Category: Education

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 ...

Celebrating Argentina’s Path to Independence

On the 25th of this month, Argentina will celebrate 200 years since the Revolution of May opened the way to her Independence.  As part of the celebration, Central Market will host some of our favorite winemakers in Texas stores, May ...

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HR 5034: What if Wine Were Peaches …

Suppose your family grows peaches in Georgia. Everyone in Georgia loves your peaches, and tells your family you should send those peaches to folks in other states. So you build a business selling peaches in-state as well as out-of-state. ...

If Passed, HR 5034 will Cheat Wine Consumers

While most consumers hurried to finish taxes by the April 15th deadline, something sinister was afoot in the United States House of Representatives.  At the behest of the powerful National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), and in response to a recent ...