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A lifestyle blog by Allison Arbuthnot on The Whole 9

Allison was raised on the vine in Sonoma, California, and believes that life is too short to drink bad wine, count calories, or second-guess your destiny. She now lives in Los Angeles where she practices many things, the two most important being contentment and tricks for opening a wine bottle without a wine key.

Summertime Moon

The late afternoon sun shone like a brilliant golden daffodil above me and, before me, its reflected image filled the cup of flaxen liquid in my hand, a second sun blessing me with its light and warmth.

The Valley of the Moon Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 is as clean and clear as the ocean sky, as fragrantly floral as blooming jasmine, as soft and juicy as ripe honeydew at a picnic. It is as sweet as summer stone fruit and as bright as green apples on their way into a pie. It is as simple as playing the sprinklers and as familiar as old pair of flip-flops. It is a July day in America, the Star Spangled Banner in fluid form, a palatable expression of timelessness and the perennial pleasures of summertime.

And it tastes good.


  1. God you’re a good writer!

  2. Alli,
    You are a terrific writer!!! I always want to run out and buy immediately what you describe.
    Think I will pick this up to go to Summer on the Greens in Windsor on Thursday.

  3. If the wine is half as good as this dreamy narrative then I’m sold~

  4. I see Valley of the Moon Winery has a Rose’ for $16. That is going to be summer drink this year. Last year saw an excitement for Rose’, this year will clinch the trend.

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