Author Archives: Joe Power

How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

Tis the season to answer Hallmark's clarion call and spend our hard-earned money on their crap. Like lovesick little rats following a corporate piper we pay premium prices for already dead flowers, bad cattle call dinners, jewelry, and of course, ...

Navel Gazing With The Wino: Year End Magic and Loss Edition

I've written before about Lester Bangs. He's a hero of mine. Forget that he was a rock critic. Hell, forget that he was a critic. He was a writer. A great one. He did work as a critic, however, so those ...

OMG! I Love Texas Wine!

Messing With Texas One Texas Wine, at least. After all of the years that we have lived in Texas, and all of the years of tasting and writing about wine we finally found a really good bottle of local juice. There ...

2011 Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles

Drinking a 2011 Bridlewood Estate Winery Cab and enjoying the hell out of it! $15 for this Paso Robles wonder. This isn't a bargain wine, it's freakin' larceny!

Wine Blogs Are a Massive Circle Jerk

Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against wine blogs, wine bloggers, nor as far as I can tell without having actually attended one, circle jerks. I did enjoy the band that went by that name, so who knows? ...

So, you want to be a blogger?

Posterior Pontifications Quite a while back Steve Heimoff wrote a piece about the state of blogging. Judging by the number of people who sent me the link, a good number of them bloggers, it was expected that I would take offense ...

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Whirlwind Trip to Italy Part 1

If the upcoming week held the promise of a three day concert in one of your favorite cities, say Austin, TX, featuring some of your favorite artists of the past 40 years or so, including say Iggy and the Stooges, ...

The Water of Life

Life without passion is no life at all. Some people have a single passion, that one overriding interest that makes everything else fade to gray. While many hit that level of dedication to a singular interest at times in life, ...

Chateau Franc Patarabet 2005

We're at Cork Soakers in downtown Houston with Iris Allen and the Urban Wineauxs drinking the 2005 Chateau Franc Patarabet Saint - Emilion Grand Cru. Very nice!

Those Scary French Wines

French wine can scare even a seasoned wino, after all it is so, so, so...French! As a wise man once said, "French wine is very intimidating and should be imbibed by only the most seasoned, veteran aficionado of wine." That wise man? Me! ...