Category: Best of AWB

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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 ...

Wine, Writing and a Woman Named Lucinda

Last night Amy and I attended the Lucinda Williams show in downtown Houston. She was amazing, and a lot of her lyrics have been running through my head ever since. One song in particular seems to be playing on a ...

The Fine Art of Giving Back

Given the uncertainty of the economy and debate about the "stimulus package," I  find myself in discussions about the government's "taking" resources from one set of Americans and giving it to another. There are those who favor less taxation; and those who ...

Miles to Go Before I Sleep…

I got a call from my brother before Christmas and he asked me to recommend a bottle of wine. My cell rang while I was driving, and since Houston traffic is scary even when one is not on the phone, ...

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

Cigarettes and chocolate milk These are just a couple of my cravings Everything it seems I like's a little bit stronger A little bit thicker, a little bit harmful for me If I should buy jellybeans Have to eat them all in just one sitting Everything ...

The Food Network – Ultimate Recipe Showdown

The Food Network is still one of the channels I turn to first when I am looking for something to watch, although I am really starting to wonder why. Yes, Alton Brown still teaches technique better, and in a more ...

Responsible Wine Drinking Can Save Your Life. Maybe.

When I was a law clerk I worked on a case for a client's son who had been arrested for underage drinking and driving while intoxicated (DWI).  I was responsible for doing the research that made the sobriety test results ...

Commentary: Credentialing for Wine Bloggers

Last Fall during the North American Wine Blogger Conference there arose a debate: Is it ethical for wine bloggers to accept wine gratis from the wine industry (Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction: What Crosses the Line)? Fast forward a few ...

Awful Falafel (Recipes from the rest of the meal)

The other night I decided to make a Mediterranean feast. As documented by Amy yesterday, we had it along with the 2007 San Felice Vermentino Maremma Toscana Perolla, which turned out to be a very good match. She mentioned my ...

What is a wine snob?

Looking up the word 'snob' on dictionary.com brings up the following definitions: snob –noun 1. a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others. 2. a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur ...