Answering my own question.

Yesterday I basically asked whether the Wine Blogger Conference had jumped the shark in it’s second year. Today the question was answered most definitively. Hell no! What a great day. The details will be provided later, but everything from the speakers, to the wine, to the food, to the locale were fantastic. Sure, there were some hiccups along the way, but today was eveything yesterday was not. I was reminded of why I loved last […]

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2009 – FAIL?

After being here for the first afternoon and evening of the Wine Blogger Conference 2009, I am starting to wonder if the they are experiencing a sophomore slump, or have just lost their mojo completely. The early part of the day was spent alternatively laughing at comments from other bloggers about their inability to connect to the Internet, and bitching because I couldn’t connect to post about their comments. This was followed by something that […]

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead: WBC ’09

When Joe first said he wanted to start a blog about wine and food, I’ll have to admit I was a little skeptical. Sure, he is a great cook, and was studying with the International Sommelier Guild. But I remember saying to him, “What makes you think anyone cares to read what you have to say about food and wine?” And Joe said something about how Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” success started by his writing […]

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Hey, that’s No Way to Sell Wine!

Driving around Houston, I remembered a wine shop that carried Enkidu. I thought I’d surprise Joe and pick up a bottle. I drove to where I thought it was located, but noted the name was wrong. So I turned on a side street and found it. The location at least. There was a “For Lease” sign on the door. But there were people inside.  I found a parking place — which was a miracle on […]

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Cooking with wine

This was originally posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2008. Even though this blog had very few readers back then, it did generate a decent discussion. I thought it was worth reposting now that there are many more of you winos hanging around. The conventional wisdom is that you should always cook with wine that you would drink. I think that is complete nonsense. The aforementioned conventional wisdom probably sprang from the days when folks would […]

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Another Wine Byte 12: Wrap It Up, I’ll Take It

When it comes to wine, it’s not just the “thought” that counts. In fact, if you don’t know that much about wine, perhaps a wine-related gift, rather than a bottle of wine, would be a much better choice. But there are other considerations when giving wine. Should you take a bottle of wine when invited to dinner? Should a host or hostess be expected to open the wine? And what about “re-gifting” wine?

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Unconventional Wine Regions

If grapes can be grown somewhere, it seems that there is always someone who will proclaim it the new hot wine region. Climate change is wreaking havoc on some traditional growing regions, while it simultaneously creates new ones in unexpected places. Global warming, it seems, is the proverbial ill wind that blows some good for someone. Weather is not the only factor that goes into growing good grapes to make wine. The type of soil […]

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