Celebrate International Tempranillo Day, Thursday, Nov. 12th!

Viva Tempranillo! Join the Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS) on Thursday, November 12th, in celebrating the grape once associated primarily with Spain, and now planted in over 500,000 of the earth’s acres in both New World and old world interpretations. Just a mere ten years ago, many Americans could not pronounce the name of the grape; perhaps they were confused by its 60 or more regional synonyms, including names like Tinto del Toro, […]

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Wine, Food, Design: Spain’s Great Match Comes to Houston Nov. 10th

Love Spanish, food, wine and design? The 22nd annual Spain’s Great Match is coming to Houston next Tuesday, November 10th and you’re invited to this exclusive evening. You know how much I love Spain, and I’m super excited that this fabulous event is coming to the Bayou City! Wines from Spain, a division of The Trade Commission of Spain in New York brings this collaborative extravaganza of Spanish culture to Houston’s award-winning creative venue, Silver […]

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Classic Horror Movie Wine Pairings – My Top 13 List

I see a lot of seriously stupid articles and posts all of the time pairing wine with things that it either doesn’t go with, or that it just doesn’t have any connection to. These articles pair holiday chocolate with wine, or tell you what the perfect Arbor Day wine pairing is (It’s Sauvignon Blanc, by the way). All kinds of stupid crap like that. When I see these dumb articles it makes me think, “Holy […]

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Worldly Lodi offers ‘Out of the Box’ Thinking for Thanksgiving

1969 is a pivotal year in America. Apollo 11 lands on the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on its surface. The first communications are sent through ARPANET and PBS is established. Nearly 400,000 rock-n-roll fans descend upon a dairy farm in the Catskills of New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair – billed as 3 Days of Peace & Music that features 32 acts including […]

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2012 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is such a beautiful wine, and offers plenty of styles for a variety of taste buds. From the grassy, high acid crisp styles from New Zealand to the beautifully sweet Sauternes of France, Sauvignon Blanc is also widely cultivated in Chile, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Washington and California. Some New World Sauvignon Blancs, particularly from California, may also be called “Fume Blanc.” One of our stand-out favorites is the Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc […]

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2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot

We love the 2012 Sbragia Family Vineyards Merlot from the Home Ranch in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley to pair with a bone in rib-eye and crisp field greens topped with bacon. Lush dark fruitfruit flavors of black cherries and black currant combine with elegant balanced tannins, Mexican chocolate and pink peppercorn. Alcohol by volume 14.6 percent, this wine is a fabulous buy at just $28. Visit Sbragia Family Vineyards website to get yours. The […]

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Celebrate National Braai Day, 9/24, with a contest from Indaba Wines

September 24th is South African Heritage day and National Braai Day. The official bank holiday falls in the Southern hemisphere’s Spring, allowing celebrants a chance to pause for the season’s first braai, Afrikaans for barbecue. Considered a cornerstone of social life in South Africa, the braai celebrates grilled meats over hot coals, as well as tasty beverages. Heritage Day was once celebrated by Zulus as King Shaka Day, and is not without some controversy. It was declared a […]

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Old Man Yells at Cloud. Again.

And the public gets what the public wants But I want nothing this society’s got I’m going underground – Going Underground, The Jam With those words, Paul Weller perfectly encapsulated so much. It was a worldview that once guided my generation, tiny as it is in comparison to the one before it or those that have come after. Yes, we had our sheep, as every group will, we called them “posers.” The difference was that […]

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The Kassel Doctrine

George Zimmerman is in the news again. This time he is teaming up with a ‘Muslim-free’ gun shop to raise funds for both of their legal bills by selling prints of Zimmerman’s painting of a Confederate flag. Let me say here and now, I am a fan of neither guns, nor Confederate flags, but find the timing of this recent, and completely tangential Zimmerman story, in light of the discussions I have had with this […]

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