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Champagne and Sparkling wines under $40

Just in time for the holidays the San Francisco Chronicle has a nice article with reviews about French Champagne and domestic sparkling wines. Of the wines that are reviewed that I have tasted, I agree with their assessments. But what really ...

Attitudes about tasting wine

Many of us who love wine make it hard for others to share in our love for it. We do not do this intentionally, and in fact most of us intend to do just the opposite. Glowing descriptions of our ...

Part II – White Zin: Guilty Pleasure or Virtuous Vice

White Zinfandel can be compared to Viagra, in that it came about as somewhat of a fluke; it's a great wine for production in the age of instant gratification; and its success has been wildly profitable. The debate among bloggers ...

White Zinfandel: Virtuous Viniculture or Viagra of the Vine

Part I: The Art of Zin True Story: One Saturday night we “cheated on” our favorite wine haunt, Chelsea Wine Bar in El Lago, and tried a new one in Kemah. After the waitperson, unprompted, told us us that we couldn't ...

Leftover Turkey Quiche Recipe

It is Sunday and everyone is completely sick of turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, and turkey and dumplings, but those leftovers are still hanging out in your refrigerator. Not only are you tired of looking at it and your family is ...

On blogs and blogging about wine

"The first rule of Fight Club is - you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is - you DO NOT talk about Fight Club. Third rule of Fight Club, someone yells Stop!, goes limp, ...

How do restaurants price their wine?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal tried to demystify the pricing used in restaurants for their wine lists. I say 'tried' because, while they discovered a lot of information, the real answer still remains, "Who the *@#$ knows?" The ...

What I am thankful for – Happy Thanksgiving

While I am thankful that I am able to cook well, and that I have a little talent when it comes writing, the truth of the matter is that I have to cook and I have to write. Cooking is ...

Wine, Women & Hurricane Ike: On Being Thankful

It has been two months since Hurricane Ike made landfall with a direct hit to Galveston, roaring up through Houston and wreaking havoc and damages estimated to go up to as high as $21 billion. That figure would make Hurricane ...

More about bloggers and the wine industry

My friend and colleague over at California Life: Better Than Happy Hour continues the discussion that has been going on here and at other online wine forums about how bloggers and the wine industry interact. Winedivergirl starts off on just ...