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Wine news from across the hall: Dec/Jan

Posted in All posts, Life with tags , , , on January 3, 2008 by Trina

The “from across the hall” category will feature posts from and about my husband Harry Calhoun, who writes a monthly wine column, Ten Dollar Tastings.


Hello wine lovers!

The latest column (December/January) is now online — a special one, because this marks my first anniversary with Ten Dollar Tastings!

While 2007 was a hard year in many ways, I certainly have my share of blessings. They start with Trina and extend to good health, good friends and our “son” Alex the Labrador. As you’ll see in the column, Trina has snagged a little bit of celebrity and I’m revisiting my past career as a small-press poet and fiction writer.

This month features my top ten affordable wines for the year. Is a red wine or a white the top choice? Those of you who know my tastes may be surprised. There’s also the red wine I pick each month for Charlie Hart and my featured wines, from Redwood Creek.

As always, I hope you enjoy Ten Dollar Tastings.

Harry Calhoun

Web site:

Wine News From Across the Hall

Posted in All posts, Life with tags , , , on November 17, 2007 by Trina

I am not yet writing effectively since my father’s passing. I aimlessly surf the Web and then try to concentrate on the novel, or even this blog, but the creativity just isn’t there. So, I thought this would be a good time to introduce a guest blogger. My husband Harry Calhoun writes a monthly wine column, Ten Dollar Tastings. I asked him to contribute to WORLDS THAT NEVER WERE with a note about his column. I hope that he will consider posting on a regular basis.


Hello wine lovers!

The latest column (November) is now online. Fall has fallen on us, but at least here in temperate North Carolina, it hasn’t fallen too hard yet. And the terrible drought that has caused severe water restrictions has been slaked by at least a few good rainfalls, so we’re breathing a cautious sigh of relief.

Sadly, my wife Trina’s father passed away earlier this month, and we are still struggling with that loss. In an odd coincidence, in my department at work, all three marketing writers lost a parent this year, and now Trina has suffered the same fate. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that this month’s column starts out talking about ghosts and the ghostly.

In more positive news, Trina has cut back to a 91.5 percent schedule at her job, which gives her more time to write. Our black Labrador Alex is doing great, having been through obedience training and getting used to having two doting parents. I’m still plugging away at my day job and doing a little freelance work — writing wine labels for a well-known winery and doing brochures and other materials for a local dog trainer.

As far as this month’s column, you’ll find out all about ghost wineries and hear about some wines that are spookily good and (as always) affordable. So are the incredibly priced wines of Surazo winery and my pick for Charlie, a Shiraz that low in price but high in fruity satisfaction. And of course, there are plenty of links to The Wine Merchant so you can scope out and purchase from their incredible selection.

Remember that you can access back editions of the column from the archive on the right nav bar. And don’t forget to tell your friends about Ten Dollar Tastings.

As always, I hope you enjoy Ten Dollar Tastings. Comments are always welcome. If you have any suggestions, or especially if there are topics that you’d like me to explore, please drop a line. And thank you for reading!


Harry Calhoun

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Announcing Ten Dollar Tastings wine column

Posted in All posts, Life, On writing with tags , , , , on January 28, 2007 by Trina

To all of you fellow wine lovers,

This is to let you know about a new wine column, Ten Dollar Tastings, which debuted last month and is now online at Beyond the fact that this column is written by my husband, who brings a witty conversational style to the subject of wine tasting, the column explores good affordable wines … the arts and music … wine history and facts … and provides a good time for all.

On a separate note, I have not posted for some time because I went to Atlanta for a week on business. Mistakenly thinking I’d have time to write I took a laptop computer and a memory stick filled with current projects. As it turns out I had little time for anything but work and some sleep.

I am excited that the introduction to the book that I started for middle school science teachers, The eccentric middle school science teacher: methods for success has been accepted for publication by Science Scope Magazine. Look for the introduction to the book as an article in an upcoming edition of Science Scope Magazine entitled, “Methods for success as a middle school science teacher.”