Galveston Wine Festival and Don’t be the dumbass redux

Today Amy and I are going to head down to the 2010 Galveston Food and Wine Festival.  Regular readers will know that we have a soft spot (Amy’s heart, my head) for Galveston, so we don’t really need an excuse to visit the island, but this gives us a great one. Here is how this event is being billed on their website: Saturday, April 17th, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Wine Pairing Recipes: Seafood Medley Stew

This recipe for Seafood Medley Stew can be followed exactly, but where is the fun in that? Use it as a jumping-off point. Adjust the spices and ingredients to make it your own. Or, like me, make it differently every time. I call for one jalapeño below, but feel free to use more, less or some other pepper. In fact, the batch pictured featured a mild Hatch pepper augmented by about 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Continue readingMore Tag

New Sauvignon Blanc on the Block: Cornerstone Cellars

Last night we paired a sample of 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, with a spicy variation of Joe’s Seafood Medley Stew*. I like my food muy caliente! and this wine was perfect to take out a little of the heat from the serrano pepper. But to enjoy all the subtleties and nuances in this beautiful new Napa white, I was glad to have saved enough to have a glass or two on its own.

Continue readingMore Tag

Darryl Beeson

When I signed up for Sommelier classes a few years ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. I had some vague ideas about some professorial type lecturing us as we took copious notes about wine. Looking around at my classmates, I guessed that we all had similar vague notions. Then Darryl Beeson walked in and those vague notions were dismissed very quickly. Our instructor was a larger than life Santa Claus-looking guy with a […]

Continue readingMore Tag

A Really Twisted Winery Owner

Located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, Twisted Oak is a terroir-based winery that specializes in delicious handcrafted wines made in the shadow of a 350-year old California Blue Oak tree. Not only is the tree the winery’s namesake, but its likeness appears on the label of Twisted Oak bottles. But it’s not just good wine that has made Twisted Oak so successful, but Stai’s clever use of a bit of “The Princess Bride” influenced themes in creating and promoting a wine persona that includes pirates, debauchery and rubber chickens.

Continue readingMore Tag

Asparagus and Wine

NOTE: This was originally published on Apr 10, 2008 back when very few people were yet reading this blog. As asparagus is now in season, it seemed like a good time to bring it up again. As the weather starts to get nicer and Spring begins to assert itself, the home chef starts to think about asparagus. Despite being available year round these days, it is at this time of year when you can find […]

Continue readingMore Tag

Posts navigation

1 2 3 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 88 89 90
Scroll to top