Organic Wine Immersion at Millésime Bio 2011

We were among the 3200 attendees at Millésime Bio 2011 last week in Montpellier, South of France, sponsored by Sud de France and organized by our hosts the AIVB-LR (Association Interprofessionnelle des Vins Biologiques de Languedoc-Roussillon). Now in its 18th year, this international trade fair is devoted exclusively to wines made from organically grown grapes in accordance with current European regulations. Up 18% from last year’s attendance of 2700, the event allowed professionals to sample […]

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Wines of the Loire Valley: Muscadet

There is a wine from the oft called “Garden of France” that is the perfect pairing for fresh seafood. So much so that whenever I reach into the wine chiller and suggest it, Joe chastises me, “No, that’s for when we have good seafood.” Thank goodness last night’s dinner menu included sauteed shrimp and mussels, so that we could finally open the bottle of Muscadet that had been languishing for a few months. When is […]

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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 them they cannot or may not do something. Joe is not one of those people. And neither am I. Often in younger years this was probably much to our detriment. For me, it was nearly […]

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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 something new, I’m going to cut corners, cheat, wuss out…whatever you want to call it. I know, it’s disappointing, but lets look at this as a scientific endeavor. Don’t worry, no actual science will be […]

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Without Further Ado: Sacre Bleu

While pinning its hopes on them, the wine industry wasn’t properly targeting the millennial market. “They were putting out labels with kangaroos, birds and penguins,” says Struwe. In fact in 2006 it seems everyone was targeting millennials with ‘Critter Wines.’ “They were not taking these younger consumers seriously, says Struwe. And, no wine company was telling them why they should try their wine.”

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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 to head to Paso Robles, California next Spring for the 19th annual Hospice du Rhône. Tickets go on sale today for the exclusive three-day weekend event surrounding all things Rhône set for April 28-30, 2011. Established […]

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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 wacky Diebold malfunctions. What I was surprised and appalled to see was the utter crap the school system was providing for the kids to eat. I remember school cafeterias as a place to get nutritious, […]

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