Operation Wine-deer, Stop Wining!


Wine-deer Tip

     Stop wining and designate yourself as the driver, no exceptions, you’ll be the most appreciated person at the party. You’ll also be entertained beyond your wildest wine-deer dreams as you witness the conversations and actions of the socially lubricated. Having a good sense of humor is a must for an evening without wine.

    An excerpt from, Wine Within Your Comfort Zone, Chapter Five:

     Back in the day when I enjoyed the odd cocktail, my husband and I were vacationing in San Diego. We took a bus tour that promised to take us to the land of the best margaritas ever. As we strolled through the colorful market within the small town I was instantly attracted to the brassy mariachi music playing in the distance. I turned to my husband and asked, “Do you hear that?”  He stopped walking for a moment, cocked his head to one side, and nodded.

    Determined to find the source, and following the sound of the music, it wasn’t long before we came upon the charming Mexican restaurant. The aroma of fajitas sizzling in cast iron pans lured us inside. An older man with a toothless grin greeted us, and led us to a table by windows that opened out to the lively market.

     While studying the menu I was periodically distracted by the multicolored Aztec designs within a mural that spanned the entire length of one wall. Awash in color it depicted a time long gone where indigenous people tilled the soil and worked the land. As I gazed around the crowded room I noticed each one of the tables and chairs had been hand painted with intricate designs, decorated with tiny mosaic tiles, in loud hues of red, orange, green, and yellow only found in Mexico or, a restaurant like this one.

     Our server, a young woman, dark hair piled high on her head, greeted us with a wide pearly smile, “ Our specials today are the lime margarita, and the chicken fajita.”

     My husband glanced at me, I nodded without hesitation, and he ordered for each of us; “Two fajitas, one lime margarita, and una cerveca por favor.”

     Without writing the order down, the server replied, “Si, senor, ya pronto.” And then disappeared into the hum of the crowd.

      As it turned out, this happened to be the place with the claim to fame margaritas in all flavors. When the server brought my drink I felt both happy, and slightly embarrassed. The margarita came served in an actual fishbowl. As it was placed on the table in front of me, I envisioned little fish donning sombreros, bopping the Mexican Hat Dance and partying in my drink.  Taking one look at it, and then me, my husband raised an eyebrow, paused, and said, “We’re on vacation, enjoy!” Enjoy I did. It was the best margarita I had ever had. Given our food was taking so long, I ordered another.

     As I sat sipping I noticed couples with the same drink except they were sharing, and they each had their own straw. I brushed it off.  I was extremely thirsty and I needed something while waiting for our food.

     The day just seemed to get better after that. Tequila in my veins, strolling along the quaint streets of the vibrant town, everything looked overly splendid and I could still faintly hear the mariachi music playing.  Once we’d returned to our tour bus, my husband quickly took his seat, and let out a huge sigh of relief. Little did I know, I had been leaning on him for support the entire time, and stumbling over his feet.

The Moderation Glass

     Like the fishbowl margarita glass, I’ve recently noticed wine glasses have morphed in size. I have a beautiful set of wine glasses the size of soup bowls that seemed like a good purchase at the time. I’d be embarrassed to use them now. They sit in my cupboard taking up valuable space. I could probably get away with using them for margaritas, if I still drank them. I suppose I could transform the glasses into candle holders or, perhaps terrariums, and sell them at a craft fair.  One thing is for certain I won’t be using them for wine….

So there you have it, a sneak peek from chapter five.

Margarita-Wine Spritzer


Fill your wine glass with ice and add,

Juice from 1/2 a lemon

Juice from 1/2 a lime

1/2 cup cranberry cocktail (or to taste if you like it sweeter)

Add 3-ounces of Pinot Grigio (omit if you are the D.D.)

Add a lemon and lime wedge for garnish


Use a lemon-lime carbonated beverage, wine, and ice (cranberry cocktail is optional)



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