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Mary Cressler
Portland, OR
The intention of this blog is to share all about that which we indulge in. For me, I aspire to indulge in life itself. As I believe we all should. I believe we should all treat ourselves to something special every once in awhile... give in... indulge, whether its on a nice meal, a nice glass of wine or even a cheap glass of wine for that matter, or even a grand vacation. You deserve it!So for me, I will use this as an opportunity to share what I have "vin"dulged in lately, whether it was wine, a great meal, or a trip. And I hope you share your own stories of vindulging as well.
Recent Activity
This is just a reminder to all of you who receive Vindulge blog posts by email, we have moved to a brand new site! There will no longer be posts here at this address. If you receive these posts via... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2011 at Vindulge
After two years blogging on this site, I have decided it is time to move. I have been meaning to make this change for a while and the time has now come. Vindulge has a fresh new look and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at Vindulge
I have a soft spot in my heart for companies that give directly back to their communities and support worthy causes. So when I heard about the Charity Case Foundation I was instantly wondering; wine + good causes… how could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at Vindulge
... and two great pink bubbly recommendations. Sparkling wine is a requirement in my house, at all times. It is useful in times of joy, times of celebration, times of sadness, madness and frustration, and times you’re just plain ol’... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Vindulge
This past Saturday I did something I’ve been putting off for a long time. Inspired by Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) I opened two bottles of wine that I never quite found the right occasion to do so. They were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Vindulge
Do you have a bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a “special occasion”? What about a wine that you just can’t seem to find the right moment to open it up for, the right meal to pair it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Vindulge
It’s true. I drink white wine in the winter. A lot of it actually. And I know I’m not the only one. My friend Ryan even has a whole website devoted strictly to white wines from the Pacific Northwest because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Vindulge
I may be late in the game in writing about this news, but I have an excuse. I was pregnant all of last fall and moved 3,000 miles across the country. My mind was in many other places. Earlier this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2011 at Vindulge
... And a special announcement. As this year comes to an end I wanted to wish everybody who reads this blog a very happy new year and to share some very exciting news. Earlier this month my husband and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Vindulge
It's almost here. The holiday embraced by food and wine lovers all over the country. Thanksgiving!!! If you’re anything like me and do most of your grocery shopping last minute, don’t worry. I have some great last minute wine ideas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Vindulge
This post was originally intended to be posted on November 9th (one week ago), but life got in the way. This is only important because the dates reflect how long the wines reviewed stayed fresh. I don’t have much experience... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Vindulge
Have a Happy Halloween Everybody What does your pumpkin say about you??? Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Vindulge
Two of the coolest wine experiences I’ve had involve 30th birthdays. The first was many years ago for the hubby’s 30th birthday (I won’t reveal the date as to not reveal hubby’s old age). Years prior to this day he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at Vindulge
I remember the very first winery my hubby and I ever visited, on our very first trip to Sonoma, because we joined their wine club. It happened again the very next day at another winery, we joined another wine club.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Vindulge
Fall is definitely here. I can tell because I wake up every morning and instantly throw on socks and my UGG boots and yearn for something warm to drink. This is my first fall living in New England and since... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Vindulge
Congratulations! You'll love Washington. I'm just bummed we just left the NW and are now 3,000 miles away. Good luck out there. You'll do great! Cheers, Mary
But first, why I like Cougar Town (bare with me, I do have a point here) I’m not afraid to admit it; I like the show Cougar Town. There I said it. It’s out there to the world. One of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Vindulge
... Plus the winner of my Wine Essentials Giveaway contest! Throughout this past summer I was able to teach quite a few wine classes that introduce various important wine regions of the world. My goal when I teach these classes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Vindulge
I just moved across the country. 3,000 miles across the country to be exact. That is no easy thing! In fact moving has been considered one of the most stressful events in a persons life. One of the things that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2010 at Vindulge
The weekend before our big move across the country we invited all of our local friends to celebrate with us for one last big BBQ. We smoked a large pork butt, busted out some wine and beer, and enjoyed our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Vindulge
This post is long overdue. I was first inspired to write about this recipe over a year ago when my hubby and I started making it. For some reason it kept getting pushed off, and pushed off. And finally the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at Vindulge
Moving day is here. As of next week I will be officially living on the opposite side of the country. As I wrap up my time in Portland I thought I would share some of the many places and things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Vindulge
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my goal to do, see, and eat certain things in Portland before the big move date. And with the date growing closer and closer everyday I’ve finally made plans to accomplish them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Vindulge
I used to work at a winery and we produced a Gewurztraminer one year that had tartrates. One day we had a lady return the bottle she bought. She was frantic and telling us there were glass shards in her wine and we needed to recall every bottle of wine we sold of it and warn everybody of the danger. I calmly told her about what it really was. Not glass! Not harmful at all. From that day on, we pre-warned all customers buying Gewurz about them, telling them they were actually "lucky" if they get to see these "crystals" in their wine, and most importantly to not freak out and resume drinking their lovely wine.
A couple weeks back we had some friends over for dinner. The plan, they bring the wine, we come up with food to pair with the wine. They had a couple of nice Italian wines they wanted to drink so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2010 at Vindulge