Category: Education

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 ...

A Really Twisted Winery Owner

You may wonder why we didn't join the rest of the blogosphere with a zany April Fool's Day post, especially given it's one of our favorite holidays. You might say that we were subjected to one of the worst April ...

Another Wine Byte 16: A Little Bit of Blarney

We have a running dialogue in our household about the legitimacy of my Irish ancestry. Joe claims he is Irish but I'm not. Around Saint Patrick's Day, he teases me with “If you were Irish, you would know this,” ...

Earthquake wreaks havoc on Chile’s Wine Industry

Reports coming out of Chile today indicate that last Saturday's massive earthquake dealt a substantial blow to that country's $1.3 billion wine industry. According to the The Washington Post, Rene Merino, president of Wines of Chile, says early estimates put ...