Belt Buckles, Saddles & Chaps? Oh My!

Wine Competition Winners named for 2009 Houston Rodeo The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Wine Competition Committee has announced the winners for their International Wine Competition for 2009. In its sixth year, the International Wine Competition awarded 1080 medals among a field of 1800 participants for the 2009 HLSR Season. Like other Rodeo events, winners were awarded belt-buckles, saddles and chaps. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ International Wine Competition is unique in that in […]

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Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

Every year I look for the ultimate gift for my husband, the wine lover.  Joe makes a point of saying, “I don’t play dress up with my wine!”  So those cutesy “wine caddies” are definitely out. But I have found a number of wine-related items that make perfect gifts. Looking for a gift for your wine lover or maybe yourself? Before you reach for that “wine bottle” necktie; the flip flops with grapes attached or […]

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Warning: Emotions Can Impair Your Drinking

Recently we attended a company holiday party. The invitation indicated each guest would receive two drink tickets, with all additional drinks available from the “cash bar.” Upon arriving we learned that the bar policy had changed. One of the head honchos had flown in from out of town, and all drinks were on the house. This is where the trouble started. One of the guys attending the party (we’ll call him Sam) is having some […]

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Semi-Random, Semi-Wine-Related Thoughts

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake. The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy, 5:23 Going through a list of wine quotes recently, I was surprised at how many of them had biblical roots or religious significance. A little research turned up the fact that there are over 256 references to wine in the Bible, the majority of which are either neutral or positive. Considering the event […]

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Wine Reviews

When I find someone I respect writing about an edgy, nervous wine that dithered in the glass, I cringe.  When I hear someone I don’t respect talking about an austere, unforgiving wine, I turn a bit austere and unforgiving myself.  When I come across stuff like that and remember about the figs and bananas, I want to snigger uneasily.  You can call a wine red, and dry, and strong, and pleasant.  After that, watch out…. […]

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A brief musical interlude

An old French drinking song features the following lyric: Which warms the blood within our veins; That nectar is itself divine. The man who drinks not, yet attains By godly grace to human rank Would be an angel if he drank. That is apropo of absolutely nothing, but the words make me smile. Excuse me while I head off in search of the angelic.

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Goat Cheese Crostini

This is a great recipe to serve as an appetizer or a quick canapé. It is especially easy and quick in the event of an impromptu or unexpected holiday gathering. A crostini is a little toast topped with something tasty. There are many variations, but this one is simple and delicious. To begin preheat your oven to 350° and grab your favorite bread knife. Slice a baquette thinly (about 1/2″) on the bias and lay […]

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Celebrating Regional Differences

When I was growing up travel was so much more of an adventure. These days travel around America, especially by car, means driving past the same box stores, eating at the same chain restaurants, and hearing homogenized radio stations. Gone forever are so many regional differences that once made even relatively short trips wonderful. I can recall travels as a child and as a teen that contained experiences which still informs so much of my […]

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