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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 ...

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Falwell, Flynt and K Vintners’ Charles Smith

Fresh from a late night viewing of "The People v. Larry Flynt," I noticed a Google alert, "Winemaker Sues Anonymous Commenters on Wine Blog." A few clicks later I find out that Charles Smith of K Vintners filed a complaint ...

AWB Reviews Wine Refrigerators & Coolers

There is nothing worse than having a great wine taste bad because it was stored or served at the wrong temperature. It would be great if we could all have our own wine cave or custom-built cellar to insure wine ...

It’s International Grenache Day!

Wine lovers all over world are celebrating one of the most widely planted grapes for the First International Grenache Day today, September 24th. A late ripening grape, Grenache grows best in hotter climates and dryer soils like those of Spain ...

Labor Day and The Grapes of Tom Joad

With all of the recent talk about immigration "reform," stimulus spending, offshore drilling moratoriums and that ever-present bogeyman; "socialism," it might be good to take another look at one of America's favorite and revered family holidays: Labor Day,* and its ...

Stealing Wine, Food and Money

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Perhaps. But when someone is making money by stealing our wine reviews, pairings, recipes and photographs of food and wine, we have to take issue with it. We addressed this topic at ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 10 – duck fat)

This is part 9 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 ...