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 field of 1800 participants for the 2009 HLSR Season. Like other Rodeo events, winners were awarded belt-buckles, saddles and chaps. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ International Wine Competition is unique in that in […]

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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 honchos had flown in from out of town, and all drinks were on the house. This is where the trouble started. One of the guys attending the party (we’ll call him Sam) is having some […]

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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, unforgiving wine, I turn a bit austere and unforgiving myself.  When I come across stuff like that and remember about the figs and bananas, I want to snigger uneasily.  You can call a wine red, and dry, and strong, and pleasant.  After that, watch out…. […]

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On blogs and blogging about wine

“The first rule of Fight Club is – you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is – you DO NOT talk about Fight Club. Third rule of Fight Club, someone yells Stop!, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule, only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule, one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule, no shirt, no shoes. Seventh rule, fights will go on as […]

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Wine, Women & Hurricane Ike: On Being Thankful

It has been two months since Hurricane Ike made landfall with a direct hit to Galveston, roaring up through Houston and wreaking havoc and damages estimated to go up to as high as $21 billion. That figure would make Hurricane Ike the third most expensive storm in U.S history, behind Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. But monetary damage is not the only measure of the storm’s destruction. Whole communities were wiped from the map. Galveston Island, […]

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Pouring for Retail: Wine Sampling 101

Ever wonder how those hotties pouring sample shots at bars and sporting events got their jobs? On any given weekend, especially around the holidays, you can walk into our local wine merchant and sample wines without paying a dime. At our local wine “superstore” on Saturday afternoons you can troll the aisles tasting a number of different wines and spirits. Most of the liquor samples are served by young hotties who know little about the […]

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How not to keep your customers

The other day my wife, my youngest son, my mother-in-law, and I were doing some shopping and needed to grab some lunch. The area we were in only had a few dining choices within walking distance, so we ended up at an over-priced, allegedly Asian, bistro chain. This is the type of joint I usually try and avoid like the restroom stall next to Larry Craig. If that mental picture makes you queasy, then you […]

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Continuing the Wine Blogger and Industry Interaction Debate

This morning I sat down at the computer with ideas for 3 different stories competing in my head to be the first written. However, an email that I received put all three articles on hold. Here, with any embarrassing and identifying elements redacted, is what awaited me in my inbox this morning: Hello! My name is XXXX  and I’m the Social Media Contact for http://www.******.com We are a Luxury Villa Rental company specializing in epicurean […]

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Wine Industry & Blogger Interaction: What Crosses the Line?

At the recent North American Wine Blogger Conference (WBC) in Santa Rosa, California, one of the breakout sessions focused on “Wine Industry and Blogger Interaction.” Two topics getting the most discussion were about industry marketing and blogger ethics. Specifically the questions were: (1) “I sent out a hundred press releases, why didn’t anyone write about my wine,” and (2) “Is it ethical for a bloggers to accept free stuff (wine, gifts, tours) from the wine […]

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