Category: Rant

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 ...

Tilapia

I wanted fish for dinner tonight, but settled for tilapia instead. Is there anything on earth that is more tasteless than tilapia? I couldn't refuse the price when I was at the grocery store, it was half the cost of ...

A rosé by any other name…

Continuing our White Zinfandel discussion... What is it with we Americans who suddenly think because we produce wine (good wine!) that we have become experts on who should consume what? We did a couple of posts on White Zinfandel a while ...

Responsible Wine Drinking Can Save Your Life. Maybe.

When I was a law clerk I worked on a case for a client's son who had been arrested for underage drinking and driving while intoxicated (DWI).  I was responsible for doing the research that made the sobriety test results ...

Commentary: Credentialing for Wine Bloggers

Last Fall during the North American Wine Blogger Conference there arose a debate: Is it ethical for wine bloggers to accept wine gratis from the wine industry (Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction: What Crosses the Line)? Fast forward a few ...

Santa Commerce Claus(e) comes to Kentucky

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals brought a little  Christmas Eve cheer to the good people of the Bluegrass State when it ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must allow small out-of-state wineries to ship their wares into the state even ...

Belt Buckles, Saddles & Chaps? Oh My!

Wine Competition Winners named for 2009 Houston Rodeo The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Wine Competition Committee has announced the winners for their International Wine Competition for 2009. In its sixth year, the International Wine Competition awarded 1080 medals among a ...

Warning: Emotions Can Impair Your Drinking

Recently we attended a company holiday party. The invitation indicated each guest would receive two drink tickets, with all additional drinks available from the "cash bar." Upon arriving we learned that the bar policy had changed. One of the head ...

Wine Reviews

When I find someone I respect writing about an edgy, nervous wine that dithered in the glass, I cringe.  When I hear someone I don't respect talking about an austere, ...

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