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Guilty; As Charged. Should I Blame Parker?

I love movies and I hate movie reviews. I've always scoffed at people who rush out to see the latest "thumbs up" or avoid the "thumbs down" flick. Perhaps that came from growing up in a small town whose newspaper had ...

Baptism by Grape

The Gospel According to Iris (Editor's Note): We've told you all about our friend Iris, founder of the Urban Wineauxs.  If you recall, when Joe was attending classes with the International Sommelier Guild. I had heard him talk about ...

The Wine Review: Is it All Just Smoke and Mirrors?

Have you ever visited a restaurant for a romantic dinner where everything turns out to be perfect?  Your meal is expertly prepared, the wine pairing is flawless and the waitstaff is impeccably attentive. The music, ideal, seems to have been ...

The effect of price on wine reviews

"Money makes the world go around The world go around The world go around Money makes the world go around It makes the world go 'round. A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound A buck or a pound A buck or a pound Is all that ...

Why I don’t like anything

Many years ago my mother wanted to see Bob Seger when he was in town. While I liked his old stuff, I had never been much of a fan of anything from about Night Moves on. But mom wanted to ...

Who Dat?!?

Our visit to New Orleans last month as part of Harrah's Greatest Weekend Ever was met with such hospitality and warmth that we feel like extended family. And we wish we could be dancing on Bourbon Street with the rest ...

Wine for Haiti

We have all seen the horrific scenes on the news from the unthinkable tragedy unfolding in Haiti. There are so many people there suffering, and so many people here wanting to help. In the wine community many of us are ...

Serving Temperature Can Affect Tasting Results

Recently we were invited to a Taste Off of sorts where local wines were pitted against "best selling wines" from other more-recognized wine producing regions to "prove" the local wines were better. We were unable to attend due to a ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 8 – Garlic)

This is part 8 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 – Knives,  Part 5 – ...

Leftover Wine Bottles on the Counter? Recycle; Reduce!

Joe is usually the family cook, and he's constantly complaining about our "galley" type kitchen. Since we never planned to have it as our "permanent residence" we continue to rent until we build or find our "dream house."  But a ...