Expert Wine Reviews May Be Inferior

Our friend Joe Roberts aka 1WineDude penned a great piece about the inferiority of an expert’s opinion over that of the wisdom of crowds when it comes to wine reviews. The Dude offered a well-reasoned argument, suggesting, that while it was not without some value, the wine “expert” review is actually “less valuable than the opinion offered by an educated, engaged, passionate, and diverse group of people…” And he based it on…gasp…science and research! You […]

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Wine Blogs Are a Massive Circle Jerk

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against wine blogs, wine bloggers, nor as far as I can tell without having actually attended one, circle jerks. I did enjoy the band that went by that name, so who knows? Anyway, as redundant and unnecessary as it may seem to start with a disclaimer that the proud co-owner of a wine blog,  who is married to a wine blogger, does not hate either, I am doing my […]

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So, you want to be a blogger?

Posterior Pontifications Quite a while back Steve Heimoff wrote a piece about the state of blogging. Judging by the number of people who sent me the link, a good number of them bloggers, it was expected that I would take offense to his opinions. I didn’t take any at all. The opening statement of his post pretty much summed it all up for me…he was talking out of his ass. As that neither negates nor […]

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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Whirlwind Trip to Italy Part 1

If the upcoming week held the promise of a three day concert in one of your favorite cities, say Austin, TX, featuring some of your favorite artists of the past 40 years or so, including say Iggy and the Stooges, Jack White and The Black Keys, not to mention the debut of a couple of your favorite television shows that featured, say zombies and haunted houses, and a big game for your football team, would […]

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Wine: Myths and Mystery, a Top Ten List

Is there any other popular beverage steeped in so much myth and mystery as wine? Even Scotch would seem to be a distant second. There is no simpler alcoholic beverage to make if you break it down by basic process alone. Get yourself some grapes, squeeze said grapes, wait. Beer requires a lot more steps, and nearly all other adult beverages begin life as beer of some kind before being distilled. How is it that […]

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%#&@ the Pilgrims!

WARNING! The following post may contain language, ideas, and humor that some might consider offensive. If you feel that you might be one of these people then this post might be about you or someone you know and we highly recommend that you use your back button or click here for an excellent turkey brining article. Yum, turkey! With stuffing too! Mmmm! Buh-bye now. Enjoy your brined turkey.

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Damn, I like beer! Of beer festivals, beer wenches, and beer farts.

As I’ve written before, I am not a wine snob, but I am definitely a beer snob. That being the case, one of my favorite alcohol-related events in Houston is the Brenner’s Beer Festival. Seriously, Brenner’s on the Bayou is a beautiful location, it’s in the Fall so the weather is typically bearable, if not outright spectacular, and there are pretty, young women dressed like beer wenches pouring as much delicious craft beer as any […]

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