06 Sep A Glass of PureWine with Dina Eastwood
Me: What do you love about wine? Dina: I love how wine is an ongoing education about places, flavors, subtleties in life…learning that wine has “notes” of this-or-that. Me: What varietals are your favorites? Dina: Due to my wine sensitivities, I mostly drink Pinot Grigio. I also enjoy the most exotic whites served by the glass when I can find them: Albarino, Verdicchio, Viognier and even Retsina! Me: When do you enjoy wine most? Dina: I’m a social drinker, so vacations and out to dinner mostly. My body doesn’t metabolize alcohol well. Me: When did you first start noticing intolerance to the histamines and sulfites in wine? Dina: I worked in the news business for a long time. We’d all go out after the 11pm newscast and have a drink or two with no negative side effects. At around 33, I noticed I didn’t feel as well when I drank. By 40, I pitched it as a news story – why women of a certain age don’t metabolize alcohol as well as they once did. Me: Did you stop drinking wine for a time, or cut back? How did you manage? Dina: I cut back, and now only drink one type of alcohol in a setting…maybe a few glasses of champagne at a wedding, or 2 ½ glasses of wine at dinner. Three glasses of wine puts me in ‘sick mode.’ I used to be a margarita girl, but have zero tolerance for tequila, even though it’s one of the least asthma-inducing alcohols. Me: So, The Wand™ helps? Dina: Being an initial skeptic about most products, I did experiment several times. I tried certain wines with The Wand™ and then without it. Wands do make a difference…they lessen, if not almost erase the negative symptoms I notice while enjoying wine, particularly congestion, headaches and nausea. Me: What’s your favorite memory associated with a great bottle of wine? Dina: In my ‘former life,’ I traveled a lot with my ex for his job. I recall a dinner with some of the greats from Warner Bros in the heart of Rome. At the time, traveling to exotic locations, drinking fine wines, dining on exceptional pasta – it was all new to me. I clearly remember drinking my first Retsina by the sea in Greece. I was in my twenties. And of course there are the dinners with my now husband, Scott. You know, those dinners after which I keep the cork because the night was so incredible. There’ve been a few I don’t remember much about, or where I put the damn cork! Me: That’s hilarious. I think we’ve all been there a time or two. From all of your travels and culinary adventures, what’s your favorite wine and food pairing? Dina: A nice white fish over pasta with capers, butter and lemon paired with a super crisp white wine is my dream meal. Me: You’re making me really hungry…let’s change the subject! What’s the best advice you’ve given your daughter Morgan lately? Dina: I remind her to stop and take a look at how fortunate we are, and to use this wonderful life to the best advantage for herself and others. She is a wonderfully compassionate person. I’ve also laid off trying to mold her into being an academic, or an athlete, or whatever. When she was 15, someone gave me some great advice. “She isn’t you. Don’t try to make her do anything. Let her figure it out!” Me: You’re clearly an awesome mom, including to your prized pugs! Dina: Our pugs, Coco and Chica, love a good Merlot. Just kidding. We love those pugs and our other two “snouts,” as if they were children. I didn’t have a dog until I was 48, so Coco was my first. We got her when she was 8 weeks old. Me: What projects are you passionate about right now? Dina: I’m in the final stretch of grad school at SJSU, getting an MFA in Creative Writing. My “little girl” dream was always to be a writer. At 50, I decided to act upon it. So, I hope to write articles and books! I do have a couple columns now for local magazines. I want to be good at what I do, hence the degree.Thank you, Dina. We are so happy that The Wand™ works for you, and honored to call you a friend. Savor every sip!