The Suave, Seductive Italian from Valpolicella: Amarone

You know the type – dark, brooding, and a bit austere in youth. He needs time to mature, relax, and develop into the strong, seductive and attentive lover he was born to be. Those like him are few, and far between. He makes his entrance only when all conditions align to make a superlative statement. His roots may be in a small multi-generational enterprise or a sprawling and noble estate. But when he finally arrives […]

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Mardi Gras: Pairing Wine with King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Wine with cake? Laissez les bon temps rouler! Fat Tuesday means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and the wine for you to spread the joie de vivre and as you celebrate Mardi Gras festivities! In the United States’ Christian traditions, Mardi Gras ( Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday) is the Tuesday before Lent when those preparing to fast celebrate with rich fatty foods, wine and perhaps a bit of debauchery. Beads, candy and […]

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American Decency: Not Too Big to Fail

Education does not necessarily make one smarter. I think the most recent election underscores that statement: millions of educated voters decided to spin the wheel, throw the dice, and bet on the candidate with no experience who spent the last year and a half offending nearly everyone but white nationalists. Some folks chalked it up to stagecraft, gimmick, something to appeal to the low information voter who simply knew he or she was not better off […]

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Escape to Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC

Charismatic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t the only thing drawing United States’ visitors across the border. As we count down to Cleveland and the start of the Republican National Convention, both Democrats and Republicans alike are making the same inquiry: Just how does one immigrate to Canada? After visiting Kelowna, British Columbia, last month to taste wines from the Okanagan Valley, I thought about it a bit myself. The landscape is beautiful; the people are friendly, […]

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Wine v. Beer: Which Pairs Best?

You know that couple. Maybe you ARE that couple. You love wine; she loves beer. Or maybe HE loves wine and you love beer. Is it possible to pair a dish with both wine and beer together? That was the challenge when the First Friday crowd braved torrential rain to assemble in League City last Friday for the First Friday Wine versus Beer “pairdown.” Former-chef-turned astronaut* Joe Power, created a menu with suggested beer styles […]

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Wine & Dine Wunderbar! Omni Barton Creek Chef makes Magical Pairings

Pinot Noir with Chocolate? Prezels with Pork, and not a Riesling to be found! These are what greeted guests at the Celebration of Germany Wine & Dine Series hosted by Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa and Traubenhaus Fine Wines. Guests came from far and wide to share in delectable pairings and convivial yet fine dining atmosphere at one of Texas’ premier luxury resorts. The intimate group included not only guests from the Austin metropolitan […]

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Pedro Ferrer and Dolors Sala

Freixenet: It is All about Family

Used to be here in America, people went to work for a company after high school or college and stayed with that same company until they retired. It is still that way in pockets of the United States and in some industries, where one can rise up through the ranks to become head of a division or company from more humble beginnings. But more often than not, to get ahead one must switch jobs and […]

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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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Bill Cosby, Drinking and Consent

Consent is defined by West’s Encyclopedia of American Law as “voluntary acquiescence to the proposal of another; the act or result of reaching an accord; a concurrence of minds; actual willingness that an act or an infringement of an interest shall occur.” It goes on to say that “consent is an act of reason and deliberation.” Further, a person who possesses and exercises sufficient mental capacity to make an intelligent decision demonstrates consent by performing […]

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