The Eyes of March… And 14 Hands wine!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 | Filed under Handy Tips

When I was little, I thought it was “The Eyes of March”.  I mean, who has ever heard of the “Ides” of March?  I guess maybe lots of people have heard of the ides of March and maybe I’m the only person who thought it was Eyes… but in case there are more of you out there who aren’t up on Shakespeare, I thought I’d give you the definition:

The IDES OF MARCH per Mr. Wikipedia:

The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.

On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar saw a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, “Well, the Ides of March have come”, to which the seer replied “Ay, they have come, but they are not gone.” This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March”.

And, much to my surprise , Mr. Google just informed me that a movie starring George Clooney is coming out very soon entitled, THE IDES OF MARCH.  Here is the basic information on that:


OK, now back to the regular fare…


I wanted to show you how well my eye has healed on this first day of March!   (In case you missed it, click here to read the blog about my accident.)

It had been three weeks when this photo was taken on Sunday.  As you can see, the scar is hidden in my eyebrow – and yes, there are far less hairs there but I’m fairly certain that will fill in eventually.  Yay!

I still have a raised bump on my brow, but it is not very noticeable and Hubby says it makes me look as if I have a ‘big brain’ trying to break out of my skull.  Ha!

The downside is that all of the swelling has subsided and my wrinkles have come back.  Sigh.  But, believe me, I am NOT complaining.  I can see fairly well again and I look basically normal other than my cro magnon skull rupture.

Remember, don’t work around your horses when you aren’t grounded…  Be present at all times.

scar in eyebrow



Reference photo - Day 9 after accident


I have to give credit to THE BALM.  That is what I put on my brow religiously every day.  My doctor thought my wound healed better than most with limited scarring (remember, I had 17 stitches) and wondered what I had used… I know I’ve recommended this stuff before because of how it healed BG’s underbelly last summer, but now I have to say that it helps humans – even thought it isn’t made for humans!  You might want to get this stuff and keep it on hand… it is GREAT for wounds.  GREAT.  And, it keeps the flies away while it is doing its job!

This incredible horse product healed my wound! Click here to check it out!

14 HANDS WINE! (No affilitation but I wish we had an affiliation!)

Hubby and I were in Southern California this weekend and we stopped at a wine bar.  We like to do that.  Anyway, we noticed on the menu that their house pour was from “14 Hands” wines.

Of course my little ears perked forward…  I asked the waitress if there was any horsey reason they chose this label?  She said NO.  “Its just great wine.”

And it was…


Our actual bottle

We had decided to try the Cabernet and we were both quite surprised by the lovely flavor…

Since the bottle was in front of us and no one was looking, Hubby took a photo of the label so we wouldn’t forget about it.  When we returned home, I found the website and read a bit about the vineyard and why it is called 14 HANDS wine.


14 Hands wines

Here is a direct quote:

“The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high – a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then – would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds our vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines not only in our wines, but also in the vibrant colors and images on our popular varietal labels and our new Hot to Trot red and white blend wines. Whether you enjoy 14 Hands by the glass in your favorite restaurant, or share a bottle with family or friends, our wines are the quintessential Washington wine experience – fruit-forward, easily enjoyable with any meal or on any occasion, and delivering a superb value for the price. Bringing this bottle of wine to the party is more than bringing just a wine – it’s a delicious wine with a unique story that’s sure to spark up a memorable conversation.”


Coming from California, I wanted this delightful wine to be from my home state.  But, alas, it is not.  This equine titled wine is from Washington state!

Well, whatever (pouting a bit…), it was an excellent Cab and a fine value.  Besides, I love the idea that they are honoring the ponies of yore.  And of course, I love a great sense of humor… guess what they named their new red blend?

It is called,  “HOT TO TROT”!

So, if you come across 14 Hands wine on a list someday, give it a try.  Or, you can order a bottle here.

For me, it was nice to support people who support horses…


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7 comments have been posted...

  1. Tom

    Could you please tell me what restaurant you were at where you found 14 Hands?

  2. Margaret

    Sorry to be so late on this! I found 14 Hands today at the store. It’s the “Hot to Trot”.

    If you’re in Paso Robles, check out White Horse Winery. Or you might be able to find their wines in the store. I see their Pinot Noir and Merlot on occasion. I think they used to have a dinner for their wine club members and they would go check out the wild horses on the BLM land. Unfortunately, by now there are probably no wild horses left there! (Our tax dollars at work.)

    Also Garre Winery in Livermore has a nice Bordeaux blend called Profound Secret, named for the owner’s TB race horse. I really like that wine!


  3. Linda Horn

    Your eye looks so much better! As for the eyebrow, you could call it a “dueling scar”, but I guess that’s a “man thing” from another century. As for “14 Hands”, I don’t drink much wine, but I LOVE their logo. Wonder if they have a t-shirt.

  4. Robyn

    I found 14 hands wine about 2 years ago. I had been looking for a replacement for my favorite French wine and tried it only because of the label and the name. I LOVED it! My favs are the Cabernet S. and Merlot. Very good wine in my opinion ;o).. I also emailed them about the name and got the history of the horses. Glad you found it too! They do run a sale from time to time with a penny shipping on a case. Or at least they used to. Since fuel has risen so much I am not certain they will do it again but I hope so.

  5. Stephanie

    Woo Hoo! I was excited to see this on your blog!!! This is from my State!! Infact practically my backyard. I live 20 minutes from where that very pic was taken. I grew up Riding, fishing and boating in that very area!!!

    I’ve never tasted the wine though…lol I usually have a bottle for guests because it’s homey and charming but I prefer the very sweet wines. :)

  6. Jody

    I live right across the Columbia River from here….Ummm. I have NEVER seen wild horses roaming the hills….They may have at one time, because of the name: “Horse Heaven Hills”. I will have to try this….

  7. Casey O'Connor

    Dawn! You were in So Cal and didn’t call or visit???!!! I’m taking it personally.
    Glad to see you’ve healed so well. That bump will probably subside too, with more time.

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