In California

This morning we piled our stuff into the car and headed for the airport on our way to California. The journey began without incident, traffic was light and we made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Everyone should sleep safe tonight knowing that our toothpaste and my nearly empty tube of shaving gel were righteously confiscated in the name of national security. What could my wife have been thinking to pack […]

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Going to California

Spent my days with a woman unkind, Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine. Made up my mind to make a new start, Going to california with an aching in my heart. Someone told me theres a girl out there With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair. Took my chances on a big jet plane, Never let them tell you that theyre all the same. Led Zeppelin – Going to California […]

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Vineyard Tours – A Great Way to Appreciate Wine

Now that Comcast has restored my internet connection to full speed, I’m able to access AWB! Although most of my contributions will continue to be photography, I’ll add an article every now and then, mainly focusing on wine “education.” I am one of those geeks who thinks every vacation should also include an “educational experience.” That’s probably due to growing up in a home with a school teacher Mom and a school principal Dad. Luckily, […]

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Local Wine Festivals

Yesterday I attended the South Shore Harbor Wine and Food Festival in the Bay Area of Houston. The festival is located in the Hurricane ravaged area of Texas, so it was great to see that the beautiful resort that hosts this event survived intact. Let me start by saying that I love this event and attend every year. There are some other festivals in this area that I love to attend, as well. The following […]

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Be a Superstar Home Chef (Part 1 – Intro)

This is the first in a series of articles geared toward helping you take your home cooking to a higher level. This series will focus on individual ingredients, techniques, and styles that can take good food and make it great. I will mix these articles in along with the type of articles and posts that usually make up this blog. There will also be another new series beginning soon, as my wife is working on […]

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Belated Happy Anniversary to Drinkplanner!

While I was experiencing the trials and tribulations of not having much of a connection, it appears that I missed one of the biggest milestones in the history of the Internets, Drinkplanner.com turned one year old. It’s hard to believe, but just 1 year ago today, DrinkPlanner.com was birthed onto the internet, kicking and screaming and in dire need of a drink.  While the first post was a bit more local-drink-special-oriented (though worldwide domination by […]

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Comcast ate my blog!

Okay, they didn’t eat it, but they did a fine job of keeping me from accessing the Internet to post anything new with any degree of regularity. For over two months I fought, cajoled, yelled, screamed and pleaded for them to fix what was not working. They would schedule appointments weeks out and then send incompetent contract workers out who would leave without fixing much of anything. In the meantime, readership of this blog has […]

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Good wine vs. the right wine

Last night I cooked a pork loin with carmelized onions and dried apricots, with a ginger, goat cheese rissoto topped with pine nuts. It turned out fairly well, and I wanted a really good wine to go with it. That is where I made my mistake. I looked through the wines on hand and decided that a big, powerful white was in order, as none of my reds looked to be the right wine. So, […]

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Champagne is in order!

I am a huge fan of the University of Toledo Rockets, and in honor of their win over the University of Michigan Wolverines I am going to drink something with a lot of bubbles! Congratulations to all Toledo fans, and my condolences to Michigan fans. Maybe your radio announcer should not have had so much fun calling us the ‘Mud Hens.” My bubbles of choice this evening will be Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs. This […]

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