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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How do restaurants price their wine?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal tried to demystify the pricing used in restaurants for their wine lists. I say ‘tried’ because, while they discovered a lot of information, the real answer still remains, “Who the *@#$ knows?” The article is entitled “Cracking the Code Of Restaurant Wine Pricing” and here are some excerpts: Never mind trying to understand oil prices; for complexity, inscrutability and sheer customer frustration, it’s hard to match restaurant […]

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Wine, Women & Hurricane Ike: On Being Thankful

It has been two months since Hurricane Ike made landfall with a direct hit to Galveston, roaring up through Houston and wreaking havoc and damages estimated to go up to as high as $21 billion. That figure would make Hurricane Ike the third most expensive storm in U.S history, behind Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. But monetary damage is not the only measure of the storm’s destruction. Whole communities were wiped from the map. Galveston Island, […]

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More about bloggers and the wine industry

My friend and colleague over at California Life: Better Than Happy Hour continues the discussion that has been going on here and at other online wine forums about how bloggers and the wine industry interact. Winedivergirl starts off on just the right note with her opening paragraph: I believe wineries and bloggers have a LOT to offer each other.  And together they have so much to offer consumers.  So I’m looking for all the ways […]

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Feast – Houston, a remarkable restaurant

Last night Amy and I were going out to dinner and wanted to try some place we had never been. My first choice was only open until 5 on Sundays and I could not remember the name of my second choice (hey, the 80’s were pretty rough on some of us). Amy started looking at reviews online, hoping she could find the name of the place that I could not remember, when she came upon […]

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