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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 ...

Which Came First: Plavac or Zinfandel?

The day after Valentine's Day in February, Blue Danube Wine Company announced a contest on twitter, to befriend them on Facebook. The 222nd "fan," I won Zinfandel: A Croatian-American Wine Story by Jasenka Piljac. Along with it, ...

For Purple Mountain Majesty…

As we were flying back from Seattle, Joe kept trying to get me to read passages from Jim Harrison's The Raw and The Cooked. A great read, but I was much more interested in looking out the window of the ...

Uncork Your Passion to Win a Winery Internship!

I was flipping through the latest Wine Spectator and found an advertisement that looked a bit out of place, well for Wine Spectator. It features Gary Vaynerchuk as one of three judges for a contest and also includes logos and ...

Remnants of Prohibition still Reign in Tennessee

When I first moved to Houston in the early 1980s there was a local grocery store chain that didn't sell wine and beer. I always figured it was because the owners were Baptist, and saw any form of alcohol ...