All posts by Head BoozyWife In Charge

Tattoo wife, student of wine and distilled spirits, lover of artistry, viticulture, travel, and the finer things in life.

Explore Montaña de Oro State Park Tide Pools

One of my passions in this crazy life is the ocean. I fancy myself a landlocked mermaid, and also have a sleeve tattoo expressing my ocean love–complete with a mermaid and little octopus dude!I enjoy exploring the sea life in and around our local areas, and photography is much more fun for me here on the central coast. We have California starfish. STARFISH!!Today was our first hike to the tide pools at Montaña de Oro State Park. Low tide is the best time to check out the pools, so check a tide chart before you go. Anemone, starfish, crabs, mussels, are all visible for a short time when the tides recede.

Anemone in tide pool

Starfish

Gorgeous life inhabit each puddle, but you need to take your time and watch your step.
Not terrible life advice, all in all. It was definitely a bucket list afternoon–Bring a picnic lunch for the view and enjoy!

Four Years of the BoozyLife 

Here we are–I can’t believe I started this boozy journey FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY! 

There have been so many adventures in that relatively short time…and with our recent move to the West Coast, it looks like there will be many more to look forward to…

On this anniversary, I wanted to share FIVE of my favorite posts:

Thank you to everyone reading, following, and adding to the adventure along this Boozy Life!! Here’s to the next travels, wine tastings, and adventures…I look forward to sharing them all with you! 

    A Sunday By the Bay -Bay Area Tattoo Convention 2017

    First tattoo convention for this tattoo wife in 2017 (as a visitor) was this past weekend –the 13th annual Bay Area Tattoo Convention…and, as you know, we love our 13’s! Perfect way to start my first year on the West coast….

    The Bay Area Tattoo Convention is held at the Hyatt SFO, and the hotel is attached to the convention venue (always nice for an escape to the room or the pool to breathe) 

    Nick and Ellen Chaboya


    The show is on the smaller side, but with a high caliber of artists tattooing. Inspiration is everywhere. 

    Jeff Gogue

    The Bay Area convention is put on every year by powerhouse shop State of Grace Tattoo (Taki is the creator of the viral phenomenon Monmon Cats by Horitomo. Molly, his wife and accomplished chef in her own right, is the author of Knives and Needles blog…a very striking companion to The BoozyLife, for sure! Tattoos, food, booze, and travel….hell yes…)


    The show itself had smaller crowds on Sunday, undoubtedly due to downpouring rain the in the area.

    Lefty, Grime, Brian 2017


    We were able to walk around, checking out work and goings on, and of course socialize with friends that until now were a Coast away. 

    This was my first visit to the area, entirely too short, and focused almost entirely on the convention…but we did get to check out Golden Moon Gallery, a stunning new art space in San Mateo. 

    Operated and curated by SF tattoo artist Nick Chaboya and his lovely wife Ellen, the gallery features work by internationally known artists, including fellow tattooists. Really quite fantastic to see a space for this incredible artwork, crafted by several of our talented friends–from paintings, to jewelry and sculpture, all slightly flavored with tattoo culture, yet vastly different and always changing. We wish them luck and continued success! Can’t wait to explore this region and spend more time on wine 🍷 

    13th Bay Area Tattoo Convention 2017

    First BoozyLife convention visit this year, and it’s happening on the West Coast! Keep your eyes peeled, here and on my social media feeds–we’re visiting the Bay Area this weekend to check out the 13th annual Bay Area Tattoo Convention, and hopefully visit and catch up with tattoo friends we haven’t seen in far too long…and check out Golden Moon Art Gallery!
    Seriously, though…is that not the best tattoo convention poster artwork, ever? Check out Horimoto’s Mon Mon Cats E-store for tees, prints, and more-all featuring these virally popular designs! (Monmon cats online store)

    Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach CA

    Yesterday, I made a little trip off the wine trails to visit The Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach CA. It was absolutely something I plan on doing often in winter! I have read about the migration of the Monarch butterflies, where colonies of up to twenty thousand spend the winter from October until February. The butterflies cluster on the limbs of the Eucalyptus trees in Pismo State Beach park, a beautiful and tiny area to see such a concentration of wings. On first look, you see hardly any Monarchs, except for a few lilting gently in the breeze. As your eyes adjust, the fluttering clumps of leaves seem to shift before your eyes, an illusion of wings. It’s truly a breathtaking experience. Last year, the count swelled to twenty five thousand in February. Yesterday’s officially posted count came in at around fifteen thousand, which was utterly incredible to witness. A not to be missed, FREE stop, right off of HWY 1 on the coast…bring your own beverages! 

    Greece in May 2017-Athens Tattoo Convention and #Winelover Meet Up in Thrace 

    Greece is a must-visit for me. I come from Greek heritage on my father’s side, plus my love for wine has led me to time and time again to the region. It’s finally time for me to explore the land of my ancestors, with not one, but TWO events in May that are close to my heart!

    The 11th International Athens Tattoo Convention will take place May 11-13th in Athens, Greece. The three day show will feature an impressive list of A-list tattoo artists traveling to Athens from all over the world, artwork, contests, and, of course, tattooing. I’m trying to plan it so this convention will kick off BoozyLife’s Tattoo and Wine Tour of Greece 2017…
    May 25th-28th brings the second half of the tour, with the official #WineLover meetup in Thrace, Greece. Luiz Alberto, founder of The Wine Hub blog and LifeLover extraordinaire has teamed up with Ted Lelekas and I Love Greek Wine to celebrate the anniversary of the WineLover community–and I’ve been invited to attend! 

    Morro Bay, California #FLXtoSLO


    The Molina’s have finally settled into our little RV spot, located on the central coast of California! Our Vogue is parked in Morro Bay, surrounded by views of rolling hills, trees, and cattle lowing in the distance, above the community. We are loving it!


    Morro Bay is a small beach town of around 10,000 people. Less than fifteen miles away from downtown San Luis Obispo, this little coastal gem takes it name from Morro Rock, a volcanic cap at the mouth of the bay.


    The Morro Strand beach is covered in sand dollars, whale watching and dolphins cruise the area, and sea lions bark at fisherman for treats.


    One of the main industries is tourism, and it exists happily with the local fishing vessels that in turn provide seafood to bayfront dining spots. There are a few wine spots I will be checking out here, now that I’m a local and we are mostly settled. Honestly, I could use some wine and unwind time….

    BoozyLife is On the Road #FLXtoSLO

    We have left the snow and cold of the Finger Lakes for the sunshine and surf of San Luis Obispo, CA!

    Currently, our big ole RV is in New Mexico–tomorrow, I will be hitting a bucket list tasting at Caduceus Cellars in Jerome, AZ. For those that aren’t in the know–Maynard James Keenan of Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle, master of ceremonies and creator of much of the soundtrack of my life is also the owner and hands on winemaker. Homework–check out the movie Blood into Wine about Maynard’s love of AZ viticulture 💀🍷

    My new piece on Greek Wines is out! Thank you LM Archer and binnotes.com

    Guest Wine Writer Series | № 9 | Demetra Molina – Beyond Retsina: 7 reasons you should be drinking Greek wines – binNotes | redThread™

    https://binnotes.com/2016/11/04/guest-wine-writer-series-%e2%84%96-9-demetra-molina-beyond-retsina-7-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-greek-wines/

    Harvest in the Finger Lakes 2016

    Well, that’s pretty much it! Harvest 2016, for the Finger Lakes wine area of upstate NY, is in the bag. Winemakers are busy in the cellars, but the backbreaking labor of bringing in the fruit is over. 

    Watkins sunset on Seneca


    The drought of summer 2016, along with hot late summer temperatures, created a harvest situation different than in years past. Usually, whites ripen first, and there is a window of staggered time to pick the grapes. This year, almost every variety was ready to pick at once, creating a push for helping hands–as well as a more aggressive grape seller’s market. Winemakers that buy grapes had to make fast decisions or be priced out to the next highest bidder. ‘Time crunch’ was the big term of this year’s harvest. 

    riesling ready to go


    I had the opportunity once again to get my hands dirty and hand pick for a few different, local, smaller FLX grape growers. First-hand knowledge of grapes and fields make for a more educated taster and pourer of wines, so I take the chance where and when I can. 


    I exclusively hand picked on Seneca Lake this year-Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. As always, I learned so much from the people I worked with, the experience alone was worth the labor put in. Long hours, little pay (mostly), but you really get out of it what you put into it, and the access you get to the winemakers will absolutely change how you think about making (and drinking!) wine.

    Even Master Somm’s sort grapes in the FLX


    Look for 2016 vintage FLX reds as well to be exceptional–the extensive drought and heat really created an intense, smaller crop of beautiful fruit. I’ll be back in NY from California next year to try some of the Rieslings, Cabernet Francs, and Gewurtztraminers, that I helped pick, for sure…