Friday the 13th means Fine Wine Tasting ~ Italian Sparkling from Franciacorta

Love the Bubbly? Celebrate the end of of the week on Friday, September 13 as we join wine bloggers across the country for a virtual “twitter” tasting of fine Italian sparkling wine from Franciacorta beginning at 6:00 p.m. Central (4:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 p.m. Eastern). What is Franciacorta? Franciacorta is often compared to Champagne, but has its own unique Italian personality. The first Italian wine produced exclusively by the traditional method of re-fermentation in the […]

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Back-to-School with Beer: Brewniversity Houston Starts Sept. 12

Go Back to School with Beer as Central Market hosts another semester of Brewniversity with all new classes for beer lovers and learners starting Thursday, September 12 in the Houston, Texas location. Classes kick off with a Sip & Stroll around the Westheimer location, where patrons can sample beers, ales and the foods paired with featured selections. Or, spend an evening with cheese expert Janet Fletcher as she teaches the art of pairing artisanal cheeses […]

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Kelly Fleming 2010 Oakville Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

We met Kelly Fleming for dinner one evening at Underbelly, one of Houston’s hip, fresh-ingredient restaurants in the Montrose area. Kelly was a delight to meet and both her Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc elegant and sophisticated. Since Joe was getting a bad cold when we were at the restaurant and didn’t get to properly evaluate the wines during dinner, Kelly was gracious enough to send samples of the same wines for him to taste […]

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Building Your Wine Tasting Memory

On Monday nights, Joe goes bowling. Strange for a guy who thinks football season is year ’round. But when he gets home he’s only the slightest bit hungry, so usually we just have a few snacks with our wine. Our Monday nights typically go like this. Joe: “Let’s open a bottle of wine.” Amy: “What wine would you like?” Joe: “Something red and tasty.” Which in Joespeak is usually Syrah. This particular Monday, Joe comes […]

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Château Smith Haut Laffite Grand Cru Classé de Graves 2008

Deep red core with a lighter red rim in this luscious Bordeaux from Pessac-Léognan. Leathery cinnamon and cocoa on the nose. A mélange of succulent black fruit. Soft tannins create a silky smooth mouth feel.  Black cherry and mocha finish. Pair with a New York Strip Steak – cooked no more than medium rare. 13.5% ABV. Procured from our friends at JJBuckley, now available to Texas consumers! Our 2010 Vintage bottles are expected late in the Fall!

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First Friday: Dog Days of Summer Whites

Another Wine Blog is celebrating First Friday Wine Tasting with Dog Days of Summer Whites. The first friday of every month, we select a theme and invite guests to taste along with us. Last month we tasted Expressions of Italian Grapes, including wines from Seghesio, Castello D’Albola, Feudo Principe di Butera and Masseria Altemura, DaVinci and Santi to name a view. We have also celebrated Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Wines of the Pacific Northwest. […]

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The Perfect Wine…

Would you drink the perfect wine if it meant you could never drink another wine afterwards? That was the questioned posed by one wine writer on twitter. Another writer asked, by whose definition? “It would be a wine all essentially accepted as perfect. Not a wine based in reality,” said the first writer, “but a hypothetical perfection.” I argued there is no such thing as a universally agreed upon ‘perfect’ wine, and that one could […]

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Another Wine Blog’s First Friday Celebrates Pacific Northwest Wines

Another Wine Blog’s third First Friday event celebrated wines from the Pacific Northwest. Pairings for the Washington and Oregon wines included Puget Sound Smoked Salmon with Pancetta in aioli sauce, Washington State Honeycrisp Apples, and Bosc pears from Oregon. Various meats like Wild Boar sausage, Black Forest, Parmacotto and Serrano Hams, Prosciutto di Parma, Hungarian salami, among others were complemented with Apple Juniper Mostarda from Carlton, Oregon-based Republic of Jam. Sheep, goat and cow’s milk […]

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Jessup Cellars & Butterfly Restaurant: A Winning Combination

A beautiful view, incredible food and great company. Add wine and lively conversation, and you’ve got a winner. We found one when Butterfly Restaurant’s Chef Rob Lam served up some fabulous dishes to pair with Jessup Cellars wines from Napa Valley. Last week I traveled to San Francisco, California to attend the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers annual Zinfandel Festival, and meet with the brains and brawn behind Creative Furnace to help plan an exciting conference […]

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