Behind The Butter

The Show Must Go On!

This post deserves a disclaimer.

Let it be noted that I am neither an alcoholic or on the verge of a mental breakdown. I’m simply a mid-twenties girl living in wine country.

Alright then.

This evening around 5:10 I needed a glass of wine. And when I say needed, I mean needed. True, it’s only Tuesday and true I don’t have a “normal” job but I had a rough day yesterday and simply nothing else would do.

So, I did what any girl in desperate need of wine would do. I raced out the door and to the nearest tasting room…making it in only the nick of time.

God bless Murphy-Goode and bless them for staying open until 5:30 when most tasting rooms close at 5:00.

I raced to the counter, looking rather like a drowned rat since it was pouring outside, and panted:
Liar’s Dice
Liar’s Dice
Liar’s Dice
Okay, so I didn’t really “pant”….but you know. It was frantic.

Naturally they recognized me as the “one who got away”…or, rather, the one that wouldn’t leave after A Really Goode Job last summer.

I thanked the kind man profusely and ran back out into the rain with my prized purchase.

Crisis averted.

Thanks, Murphy-Goode.

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  • Brianne
    April 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Jenna – after visiting you at Murphy-Goode last year and falling in love with Liar’s Dice I can attest to your desperation! We have spent out fair share of allotted grocery money on it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Yay for wine!!! I had some delicious white wine tonight for my birthday, and it was totally totally needed. I’ve really only tried white wines. I mean, i’ve had some tastes of reds in the past but nothing that just amazed me with it’s deliciousness.
    What type of red wine would you recommend starting with?

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    April 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    In my opinion, wine is ALWAYS needed!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    April 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Sometimes a glass of wine is all you need πŸ™‚

    Enjoy it !

  • Evan Thomas
    April 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    For me, it’s chocolate. Boy, do I understand πŸ™‚

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Wine is definitely required some nights. Relaxation, a hot bath, a good book — perfect!

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    April 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    A glass of wine just hits the spot sometimes. I say go with it, after all, you are in wine country!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    5:00? Heck, sometimes 3:30 is cocktail hour in our house πŸ™‚ No need to put a specific hour on wine:thirty, right?

  • amanda
    April 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    i wish i was hanging out with you today!

  • Danielle
    April 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Jenna, I always love your posts but this week you are CRACKING ME UP more than ever!! <3

  • ashleigh
    April 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    hahaha hilarious! glad you got your wine!!

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I try to breathe and meditate whenever I’m feeling stressed or tense, but sometimes nothing cures like a glass of wine!!

  • Juniper
    April 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    hehehe you crack me up. Good for you! : ) wine is good for the body AND soul….
    Give your hair some time and the conditioning treatments. I thought my hair would never come around after one time (5 times) too many highlights, and now it’s back to it’s soft self. Your hair is just trying to teach you a lesson to love it no matter what. lol.

  • Paige
    April 20, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Let’s be honest, sometimes women in their twenties need a glass of wine by…oh…9 am. No. Big. Deal. PS Your corkscrew + cork remind me of one of those grabby arm things that the elderly (or short people) use to grab things off the top shelf. πŸ˜€

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    April 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    ooooh gotta love a glass of red to finish off the day!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Hey you gotta listen to what your body wants! πŸ˜‰

  • Courtney {love, laughter, and lenses}
    April 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I just love the mental image I had from reading this story. Hilarious! I also loved how you prefaced this post – “I am not an alcoholic or on the verge of a mental breakdown.” In my book, drinking a glass of wine at 8:00am is a-ok if the day has already called for it! πŸ™‚

  • Kara
    April 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Are you for real with this post? I think I’m over this blog.

  • Sarah
    April 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I love your disclaimer. And I completely concur. Sometimes you just need that glass wine or that cookie! It’s the third and fourth glass (and you have an empty bottle) that could potentially cause some problems…or not πŸ˜‰

    Have a good Tuesday night with your wine!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    April 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I bought a bottle of this last fall after recognizing it from reading your blog and it got praise from all 4 of us that drank it– including someone who is tough to impress with wine! I kind of want wine now…

  • Amanda
    April 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Anyone who says they don’t need a glass of wine every now and again is kidding themselves. You go girl. πŸ™‚

  • Molly @FuelHerUp
    April 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    You are hilarious! Now I want to taste some Liar’s Dice!

  • Kait
    April 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    haha, no alcoholism at all…I totally understand the feeling of needing wine!

  • Jenna
    April 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    So funny Jenna!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I don’t drink anymore, but I fully relate to the pressing need for immediate relaxation. Hope it did the trick! Sorry to hear the day was rough!

  • eatmovelove
    April 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    No need for a Disclaimer.
    Wine and chocolate I go crazy over….to extreme measures…

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    April 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I had my wine by 4 pm tonight!

  • Lisa
    April 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love wine tasting. πŸ™‚ If I lived in wine country I’d do the same thing!

  • miranda
    April 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    this is why one lives in sonoma county!! check out williamson wine tasting room-open till 7 every day and they pair food tastes with the wine. you’ll never leave!!!

  • liane
    April 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Love it!
    I just came back from a wine tasting weekend and I’ve got a row of wine bottle staring at me begging “please drink me”
    (disclaimer: I too am not an alcoholic, nor on the verge of a mental breakdown. Just a gal who needs wine every so often!)

  • dannielle
    April 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    haha agreed, kind of over it. so sad, i loved this blog

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    You are completely normal : )

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    April 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I would have given ANYTHING for a bottle of wine last night too. I completely relate to your worse day ever feeling. I only lasted about ten steps out of work before my tears started!

  • Cyndi
    April 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Okay, I guess I have to be the voice of reason … next time you want that glass of wine, sleep on it and reconsider. Shoot me cause I’m sane!

  • brenna
    April 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Why are you so fabulous!?!

  • Andrea
    April 20, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I totally get what you mean. Sometimes I feel like I neeeeeed to have some wine. And when I say so, I feel the need to add – “but not in an alcoholic way!”

  • ida
    April 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hope every thing’s ok and that you’re feeling better. Your posts are getting me so pumped for your book, when’s it coming out btw?

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    It is incredible all that you’ve done, accomplished, and gone through in the last year. You can be nothing but proud of yourself. When have ‘one of those days’ wine & song do it for me, too. Love this with Sting and Pavarotti.

  • Sarah (GF vegan)
    April 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I totally know the feeling, I grabbed me a glass of red at 5:15 yesterday. I love wine! Chocolate or wine; wine anyday. πŸ™‚

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    April 20, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Hey girl, you made it til after 5PM! I think that merits a congratulations πŸ™‚ Everyone needs a glass of wine or a bite of chocolate or a cupcake one in awhile. No guilt.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    April 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    There is nothing wrong with that At.All!! In fact, like it is perfectly normal in wine country, it is perfectly normal in Germany as well (as you know anyway). No one thinks anything of that behavoir. In fact, I get as excited as little kids do when the ice cream truck comes around when our beer delivery man (like the milk man) comes to our house every Thursday night for a 10 minute mini wine/beer tasting. Did I mention this was free? Yes, no shame in “needing” a glass of wine! Good for the body, good for the soul!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 21, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I feel like the odd one out…I hate wine!!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    April 21, 2010 at 2:47 am

    I wish I could drink wine in larger quantities than one mouthful without getting a migraine. πŸ™
    @ Freya, so you’re not the odd one out!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    April 21, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I’ll have to try Murphy Goode wine sometime! Lately I’ve been looking for a nice white wine but don’t know my wines well enough to know which one is good and which one isn’t. πŸ˜‰

  • Angela @ A healthy fit
    April 21, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Sometimes a girl just needs a good glass of wine! Thank goodness you got there in the nick of time!!!

  • LindseyAnn
    April 21, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Hey, at least you went with a good wine instead of something cheap and trashy, and it looks like you only had a glass. No need for disclaiming and no judgement here!

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 21, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Needing a glass of wine does not an alcoholic make. Wine is awesome, glad you got your glass!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 21, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Hey no worries…sometimes only vino will do! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel
    April 21, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Can we be best friends? haha

    I love the new style (and more often) posts lately! πŸ™‚

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 21, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I loved this! Sometimes, you just need WINE!


  • eliza
    April 21, 2010 at 5:32 am

    i check your blog more because:
    1) You are getting more entertaining

  • runnerforever
    April 21, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Wine isn’t the worst cure hehe.

  • allison @ livingoneday
    April 21, 2010 at 5:46 am

    #34 – cyndi — why sleep on it and reconsider?? WHAT IS SO WRONG ABOUT A GLASS OF WINE PEOPLE? sheesh, sometimes health blogs drive me crazy. if you want the wine, drink the gd wine! no need to apologize!

  • julie
    April 21, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Jenna, I’ve been absolutely loving your posts this week. I feel like you are REALLY writing and letting us hear your voice… I LOVE IT πŸ™‚

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    April 21, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I wish I could be living in wine country and be able to grab a tasting of wine at the drop of a hat πŸ˜‰
    Hope it made you feel a bit better!

  • Bec
    April 21, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I know everyone has been commenting about the ‘change’. I love your blog regardless. I just hope that you are ok………

  • Caitlin
    April 21, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I just started following you on twitter and saw you had wine and cupcakes last night… MMmmmmm… I was soo soo jealous!

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist
    April 21, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I wish I lived in wine country!!!
    and if anyone EVER thought you were an alcoholic they would have to be nuts or never had fun in their twenties!! I am in my 30’s (did I just say that out loud??!!) and I am still loving life and having fun like I did in my 20’s only I am smarter now and only drink “the good” stuff so as not to have horrible hangovers.

  • Sarah
    April 21, 2010 at 6:08 am

    This post made me laugh! I give you all the credit for turning me onto Murphy Goode wine, I’m not even a white wine fan normally but the Fume has become a refreshing choice on a hot Chicago summer night. And to me there is nothing more relaxing than kicking back with a glass of wine.

  • Devon
    April 21, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Thanks to your blog, I’m now a Murhpy-Goode addict. We should start a club.

  • K
    April 21, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Good comment #18 !
    C’mon what is going on with you? Your posts seem like you are so close to a nervous breakdown. Going out in the pouring rain for wine? Desperate here are we?

  • Danielle
    April 21, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Don’t we all “need” our glass of wine once in a while! Or more often than not πŸ˜‰ so sad you need a disclaimer. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  • Kelly
    April 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Okay, so I have been reading your blog for a very long time now, and have always enjoyed it very much πŸ™‚ But I have to tell you, the last few weeks you have totally been cracking me up!! Love it!!!

  • Stacey
    April 21, 2010 at 6:32 am

    That’s funny, you were having a rough day and in wine country you need some wine.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 21, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Hey, Hey…NO shame in a good glass of wine! I’m jealous that you live in wine country, it’s an even better reason to enjoy a lass. I’ve had those days too and there is something so nice to just relax and un-wine-d. Pun intended. clearly.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    April 21, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I was on vacation in Florida last week and was so excited when I spotted Murphy Goode in the grocery store!! I’ve never found it in DC. I bought a bottle and drank it with my parents later in the evening. Delish! I guess it is true that marketing via blogs is a good strategy :).

  • Cyclist Kate
    April 21, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I had an entire semester where, every Thursday (my last day of classes), I was in a hot bath with a glass of wine by 4 o’clock. Heaven. Glad you got your bottle!

  • Nicole
    April 21, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I am loving you posts lately. I too am an east coast transplant to Cali in my twenties. It’s confusing, terrifying, exhausting and oh so much fun all at once. Your blog reflects it perfectly!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    April 21, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Hahah – I love that you have to state you are not an alcoholic. I’ve seen the flack you get at times and it cracks me up that people would ever think that.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time – I’m so glad πŸ™‚

  • Sam
    April 21, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I have to say I agree with some of the other comments. The blog definitely seems like it’s changing, and not in a good way. I still love reading, it just feels like you’re trying too hard sometimes.

  • Ashley
    April 21, 2010 at 7:37 am

    wine is a must my friend πŸ™‚ don’t be ashamed!

  • Angharad
    April 21, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Sometimes (actually, often) wine is the only thing that will do after certain days…many a time have I also found myself *running* to the store for aforementioned “help”. Love it.

  • Jenny
    April 21, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Is it possible to get Liar’s Dice in nYC? I have a dinner party on Saturday and would looove to bring some good wine there – any suggestions?

  • Lisa of Lisa at Home
    April 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Love this post! The tasting looks like such a blast. I wish they had them here!

  • Clearly Composed
    April 21, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I have lived in wine country most of my life and I get such a kick out of watching you discover it all. Enjoy every sip!! After all, it is a “Goode” thing. πŸ™‚

  • Haute Teapot
    April 21, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Now I’m craving pancakes AND wine.

    Mmm wine, I had some on the beach with my sister Sunday afternoon with the perfect sandwich. No shame, lady! And last week was a rough one and instead I ate Mexican food and Italian like nobody’s business. It was like, give me food or shopping NOW.

  • Corinne
    April 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

    liar’s dice. i need you. can it be purchased at liquor stores or retail outlets other than murphy goode? (dumb question?) ha.

    i wish wine tastings were as commonplace in every area of the US. just sayin’.

  • Allie
    April 21, 2010 at 8:45 am

    is there anywhere to get liar’s dice on the east coast? any info would be appreciated; would love to try it!!!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I felt like I was reading a passage in a novel. This is a cute post. Funny, because around that time, I really needed a glass of red wine, too. I settled for Muscato d’Asti, though.

  • K
    April 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

    You’re so awesome. Like, so awesome. Thank you for sharing so much with us even if some people were never taught to not say anything if you don’t have something nice to say!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

    sometimes you just want a glass of wine (or dare i say a margarita?!) – nothin’ wrong with that! so glad you were able to get your bottle of wine πŸ™‚

  • Jaime
    April 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Lol – you’re hilarious πŸ™‚ Now you’ve gone and made me feel a glass!

  • Jess
    April 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

    For those criticizing, how long have you been reading Jenna? It’s nearly a year since her brother passed unexpectedly and very traumatically. A little sensitivity and understanding wouldn’t go astray. The first year anniversary seems to be the hardest in something like this, and maybe she is just trying to deal with that the best way she knows how … humor and writing.

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    April 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Wine is fabulous. I know I crave it sometimes!

    Sorry, guys, that doesn’t make you an alcoholic — just a completely normal adult.

  • marie
    April 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    All these anonymous critics just crack me up. It’s a bottle of wine! Not like you ran out and bought a crack rock or something.

  • Jil
    April 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Loveeeee it!! πŸ™‚

  • Tiffany
    April 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    OK…so now I absolutely have to run out and find a bottle of Liar’s Dice. I am so intrigued now!

    Actually, I think a road trip up north is in order! My BF loves Rafanelli wine, and I just realized that’s the winery is in Heraldsburg! Have you ever had a chance to try their wine? He swears by it, but I haven’t really had a chance to try it.

    I would love to make a trip out to Sonoma, we usually tend to stick around the Napa area.

  • AshinMT
    April 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    So, I rarely comment- this is maybe the second time? But have read your blog for a long time. Whoever the haters are out there are just being that, grumpy and frumpy old nay sayers. Its your life, blog etc. I have personally found the blog to be more entertaining than ever as of late. Rock on.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    April 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Wine is always appropriate! There’s a reason happy hours falls right in those hours after a work day.

  • Amanda at Plato's Plate
    April 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I have been loving your posting lately too! I can’t believe how rude some people are being.

    If you don’t like Jenna’s blog…DON’T READ IT!

    Don’t post rude comments either.

    I think the style you have been writing in lately is rad. Much more funny and hip.

  • Erin
    April 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I hear ya! As a mid twenty-something myself, a good glass of wine is glorious after a hard day. Where are you working now? I missed that you left Murphy goode.

  • Brittany
    April 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Goodness, I feel like “Kara,” “Danielle,” “Cyndi, “K,” and “Sam” are girls who knew you in middle school and have been waiting years to get back at you for getting “best ____” in the yearbook. Passive aggressive “Bec” is still pissed that you hugged the hottie she was going to the 8th grade dance with. I’ve never met you and have only read your blog once or twice, but I feel like I need to make the statement that such inane criticism is generally fueled by insecurities.

  • Julie
    April 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    OMG 92 Brittany, you just said what I was thinking. I think that all those people are secretly one troll trying to piss other people off and f*ck with Jenna. : )