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Feast – Houston, a remarkable restaurant

Last night Amy and I were going out to dinner and wanted to try some place we had never been. My first choice was only open until 5 on Sundays and I could not remember the name of my second ...

Mario Batali cooks and pairs the dish with wine

These two videos show culinary master, Mario Batali, cooking a classic Italian dish and then pairing it with two wines. I can't wait to try it myself.

How to perfectly brine a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner

I think that most home chefs have gotten the word that brining is a crucial step when cooking turkey. If not, they should. Brining your bird brings flavor, texture, and most importantly, moisture to the table. If you are already ...

My obligatory Thanksgiving wine pairing post

It seems that you can't traverse the web these days without tripping over an article about pairing wine with turkey or a Thanksgiving dinner. Why should I be any different? I like Thanksgiving and I like wine and I have ...

Moving your wine

The other day I received an offer from a company asking if I would mind if they contributed some content to my blog. My first reaction was to delete it without delay, but my wife has been advising me to ...

Pouring for Retail: Wine Sampling 101

Ever wonder how those hotties pouring sample shots at bars and sporting events got their jobs? On any given weekend, especially around the holidays, you can walk into our local wine merchant and sample wines without paying a dime. At our ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 3 – Pine Nuts)

It may seem strange that edible seeds found inside of pine cones are something that could elevate your cooking ability, but pine nuts are versatile and bring a lot to the table. The delicious taste of a toasted pine nut ...

How not to keep your customers

The other day my wife, my youngest son, my mother-in-law, and I were doing some shopping and needed to grab some lunch. The area we were in only had a few dining choices within walking distance, so we ended up ...

Michael Vick dogs featured on wine labels

ESPN is reporting that dogs rescued from the dog fighting ring that Michael Vick was involved in are being featured on wine labels for Carivintas Winery's Vicktory Dogs Wine Collection. This was a sad story for all concerned, but if this ...

Rhone and Ribs

This video from Wine Spectator had me drooling by combining two of my absolute favorite flavors, Rhone wines and short ribs. This is a marriage made in heaven! If anyone wants to spring for these two wines, I will cook ...