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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How to perfectly brine a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner

I think that most home chefs have gotten the word that brining is a crucial step when cooking turkey. If not, they should. Brining your bird brings flavor, texture, and most importantly, moisture to the table. If you are already hip to the miracle of brining, then let me show you how to step it up another notch. We will start by making a very rich, delicious vegetable stock. In a large roasting pan add […]

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My obligatory Thanksgiving wine pairing post

It seems that you can’t traverse the web these days without tripping over an article about pairing wine with turkey or a Thanksgiving dinner. Why should I be any different? I like Thanksgiving and I like wine and I have to write about something, don’t I? I kept putting off writing this due to lack of inspiration, but decided that today would be the day. Still lacking inspiration, I decided to surf around and see […]

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Moving your wine

The other day I received an offer from a company asking if I would mind if they contributed some content to my blog. My first reaction was to delete it without delay, but my wife has been advising me to be more polite and open when I get these type of offers. So, I replied, and told the gentleman that if the content was exclusive and something my readers might find useful, I would consider […]

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Pouring for Retail: Wine Sampling 101

Ever wonder how those hotties pouring sample shots at bars and sporting events got their jobs? On any given weekend, especially around the holidays, you can walk into our local wine merchant and sample wines without paying a dime. At our local wine “superstore” on Saturday afternoons you can troll the aisles tasting a number of different wines and spirits. Most of the liquor samples are served by young hotties who know little about the […]

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