Live Tasting: Join us for Kunde Live on June 7th!

Join us tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 7) as we experience three new wine releases from Kunde Family Estates. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Houston time (8:30 Eastern, 5:30 Pacific) we will join fourth generation winegrowers Marcia and Jeff Kunde along with Winemaker Zach Long to taste and learn more about wines farmed from Kunde’s estate in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Acquired by founder Louis Kunde who emigrated from Germany and purchased the original Wildwood Vineyards […]

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Amy rides the short bus!

Oops, that should read Amy makes the short LIST! I have absolutely no idea how that headline could have gotten up there, but when I find the responsible party, heads will roll! Since my wife isn’t blowing her own horn over this, I will proudly do it for her. We had a few of our posts accepted into the competition for the Born Digital Wine Awards, and they recently announced the finalists, or their short list, […]

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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

You have to choose Play with the boys You’re bound to lose A bottle in one hand A can in the other Don’t fool around ’cause they’re real mean mothers –Wild in the Streets, Circle Jerks For the past couple of months, and then culminating in this past weekend’s NFL draft, Mel Kiper Jr’s face and voice have been everywhere. For those that don’t follow football, he is ESPN’s draft “guru.” What makes him a […]

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It’s Syrah, Dammit!

I try not to play favorites. When someone asks me what my favorite wine or grape is I usually babble some non-committal bullshit until I see their eyes glaze over and I know it is safe to change the subject. There are great wines to be had in all styles and made with all sorts of grapes. As someone with a reputation for having an aversion to Beaujolais, I have to admit that I have […]

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Wine: Myths and Mystery, a Top Ten List

Is there any other popular beverage steeped in so much myth and mystery as wine? Even Scotch would seem to be a distant second. There is no simpler alcoholic beverage to make if you break it down by basic process alone. Get yourself some grapes, squeeze said grapes, wait. Beer requires a lot more steps, and nearly all other adult beverages begin life as beer of some kind before being distilled. How is it that […]

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Seghesio: Still a Family Winery

It was raining when I arrived at the vast Seghesio Family Vineyards’ facilities for a harvest time tour. Unlike Texas that would have welcomed it after a drought that wrought mass brush fires searing a swath through the Lone Star State culminating with a firestorm known as the Bastrop County Complex Fire, the early California rain was not invited. The particular Texas hell storm that engulfed Bastrop had, by September 30, destroyed 1,645 homes, burned 34,068 […]

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