Bottlenotes in Houston: A Hip, Millennial Appeal

Around The World in 80 Sips™ hit Houston last week, featuring 80-plus wines from all over. Set in the Union Station Lobby at Minute Maid Park, the event brought young, professional wine enthusiasts together to taste some of the world’s best bottles. We sent our own millennial wine enthusiast, Bridget Brett to check out the Bottlenotes-sponsored event. Here is her report. Sipping, Socializing, and Shopping! by Bridget Brett The Bottlenotes event is upbeat, casual, and […]

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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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Wine Blogs Are a Massive Circle Jerk

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against wine blogs, wine bloggers, nor as far as I can tell without having actually attended one, circle jerks. I did enjoy the band that went by that name, so who knows? Anyway, as redundant and unnecessary as it may seem to start with a disclaimer that the proud co-owner of a wine blog,  who is married to a wine blogger, does not hate either, I am doing my […]

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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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AWB Launches First Fridays!

You may notice we haven’t been posting that often lately, me especially. Partly because it’s just been tough. We have all sorts of wine stories in the queue; trips to Portland, Carlton, Italy, ZinFest and tons of reviews that are still to come. But we did start doing something new. It’s called First Friday. And it’s all about sharing wine! We started as a way to avoid my late mother’s Estate Sale. Watching vultures pick […]

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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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