Try a crisp white wine this spring
Italy’s pinot grigio stems from pinot gris, a white grape from Burgundy, France. During the 1300s, the grape made its way to Alsace and then other parts of Europe, including Switzerland and Germany, later arriving in Italy, where it was given the name pinot grigio. James Busby, credited as the “father of Australian wine,” brought the grape to Australia in the 1830s. Eventually it landed in the United States.
Mixing it up
Vermouth, the ultimate cocktail builder, was originally believed to be a magical potion used for medicinal purposes stemming from the presence of certain botanicals.
The versatile varietal
Spring, the season of many types of weather, is a fine time to drink wines based on the chenin blanc grape, which offers styles of wine to suit every taste.
One of the best bets you will find on any wine list is malbec.
Thank heavens for houseplants! In winter, they carry nature’s warmth, color, and vitality indoors. “They’re therapeutic,” says Tovah Martin, author of The Indestructible Houseplant and a frequent Coastal Home contributor. “Growing them sends a message that nature is valuable and that you care enough to bring it into your home and care for it.” Sinningia leucotricha, an African violet relative, has a bulbous, above-ground tuber from which grow hairy silver leaves and fragrant pale-orange spring flowers. “It has everything; it’s a little oddity of nature, and when it goes dormant you don’t have to bother—it’s very easy.”
Kartuz Greenhouses (kartuz.com) carries several Sinningia species and cultivars.
Check eBay for S. leucotricha plants and seeds.