Category: Rant

The Grapes of Rant: Wine Blog Awards are Corked

I would like to preface this impending rant by saying that I am a fan of  Tom Wark and his blog, Fermentation The Daily Wine Blog. It was one of the first wine blogs that I ever read, and I ...

Toasting my Father, Six Months After Ike

We live in Clear Lake, south of Houston, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. And there's a reason we live in an area prone to hurricanes. In 1999 my mother had open-heart surgery. Soon after her quadruple by-pass, I ...

Can a Pretty Bottle Improve Plonk?

I've mentioned before that I am a horrible pack rat. I've also reported that I have a collection of autographed hock pucks. I used to spend quite a bit of time on E-bay. It was like getting a present in ...

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To Hell with States’ Rights! – Part I

...especially when it comes to laws restricting the sale of out-of-state wine! There are a number of states that make it next to impossible for a consumer to get wine direct-shipped to her. Most states enact and maintain these laws purportedly ...

Wine, Writing and a Woman Named Lucinda

Last night Amy and I attended the Lucinda Williams show in downtown Houston. She was amazing, and a lot of her lyrics have been running through my head ever since. One song in particular seems to be playing on a ...

Social Media, MOM2.0SUMMIT & Wine!

I have never really liked the term "networking" because it sounds so -- well, like the only reason I'm talking to you or you're talking to me is so we can use each other to meet other people.  I loathe ...

W.I.N.E. – A Very Fine Antidote for W.O.R.K.

Some of my legal work includes electronic discovery; e-Discovery, for litigation. In addition to countless presentations, meeting notes, spreadsheets and family photos, this is a job where attorneys are tasked to read volumes of other people's e-mail. My friend Joycelyn, who also does ...

The Fine Art of Giving Back

Given the uncertainty of the economy and debate about the "stimulus package," I  find myself in discussions about the government's "taking" resources from one set of Americans and giving it to another. There are those who favor less taxation; and those who ...

Be Mine? Gift Ideas for Your Wine Valentine

Gentlemen, please listen: I know you'd love to go into one of the many naughty or next-to-naughty lingerie shops and purchase some "barely there" outfit for your lady for Valentine's Day. That's fine, if you understand it is your Valentine's ...

Tasting Etiquette: Should the Lady Swallow or Spit?

There's a point in every wine tasting where I feel like the ultimate poseur. And that's when it comes to spitting. I hate to spit. Which is really funny, since, as a kid I was the ultimate tomboy. And even ...

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