Author Archives: Joe Power

Wine Tasting, How Not To Do It

I don't particularly care for large tastings. I've been trained to do it, and have enough experience to be qualified to do it competently. But I don't like doing it all that much. The same goes for tasting and evaluating ...

Only You Can Prevent Vegetable Abuse

Vegetables often get a very bad name. Sometimes it is deserved, but more often than not it's your fault. Yes, your fault! Mine too. Here's one half of the problem; people like me make fun of vegetables, and probably even more ...

WBC 2014 and the Wine Blog Awards – Part 1

Before we begin... Later in this post I mention that some of my fellow bloggers might be too genteel to express themselves the way that I tend to do. If I had to pick one person that I know to apply that ...

A Languedoc Top Ten List

Okay, so it's really two Top Five lists about Languedoc put together. Quit being so anal, it adds up! It is truly a shame that Languedoc is not more well-known, so first up... Top 5 reasons you may not know Languedoc: 1. Too ...

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 ...