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Another Wine Blogger: Meet the Cellarmistress

According to Mr. Google, there are thousands of wine and food blogs. The number and ranking of the blogs is in a constant state of flux, as new people come into the blogosphere and others find they just don't have ...

Falling Prey to Wine Rating Peer Pressure

Try as we must, even as adult wine lovers we succumb to peer pressure. We like to think that peer pressure is something we outgrow. As parents we warn our teenagers how this "group think" can make them do ...

Vinsanto, and some unconventional uses

A little about Vinsanto On the island of Santorini they grow a small variety of grapes. Most of these have names that can be quite difficult for people like me to pronounce. Names like Xinomavro, Moschofilero, and Agiorghitiko do not exactly ...

View from a Santorini Winery

When we travel to wineries and wine regions, it seems we never have enough time for me to take pictures. Joe gets bored waiting for me and ends up spending most of his time talking to our travel ...

Wine Conferences: No Time for Writing About Wine

Often when we attend conferences and tastings, we plan an extra day prior to or following our trip. We may rent a car, an extra hotel night here and there, with enough unscheduled time to upload photos, shop, relax, ...

Big John Bates and the Punk-a-Billy Strippers

Charles Smith manages bands.  And makes wine.  We stopped by his warehouse to catch Big John Bates during the Wine Bloggers' Conference, and took a few photos of the band and its Live Strippers in Action. Big John Bates sans drummer. Beam ...

Greek Food is probably not what you think

Most everyone has had Greek food. Sharp feta, tangy black olives, crisp sheets of filo all come to mind, with lots of olive oil. I found all of those things in both Athens and Santorini, but they were not at ...

Some photos from Santorini

Due to a very tight schedule here in Greece, we have taken tons of photos, copious notes, and gathered up literature from as many places as we can, but have really not had the chance to write anything. In the ...

Ramblings from 30,000 feet and many miles from home

I seem to talk a lot about planes these days. Morning in Houston will soon fade into morning in Athens. Amy and I are hurling through the inky void on our way to the fabled island of Santorini. The fact ...

For Purple Mountain Majesty…

As we were flying back from Seattle, Joe kept trying to get me to read passages from Jim Harrison's The Raw and The Cooked. A great read, but I was much more interested in looking out the window of the ...