By the end of the school year, my three teens and I couldn’t wait for summer vacation. We were all looking forward to the days of no schedule, no homework and three full months of lazy days (more them than me). But a few weeks in, reality hit. Or rather, the sink full of dishes, the empty refrigerator and the 24/7 computer use hit.

Instead of dreading next year’s busy school schedule, now I’m counting down the days. Until then, click through the gallery for a list of some of the worst (and best) things about having teenagers home for the summer. Did I miss any? Leave it in the comments.




Slang, 2014 Sonoma County Chardonnay, 13.7% alcohol, $15. ★★★★: This brand of Argot Wines has bright fruit of apple and pear coupled with notes of brioche and mineral. Toasty and surprisingly supple, it’s extremely well crafted, a steal for the price.


Joseph Phelps, 2015 Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 14.1%, $55. ★★★★1/2: A gorgeous chardonnay with notes of baked apple, melon and mineral. A lush style of chardonnay, for sure, but the acid keeps it balanced. Seamless texture. Lingering finish. Bravo.

Donelan Wines, 2014 Nancie Sonoma County Chardonnay, 14%, $48. ★★★★: Striking stone fruit -- ripe peach particularly -- makes this a standout. Notes of citrus zest coupled with brioche gives this yin yang balance. Nice length. Honey-kissed finish. Lovely.

Gloria Ferrer, 2014 Jose S. Ferrer Selection Chardonnay, 14.5%, $40. ★★★★: A tropical chardonnay with aromas and flavors of pear, pineapple and toast. It’s buoyed with bright acidity, giving it great balance. Smart.

Rodney Strong, 2015 Sonoma County Chardonnay, 13.5%, $17. ★★★★: This is a class act chardonnay for the budget-minded. Lovely notes of pear, baked apple, brioche and citrus. Creamy texture. Long finish. Extremely well crafted.


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