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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Alpana Singh saves you money

In the interest of saving us all some money, Master Sommelier Alpana Singh picks out 10 wines under $10. I especially like this advice she offers in the article: The secret to drinking well on the cheap is to explore wines from emerging regions and grape varieties that often debut at lower prices in order to build a following and customer base. There are so many good to great wines out there that come from […]

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Another Wine Byte 1: What is Wine?

Weekly Snippets of OenoInfo to Impress your Friends There is a local college radio station we listen to that runs a segment they call a “News Tip.” I find this an especially annoying misnomer, because the DJs aren’t giving tips at all. Joe laughs at my annoyance but being the particularly anal retentive precise person that I am (which Joe attributes to being raised by a school teacher) I looked up the definitions of “tip.” […]

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What is a wine snob?

Looking up the word ‘snob’ on dictionary.com brings up the following definitions: snob –noun 1. a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others. 2. a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field: a musical snob. and snob (snŏb) n. 1. […]

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Twisted Oak Tanner Vineyard Syrah 2002

Last night we opened a bottle of what turned out to be a very special wine. Pulling the cork of the 2002 Twisted Oak Tanner Syrah released a genie comprised of fresh raspberries and gobs of blackberry jam. In fact, the cork was not even completely out of the bottle before the air became filled with mouth watering fruit. Twisted Oak Winery is located in Calaveras County, California, and as is fitting for a location […]

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