Category: Education

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 ...

Are Wine Reviews Compromised?

Every six months or so, a heated debate ensues: are wine writers and bloggers who cozy up to the wine industry to be trusted to write about wine. We have covered this in a number of posts (see Wine ...

Not Just Another Wine Sample

One of the perks of writing about wine, is that we tend to get a number of samples for review. Of course with that goes the whole BS disclosure business that the Federal Trade Commission imposed upon bloggers, but not ...

The Wine Review: Is it All Just Smoke and Mirrors?

Have you ever visited a restaurant for a romantic dinner where everything turns out to be perfect?  Your meal is expertly prepared, the wine pairing is flawless and the waitstaff is impeccably attentive. The music, ideal, seems to have been ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 8 – Garlic)

This is part 8 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 – Knives,  Part 5 – ...

Leftover Wine Bottles on the Counter? Recycle; Reduce!

Joe is usually the family cook, and he's constantly complaining about our "galley" type kitchen. Since we never planned to have it as our "permanent residence" we continue to rent until we build or find our "dream house."  But a ...

Pop that Cork! Value-Priced Champagne Alternatives

In the current economy, many people are looking for an alternative to traditional champagne to help ring in the New Year. Last year we told you about Cava, and we've found a few other sparklers this year as well. ...