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 wine on its own. I am actually quite good at it,  but it is not something I relish doing. It seems to me that these things are the equivalent of studying the words in a […]

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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 reprehensible, we make fun of people who eat them. Particularly so if that is all they eat. Who hasn’t had a vegetarian version of a dish, probably lasagna, that is a watery, bitter perversion […]

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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 word to, it would be my fellow Texas import, Melanie Ofenloch, otherwise known as DallasWineChick. As far as I know,  I’ve never done this before, but I would like to dedicate this post to her. […]

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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 much time spent on things that the consumer doesn’t care about such as appellation arguments. 2. No truly defining style. 3. Confusing labels (for the consumer) 4. Diversity provides overwhelming number of […]

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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, chocolate. All supposedly in honor of some Christian martyr, and since no one really knows which Valentine we are pretending to honor, that should probably read “some Christian martyrs, and the made-up legends that surround […]

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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 of us that remember him do so because of the unique voice he used to tell us about music we should and should not be listening to. Percy Shelly once said, “Reviewers, with some rare […]

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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? Anyway, as redundant and unnecessary as it may seem to start with a disclaimer that the proud co-owner of a wine blog,  who is married to a wine blogger, does not hate either, I am doing my […]

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