Wednesday Wine Pairing & Mini Tip: Laptop Battery Life

Today I’m talking to you laptop users. You are now the majority of computer owners.

Here’s one quick rule for long laptop battery life.

Don’t leave your electrical cord/charger plugged in all the time. That’s right, unplug it until the computer notifies you to plug it in to charge the battery up. If you operate with the power cord always plugged in, your battery will quickly learn that it serves no purpose and it will become lazy and weak.

If you leave the laptop plugged in all the time, then unplug suddenly because you have a need to use it somewhere remote,  don’t be surprised if the battery runs completely down in ten minutes or so.

Rechargeable batteries need to work for a living or they die. It’s a little more trouble to plug and unplug the power cord every two to three hours but it’s good to know you can rely on the battery when you want to browse the Web out by the pool.

Speaking of out by the pool.  I bet Jeff has just the thing for the last swim of summer.

Wine of the week: Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Line39 Sauvignon Blanc 2012In the old days, which in wine means the end of the 20th century, sauvignon blanc came in three styles — California, French, and New Zealand. Each tasted like sauvignon blanc, but was just enough different from each other to be noticeable. Some time after that, the first two styles started to merge toward the third, so that most sauvignon blanc tasted like grapefuit. That’s because the New Zealand style was about as trendy as trendy gets, and we know how the wine business loves a trend.

Fortunately, the styles have started moving back to where they used to be, and especially in California. I’ve tasted a variety of delightful California sauvignon blanc over the past 18 months, where grassiness — the smell of a freshly-cut lawn — is the predominant note. There is also citrus and tropical fruit, but those don’t overwhelm the grassiness, and the wines are refreshing and enjoyable.

A fine example of this change is the Line 39 ($10, purchased, 13.5%), which has worked its way from New Zealand to California over the past several years. In this, it was always more than adequate, but has improved the more California in style that it has become. The 2012, which is apparently the current vintage though a bit old, is grassy, with lime fruit and rich mouth feel. All of this makes it more than just another grocery store sauvignon blanc. Highly recommended, and a candidate for the 2015 $10 Hall of Fame.

Thanks, Jeff, for the rec!

Ciao, sweeties,

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