I didn’t even realize my favorites were all from females. So pick up their books and promote these women in wine. Crushing real hard on them all.

Cheers!

Nat


food for thought: fuck getting your ducks in a row

f getting your ducks in a row

You know that expression “I need to get my ducks in a row”? Well as of late, I’ve decided to say FUCK the DUCKS. A bit harsh I know, but the phrase is getting thrown out of my vernacular. CIAO!

Why?

Because the more I try to “get my ducks in a row” then do this or that, I’m essentially procrastinating. Trial by error and living more fluidly has helped me create this blog, score roles, make friends, take trips, date, trying new things because I decided to:

“GO” BEFORE I THOUGHT I WAS READY

I used to be the queen of “oh I’ll be ready to date” or “I can handle this audition” or “I can break up with him” or “I’ll quit my job” when I have my life more in order (the examples go on and on). But when are you really ready? When you’ve worked 2 more weeks at the job you don’t like to really clarify quitting is the best idea? When you’ve taken 2 more weeks to psych yourself up before you’re ready to tell the guy/girl you’ve been friends with for years that your feelings are more than just friendly? To steal a little slogan from Nike:

JUST DO IT

Taking action trumps trying to make things happen in a certain way. Odds are if you wait they still won’t end up how you’ve planned. So fuck the ducks, the fear, the little voice in your head who needs a liiiitle more time to feel safe. No one grew to their success by taking action only when they felt safe.

There’s a reason growth comes when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone; 9 times out of 10 it’s not as bad as what you’ve made it up to be in your head. True, sometimes it’s worse. I was fired from one of my first acting jobs on set and had to drive back from Big Bear while I cried and listened to The Script. But the world kept spinning, and I kept acting and took action to stay in the game. I’ve booked bigger and better projects because I just dove right in and didn’t let the fear of getting fired get the best of me.

Truth be told I’m scared to publish this, but I’m going to do it. Because I believe it’s important to share and help each other’s human experience in a positive way.

So, I dare you to do something this week before you get your ducks in a row.

DOUBLE DOG DARE.

Hit publish. Make that call. Send the email. Say bye-bye. And say hello to a new freedom that you didn’t have to work as hard to create.

(And if you need a little boost before you do xyz, feel free to comment and ask me!)

Have a great weekend.

xo NP

wine wednesday: summer’s not over celebration!

 

Also known as the ‘MAINE’ event.

Seriously, I can’t believe summer is already starting to wind down. I did a ‘last hurrah of summer’ trip over the weekend to Austin with some friends from college and the September issues were lining all the airport shelves casually hinting that fall is creeping closer. BUT SUMMER’S NOT OVER!!! A few weeks back I did a lobster dinner with friends in LA and this is such a fun way to celebrate.

So I say, keep the rosé and pét nat  f l o w i n g  like it’s 95 degrees. I’ll stay extra freckle-y and avoid turning the color of our beloved lobsters.

WINE CHOICE:

Bi Fri “Pét Nat”: crisp, clean, mineral with white peach notes. A BEAUTIFUL easy sipper from Italy. Better than those San Pellegrino sodas because this isn’t as sweet…and it’s alcoholic. ‘Nuf said.

ANY DRY ROSÉ: keep that summer water flowing as long as possible.

How are you celebrating? BBQ and wine pairing tips on earlier posts!

CHEERS!!

 

food for thought #2: show me the money

Let’s talk first jobs. Mine was actually a diaper commercial. And man, I really wish I could recall that day of filming. Like I want nothing more than to see the world through my toddler eyes that day, but until that technology becomes available, the footage itself will have to do.

Yep, “that’s me” alright. Living my best life at the age of 2. Happily being a ham in front of the camera.

 

Since then, many things have changed in the ad world. Lots of companies are now approaching influencers about promoting their products and a lot of commercial work for actors has gone non-union (aka less money and no residuals). Business wise, I get it. They’re cutting costs where they can. And it’s funny to be on both sides as someone who auditions for commercials but also blogs.

So here’s my two cents: if you are being approached by these bigger companies know your worth! I know it can be scary to ask for more money, but if you don’t ask then you’ll a) never know if they’d pay you more b) step outside your comfort zone and realize it’s not actually that scary to ask. But also have the grounds to back yourself up. Numbers talk sure, but engagement is where it’s at. They’re more likely to show you the money when you stand up for your work.

Just a little reminder, sparked from mini-me, to know your worth and stick to it.

Have a great weekend y’all!

Signing off from Austin, TX

NP

food for thought: 1st edition

Soooo in Wednesday’s post I mentioned how had been feeling uninspired the past few weeks. Do you ever have those moments? I was like, I have this beautiful blog space and I don’t feel like writing + sharing sh*t. I was down on myself because lately I’ve only been sharing wine content, which is great, don’t get me wrong, but this isn’t a wine blog. But it’s also not a fashion blog, food blog or my acting page. Bottom line is, I was having an identity crisis.

All the advice I hear when you start a blog is find your niche. And even though I’ve been at this for over a year, it still feels brand new! I’m still “trial and erroring” as I grow this site. WTF is my niche?? I’m a self proclaimed actress with an appetite for many aspects of life. I want to try it all!

This is where the “food for thought” series came to life. I needed a way to funnel down so I wasn’t all over the map.

It went a little something like this:

I was having an Aperol spritz with one of my best friends and I brought up how I was feeling so “meh/overwhelmed/gahhhhelpmeplease” about this site.  I knew the wine was working (when is it not?!) but I didn’t know which direction to go with other posts. I have ideas but lately they’d just been clouding my brain and no action was happening. I wanted consistency.  A) to help me fit writing into my schedule and B) so y’all + new readers know what to expect. 

Why don’t you do a “food for thought Fridays”? That way you have your wine on Wednesday and Fridays you can open up about your other areas of interest.  

**I nearly started crying** Ok sliiight exaggeration, but her idea was brilliant: An op-ed style Friday segment where I could write about acting, food, breakups, losses, wins, double standards, and why I hate the term “overnight success”.

A weight was lifted off my chest. This is my niche. Drinking and dishing my way through Hollywood. Serving up a slice of honesty with a side of do what makes you happy.

So here’s to many more editions of sharing my stories, words of wisdom, how I keep hustling…favorite restaurants sprinkled in their too.

Cheers friends!

xxNP