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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Pasaporte Mexico Comes to Central Market, April 20 – May 3

We love our Tex-Mex here in Houston! But many of us gringos have no concept of authentic Mexican cuisine, although we occupy land once part of Estados Unidos Mexicanos. While a certain orange-hued cartoon character drums up votes with his “Build a Wall” platform, the good folks at Central Market invite customers to embrace with taste during ‘Pasaporte Mexico,’ April 20 through May 3 throughout its stores across Texas. During the two-week event, visitors to […]

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Tickets Still Available: Raise Your Glass to CIS!

A handful of tickets are still available for the Raise Your Glass to CIS! wine tasting event today at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake City, Texas. The event, which starts at 4:00 p.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m., raises money for Communities in Schools – Bay Area programs to keep at-risk students in school. UPDATE: DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING IN THE AREA ON APRIL 18th THE EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 26th.  Each […]

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Celebrate Your Love with Sparkling Wine from Limoux!

Wine lovers in Houston and nationally are discovering sparkling wines that originated nearly 100 years before Dom Pérignon was born, and years before Champagne became the wine of celebrations. To taste true tradition first created by Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, look to the wine region in southern France near Carcassonne and the eastern foothills of the Pyrénées — Limoux. One of my favorite regions to visit during the annual Terroirs et Millésimes […]

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Celebrate World Carménère Day: Monday, November 23

For those of you looking for wines for Thanksgiving, we have a spin for you on the traditional Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that, but not today. Today we’re joining the folks from Wines of Chile to celebrate World Carménère Day! Once widely planted in the Bordeaux region of France, specifically in the Médoc, Carménère (pronounced Car-men-AIR) was one of the six original Bordeaux varietals, which also included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, […]

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Pahlmeyer 2012 Merlot Napa Valley

As we sat down to dinner Sunday night to celebrate our oldest son’s birthday, we needed a special wine. We missed his 21st birthday, because he had moved out at 18 after some growing pains and parental clashes that sent him back to Ohio to stay with his mother, then south to Florida at 21 to live for a while with a cousin. This year he turned 24. 1991, the same year Alex, Joe’s oldest, […]

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Old Man Yells at Cloud. Again.

And the public gets what the public wants But I want nothing this society’s got I’m going underground – Going Underground, The Jam With those words, Paul Weller perfectly encapsulated so much. It was a worldview that once guided my generation, tiny as it is in comparison to the one before it or those that have come after. Yes, we had our sheep, as every group will, we called them “posers.” The difference was that […]

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Montefalco: Vino Magnifico

When I was a school girl learning world geography, Italy was by far the easiest to remember. The fancy high-heeled boot of a lady whose ruffled skirts were France, Switzerland and Austria. Take a closer look, at the seductively rounded calf of the leg inside the boot, and you’ll find the land of Umbria. With Tuscany to her west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the South, Umbria is il cuor verde d’Italia […]

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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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