First Friday: Dog Days of Summer Whites

Another Wine Blog is celebrating First Friday Wine Tasting with Dog Days of Summer Whites. The first friday of every month, we select a theme and invite guests to taste along with us. Last month we tasted Expressions of Italian Grapes, including wines from Seghesio, Castello D’Albola, Feudo Principe di Butera and Masseria Altemura, DaVinci and Santi to name a view. We have also celebrated Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Wines of the Pacific Northwest. […]

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Around the World in 80 Sips Comes to Houston!

An exciting wine event hits Houston Friday, July 12, 2013 in the Union Station Lobby at Minute Maid Park. Bottlenotes is hosting Around The World in 80 Sips™! Around The World in 80 Sips™ is a series of public events attended by hundreds of consumers in San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver and New York. The events bring together young, professional wine enthusiasts to taste some of the world’s best […]

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The Perfect Wine…

Would you drink the perfect wine if it meant you could never drink another wine afterwards? That was the questioned posed by one wine writer on twitter. Another writer asked, by whose definition? “It would be a wine all essentially accepted as perfect. Not a wine based in reality,” said the first writer, “but a hypothetical perfection.” I argued there is no such thing as a universally agreed upon ‘perfect’ wine, and that one could […]

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Another Wine Blog’s First Friday Celebrates Pacific Northwest Wines

Another Wine Blog’s third First Friday event celebrated wines from the Pacific Northwest. Pairings for the Washington and Oregon wines included Puget Sound Smoked Salmon with Pancetta in aioli sauce, Washington State Honeycrisp Apples, and Bosc pears from Oregon. Various meats like Wild Boar sausage, Black Forest, Parmacotto and Serrano Hams, Prosciutto di Parma, Hungarian salami, among others were complemented with Apple Juniper Mostarda from Carlton, Oregon-based Republic of Jam. Sheep, goat and cow’s milk […]

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AWB Launches First Fridays!

You may notice we haven’t been posting that often lately, me especially. Partly because it’s just been tough. We have all sorts of wine stories in the queue; trips to Portland, Carlton, Italy, ZinFest and tons of reviews that are still to come. But we did start doing something new. It’s called First Friday. And it’s all about sharing wine! We started as a way to avoid my late mother’s Estate Sale. Watching vultures pick […]

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What We’re Reading: Rock and Vine by Chelsea Prince

We get lots of requests for reviews – wine, hooch, books and gadgets. We don’t have time to cover everything. But you really ought to pick up a copy of Rock and Vine: Next Generation Changemakers in America’s Wine Country, written and published by Chelsea Prince with Consulting Editor Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine. Overlook the management consultant-inspired subtitle (I can say this because I used to be one those people, which is why I […]

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Win Tickets to San Francisco Zinfandel Festival, Jan 31 – Feb 2

UPDATE: Friday, January 25 is the last day to enter to win tickets to the San Francisco Zinfandel Wine Festival. Make sure you enter to win a pair of tickets to wine tastings and food pairings at this awesome event January 31 to Feb 2. There’s a guy who makes wine he calls Bedrock But he didn’t go into it half-cocked. He was raised in a cellar, what a cute little fellar, Some might say […]

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Austrian Wines: Don’t Let the Names Fool You

I love Austrian wines. Partly because I once coaxed a smile out of a “retired” Austrian winemaker during an otherwise boring trade tasting. He told me he had handed the reigns of the company over to his son and was just enjoying his time being the “face of the company.” I said, “I don’t know that I would be as trusting if it were I,” and he smiled. Then he poured me his Trockenbeerenauslese. Yum! […]

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