Category: Best of AWB

Restaurant Review: Pope’s Pairings Protect Plonk

I think I was sitting in Toledo, avoiding study of some law-school related subject, when I first heard about Alice Waters' Chez Panisse. The concept of growing local, buying local, and serving healthy, organic dishes that actually taste good was ...

An Unspeakable Tragedy

Faithful readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of Twisted Oak Wines. Not only do they sell some top notch juice, but they have a fantastic sense of humor, as evidenced by their rubber chicken fetish. ...

The Successful Wine Bar: No Pimpin’ Required

I like Kid Rock and I cannot lie You other ladies can’t deny That when the Kid starts singin' With his style and his pimpin’ It’s the only thing to satisfy… - with apologies to Sir Mix-A-Lot, and “Baby Got Back” I discovered Kid Rock ...

Flavor Profiles – Food and Wine

I have two sons, age 17 and 13, who are both well on their way to being excellent cooks. However, just as in almost everything in life, they have totally different approaches. My eldest, Alex, loves to experiment. If he ...

Break-Up Wine: Do You Own a Bottle of Spite?

My first visit to "Wine Country" was when I was dating a guy who lived in California. He was; to put it politely, extremely "frugal."  To be honest, he was a cheap-ass bastard. He had a problem with paying the ...

Why do I hate Sandra Lee so much?

Truth be told, I do not really hate Sandra Lee. She has never done me, or anyone I love, harm. For all I know she may be a perfectly wonderful person, someone who spends her every off camera waking hour ...

Customer Service: A Tale of Two Bartenders

While we were in San Francisco on our way to the Russian River Wine Road Barrel tasting, we stayed at the Hotel Triton, a funky little boutique hotel just on the edge of Chinatown.  Prior to having dinner with our ...

Leaving Occidental

The worst part about going to California, for me at least, is that I have to leave it. I am originally from Ohio, and still love the place. I live in Houston, and Texas has its charms, but ever since ...

Toasting my Father, Six Months After Ike

We live in Clear Lake, south of Houston, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. And there's a reason we live in an area prone to hurricanes. In 1999 my mother had open-heart surgery. Soon after her quadruple by-pass, I ...

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To Hell with States’ Rights! – Part I

...especially when it comes to laws restricting the sale of out-of-state wine! There are a number of states that make it next to impossible for a consumer to get wine direct-shipped to her. Most states enact and maintain these laws purportedly ...