At Least Once a Day…
… I get asked where I got my glasses or a compliment about my glasses. Sadly this specific frame is no longer available, but the company has other really cool eyewear.
Ah, I am getting ahead of myself. The frames you see in this picture of me started out as sunglasses. It was during our annual trip to Provincetown that we wandered into a men’s clothing and accessory store, and I found these (as sunglasses). I put them on and immediately fell in love with them.
You see, I have been in search of new frames for my prescription glasses for well over a year. I was looking for a frame what was funky, colorful and fun. You know, to match my personality. When I saw these, I knew they were “the one.” At $40.00, I figured I would take them to my optician to see if my lenses would fit in them or I would gift someone a pair of sunnies. Obviously, it worked, and now I finally have frames that match my personality.
Blue Planet Eyewear
So to be clear, Blue Planet Eyewear sells sunglasses and readers. I have no idea if all of their styles can be converted into regular glasses or if every optician will be as helpful as mine and allow you to bring in your own frame to be fitted. Consider the above to be a disclaimer.
But it worked for me, and the compliments keep pouring in. I was looking for my next pair on the Blue Planet website, and I saw that they have an Ambassador program. I was not sure if they were only interested in 20-something social media mavens but I thought given the number of folks that ask me about them, I should apply.
Surprise! I was accepted, and I am now a brand ambassador for Blue Planet Eyewear. I feel ever so cool and hip. And I have a discount code for you to make me even cooler… Be sure to use: CoffeeToWine20
There is another fundamental reason why I choose to do this. For every pair of glasses sold, they donate a pair to a person in need. So far they have donated over 500,000 pairs of glasses. They partner with a few renowned humanitarian organizations such as SEE International, Feed the Children, Direct Relief, and Best Day Foundation to provide support to men, women, and children around the world who are struggling with vision impairment.
So I did a screen grab of some of the styles that caught my eye. Check them out.
Blue Planet Eyewear: Sunnies
Blue Planet Eyewear: Readers
There are lots of other styles that I have not included. So be sure to check them out. Be sure to use the Coupon Code for 20% off! CoffeeToWine20
Robert Sinskey Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Franc, Vandal Vineyard
Napa Valley is on my mind a lot as I prepare to attend the Annual Wine Writers’ Education Tour in Napa next month. When I was in the area last fall I spent most of my time in Sonoma and as my time ran out, I only had the opportunity to visit one winery on the Napa Valley side. My dear friend Suzanne picked a great one to visit, Robert Sinskey Vineyards. This Cab Franc is one of the many bottles I purchased and brought back to Charleston.
About the Winery
Robert Sinskey Vineyards is a second generation family-owned and operated organically farmed vineyard and winery. There are six vineyards covering over 170 acres. Five of the vineyards are in the Carneros AVA. Four on the Napa side and one on the Sonoma side. One vineyard is is the Stag’s Leap AVA. The Cabernet Franc is from the fruit in the Vandal Vineyard which is Carneros AVA/Napa.
About the Wine
As the wine settles into my glass, it shows off its medium-dark garnet color with an opaque ruby rim. Before we sip, we take in a few whiffs to capture the aromas that waft from the glass. Gary gets cola and blackberries. I get more earth/soil and a deep blueberry. We move to the first sip. It is big and bright with juicy black fruits. Gary thinks the fruits overripe but I am not there. On the backside of the sip, the berry flavor moves from blueberry to blackberry. The tannins are slightly gripping at first but smooth out as you finish the first glass. As we reach the finish, I get a quick blast of acid that cleanses and makes me want for another sip.
This wine currently sells for $50.00 per bottle.
Robert Sinksey Vineyards is at 6320 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558. Phone: (707) 944-9090. Online ordering available on their website.
Some Robert Sinskey wines are also distributed nationally so look out for them at your local independent wine store and fine dining restaurants.
That is all for now.