Yes, it's true, I'm Catholic. But, that does not make me an alcoholic. I am aware - my community is associated with cake and wine. And all those baked goodies that are just so divine. It's true, raising a toast and wine is part of many of our cultural events. But, sometimes mixed and confusing signals it sends. So let me clarify, I barely ever drink. But when my lips into a glass, I sink. This is my preference. Just for your reference. I probably drink about twice a year. Two glasses at a time, but I'm not a teetotaler. I really relish a slightly sweeter Sangria. I ain't worried about the calories cos I don't have anorexia. It's like eating a bowl of fresh and healthy fruits. With the goodness of citrus in the form of orange juice. Antioxidants from that glistening wine. A splash of brandy makes this drink so fine. The next on my list is Pina Colada. It's like a vacation drink; mi gusta. Makes me think of sun and sand. Even when I'm just on land. The smoothness of delectable coconut cream. Amalgamated with pineapple like melted ice cream. And then I just love dessert wine. Not meant for those cautious about their waistline. It's just loaded with heaps of sugar. But it sure is an indulgence worth every caloric sucker. My favourites are Voga Italia Moscato. And Robert Mondavi's Moscato D'oro. They're not dry like table wine. Sommeliers would not seem too inclined. The first time I ever heard of dessert wine was probably 15 years ago. We used to do this 10 day pattern with 4 days in San Francisco. Drove down to some wineries at Napa Valley. That's how I came to know of Robert Mondavi. And then of course, my roots take me to good old port. Like Cockburns, but you will need assistance with transport. This one has a high alcohol content. But, it's sweet and fruity with a lovely bouquet scent. I have made all kinds of unpasteurized port and table wine. Beetroot, carrot, raisin and rice with recipes from my lineage line. And, then of course - there's Irish cream. Which tastes like liquid dessert in a dream. It will fulfill all your calcium requirements. Please don't use this to put your child to bed in silence. So this is my list of poisons. Whatever your reason - happiness or annoyance. Drink responsibly. Think about your family. Never drink and drive. And don't use it to cope to survive. Alcohol is never a solution. It doesn't grant you any absolution. Know your anatomy and limits. Take care of your body and all that lies within it. -RUELHA www.ruelha.com © Copyright Protected. All Rights Reserved.