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Passion for Life

Sometimes life becomes too routine, it feels like you are stuck in a rut. Perhaps the rut seems to be approaching chasm status. The work week can't get over fast enough and the weekend is over before you know it ...

Good Wine for BBQ

Despite it being a day for solemn remembrance, especially in the times we find ourselves, Memorial Day weekend, for many, also signals the opening of the BBQ and grilling season for many folks. Being in Texas, that season never ends, ...

The Unbearable Randomness of Being

Here just some random items and thoughts. For all of the reputation that wine drinkers have as being snobs, attending wine events always seems to lead to meeting the friendliest people on the planet. Rooms full of strangers quickly become rooms ...

If you happen to be in Houston

Anyone in Houston on Friday night should go visit my friend Kwjuana Thomas of New Age Wine for a night of Spanish Wines at Bar Boheme. Tell her Joe sent you! Kwjuana really knows her stuff and always pours some ...

My Current Favorite Blog

The good folks over at Drinkplanner.com are at it again. This blog is a daily read for me. This time they have more great advice with Ask DrinkPlanner: Manly Shots My favorite: 5. Absinthe - If you care at all for your ...

Don’t be the dumbass

Over the weekend my wife and I attended a wine stroll in Galveston on the Strand. It was a wonderful event. The Strand is a beautiful district that combines ultra-touristy shops, history, and increasingly, some of the best restaurants in ...

Music and Wine

A researcher in England has concluded that the music we listen to while drinking wine can influence our perception of the taste. Adrian North, head of Applied Psychology at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, claims that, based on the cognitive ...

Robert Mondavi

This week Robert Mondavi died. Mondavi was very influential in the creation of America's wine industry as we know it today. His early success developing techniques for both wine making and marketing for American, and later global, tastes allowed him ...

Rules to Live (and Laugh) By

I was randomly surfing around the Web when I stumbled across a blog named "Drinkplanner.com" and a post entitled "The 10 Commandments For Drinking Like a Man" that amused the hell out of me. Despite the title most of these rules ...

America Ponders Brunello Ban

Since the Big Three, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and Eric Asimov, have all written about this, it MUST be HUGE news in the world of wine. Personally, while I have enjoyed it a time or two, I don't get the ...