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 glass is a deep, dark purple with brilliant garnet red around the edges that sparkle and entice the drinker to swirl an extra time or two. Eventually swirling gets boring and it is time […]

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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 thing that a lot of home chefs are afraid of is very high heat. I would venture to guess that just about every person that has ever tried their hand at cooking has decided […]

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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 of some wines disappears almost immediately after you swallow, but others linger in your mouth?  Wine connoisseurs refer to this as the “length” of the wine, but I like to call it “Hang […]

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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 the next cheapest fish and the first bite reminded me why. This stuff is useless. In my arrogance, I assumed that I could just make a wonderfully tasty sauce and mask the fact that this […]

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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, I told him I’d call him back.  I thought it was for someone special; someone he needed to impress and I wanted to be able to look at Wine Spectator and some other ratings while […]

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The American Wine Blog Awards

Yep, it is that time again. Tom Wark at Fermentaion: The Daily Wine Blog is rolling out the nomination process for his American Wine Blog Awards. From Tom’s site: HOW THE AMERICAN WINE BLOG AWARDS WORK First is the Nomination Process. Anyone with an opinion may nominate up to 3 blogs in each category. Below you will see seven posts, one for each category. To make nominations in any of these categories simply leave a […]

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