So, you want to be a blogger?

Posterior Pontifications Quite a while back Steve Heimoff wrote a piece about the state of blogging. Judging by the number of people who sent me the link, a good number of them bloggers, it was expected that I would take offense to his opinions. I didn’t take any at all. The opening statement of his post pretty much summed it all up for me…he was talking out of his ass. As that neither negates nor […]

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What We’re Reading: Rock and Vine by Chelsea Prince

We get lots of requests for reviews – wine, hooch, books and gadgets. We don’t have time to cover everything. But you really ought to pick up a copy of Rock and Vine: Next Generation Changemakers in America’s Wine Country, written and published by Chelsea Prince with Consulting Editor Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine. Overlook the management consultant-inspired subtitle (I can say this because I used to be one those people, which is why I […]

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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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Win Tickets to San Francisco Zinfandel Festival, Jan 31 – Feb 2

UPDATE: Friday, January 25 is the last day to enter to win tickets to the San Francisco Zinfandel Wine Festival. Make sure you enter to win a pair of tickets to wine tastings and food pairings at this awesome event January 31 to Feb 2. There’s a guy who makes wine he calls Bedrock But he didn’t go into it half-cocked. He was raised in a cellar, what a cute little fellar, Some might say […]

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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 Agony and the Ecstasy: A Whirlwind Trip to Italy Part 1

If the upcoming week held the promise of a three day concert in one of your favorite cities, say Austin, TX, featuring some of your favorite artists of the past 40 years or so, including say Iggy and the Stooges, Jack White and The Black Keys, not to mention the debut of a couple of your favorite television shows that featured, say zombies and haunted houses, and a big game for your football team, would […]

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I Just Wasn’t Ready for This

I knew she was sick. I knew she had a heart condition and something weird going on with her thyroid. And more recently diabetes. Did she change her eating habits? No. Did she change her exercise habits? No. Did she change her exposure to the stress of supporting an adult child who lives a Dom Perignon lifestyle on a Mountain Dew wallet? No, she did not. She was not following her real doctor’s orders when […]

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Dodd-Frank, Obama & China’s Wine Speculators

Gas prices have not doubled under the Obama Administration. Folks who continue to repeat this myth, including my dear brother, are simply wrong. Then why does this “untruth” keep getting repeated? Because the proponents of this urban legend are providing selective data to their audience. What? Cherry-picking facts? Comparing apples to oranges?  No, they say, my news source wouldn’t lie to me! Especially not so close to an election of Epic Importance! Well wake up […]

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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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