Category: Education

Wine for the Holidays: America’s Most-Visited Winery

There are plenty of people who do exactly what they're told. Who follow all of the rules. Who "know their place" from birth to death. The type of people who do not see a bullfighter's red cape when someone tells ...

Easy Turkey Brine

Longtime readers know that this time every year I extol the virtues of making a brine starting with a homemade stock. It is a time-intensive process, although not really hard to do. Not this year. I am going to try ...

Without Further Ado: Sacre Bleu

Wine usually starts in the vineyard, but this one started with a phone number. Galen Struwe lives in Minnesota. But it wasn't always so. Traveling with business colleagues from Florida some years ago he found himself in a Minneapolis restaurant for ...

Three Reasons to Divorce Your Wine Guy

People love to ask about our favorite local wine merchant.  Truth be told, we don't have one. In fact most of our wine is shipped to us. So it's safe to say our favorite wine usually comes via FedEx. Occasionally though, ...

So You Think You Can Rhône?

Where can you find over 1,000 Rhône wines at one International Food and Wine Event? France, you say? No siree, Bob. To find some of the best examples of the 22 Rhône varieties all in one place you'll need ...

Food for Thought: Recipe for Success

When I worked the election one year, my assignment was to sit in my kids' intermediate school cafeteria and watch for monkey business.  Given we live in Texas, I wasn't surprised to see a little voter intimidation, suppression and some ...

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Another Wine Byte 17: But Those Grapes Look Ripe!

Today at work, while our system was down for the upteenth time this week, I was listening to a Wine Biz Radio podcast. Kaz and Randy were discussing the "stupid robbers" who in the middle of the night stole a ...

Kitchen tips acquired along the way

When I was a kid acquiring cooking skills was a matter of survival. My parents both worked long hours, plus they liked to go out on the weekends. As a result there were times when my mother left it to ...

Napa Valley Wineries headed to Houston!

The Napa Valley Vintners are headed to Houston as part of a week-long pass through Texas and Oklahoma to promote Napa Valley wines. Houston is the site of the kick-off Monday, October 11, beginning with a One-Day Wine Symposium ...

From Pint to Plate with Chef Kent Rathbun

In Houston we are lucky enough to have a place like Central Market. It is the go-to place when searching for hard-to-find or exotic ingredients, or maybe just a little variety.  We weren't always so lucky.  Although the first Central ...