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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Odds and Ends

Sometimes little things start to build up. Corks overflowing every container in the house. Bottles waiting to go to recycling. Tasting notes that need to be converted to reviews. Stuff like that. This post is filled with little items of that sort. Ideas or news that just don’t make for a post by themselves, but need sharing anyway if for no other reason than to clear my mental clutter. – Our design is being honored […]

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Ooh La La! It’s Rue La La

We found a great place to find lower prices on fab wines. Today they are selling La Sirena, from Heidi Peterson Barrett, the “First Lady of Wine.” Barrett is a truly gifted winemaker whose wines have earned 100 points from Robert Parker, Jr., and whose 6-liter bottle of 1992 Screaming Eagle set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine at the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction, selling for $500,000.

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2009 LOIS Grüner Veltliner: A Grüner for Everyone!

Wine and fun! What could be better? We found a refreshing Austrian Grüner Veltliner perfect for the lighter fare of Oktoberfest. While many people think that Grüner is just a summer wine, this wine is the perfect pairing for lighter Austrian food as well as sipping in the warmer climes of the Gulf Coast. What is Grüner Veltliner? Grüner Veltliner is a white wine grape grown primarily in Austria and in the Czech Republic. The […]

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Kitchen tips acquired along the way

When I was a kid acquiring cooking skills was a matter of survival. My parents both worked long hours, plus they liked to go out on the weekends. As a result there were times when my mother left it to my sister Jill to do the cooking. I guess that since she was a girl my mother considered her more qualified, or perhaps she felt it was more important for her to develop cooking skills. […]

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Napa Valley Wineries headed to Houston!

The Napa Valley Vintners are headed to Houston as part of a week-long pass through Texas and Oklahoma to promote Napa Valley wines. Houston is the site of the kick-off Monday, October 11, beginning with a One-Day Wine Symposium hosted by the Society of Wine Educators. The kick-off will continue with an evening wine tasting, “Taste and Tweet” at Block 7 Wine Company, a hip, and  friendly restaurant, retail and wine bar located in the […]

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