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The Fine Art of Giving Back

Given the uncertainty of the economy and debate about the "stimulus package," I  find myself in discussions about the government's "taking" resources from one set of Americans and giving it to another. There are those who favor less taxation; and those who ...

Didn’t I say not to go out for Valentine’s Day?

Last year I wrote about the horrors of going out for Valentine's Day. I even posted alternative ideas for your Valentine's Day celebration. Here are some excerpts of what I wrote: If Valentine’s Day had an equivalent to Scrooge, I would ...

Be Mine? Gift Ideas for Your Wine Valentine

Gentlemen, please listen: I know you'd love to go into one of the many naughty or next-to-naughty lingerie shops and purchase some "barely there" outfit for your lady for Valentine's Day. That's fine, if you understand it is your Valentine's ...

Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet 2005

For Christmas Amy's brother Scott bought us a bottle of Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet. As Amy wrote previously, Scott put a lot of thought into his gift. As they say in my old neighborhood, he done good. The color in the ...

Tasting Etiquette: Should the Lady Swallow or Spit?

There's a point in every wine tasting where I feel like the ultimate poseur. And that's when it comes to spitting. I hate to spit. Which is really funny, since, as a kid I was the ultimate tomboy. And even ...

Tasting 2006 Grand Cru Bordeaux

I am neither an expert taster nor an expert on the wines of Bordeaux. No one will ever confuse me with Robert Parker on either count. So when Amy and I were invited to the 2006 Union des Grands Crus ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 5 – High Heat)

This is part 5 of an open-ended and ongoing series of posts. In case you missed them, the previous posts were Part 1 - Good Pans, Part 2 - Shallots, Part 3 - Pine Nuts, and Part 4 - Knives. One ...

Another Wine Byte 5: Descriptive Terms

Here is the fifth 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!) AWByte #5 - Length, Aftertaste & Finish Ever notice how the flavor ...

Tilapia

I wanted fish for dinner tonight, but settled for tilapia instead. Is there anything on earth that is more tasteless than tilapia? I couldn't refuse the price when I was at the grocery store, it was half the cost of ...

Miles to Go Before I Sleep…

I got a call from my brother before Christmas and he asked me to recommend a bottle of wine. My cell rang while I was driving, and since Houston traffic is scary even when one is not on the phone, ...