How not to conduct an advertising campaign

“Gets rid of blackheads, the heartbreak of psoriasis, Christ, you don’t know the meaning of heartbreak, buddy, C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon ‘Cause it’s effective, it’s defective, it creates household odors, It disinfects, it sanitizes for your protection It gives you an erection, it wins the election Why put up with painful corns any longer? It’s a redeemable coupon, no obligation, no salesman will visit your home We got a jackpot, jackpot, jackpot, prizes, prizes, prizes, […]

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Thirsty Girl hosts You Bet Shiraz!

Join us as we taste Peter Lehmann 2008 Barossa Shiraz at 7 p.m. CENTRAL (5:00 p.m. PACIFIC, 8 p.m. EASTERN) on Wednesday, May 18th with our favorite Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco’s and winemaker Ian Hongell. Ian is the Senior Winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines. He joined the team in 1998, after working vintages in California, France and Germany as well as holding the senior winemaking position for five years at Cranswick Wines in New South […]

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Terry Hoage Vineyards and the 2011 NFL Draft

When we recently attended Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles a very long tradition for me was broken. Also occurring that weekend was the NFL draft. Stretching back to the sometime in the early-to-mid 80’s I have been a faithful draft follower. As an avid Detroit Lions fan, it has often been the highlight of the season for me. The first time I remember watching it was with my good friend Ronnie Schultz in some […]

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Central Market Hosts Pasaporte España, May 11-24

Today kicks off another wine and food extravaganza at Central Market. Coming off last year’s success with Passport to Argentina, the Texas-based foodie orgasmatron hosts a two-week celebration of everything Spain during its Pasaporte España, scheduled for May 11 – 24 at Central Market locations in Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Discover a country where brilliant chefs transform some of the world’s tastiest produce, meat, cheese and seafood into traditional modernist dishes. No need […]

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Of fans and fanboys: Cornerstone Cellars

I get a kick out of fanboys (and fangirls). There is a certain phone that seems to generate some of the funniest ones around. No matter the facts, no matter the specs, no matter how often they look at other phones and wish (some openly, some not) that their phone’s aging and restrictive operating system could do the same things, they insist that they have the best phone on the planet. The things they can’t […]

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So We Think We Can Rhône!

It’s back! Hooray! I have been without my laptop since April 14th. It’s my own fault, I suppose. I was looking at a Rodney StrongTaste Live! media disc, and left it in the computer while installing an “update and shut down.” When I re-booted….CRASH! Joe installed Linux, which is very cool if you’re a computer geek or someone with lots of time on her hands to learn a new operating system. And while I am […]

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Get your toe out of my wine!

The other day during a conversation about music I stated that I could probably be perfectly happy listening to nothing but bands that came out of Detroit and Austin if I absolutely had to. I grew up immersed in the sounds of one city, and can day trip to the other, but even if I hadn’t those would probably still have been my choices. It wouldn’t exactly be tough to live on a diet of […]

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TasteLive! Tuesday: Rodney Strong

Join us and the other panelists of TasteLive! as we toast to a Bright Idea: Wining, Dining and Spooning with Rodney Strong to help recognize the winery’s Green Light Pledge. The Green Light Pledge, launched in March to inspire folks to switch out incandescent light bulbs and save energy, gave away energy-efficient CFL light bulbs to anyone who pledged to replace a standard incandescent bulb with a CLF. It was so successful, that Rodney Strong […]

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Brenner’s to host Napa v. Sonoma Wine Fest in Houston

Napa Valley or Sonoma County. Which California wine region produces better wines? Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou in Houston hopes guests will “settle the dispute” at what is billed the Second Annual Wine Fest, scheduled for 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. next Saturday, April 9th on the lush landscaped grounds surrounding Brenner’s located off Memorial Drive just east of Memorial Park. EVENT UPDATE: Brenner’s tells us the event is now SOLD OUT and there will be […]

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