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A Little About Wine

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Winemaking is such an organic process that grapes, if left on the vine, will naturally turn into wine. Every single grape contains everything necessary for wine production: grape juice, sugar, and yeast. Of course naturally occurring wine isn't going to command a $50 bottle price or taste very good. That's where the science of winemaking makes a big difference.

The complex science that vintners go through to produce a bottle of wine is staggering. Terroir, malolactic fermentation, fermentation on the lees, pH of the soil, not enough rain, too much rain, etc., are just a few of the tribulations the vintner has to battle to make a nice bottle of wine. Without getting too technical, this blog will help the average person understand a little bit more about the complexity of wine and how to better select wine for your personal taste.

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To Drive, or not to Drive, That is the Question

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017

By: Clare Connection

Last year my mother sold her Volvo. Normally, that would not be a big deal. What was momentous was that she was giving up driving entirely. She told me that it  wasn't that big of a decision. Her vertigo and arthritis made driving scary and uncomfortable for her. She knew it was time. This transition is not always that clear cut nor easy. A lot of seniors don't want to give up their independence, their control, their mobility.

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Indoor Gardening

Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

By: Clare Connection

I like gardening. I enjoy nurturing a seedling, watching it grow, pampering it until it matures and then maintaining its health, reaping its harvest or enjoying its natural beauty. But after a natural disaster ripped though my neighborhood destroying everything in my yard, I felt disheartened. I vowed to never spend my time gardening again. Downsizing into a retirement community could prompt similar feelings. Adapting to a smaller living space may be difficult if you had been an avid gardener. But it doesn't have to be that way.

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