Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Wine and Beer Lovers

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care…Wait? What? Christmas is when? Perhaps you are one of the many men who wait until the last minute to purchase gifts for Christmas. If so, you are not alone. We women shop for Christmas throughout the year. We find the perfect gift for each loved one, and hide it until December. Did You Already Hide the Presents? My mother hid ours in the attic. Knowing what a little […]

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Star Wars Last Bottle Wine Marathon Sale – Starting Thursday, Dec 17

One of the best things about the holidays, for me, is sending and receiving Christmas cards from family and friends old and new. I especially enjoy getting those picture cards that show the entire family dressed in festive holiday sweaters, or my single friends sitting on Santa’s lap with their cats and dogs. One of my favorite cards is from our friend Bill Woodrum. Even though Bill went to the same undergrad as I, he […]

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Wines for Thanksgiving Day and Throughout the Year

It is Thanksgiving Day and many wine shops are closed. You, consumer, were so busy making sure you ordered the fresh turkey, picked up the Parker House rolls, the cranberries, the sweet potatoes, the relatives from the airport and set aside time to create the perfect brine to bathe the bird overnight, that you forgot to pick out the perfect wine to pair with your blessed bounty. Relax, your dinner will not be a disaster. […]

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Celebrate World Carménère Day: Monday, November 23

For those of you looking for wines for Thanksgiving, we have a spin for you on the traditional Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that, but not today. Today we’re joining the folks from Wines of Chile to celebrate World Carménère Day! Once widely planted in the Bordeaux region of France, specifically in the Médoc, Carménère (pronounced Car-men-AIR) was one of the six original Bordeaux varietals, which also included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, […]

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Violence, Prayer and Thanksgiving

Proponents of open carry often joke, “A liberal is simply a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.” I disagree. I work in downtown Houston. One morning, I was walking to a client’s office, using Clay Street. Clay is a one-way street that starts at West Dallas and runs to the Toyota Center. If you’re walking northwest against traffic starting at Root Park across from the Toyota Center, you will pass Athens Hotel Suites, AT&T, South […]

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Celebrate International Tempranillo Day, Thursday, Nov. 12th!

Viva Tempranillo! Join the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) on Thursday, November 12th, in celebrating the grape once associated primarily with Spain, and now planted in over 500,000 of the earth’s acres in both New World and old world interpretations. Just a mere ten years ago, many Americans could not pronounce the name of the grape; perhaps they were confused by its 60 or more regional synonyms, including names like Tinto del Toro, […]

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Wine, Food, Design: Spain’s Great Match Comes to Houston Nov. 10th

Love Spanish, food, wine and design? The 22nd annual Spain’s Great Match is coming to Houston next Tuesday, November 10th and you’re invited to this exclusive evening. You know how much I love Spain, and I’m super excited that this fabulous event is coming to the Bayou City! Wines from Spain, a division of The Trade Commission of Spain in New York brings this collaborative extravaganza of Spanish culture to Houston’s award-winning creative venue, Silver […]

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Worldly Lodi offers ‘Out of the Box’ Thinking for Thanksgiving

1969 is a pivotal year in America. Apollo 11 lands on the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on its surface. The first communications are sent through ARPANET and PBS is established. Nearly 400,000 rock-n-roll fans descend upon a dairy farm in the Catskills of New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair – billed as 3 Days of Peace & Music that features 32 acts including […]

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Pahlmeyer 2012 Merlot Napa Valley

As we sat down to dinner Sunday night to celebrate our oldest son’s birthday, we needed a special wine. We missed his 21st birthday, because he had moved out at 18 after some growing pains and parental clashes that sent him back to Ohio to stay with his mother, then south to Florida at 21 to live for a while with a cousin. This year he turned 24. 1991, the same year Alex, Joe’s oldest, […]

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