Those Scary French Wines

French wine can scare even a seasoned wino, after all it is so, so, so…French! As a wise man once said, “French wine is very intimidating and should be imbibed by only the most seasoned, veteran aficionado of wine.” That wise man? Me! Pay attention, I just said it a second ago and you were sitting right there. Try and keep up, will you? Now if I have ever said that previously, it was probably because I was […]

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TasteLive’s Cafe 140: Rodney Strong, Rosso & Rootstock Preview

Tonight we will be joining Joe Quigley of TasteLive!, as he “teases” (his words) the upcoming Rootstock Festival (this Saturday, July 21 from 2pm to 6pm) with a sampling of the day’s players during their live webcast from Heritage Public House. We will be tasting four Rodney Strong Vineyards’ which the folks on site will enjoy paired four with dishes created by Chef John Francetti of Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar. To add a little […]

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2007 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

We first tasted Château La Nerthe at Millésime Bio in the South of France. Then delightfully again, at Phillipe in Houston, Texas at Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles, California and once again at L’Olivier in Houston. It never fails to disappoint. Like nearly all Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it’s dusty and austere in younger vintages. The wine needs time to languish in the bottle, for nature and good cellaring to take its course and turn the dominatrix […]

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Happy Sauvignon Blanc Day! Viva #SauvBlanc!

Today is International Sauvignon Blanc Day! Wine drinkers around the world are celebrating with a refreshingly crisp glass of wine from the green-skinned grape, so named from the French word sauvage, meaning wild and blanc, meaning white. Pipi de Chat? Mais, Oui! A classic descriptor of Sauvignon Blanc is “cat pee” on the nose. Some describe it more politely as “cat box;” others as cat piss. And some like to dress it up with a bit of […]

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Live Tasting: Join us for Kunde Live on June 7th!

Join us tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 7) as we experience three new wine releases from Kunde Family Estates. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Houston time (8:30 Eastern, 5:30 Pacific) we will join fourth generation winegrowers Marcia and Jeff Kunde along with Winemaker Zach Long to taste and learn more about wines farmed from Kunde’s estate in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Acquired by founder Louis Kunde who emigrated from Germany and purchased the original Wildwood Vineyards […]

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TasteLive: Wine & Chocolate Fantasy

We start the TasteLive New Year with a celebration of wine and chocolate. We will be joining the folks at TasteLive and some of our fellow wine bloggers on Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. Central (6:00 p.m. Pacific and 9:00 p.m. Eastern) to pair three varying levels of chocolate with Rodney Strong wines. We will taste three wines; Rodney Strong 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Knotty Pines Zinfandel and A True Gentleman’s Port. Rod […]

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Onion Tart – Perfect for your holiday party or New Year’s brunch

This onion tart is the perfect complement to just about any sparkling wine. Take it to an office holiday potluck, serve it at your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party, or best of all for a holiday brunch. Then make it all year long if you want, and I believe you will want. If you’ve never had one, or only had them improperly prepared, an onion tart may not sound like the most appetizing dish. […]

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Wine & Food Erotica from Charlottesville, Virginia

Eric Asmiov, who writes for the New York Times “Diner’s Journal Blog”, told bloggers in his keynote speech at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia, that he learned to think about wine in terms of drinking it, as opposed to tasting it. Simply tasting it, says Asimov, misses the point in forming a connection with wine, to those of us who are passionate about it.

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