July 31

Love of The Journey – My Year Wente Vineyards


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Once 2016 hit, I said that this was MY YEAR! I was going to get things done. In August I'm turning 39 and my mom died of MS and Cancer right before she turned 39 so in the back of my mind I always knew this was an important year for me.


First, I needed to make some changes in my life, I knew it was going to be a journey but it has been a fun ride so far! I started weight training, running, and Jui Jitsu (Yes I AM the oldest woman in class but that is okay! I'm rockin' it!). So far I've lost 15lbs and gained a ton of muscle! I will be posting pictures in August for my birthday of my transformation so stay tuned!

I also rebranded my blog to make it more….me.  I'm covering more traveling and of course recipes. My daughters are helping out more and will be adding crafts soon.

Sometimes life gets in the way but I put my foot down and pushed back. I have at least 4 more books coming this year. The next in my Olde City Angels series will be out next month. Here is the cover. You can sign up for my emails so get reminders about releases here

Ethereal - Mandie Stevens


When I'm not busy homeschooling, blogging, working out, or writing books I like to relax with a good book and a glass of wine. Reds are my favorite and I LOVE the Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Here are some of their other great wines

Morning Fog Chardonnay
Sandstone Merlot
Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc
Riverbank Riesling
Reliz Creek Pinot Noir
Riva Ranch Chardonnay
Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon

I have LOVED my Journey so far this year, I'm incredibly proud of myself. I also love the journey the Wente family made to create their vineyard.

Philip, Carolyn, Karl D., Christine and Eric Wente Fourth and Fifth Generation Photo Sam Harnack

Photo source Wente Vineyards

The Wente family’s story begins in 1883, when German immigrant, C.H. Wente immigrated to America with the dream of creating a better life. After studying winemaking under Charles Krug in Napa Valley, he moved to Livermore with his wife to pursue his new career. Five generations later Wente is still the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country. Their wines are 100% estate grown and sustainably farmed in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Secco. Over the past 130 years Wente Vineyards’ Chardonnay is consistently recognized as being the best-selling varietal in the country. The Wente Family is proud to be recognized as “California’s First Family of Chardonnay.”

I would LOVE to go and check out their winery!

Visit Wente Vineyards to find out more about their wines and follow them on Twitter and  Facebook 


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  1. I’d love to see the winery, too. Congrats to you on those successes! I haven’t had a glass in wine in so long I can’t remember! I need to get on it and enjoy!

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