Wine and Food Blog Roundup

Here are some recent posts from a selection of my favorite food and wine blogs around these Interwebs. Tell ’em ‘Tex’ sent ya! The Wine Gent reviews Muga Rioja 2004. Alder at Vinography calls for a new French Revolution. Sharon at Taking Off shows how to get a great meal every time when you travel. WineDiverGirl talks about social networking and the wine industry. El Jefe promises the results of the Take Your Chicken to […]

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Wine, Writing and a Woman Named Lucinda

Despite being blessed with so much, I had lost “it”, and it was not coming back. The hole that it left was further eroded and grew like a sinkhole by seeing the country that I love attacked and then horribly botch everything that followed. Without straying too far into the political, I saw the American Dream seemingly following my music into the past. I love food and wine and writing about them. I love helping people become better at cooking, or encouraging them to try something new. I love the idea that I might be helping the neophyte wine drinker to enjoy it even more. Who knows? Maybe they think they lost it too, and I could be giving them what they need to be filled up some too.

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Social Media, MOM2.0SUMMIT & Wine!

Social Media is not new. What is new, however, is the almost frenetic way the business community is jumping on the social media bandwagon to establish, build, market and sell its “brand” by gathering what really amounts to a huge electronic Rolodex of prospects and targets. Where the disconnect lies; and what successful businesses have known all along, it that the success of your venture depends on the relationships you build, not just the contacts you make and names you collect. And sometimes wine makes it easier!

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Twisted Oak Ferriere Vineyard Syrah 2002 Calaveras County

Twisted Oak Ferriere Vineyard Syrah 2002 Calaveras County is a mouthful of a name for a mouthful of a wine. I am a big fan of huge California Syrahs, and this one fits the bill very well. It is big, bold and exceptionally delicious. It is also beautiful in the glass. The color is an inky and impenetrable purple that spreads out to brilliant purplish red meniscus at the edges. You can tell just by […]

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W.I.N.E. – A Very Fine Antidote for W.O.R.K.

If you should come into contact with W.O.R.K. put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest pub. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolator-Neutralizer-Extractor (W.I.N.E.). The quickest acting W.I.N.E. type is called Swift-Hitting-Infiltrator-Remover-All-Zones (SHIRAZ) but this is only available for those who can afford it. The next best equivalent is Cheapest-Available-System-Killer (C.A.S.K.) We found a more potent variant; the Zealous-Isolator-Neutralizer (Z.I.N.) that we found to be incredibly effective.

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Anaba: Earth, Wind and Wine in My Glass

Such is the ambiance of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape type blend from Anaba (pronounced Anń-ah-bah), the winery named after the winds of Sonoma Valley. This 2006 Coriol Red, Sonoma Valley is part of the Anaba inaugural releases of Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and the red and a white Rhone-style blend, both named Coriol. The wines are handcrafted from Rhône and Burgundian grape varieties grown at their Carneros Estate vineyard and in selected vineyard properties throughout Sonoma County. All five of Anaba’s wines earned medals in the recent 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

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Wine Judges are Inconsistent? Say it ain’t so!

In a recent study it was found that there was very few wine judges that could give consistent ratings. Repeated blind tastings of the same wines produced different scores. Part of me wants to shrug and exclaim, “Well, DUH!” Another part of me wants some sort of unreasonable and unsustainable certification process for these judges. But then wouldn’t it have to apply to wine reviewers and then trickle down to bloggers too? Bad idea, I […]

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The Fine Art of Giving Back

I believe some of us are blessed with certain gifts — be it the ability to make money; the ability to build houses; the ability to advocate in court; or the ability to cook — that obligate us to “give back.” For me, it’s because I feel that God blesses some of us with gifts. And with this blessing also comes the the responsibility take care of those less fortunate. Wolfgang Puck talks about that same obligation to “give back,” in accepting Wine Spectator’s 2008 Distinguished Service Award.

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Didn’t I say not to go out for Valentine’s Day?

Last year I wrote about the horrors of going out for Valentine’s Day. I even posted alternative ideas for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Here are some excerpts of what I wrote: If Valentine’s Day had an equivalent to Scrooge, I would be a natural in the role. I spout all of the usual reasons for disliking it, such as it being in existence solely to sell cards, etc., that are almost as cliche as cupid […]

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