Warning: Emotions Can Impair Your Drinking

Recently we attended a company holiday party. The invitation indicated each guest would receive two drink tickets, with all additional drinks available from the “cash bar.” Upon arriving we learned that the bar policy had changed. One of the head honchos had flown in from out of town, and all drinks were on the house. This is where the trouble started. One of the guys attending the party (we’ll call him Sam) is having some […]

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Part II – White Zin: Guilty Pleasure or Virtuous Vice

White Zinfandel can be compared to Viagra, in that it came about as somewhat of a fluke; it’s a great wine for production in the age of instant gratification; and its success has been wildly profitable. The debate among bloggers and wine industry professionals puts White Zin somewhere between guilty pleasure and virtuous vice. Back in August, we had volunteered to provide pairings for a Wine Tasting fundraiser for some local candidates running for office. As […]

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White Zinfandel: Virtuous Viniculture or Viagra of the Vine

Part I: The Art of Zin True Story: One Saturday night we “cheated on” our favorite wine haunt, Chelsea Wine Bar in El Lago, and tried a new one in Kemah. After the waitperson, unprompted, told us us that we couldn’t order draft–to which I jokingly replied, “you don’t have any draft wine?”–we asked about their Zinfandel selection, pointedly looking at the “Reds by the Glass” section of the wine menu. Without missing a beat, […]

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Wine, Women & Hurricane Ike: On Being Thankful

It has been two months since Hurricane Ike made landfall with a direct hit to Galveston, roaring up through Houston and wreaking havoc and damages estimated to go up to as high as $21 billion. That figure would make Hurricane Ike the third most expensive storm in U.S history, behind Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. But monetary damage is not the only measure of the storm’s destruction. Whole communities were wiped from the map. Galveston Island, […]

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Pouring for Retail: Wine Sampling 101

Ever wonder how those hotties pouring sample shots at bars and sporting events got their jobs? On any given weekend, especially around the holidays, you can walk into our local wine merchant and sample wines without paying a dime. At our local wine “superstore” on Saturday afternoons you can troll the aisles tasting a number of different wines and spirits. Most of the liquor samples are served by young hotties who know little about the […]

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Wine Industry & Blogger Interaction: What Crosses the Line?

At the recent North American Wine Blogger Conference (WBC) in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on “Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction.” Two topics getting the most discussion were about industry marketing and blogger ethics. Specifically the questions were: (1) “I sent out a hundred press releases, why didn’t anyone write about my wine,” and (2) “Is it ethical for a bloggers to accept free stuff (wine, gifts, tours) from the wine […]

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My Favorite Four-Letter Words: Free and Wine

Free you ask? Yes free, or for a very small cost. By using the proper marketing and public relations techniques, you can get what amounts to thousands of dollars of print space for a fraction of the cost of advertising. At the recent North American Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on “Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction.” Two questions garnering the most discussion were, (1) “I sent out […]

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October Surprise – Michel-Schlumberger Vineyard Walk

Our self-selected vineyard tour during the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC) came with unexpected surprises. Originally, Joe chose a 4-mile tour — probably thinking that with all the promised wine and food, he’d need an extra workout during the conference. Since I’d signed up late, I simply selected the same walk. However, because very few registrants had specified a particular walk, the specifics changed to a “first-come, first served” basis. Looking over the walk descriptions, I […]

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Vineyard Tours – A Great Way to Appreciate Wine

Now that Comcast has restored my internet connection to full speed, I’m able to access AWB! Although most of my contributions will continue to be photography, I’ll add an article every now and then, mainly focusing on wine “education.” I am one of those geeks who thinks every vacation should also include an “educational experience.” That’s probably due to growing up in a home with a school teacher Mom and a school principal Dad. Luckily, […]

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