Bread Porn

We spend so much time trying to protect ourselves and our families from various microbes and the ensuing spoilage that they can cause that most of us probably do not stop and think about the wonders that they also produce. Imagine life without fermentation, If you are a regular reader of this space, chances are that is a very scary proposition. Fermentation is really nothing more than complex organic substances being broken down into simpler […]

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Beware of Wine Bloggers!

Steve Heimoff knows a lot about wine, and he is a pretty decent writer. So, when he warns us about a new threat to the wine community we should heed his words. Here are the aforementioned words of wisdom and warning: The worst thing a wine blog can do is to shill, however inadvertantly, for a winery or region. The minute I read about someone’s “delightful” visit to so-and-so, they’ve lost me. Visits may indeed […]

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Best Moment of an Overwhelmingly Good Trip

This trip to California is winding down, we are packing to leave. Instead of thinking about returning to my cage tomorrow, I am focusing on the amazing memories this journey has provided. There are so many things that I will remember for all of my days, but one thing stands out overwhelmingly to me above everything else. I am not easily starstruck. In a previous life I was a union stagehand and either met or […]

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WBC09: Our Sunday Side Trips

Today was the last day of the 2009 North American Wine Bloggers’ Conference.  Today’s events included breakout sessions and vineyard walks. Joe attended one of the breakouts, while I was leisurely packing for our next excursion. Last year we joined our fellow bloggers at Michel Schlumberger for the truly fabulous vineyard tour. But since we had visited them again in March for Wine River Road Barrel Tasting, this year we had arranged for some other […]

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2009 – FAIL?

After being here for the first afternoon and evening of the Wine Blogger Conference 2009, I am starting to wonder if the they are experiencing a sophomore slump, or have just lost their mojo completely. The early part of the day was spent alternatively laughing at comments from other bloggers about their inability to connect to the Internet, and bitching because I couldn’t connect to post about their comments. This was followed by something that […]

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Dear Thea, this is what you missed!

We flew into California on Wednesday night, a couple days early, so we could head down to Murphys for a little pre-WBC09 (2009 Wine Bloggers’ Conference) fun.  Lucky for us, there were lots of cars on the Hertz lot. The nice lady at the counter asked if we would like to upgrade to a 2010 Mustang with leather seats for only $8 more a day. Gee, upgrade from a compact to a Red Mustang? Well […]

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In California again

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and anyone who has ever seen the size of some of the asses waddling out of Luby’s or been run off of the road by some compensating “cowboy” in a ridiculously customized monster truck can attest, it does seem to be true. Things may indeed be bigger in Texas, to my mind at least, but in California everything just seems better. The air smells better, the sun […]

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Date Night with Ravenswood Zinfandel

You might say that wine saved our relationship. I was in law school, which makes one’s disposition truly evil.  We lived in a tiny little rental house near campus.  We shared a 10×10 room as a home office. We hated each other’s music.  He’d play something loud or punk or both: The Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, The Ramones, Ministry.  And my response was usually, “That’s not very pretty.” I’d play something pop, usually Madonna. […]

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