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Always Seasonal: Gallica Albariño Calaveras 2015

Oh. My. Goodness. Look at her shoes. And after Labor Day no less. Shudder. She’s wearing… white! The prevailing opinion, be it for marketing or merely historical convenience, is that for every wine there is a season: Red for Autumn and Winter and Rose for Spring. White belongs to Summer. Nonsense! In the words of my friend Frank Morgan: drink what you like. And might I add, when you like! Many think of Albariño as […]

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Celebrate National Taco Day on Taco Tuesday October 4!

Who makes the best tacos? If you live on social media, you know tomorrow is Taco Tuesday — but not just any Taco Tuesday. It’s doubly special — because it is also National Taco Day! Thousands will take to twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and more with pictures of their delectable favorites. To help celebrate #TacoTuesday to its fullest, we asked some folks where to find the best tacos. TACOS IN TEXAS Torchy’s Tacos – Texas, […]

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Escape to Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC

Charismatic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t the only thing drawing United States’ visitors across the border. As we count down to Cleveland and the start of the Republican National Convention, both Democrats and Republicans alike are making the same inquiry: Just how does one immigrate to Canada? After visiting Kelowna, British Columbia, last month to taste wines from the Okanagan Valley, I thought about it a bit myself. The landscape is beautiful; the people are friendly, […]

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Wine v. Beer: Which Pairs Best?

You know that couple. Maybe you ARE that couple. You love wine; she loves beer. Or maybe HE loves wine and you love beer. Is it possible to pair a dish with both wine and beer together? That was the challenge when the First Friday crowd braved torrential rain to assemble in League City last Friday for the First Friday Wine versus Beer “pairdown.” Former-chef-turned astronaut* Joe Power, created a menu with suggested beer styles […]

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Mother Nature, the Original Foodie

Mother Nature proved she is the original foodie last week at a sumptuous banquet overlooking Buffalo Bayou to celebrate ten years of Recipe for Success. As dark clouds rolled in and thunder shook the glass of the building where I perched on the 27th floor  just across the street from The Dunlavy, I was sure what promised to be an incredible feast prepared by 10 renowned chefs was a goner — or at the very […]

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Wine & Dine Wunderbar! Omni Barton Creek Chef makes Magical Pairings

Pinot Noir with Chocolate? Prezels with Pork, and not a Riesling to be found! These are what greeted guests at the Celebration of Germany Wine & Dine Series hosted by Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa and Traubenhaus Fine Wines. Guests came from far and wide to share in delectable pairings and convivial yet fine dining atmosphere at one of Texas’ premier luxury resorts. The intimate group included not only guests from the Austin metropolitan […]

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German Wine and Food Featured at Tonight’s Wine & Dine at Omni Barton Creek

Austin residents have you returned from Spring Break ready for a taste of Germany? Maybe you’re recuperating from SXSW and need an evening to relax? There are still a few seats available for tonight’s Wine and Dine event tonight at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. In partnership with Traubenhaus, the leading German wine distributor in Texas, the Omni Barton Creek Report and Spa will feature some of Wine Spectator’s 90+ selections as well as […]

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Wine Review: Spicewood Vineyards Mourvèdre Rosé 2014

The secret is out! Spicewood Vineyards makes incredible wine and has joined the Texas Fine Wine group as its newest member. I suppose it was not that much of a secret, because they seem to be so popular with their Wine Club, that they sell wines nearly as soon as they are released. But it was a secret to me.  That is before my Austin friend Matt McGinnis who blogs at What Are You Drinking? sent me […]

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Wine & Dine Series pairs Expressive Wines with Exquisite Cuisine

Looking to treat yourself to imaginative wine pairings with world-class cuisine? The Omni Barton Creek Wine & Dine series has monthly offerings that will do just that! Just a 15-minute Uber ride from lively downtown Austin, Texas, is the pampering luxury of the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. Set within the beauty of the Lone Star capital’s expansive Hill Country, the resort is nestled away on 4,000 acres of secluded property and features four […]

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