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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Where do you most often buy your wine?

These days decent wine seems to be available everywhere. Where do you usually buy yours? Please vote in our first ever poll. <br /> <a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1000076/” mce_href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1000076/”>Where do you usually purchase your wine?</a><br/><br /> <span style=”font:9px;” mce_style=”font:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com” mce_href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>polls</a>)</span><br />

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Champagne and Sparkling wines under $40

Just in time for the holidays the San Francisco Chronicle has a nice article with reviews about French Champagne and domestic sparkling wines. Of the wines that are reviewed that I have tasted, I agree with their assessments. But what really struck me is this paragraph: There are levels of complexity, finesse and balance in our recommended wines, which are somewhat similar between our top domestic bottlings and the imported Champagne submitted for our tasting. […]

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Attitudes about tasting wine

Many of us who love wine make it hard for others to share in our love for it. We do not do this intentionally, and in fact most of us intend to do just the opposite. Glowing descriptions of our favorite drink that highlight the complexity and intricacy of the wine might inspire fellow wine lovers to go buy a bottle, but frankly, it likely scares the shit out of a neophyte wine lover, or […]

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Part II – White Zin: Guilty Pleasure or Virtuous Vice

White Zinfandel can be compared to Viagra, in that it came about as somewhat of a fluke; it’s a great wine for production in the age of instant gratification; and its success has been wildly profitable. The debate among bloggers and wine industry professionals puts White Zin somewhere between guilty pleasure and virtuous vice. Back in August, we had volunteered to provide pairings for a Wine Tasting fundraiser for some local candidates running for office. As […]

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White Zinfandel: Virtuous Viniculture or Viagra of the Vine

Part I: The Art of Zin True Story: One Saturday night we “cheated on” our favorite wine haunt, Chelsea Wine Bar in El Lago, and tried a new one in Kemah. After the waitperson, unprompted, told us us that we couldn’t order draft–to which I jokingly replied, “you don’t have any draft wine?”–we asked about their Zinfandel selection, pointedly looking at the “Reds by the Glass” section of the wine menu. Without missing a beat, […]

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Leftover Turkey Quiche Recipe

It is Sunday and everyone is completely sick of turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, and turkey and dumplings, but those leftovers are still hanging out in your refrigerator. Not only are you tired of looking at it and your family is tired of eating it, we are now on the verge of having to throw it out. Here is a tasty way of getting rid of your Thanksgiving leftovers without any complaints. This turkey quiche accents […]

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On blogs and blogging about wine

“The first rule of Fight Club is – you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is – you DO NOT talk about Fight Club. Third rule of Fight Club, someone yells Stop!, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule, only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule, one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule, no shirt, no shoes. Seventh rule, fights will go on as […]

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