The Food Network – Ultimate Recipe Showdown

The Food Network is still one of the channels I turn to first when I am looking for something to watch, although I am really starting to wonder why. Yes, Alton Brown still teaches technique better, and in a more amusing fashion, than almost anyone, and Iron Chef still allows the viewer insight into how great chefs play with food in a quirky and entertaining fashion,  but there are fewer shows worth watching these days. […]

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Responsible Wine Drinking Can Save Your Life. Maybe.

When I was a law clerk I worked on a case for a client’s son who had been arrested for underage drinking and driving while intoxicated (DWI).  I was responsible for doing the research that made the sobriety test results inadmissible. And my research helped the firm establish that there was no probable cause to pull the kid over. So we got the kid off. And I was proud of myself for doing such a […]

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Can red wine cure the common cold?

Strangely, one of the most popular posts ever on this site was the third one that I ever posted. I doubt many folks read it when it was first posted, but for some reason it continues to draw eyeballs. It dealt with research into into disabling microbial agents’ power to make us sick. One of the the compounds being looked at in this microbial war is a byproduct of the wine making process. The post […]

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Commentary: Credentialing for Wine Bloggers

Last Fall during the North American Wine Blogger Conference there arose a debate: Is it ethical for wine bloggers to accept wine gratis from the wine industry (Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction: What Crosses the Line)? Fast forward a few months and now the debate has moved onto who should legitimately get wine for free–camouflaged in a discussion about “Wine Blogger Certification.” On-line media and a variety of blog platforms have put the power of […]

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Another Wine Byte 2: Go & Zin No More?

Here is the second 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 #2 – Go and Zin No More? Although some religions (and Christian denominations as well) strictly forbid the consumption of alcohol, a search on www.bible.com returns 233 separate verses from both the Old and New Testaments of the King James Version of the Christian […]

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Awful Falafel (Recipes from the rest of the meal)

The other night I decided to make a Mediterranean feast. As documented by Amy yesterday, we had it along with the 2007 San Felice Vermentino Maremma Toscana Perolla, which turned out to be a very good match. She mentioned my food, but she was kind enough to not mention that the main dish that I cooked was a disaster. Everything was supposed to support the falafel, but as the title suggests, it was awful. The […]

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2007 San Felice Vermentino Maremma Toscana Perolla

Just another weird weather day in early January, it was 78 degrees and sunny today in Houston. So to pair with Joe’s Mediterranean fare of broiled lamb ribs, homemade hummus, falafel and tomato cucumber salad, with a complement of nan with yogurt and dill sauce, we selected a Vermentino from our wine chiller. An October 2008 club selection from Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (FPWM), this crisp Italian white comes from the Perolla estate near the […]

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Wine and Cheese Video

Many people think that wine and cheese are an automatic match. That is not really true. A lot of wines and cheeses are horrible matches. Pairing them can be as tough as pairing any food and wine. However, pairing sweet white wines with cheese makes it much easier. This video from Wine Spectator shows some mouth watering matches. This is one of the best videos that I have seen on their site.

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Tasting 125 Wines: Do Not Try this at Home!

How many folks could taste 125 wines in just 3 hours? I know we had a least that many at the New Zealand Wine Tasting event at last year’s Wine Blogger Conference–but I would not try it at home. It’s best at an event–with someone else doing the pouring.  Last month we announced the winners of the International Wine Competition for the 2009 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) in Belt Buckles, Saddles & Chaps? […]

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