Wine Bloggers’ 5-Year Reunion: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Redux

Thoughts of attending a high school reunion lead to a barrage of emotional responses. From “I Can’t Wait!” to “Not just no; but Hell, No!” and plenty in-between, a reunion is different things to different people. For one whom high school was the pinnacle of his existence, it is a chance to relive the memories and for a brief time forget that he is no longer the star quarterback, the debate team ace or she […]

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The Water of Life

Life without passion is no life at all. Some people have a single passion, that one overriding interest that makes everything else fade to gray. While many hit that level of dedication to a singular interest at times in life, few maintain such a focus indefinitely. Then there are folks like me with many passions that all require laser-like focus for periods of time and then–SQUIRREL–WTF was that? Uh, where was I? Oh yes, passions… […]

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Money, Guns and Workers: The True Meaning of Labor Day

After six days of wine tasting and pairing in Portland and Carlton, Oregon, we headed on a walking tour of the city and landed at Powell’s City of Books. Since Joe and I are secretly book nerds (we used to go on dates in Houston’s West Alabama Bookstore) we spent about three hours there. It clearly was not enough time to see the whole thing — but with only one full day to discover the […]

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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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Meet AWB Guest Blogger Hank Greer

Many of our Houston wine friends attended class with Joe at the University of Houston, through the International Sommelier Guild.  I met Hank Greer, along with Iris Allen, at an end-of-semester Christmas party in 2007 to help celebrate the completion of ISG Wine Fundamentals Certificate Level 1. I felt I already knew them, since Joe shared stories about class, and some of the classmates with which he had a natural affinity. While we keep in […]

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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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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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