You Never Know Who Might be Listening

It’s amazing what people will say out loud when they don’t know anyone is listening.  Recently, at a local wine event, I thought I was back in junior high.  Or watching a remake of  Mean Girls. Don’t Plot a Takeover One of the Mean Girls, we’ll call her Mary Jane, displayed her over-inflated sense of importance. How? Out in the foyer following her presentation, she immediately launches into “How can we make this ‘not suck’ […]

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Man Cannot Live on Wine Alone

I love wine. If not for the effects of the alcohol, I would likely drink it at every meal and most of the time in between. Wine has joined food, music and football in the pantheon of my passions. Compared to the other three it is a relative newcomer, but takes a backseat to none of them. In fact, it often complements them quite well. But in the same way that play-off hockey can engage […]

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Easy Turkey Brine

Longtime readers know that this time every year I extol the virtues of making a brine starting with a homemade stock. It is a time-intensive process, although not really hard to do. Not this year. I am going to try something new, I’m going to cut corners, cheat, wuss out…whatever you want to call it. I know, it’s disappointing, but lets look at this as a scientific endeavor. Don’t worry, no actual science will be […]

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Without Further Ado: Sacre Bleu

While pinning its hopes on them, the wine industry wasn’t properly targeting the millennial market. “They were putting out labels with kangaroos, birds and penguins,” says Struwe. In fact in 2006 it seems everyone was targeting millennials with ‘Critter Wines.’ “They were not taking these younger consumers seriously, says Struwe. And, no wine company was telling them why they should try their wine.”

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Want to eat and drink at our house?

We often participate in an event known as Twitter Taste Live. The way it works is that a certain winery, region or style of wine is featured and samples are sent out to a group of bloggers. At an appointed date and time these bloggers log into the website and chat with the wine makers while tasting their product. As they often send out as many as 8 bottles of wine we sometimes invite friends […]

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So You Think You Can Rhône?

Where can you find over 1,000 Rhône wines at one International Food and Wine Event? France, you say? No siree, Bob. To find some of the best examples of the 22 Rhône varieties all in one place you’ll need to head to Paso Robles, California next Spring for the 19th annual Hospice du Rhône. Tickets go on sale today for the exclusive three-day weekend event surrounding all things Rhône set for April 28-30, 2011. Established […]

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Food for Thought: Recipe for Success

When I worked the election one year, my assignment was to sit in my kids’ intermediate school cafeteria and watch for monkey business.  Given we live in Texas, I wasn’t surprised to see a little voter intimidation, suppression and some wacky Diebold malfunctions. What I was surprised and appalled to see was the utter crap the school system was providing for the kids to eat. I remember school cafeterias as a place to get nutritious, […]

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