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06 Sep

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you have been.”
— Madeleine L’Engle in On Women Turning 70 by Cathleen Rountree

Edie (Sheila Hancock) is an 80-year-old woman who laments that she has spent most of her life taking care of an irritating, ailing, and controlling husband. There had wanted to do so many things, visit so many places, and have so many experiences. Now that he has died, can she finally do what she wants to do?

While sorting some things, Edie comes across a dusty postcard from her father who years ago had invited her to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland. Thinking about that awesome mountain, she recalls what a brave and free spirit she was so long ago.

“Aging is a moral and spiritual frontier because of its unknowns, terrors, and mysteries”
— Thomas R. Cole in The Journey of Life

Convinced that she can take on and fulfill this dream of her younger self, Edie journeys to the west coast of Scotland. There she reveals her cranky side at a climbing gear shop when the clerk, Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) doesn’t believe she is up to the climb. Eventually, she is convinced to take him along as a guide. As she embarks on this daunting challenge, Edie is forced to come face-to-face with the unknowns, terrors, and mysteries of her private pilgrimage.

“Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and restless you become, but your view becomes more extensive.”
— Ingmar Bergman, Swedish film director

Writer and director Simon Hunter makes the most of Sheila Hancock’s sturdy performance as an elder who yearns for an experience that will test her and take her deeper into herself than she has ever been before. She hopes that all the physical effort and spiritual strain will pay off with an extensive view.

“Aging is a stage in life that’s especially ripe for us to get free.”
— Ram Dass in One-Liners

For many elders, one of the exciting things to discover is the fire inside them. Edie recalls: “I was a wild child, difficult to believe now. I used to have such fire … and then I got married.” On her pilgrimage, she seeks to regain that early fire. Freedom, precious freedom — isn’t that what we all yearn for?

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06 Sep


If you’re a true wine admirer, then you’ll affirm that wine exploration doesn’t necessarily favor the sweet toothers – if there is such a word! As most conventional wines are not sweet, its a bomber for the cake lovers. But sweet wines are not meant for dessert pairing only, as many assume. A good number of wines have a natural sweetness that is perfect for main courses. The best sweet red wine is not measured by the sugar content it possesses, but rather, the level of acidity, tannins, and alcohol content in it.

Now, going into the details, I have sampled 9 of the best sweet wines and explored how they are made.

  1. Riesling

My number one bottle is Riesling grown in Germany, United States, Austria, France, New Zealand, and South Africa. This sweet wine is available as dry white or as a sweet dessert wine. To make this dessert wine, the grapes should have a noble rot and harvest late thereby sustaining a raisin-like state. With high acidity and low alcohol content, sweet Riesling pairs perfectly with cheese, salty food, and fresh fruits to balance its sweetness. Grape varietals blended with these wines include Riesling, Chardonnay, Scheurebe, Ortega Gewürztraminer, and Welschriesling. The level of sweetness in this wine is 90–220 g/L residual sugar, and a great bottle goes for $90.

  1. Ice Wine

Just as the name suggests, Ice wine is made from frozen vine grapes. Ones the vines are frozen, the grapes are picked and pressed to release the sugar. Thereafter, the liquid is then fermented to produce luscious, sweet ice wine. This sweet wine is popular in Canada, Germany, and Austria, where its called eiswein. The vibrant acidity in this semi-sweet red wine makes it a perfect after-meal drink. It also goes well with a simple dessert of fresh fruits or cheese and also with chocolate. You can also enjoy it as an aperitif. Its grape variants include Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Vidal. The sweetness level is between 120–220 g/L residual sugar and you can expect to spend $30 on its bottle.

  1. Moscato d’Asti

With a low alcohol content of about 6.5% ABV, this sweet wine is popular in Italy’s Piemonte region. During its making, the minimum potential alcohol content of 10% ABV is reached before harvesting of this sweet wine. The grapes are then pressed and chilled to freezing point hence fermented if necessary. Thereafter, the process is paused when the alcohol content reaches between 5.5 – 6.5% ABV giving it awesome sweetness ideal for desserts. The grape variety is Moscato Bianco with a sweetness level of 90–120 g/L residual sugar. A bottle of Moscato d’Asti goes for $15.

  1. Sauternes

The king of all sweet wines is undoubtedly Sauternes. It gets its sweetness by being produced in the Graves region in Bordeaux which has been affected by noble rot. The grapes are harvested once they have achieved a 13% ABV alcohol content. Categorized as a perfumed wine, it contains notes of coconut, ginger, honeyed apricots, mango, caramel, and citrus. You can serve it chilled with a plate of crème brulee, fois gras, chocolate, moldy cheeses, and cakes. Grape varietals include, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Sauvignon Gris, and Muscadelle. The sweetness level is 120–220 g/L residual sugar and you’ll spend $25 on a bottle.

  1. Tokaji Aszú

One of the most celebrated wines in the world, the Aszú wines of Tokaj, Hungary, is produced from a white grape called Furmint, that’s rarely found anywhere else. The grapes have been infected by the noble rot fungus. Sounds gross, right? But this produces a golden, sweet, white wine that’s rich with the flavor of saffron and ginger. It has an average alcohol content of about 9 – 11% ABV. With its sweet, honey, caramelized flavors, it is perfect for dishes like foie gras, creamy cheeses,cakes, and fruit desserts. Furmint and Hárslevel? are its grape varietals. With a sweetness level of about 60–450 g/L residual sugar, you’ll part with $50 per bottle.

  1. Port

Next in the list is Port Wine and its the sweetest wine produced in Douro Valley of Portugal with flavors like blackberry, raspberry, caramel chocolate sauce, and cinnamon. Although there are several types of Port wine, the two major ones are ruby Port with berries and chocolate flavors, and tawny-colored Port with caramel and nut flavors. This sweet wine pairs beautifully with flavored cheeses, smoky meats, salted and smoked nuts, and caramel desserts. Tinta Barroca, Tempranillo, Tinta Cão,Touriga Nacional, and Touriga Francesa are its grape variants. For a sweetness level of 90–140 g/L residual sugar, you are likely to spend $50 for a bottle of Port.

  1. Bodega Sangria

San Antonio’s Bodega Sangrias come in two mouthwatering flavors: Bodega Sangria Tradicional and Bodega Sangria Blanca. Both are produced with 100% natural grapes, fermented naturally with enhanced natural fruits. While Bodega Sangria Tradicional encompasses orange flavors balanced by bright acidity level, on the other hand, Bodega Sangria Blanca contains fresh orange, lime, and lemon aspects. With 10% ABV, Sangrias pair well with Thai, Spanish, and Tex-Mex dishes like stuffed jalapeno papers, roasted chipotle salsa, or chorizo based dishes. A bottle costs around $6.90.

  1. San Antonio Cardinale

This unique and delicious red wine is made by San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles, US. It features a proprietary blend by the Riboli family and is a Gold medal award winner in national competitions. This sweet red wine is best served chilled, with the hint mixed berries giving it a robust flavor. It has a low alcohol content of 12% ABV, making it perfect for spice-rich foods and savory Italian dishes with a touch of garlic. A bottle costs $9.

  1. Stella Rosa Rosso

Stella Rosa Rosso is the first of its kind, a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine produced by Stella Rosa Wines. It has a 5.5% alcohol content that balances the acidity and sweetness, making it perfect as an easy-to-enjoy drink. The wine boasts a strawberry freshness and red berry features. You will enjoy it best when chilled and paired with cheese, spicy food, fresh fruits, chocolates, and cake for dessert. Its grape varietal is Brachetto; with a sweetness level of 11.58% residual sugar you can enjoy this bottle by spending just $9.

If you are a wine lover and want to enjoy these sweet wines delivered right to your doorstep, just sign up for Sweet Wine Club, and treasure the sweetest surprise you’ve ever had.

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06 Sep

The Sutter Home for Hope initiative began in 2001, when one of Sutter Home’s founding family members, Vera Trinchero Torres, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sutter Home fans can help continue the fight against breast cancer by sending in their Sutter Home bottle capsules, corks and screwcaps via mail. Fans can also support the cause by sharing designated Facebook posts that will appear on Sutter Home’s Facebook page throughout September and the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For each Facebook share and for every cork, capsule or screwcap received by mail, the winery will donate $1 to National Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $60,000. The program begins Sept. 1, 2019 and will run through the end of 2019.

“For all of us at Sutter Home, the fight against breast cancer is personal,” said Brie Wohld, vice president, marketing for Sutter Home. “We’ve been proud to partner with National Breast Cancer Foundation for the past six years because their values align with Sutter Home’s mission, which is twofold. First, we strive to provide financial support to the charities and non-profits that are working to make a difference in our communities nationwide. Second, it’s paramount that we promote positive messages of hope and support to let those affected by cancer know they are not alone. We’re delighted that our fans stand behind this partnership and the good we’ve set out to do, and know that 2019 will be another great year of giving with their support.”

Banded together to make a positive difference in the lives of families around the world, Sutter Home and National Breast Cancer Foundation are committed to Helping Women Now®. The National Cancer Institute predicts that an estimated 268,600* women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 41,760* will die in the United States in 2019. With the help of Sutter Home’s fans, National Breast Cancer Foundation can inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.

“We are thankful for Sutter Home Family Vineyards’ commitment to our mission of Helping Women Now,” said Janelle Hail, founder & CEO of National Breast Cancer Foundation. “Sutter Home’s continued generosity will help us support women affected by breast cancer, so that no one faces this disease alone.”

Clink for pink with Sutter Home Family Vineyards Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 and learn all the ways Sutter Home’s little corks bring big hope, from our home to yours at and

About Sutter Home
When the Trinchero family bought the Sutter Home Winery in 1948, they had vision, passion and a keen insight into consumer tastes. In the early 1970s, Sutter Home revolutionized the way Americans enjoyed wine when it created the first-ever White Zinfandel, introducing a new, sweeter style of wine—along with several other crowd-pleasing varietals—at an affordable price. By the 1980s and 1990s, Sutter Home became a household name as the second largest independent, family-run winery in the United States. In 2005, the winery was the first to produce the groundbreaking single-serve, 187ml package in light-weight plastic bottles. Today, Sutter Home continues to reflect the evolution of its consumers, offering more than 20 different varietals – now including Rosé in limited-edition Sutter Home for Hope Pink Ribbon packaging. For more information visit

About National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Helping Women Now® by providing early detection, education and support services to those affected by breast cancer. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for 14 years, NBCF provides support through their National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, breast health education, and research programs. For more information, please visit

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Support the Cause
Send Sutter Home corks, screwcaps and capsules in an envelope labeled SHFH19 to:
Inmar Rebate Center
PO Box 426008
Del Rio, TX 78842-6008

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06 Sep

Board of directors for the Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services, also known as MHARS, voted Aug. 22 to elect its first slate of officers and to set its public meeting schedule.

This year, Lorain County is integrating the leading agencies that plan, fund and monitor the public safety net of mental health and substance use services under Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services Board, formerly the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board and the Board of Mental Health.

The Board voted to hold its monthly public full board meetings at 5:15 p.m., every third Thursday, at the Amy Levin Conference and Learning Center, 1165 North Ridge Road East in Lorain.

The Board also voted on its first slate of officers, to serve a one-year term in their elected roles: Tim Carrion, chair; Pamela Waite, vice chair; Inez James, secretary; and David Ashenhurst, chief governance officer.

“I’m excited to be on this team and to be working together with all of you to make things happen,” Carrion said upon his election, citing his previous years of service to the Board of Mental Health and his role on the transition team that developed policy and other recommendations for the new Board.

For current announcements about the Board’s activities, follow

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06 Sep

Consumer Reports reviews tips to help readers stay asleep throughout the entire night.

Try to go to bed and get up at about the same time each day to get your body used to a fixed sleep schedule. And make sure that you’re getting at least 150 minutes of exercise a week; regular physical activity has been linked to sounder sleep.

If your insomnia isn’t due to a medical condition, then the cause may be what’s called psychophysiological insomnia, says Krahn. This type of insomnia happens when you wake up and become so stressed about not falling back to sleep that your worry ends up keeping you awake.

The best way to cope if this happens is to stay exactly where you are. “A lot of my patients think that they’re supposed to go into another room and do something relaxing like reading until they feel sleepy again, but that really only works if you’re having trouble falling asleep,” explains Krahn. “I’ve found that just the act of getting up and moving around can send the body into wake-up mode.” Instead, she recommends listening to soothing music, or even a boring podcast, in the dark in your bed until you feel tired again.


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06 Sep

The best and most enduring pop performers are protean personalities who are willing and able to try new things even if it means not meeting the expectations of their fans. Linda Ronstadt is such an artist. Her life and career are wonderfully presented in this top-drawer documentary directed by Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jeffrey Friedman.

Ronstadt narrates her own story with vim and vigor and shows her mastery of many musical genres including folk, pop, rock, country, operetta, and traditional Mexican music. Many colleagues pay tribute to her as a woman and an artist, including Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Ry Cooder, David Geffen, and Cameron Crowe, but it is Dolly Parton who sums it all up saying, “Linda could literally sing everything!”

In the late 1980s, Ronstadt collaborated with country singers Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris on Trio and Trio II. These releases confirmed what many had noticed for years: Ronstadt was an advocate for and great admirer of other women singers — even when she was the reigning queen of pop music. We see evidence of this throughout the documentary.

In the 1970s, she made the covers of Time, Rolling Stone, and People magazines. Among her most beloved hits are “Desperado,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Blue Bayou,” “It’s So Easy,” “Just One Look,” and “Hurt So Bad.” With all these hits, Ronstadt won ten Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Roll & Roll Hall of Fame. She was for a while the highest paid female artist in rock.

The Sound of My Voice ends with this singer’s bold and adventuresome exploration of music she loved: opera, jazz, and Mexican folk. In a final interview, she sits surrounded by her family, bravely joining them in song, even though her voice has been badly affected by Parkinson’s Disease.

Fans of Linda Ronstadt will love every minute of this tribute, and those few who are not familiar with her music will be delighted to discover it.

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06 Sep

First off, to clear up any early and obvious confusion, Julep is not a book about mint juleps (not entirely, anyway). Julep is a bar in Houston, Texas — a great one, at that! — that, as the subtitle for this book indicates, focuses to some degree on the cocktails of the South.

Julep is owner Alba Huerta’s story about Southern-style drinking, with personal stories interspersed among its 65 recipes. Only seven of these are juleps; many of the remaining drinks are drawn from the cocktails of New Orleans (Sazeracs, French 75, etc.). As a devotee of the South, Huerta trades briskly in bourbon but finds room for rum, gin, and just about everything else amidst the pages. A surprising number of drinks incorporate sherry or Madeira, with oddities like pamplemousse rose liqueur making the occasional appearance.

With just 65 drinks in its more than 200 pages, you’ll need to get through an awful lot of narrative — and 80 pictures — if all you’re interested in is the recipes, but Huerta’s prose is well-written and informative, and it probably wouldn’t kill you to spend a few minutes reading about what you’re drinking… after you’ve got your cocktail in hand, of course.


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06 Sep

Constellation Brands product line.

Adam Jeffery | CNBC

Beer and wine producer Constellation Brands is seeing an uptick in the millennial generation’s consumption of alcohol and, according to a company executive, that’s in part thanks to one specific reason.

“When you said the millennials are drinking more, I’m like: That’s because they have kids,” Barclays analyst Lauren Lieberman said.

Lieberman made the comment somewhat jokingly during a discussion with Constellation Brands CFO David Klein, who was speaking with Lieberman at the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference on Wednesday.

“Well, I think that’s exactly the answer,” Klein responded.

He cited Constellation’s research on millennials to back up his broader thesis: The company found that in 2013, millennials consumed about 24 alcoholic drinks per month. By this year, that number has climbed to about 29 per month – with about 77% of all millennials in the U.S. consuming alcohol, according to Klein.

“What we don’t know though is will we see that same thing with Gen Z as they age, will they — will life get more stressful for them and they drink a little more? But it’s too early to tell, but we definitely have seen that with millennials,” Klein said.

Klein added that Generation Z, ages 21 to 24, are consuming alcohol “slightly more slowly” than millennials did.

“I think what we have is people saying that they’re drinking less or drinking better, but that’s really driving people into trends like Corona Premier and seltzer and Mic Ultra, and brands like that,” Klein saId.

Twitter user @bluff_capital first noted the exchange on Thursday.

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06 Sep

Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00) is the newest addition to the Naked palette series. It launches September 13th at and Sephora, and it’ll be available at other retailers, like Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Ulta, on September 26th.

Oh, and also, Urban Decay broke my heart today because the Honey eyeshadow in this palette is not at all like the Honey I know and loved. It’s significantly lighter, brighter, cooler, and has micro-glitter and sparkle in it.

Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette

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