Category: Pairings

Great Argentine Sparkler for Memorial Weekend BBQ

That's right! That's what I said, a sparkling wine with barbecue. From May 18 through 25th, Central Market hosted "Passport to Argentina," to celebrate Argentina's Revolution of May. To get us into the spirit, CM sent a heavy bottle of sparkling ...

Our Big Fat Greek Draft Day

You wouldn't know it by looking at me, but I am part Greek.  I got the fair skin and freckles from my Dad, rather than the olive complexion from my mother, her mother and her grandfather. I never really met ...

Celebrating Argentina’s Path to Independence

On the 25th of this month, Argentina will celebrate 200 years since the Revolution of May opened the way to her Independence.  As part of the celebration, Central Market will host some of our favorite winemakers in Texas stores, May ...

Wine Pairing Recipes: Seafood Medley Stew

Note: A version of this post was originally published at Palate Press. In that version I used a few different ingredients and paired it with a different wine. There are many regional variations on seafood stew. It depends on where you ...

New Sauvignon Blanc on the Block: Cornerstone Cellars

There is a fondness in our hearts for Cornerstone Cellars.  Last July we crashed a private tasting and dinner with some of our blogger friends at Bistro Jeanty (blame it on our friend Lisa who said, of course, we should ...

Hospice du Rhône: You Had Me at Syrah

This week we joined participants of Taste Live featuring Hospice du Rhône, a perpetual non-profit business league that represents and promotes the 22 Rhone varieties and those who make them. Each Year HdR produces a three-day event in Paso ...

Why I Hate Bill Gates: Thank God for Wine!

I must admit I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about "cloud computing."  I have trust issues to start with, and letting Mr. Google keep all my files for me sounds like the old "open relationship" concept. Is my ...

Walla Walla WOW – L’Ecole No. 41 2008 Estate Luminesce

When the organizers of the North American Wine Bloggers' Conference first proposed a change of venue for 2010, Joe was disappointed. We've fallen in love with California's Wine Country and Joe was a bit skeptical about taking the event farther north. ...

Top Ten Best Drinking Movies

After exhaustive research by our panel of judges (me), I had a list of 14 movies that starred alcohol in some way. I tried to whittle it down to just 10, but failed. So, the title of this post is ...

Weinrieder 2006 Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben

Grüner Veltliner (GREW-nuhr Felt-LEEN-ehr) is not one of the most well known wine grapes on the planet. Mainly grown in Austria and accounting for nearly 40% of the country's grape production, it is used in a variety of styles of ...