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Don’t Spill Burgundy on My Brassiere – Part Deux

"All the old paintings on the tombs They do the sand dance ...don't you know If they move too quick (oh whey oh) They're falling down like ...a domino" According to the Travel Industry Association, 17 percent of American leisure travelers, or 27.3 million people, have engaged ...

Wine Country Travel: The Inn at Occidental

Every year since Joe first saw the episode about Sonoma Barrel Tasting on the Travel Channel, he's wanted to go to  the festivities. But Barrel Tasting also coincides with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where I am a committee ...

Another Wine Byte 10: For the Love of Parker?

Here is the tenth in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) Recently I was listening to a wine show podcast. One of ...

An Unspeakable Tragedy

Faithful readers of this blog know that I am a huge fan of Twisted Oak Wines. Not only do they sell some top notch juice, but they have a fantastic sense of humor, as evidenced by their rubber chicken fetish. ...

American Wine Bloggers’ Conference Heats Up

As a result of the success of the first North American Wine Bloggers' Conference in October 2008, Open Wine Consortium and Zephyr Wine Adventures have again teamed up for the 2009 Wine Bloggers' Conference, set for July 24-26. While last ...

Winery run by autistic workers

My first instinct when I see a story like this is to think that someone is exploiting people less fortunate than themselves, but that does not appear to be the case. The wine maker left a great job in Napa ...

The Successful Wine Bar: No Pimpin’ Required

I like Kid Rock and I cannot lie You other ladies can’t deny That when the Kid starts singin' With his style and his pimpin’ It’s the only thing to satisfy… - with apologies to Sir Mix-A-Lot, and “Baby Got Back” I discovered Kid Rock ...

Flavor Profiles – Food and Wine

I have two sons, age 17 and 13, who are both well on their way to being excellent cooks. However, just as in almost everything in life, they have totally different approaches. My eldest, Alex, loves to experiment. If he ...

Break-Up Wine: Do You Own a Bottle of Spite?

My first visit to "Wine Country" was when I was dating a guy who lived in California. He was; to put it politely, extremely "frugal."  To be honest, he was a cheap-ass bastard. He had a problem with paying the ...

Wine Pairing Recipes: Wild Salmon & Mussels

For this year's Open That Bottle Night, we decided an Anaba Coriol White Rhône Blend would pair nicely with our local Gulf Coast seafood. As usual, Joe prepared a fabulous meal -- this time of Almond Encrusted Salmon with Blood-Orange Vinaigrette; fresh Gulf Coast ...