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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Razor’s Edge Shiraz Grenache Blend 2006

As I have not yet switched providers, and my current one is still being as Com-*@#$ing-castic as usual, I am writing this at Chelsea, my favorite wine bar in all of Texas. While I have not visited every wine bar in Texas, it isn’t for lack of trying, but I will be surprised if I ever find a better one. So, being without either an Internet connection or a clue what to write about, I […]

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Great, free vintage chart

While my useless, Comcastic provider is temporarily allowing me to be online, I would like to point everyone to the wonderful, free vintage chart from our friends at Enobytes. This vintage chart could be an exceptionally useful tool, in my opinion. The chart can be found at: http://www.enobytes.com/Enobytes_Vintage_Chart_2007.pdf There is also a debate about the chart that is quite interesting. It starts out with this paragraph: In recent years, some critics assert that vintage charts […]

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Wine Bloggers Convention

When I first began this blog, it never occurred to me that it could be such hard work. How hard could it be for me to talk about wine, food and beer? I am very passionate about all three. While I do love writing about them, and all of the research that goes into it, having a successful blog requires a commitment. Commitment is never an easy thing, but that’s what makes it worthwhile. It […]

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