Cartograph Gewürztraminer 2010: Russian River Valley

I forgot how much I love Cartograph wines. Back in 2011, before I began the 4-year litigation effort around that little spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I visited Dry Creek Valley to participate in their harvest. On an afternoon in the Fall of 2011, prior to an evening of following my friend Shana (then) Ray (now) Bull from bar to bar in Healdsburg, California who was hoping to catch a glimpse of the soon-to-be-married […]

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Great Food: It’s Hunky Dory in The Houston Heights

Want fabulous food, delicious drinks and an overall delightful dining diversion? You will find it at Hunk Dory in the Houston Heights. While Chef John Tesar of Dallas’ Knife is playing his tiny…violin* to Playboy, Chris Cusack and his team, including Chef Richard Knight are playing to the crowd — its diners. What Hunky Dory is Not The week I dined at Hunky Dory I experienced the highs and lows of a food and wine critic. […]

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Wines for Thanksgiving Day and Throughout the Year

It is Thanksgiving Day and many wine shops are closed. You, consumer, were so busy making sure you ordered the fresh turkey, picked up the Parker House rolls, the cranberries, the sweet potatoes, the relatives from the airport and set aside time to create the perfect brine to bathe the bird overnight, that you forgot to pick out the perfect wine to pair with your blessed bounty. Relax, your dinner will not be a disaster. […]

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Celebrate International Tempranillo Day, Thursday, Nov. 12th!

Viva Tempranillo! Join the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) on Thursday, November 12th, in celebrating the grape once associated primarily with Spain, and now planted in over 500,000 of the earth’s acres in both New World and old world interpretations. Just a mere ten years ago, many Americans could not pronounce the name of the grape; perhaps they were confused by its 60 or more regional synonyms, including names like Tinto del Toro, […]

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Classic Horror Movie Wine Pairings – My Top 13 List

I see a lot of seriously stupid articles and posts all of the time pairing wine with things that it either doesn’t go with, or that it just doesn’t have any connection to. These articles pair holiday chocolate with wine, or tell you what the perfect Arbor Day wine pairing is (It’s Sauvignon Blanc, by the way). All kinds of stupid crap like that. When I see these dumb articles it makes me think, “Holy […]

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Worldly Lodi offers ‘Out of the Box’ Thinking for Thanksgiving

1969 is a pivotal year in America. Apollo 11 lands on the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on its surface. The first communications are sent through ARPANET and PBS is established. Nearly 400,000 rock-n-roll fans descend upon a dairy farm in the Catskills of New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair – billed as 3 Days of Peace & Music that features 32 acts including […]

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Pahlmeyer 2012 Merlot Napa Valley

As we sat down to dinner Sunday night to celebrate our oldest son’s birthday, we needed a special wine. We missed his 21st birthday, because he had moved out at 18 after some growing pains and parental clashes that sent him back to Ohio to stay with his mother, then south to Florida at 21 to live for a while with a cousin. This year he turned 24. 1991, the same year Alex, Joe’s oldest, […]

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2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is such a beautiful wine, and offers plenty of styles for a variety of taste buds. From the grassy, high acid crisp styles from New Zealand to the beautifully sweet Sauternes of France, Sauvignon Blanc is also widely cultivated in Chile, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Washington and California. Some New World Sauvignon Blancs, particularly from California, may also be called “Fume Blanc.” One of our stand-out favorites is the Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc […]

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2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot

We love the 2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot from the Home Ranch in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley to pair with a bone in rib-eye and crisp field greens topped with bacon. Lush dark fruitfruit flavors of black cherries and black currant combine with elegant balanced tannins, Mexican chocolate and pink peppercorn. Alcohol by volume 14.6 percent, this wine is a fabulous buy at just $28. Visit Sbragia Family Vineyards website to get yours. The […]

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