Austrian Wines: Don’t Let the Names Fool You

I love Austrian wines. Partly because I once coaxed a smile out of a “retired” Austrian winemaker during an otherwise boring trade tasting. He told me he had handed the reigns of the company over to his son and was just enjoying his time being the “face of the company.” I said, “I don’t know that I would be as trusting if it were I,” and he smiled. Then he poured me his Trockenbeerenauslese. Yum! […]

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The Label Project: Contest Clues for Wine 3

This week Another Wine Blog is participating in The Label Project, a global initiative to go beyond the label, uncover the true character of the wine inside the bottle, and the uniqueness of the region behind it. We, as well as, over 140 bloggers from 12 different countries were invited to participate. Our wine adventure began with a well-known book and a cryptic e-mail. We then received 3 wines and corresponding clues designed to help […]

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The Label Project: Wine 1 Contest Clues

We are participating in The Label Project, a global initiative to go beyond the label, uncover the true character of the wine inside the bottle, and the uniqueness of the region behind it. Over 140 bloggers from 12 different countries are invited to participate. You will recall our little journey began with a book. Then we received 3 wines and clues to help determine the region of the wine and the varietal. You can play […]

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She Said, He Said: Impressions of a Grand Wine Event

The more wine we drink, the more apt we are to forget what it is like to attend a wine event as simply a consumer. That is why we like to let others give their impressions to our readers as well. Every year one winemaker or another invites us to attend events during Wine and Food Week in The Woodlands, and we always have a conflict – the main one being that the venue is […]

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Wines of France Visits Underbelly in Houston

Wines of France hosted an event in July that paired French wines with foods that are Houston-inspired and created by Chef Chris Shepard from Underbelly. Part of an ambitious summer tour to expose people to French wine as an everyday wine that pairs well with American cuisine, Wines of France hosted events in Chicago, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and New Orleans. Each city was carefully chosen for its wine-loving populations and vibrant local culinary […]

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A Symphony of Artistry: Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir

I am sitting at my kitchen table looking out the window after a rainstorm. The blinds are half-mast, so I cannot see the gray sky. My view is just of the yard to the top of our wood fence and is filled with bright green framed by the slats of the fence, some still wet and some drying, so they remind me of weathered wine barrels. All I can hear is the plop, plop, plop […]

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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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