Coming home to Hurricane Ike

When Hurricane Ike was still out in the Gulf of Mexico, my family and I secured our yard and that of my Mother-In-Law and then got the hell out of Dodge. We headed to the home of a friend of my wife. She graciously allowed us to stay in her house while she and her husband were in Florida. While still in Houston, we were fairly safe and secure, far from the mandatory evacuation area […]

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“The wines were too various”

The LA Times recently ran this article about Italian wines that I really liked. The author suggests a great way to throw a themed party, without too much effort, that should seriously impress your guests. The article starts out with this gem of truth and wisdom: “The wines were too various” has become an epigram in my household, usually uttered, deadpan, when someone confesses to the possibility of having overindulged. But it’s strictly a witticism, […]

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Finally…

To everyone who has come here looking for something new, I apologize. I have not had an Internet connection for about a week, and my wonderful service provider would not send anyone out to fix it any sooner than today. I guess that “Comcastic” actually means “Screw you!” It is good to be back on-line, and I will have some new stories very soon.

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Swanson Vineyards 2004 Estate Merlot

Is there any varietal more maligned these days than Merlot? It has gone from being trendy to love to being trendy to hate. Even Miles in Sideways exclaims, “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any ****ing Merlot!” Never mind that his avowed “dream wine,” a 1961 Cheval Blanc, is a Merlot blend. To me, nothing screams poseur more than someone declaring that they only drink certain varietals or definitively hate […]

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This blog made wine come out my nose

How can you not love a post entitled I’m in ur glassez, smelling all ur winez at a blog entitled Wine Burps? The author nails this incredibly stupid product. [read sarcastic voice] Clearly, this is why you’re not picking up all those wonderful descriptors on the back of labels. But if that isn’t enough, they’re on sale! Originally $78 each now only $54 each. [end sarcastic voice]

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Almond Cornmeal Cake with Peach and Raspberry Compote

This is a very delicious and impressive dessert, and it is not all that difficult to make. It has three parts, the cake, the fruit compote and a marcapone and creme fraiche topping. None of the three are hard to make, but when you put them together they are spectacular. Other than the cake, it is also easy to change out ingredients to put your own stamp on this dish. The cake: * 1/2 cup […]

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Swanson 2006 Pinot Grigio

As I said the other day, I was lucky enough to be invited to a lunch and tasting by Swanson Vineyards. The first wine that was served was their Swanson 2006 Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio is currently one of my favorite white grapes, and Swanson Vineyards is the second largest producer of it in Napa. The great thing about Pinto Grigio is that it is such a versatile grape that produces exceptionally food-friendly wines. Wine […]

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