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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Wineries help raise $300k for Scholarships, Education

A highlight of the evening was the Wine Pull Event where guests were invited to purchase a cork “pull” for $25. Each cork corresponded to one bottle of wine valued $25 or higher. Planned to last the entire evening, the event was so popular that all 104 of the “pulls” (and wines!) were awarded by 8:00 p.m. when dinner service began. Excited participants deemed the pull, the “Best Event Ever!”

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Where are all the good Wine Apps?

I was lucky enough recently to attend South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi). The company I work for apparently thought that my friend and co-worker, Charles, and I needed to spend some time among our own kind and very nicely sent us off to Austin. Personally, I think they just wanted to have a week of peace and quiet without us running through the halls with scissors and shouting about standards, 508 compliance, and that design […]

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Wine Reviews are Bullshit!

Penn and Teller have a series on Showtime called Bullshit where they expose things that they consider to be, well…bullshit. They choose a topic each week, such as Martial Arts, Life Coaches, the U.S. Criminal Justice System, or Abstinence, and spend 30 minutes ripping it to shreds before unequivocally declaring it “bullshit!” Today, with apologies to messieurs Penn and Teller, I am going to stand up and shout, “Wine reviews are bullshit!” If you are […]

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7 Things You Might Not Know…

Since attending the first Wine Bloggers’ Conference in 2008 in Santa Rosa, I’ve spent a lot of time “palling around with terroirists” and got to know The Beer Wench in the process. Ashley’s is one of the few blogs to which I actually subscribe. I notice she has been posting quite often lately, thus shaming me even more for my failure to post at least every other day. So I thought I’d take her up on her little challenge, and actually do something I rarely do, actually “blog.”

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Where I like to drink here in Houston

The focus of this blog has never been local, but given that we live in the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the fact that it seems that everyone has to pass through here at some time in their life, it is inevitable that we’ll write about Houston now and then. Despite the fact that this city, not to mention this state, have a way of getting on my last carpetbagging nerves at times, […]

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