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 to his opinions. I didn’t take any at all. The opening statement of his post pretty much summed it all up for me…he was talking out of his ass. As that neither negates nor […]

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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, Jack White and The Black Keys, not to mention the debut of a couple of your favorite television shows that featured, say zombies and haunted houses, and a big game for your football team, would […]

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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, few maintain such a focus indefinitely. Then there are folks like me with many passions that all require laser-like focus for periods of time and then–SQUIRREL–WTF was that? Uh, where was I? Oh yes, passions… […]

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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! Pay attention, I just said it a second ago and you were sitting right there. Try and keep up, will you? Now if I have ever said that previously, it was probably because I was […]

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Amy rides the short bus!

Oops, that should read Amy makes the short LIST! I have absolutely no idea how that headline could have gotten up there, but when I find the responsible party, heads will roll! Since my wife isn’t blowing her own horn over this, I will proudly do it for her. We had a few of our posts accepted into the competition for the Born Digital Wine Awards, and they recently announced the finalists, or their short list, […]

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Rodney Strong 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This may be a little decadent for some people, but I asked Amy to pick out a bottle of something red and tasty, my usual prescription, that would go well with burgers, and she delivered in spades.  With a smirk, she proffered a bottle of Rodney Strong 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. If things were different, and she had asked me to pair something with this wine, it probably would have been a […]

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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

You have to choose Play with the boys You’re bound to lose A bottle in one hand A can in the other Don’t fool around ’cause they’re real mean mothers –Wild in the Streets, Circle Jerks For the past couple of months, and then culminating in this past weekend’s NFL draft, Mel Kiper Jr’s face and voice have been everywhere. For those that don’t follow football, he is ESPN’s draft “guru.” What makes him a […]

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It’s Syrah, Dammit!

I try not to play favorites. When someone asks me what my favorite wine or grape is I usually babble some non-committal bullshit until I see their eyes glaze over and I know it is safe to change the subject. There are great wines to be had in all styles and made with all sorts of grapes. As someone with a reputation for having an aversion to Beaujolais, I have to admit that I have […]

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