10 Things to do in Barcelona, Spain

Planning a visit to Barcelona, the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea? Well if not, you should! The Catalan capital’s influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts make Barcelona one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade and cultural centers. Last year nearly 8 million people spent the night in Barcelona, the Ciutat Comtal or City of Counts, which is Cap i Casal de Catalunya or the Head and Heart of […]

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Celebrate Languedoc Day, Friday May 29th

Friday, May 29th lovers of Languedoc wines will join together to celebrate this special region in the South of France. We made our third trip to the region last month, and can tell you the wines are better than ever! Where is the Languedoc? Pronounced “Lawn-guh-dock” by locals, and “Long-dock” by outsiders, the region curves around the Mediterranean Sea’s Golf of Lion, and encompasses 36 appellations and ‘delimited areas with protected origin status’, including 29 […]

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Celebrate National Chardonnay Day, May 21st

Today we celebrate National Chardonnay Day with California’s First Family of Chardonnay, Wente Vineyards. Now in its fifth generation of winemakers, the Wente family began in 1836, when Carl H. Wente purchased 48 acres of vineyard land in Livermore Valley, California, and built a winery. Chardonnay is synonymous with California, and so many wine growers and producers will proudly tell you that their Chardonnay is a Wente clone. But what exactly does that mean? Why […]

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Kickstarter Project: Vintage 2015: A year in American wine

After a phenomenally successful Vintage 2014 documentary last year focusing on a challenging 2014 Central Coast growing season, Wil Fernandez has set his sights bigger. In just three days, his Kickstarter project for Vintage 2015 takes off, and you can be a part of it. Wil’s energy and drive make his projects artistic, creative AND educational. He tells stories that are not being told in a meaningful way that creates evangelists for his vision. Vintage […]

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Celebrate 2015 with a Host of Bubbles and Sparklers!

Salud! Cin-Cin! 干杯  Skål!  Santé! ΥΓΕΙΑ!  Živjeli! Prost! What better way to say “Cheers” than with Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world! What makes a wine “sparkling?” Sparkling wine is different from “still” wine in that it contains significant levels of carbon dioxide which makes it fizzy. The CO2 may result from natural fermentation in a bottle or tank, or as a result of carbon dioxide injection. While the classic example of a […]

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Morgan Neufeld talks about WSET Level 3 from the Texas Wine School

Amy met Morgan Neufeld one Wednesday morning in June at Camerata at Paulie’s where she was attending Banfi’s Cru Artisan College. Friendly and bubbly, Morgan was in the middle of her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 certification course and attending the “College” to learn more about the Luxury Selections of the Banfi portfolio from the artisan winemakers who crafted them. During the event, she told Amy about weekly tastings of the Houston Sommelier […]

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A Writer’s Response to Intimidation

In political writing, investigative journalism and satire, the subject of the story is often cast in a light he or she does not like. If the piece is outrageously untrue, as often happens in satire, a good-natured subject, while irked, will respond with humor. It takes the heat off, diffuses whatever power the writing may have and puts the subject in a positive light, showing she is a good sport. However, if there is truth […]

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Napa, wineries take stock, assess damage after 6.0 Quake

Napa Valley wineries report diverse assessments as a result of last Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake that shook residents from their 3:20 a.m. slumber. The ‘South Napa earthquake,’ so named by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), was the largest to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the October 1989 magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta quake that killed 63 people and resulted in over $11 billion in damage.The South Napa quake, which hit about 3 miles northwest […]

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Be a Swinger, or Divorce Your Wine Guy!

People love to ask about our favorite local wine merchant. Truth be told, we do not have many. In fact most of our wine is shipped to us. So it is pretty safe to say our favorite wine usually comes via FedEx. When I wrote a version this post back in 2010, we did not have a favorite wine guy. Or girl, in Houston. Then our good friend Iris Allen invited us to a hidden gem in […]

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