Dishing with Jameson Fink at Grape Collective

Recently Jameson Fink asked us to be his very first wine blogging duo interview for Grape Collective’s Speakeasy feature. A mix of journalism and commerce, Grape Collective is the brainchild of Publisher Christopher Barnes. In addition to Barnes and Fink, the site features a number of other writers like Wall Street Wine columnist, author and Senior Editor Dorothy J. Gaiter, Senior Editor Meg Houston Maker, and a host of Contributing writers including CBS News Radio’s […]

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Wine Swingers

Be a Swinger, or Divorce Your Wine Guy!

People love to ask about our favorite local wine merchant. Truth be told, we do not have many. In fact most of our wine is shipped to us. So it is pretty safe to say our favorite wine usually comes via FedEx. When I wrote a version this post back in 2010, we did not have a favorite wine guy. Or girl, in Houston. Then our good friend Iris Allen invited us to a hidden gem in […]

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The Trouble with Wine “Super” Stores

You are a sophisticated wine consumer. You are looking for wine from a particular region. If it’s Old World, then that’s pretty easy. Need a French Pinot Noir? Head to any wine shop’s Burgundy section. Cabernet or Merlot? There’s the Bordeaux section over there. Sparkling? Look for the bottles with a shiny foil-covered round cork — those you can spot from over the tops of the aisles. But suppose you want something from California. From […]

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Not your Grandfather’s Wine Blog

Wine blogs are in a flurry in response to comments made here, and elsewhere to the print writer panels’ critique and advice to bloggers on wine writing at the recent annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference. Several blogs authored by both females and forward-thinking males call for more diversity in presentation panels. More women, more bloggers of color and diverse ethnicity and more young faces are the requests in response to the “grand-fatherly white traditional male print writers” […]

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WBC 2014 and the Wine Blog Awards – Part 1

Before we begin… Later in this post I mention that some of my fellow bloggers might be too genteel to express themselves the way that I tend to do. If I had to pick one person that I know to apply that word to, it would be my fellow Texas import, Melanie Ofenloch, otherwise known as DallasWineChick. As far as I know,  I’ve never done this before, but I would like to dedicate this post to her. […]

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Top 10 Things I Learned at WBC 2014

The 2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference co-mingled about 150 citizen bloggers and 200-plus wine and related industry personnel with wine makers and producers from all over the world last week at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. This was the seventh year of the annual event started by Joel Vincent and Zephyr Adventures in 2008, and now run primarily by Zephyr with a small board of advisors. In addition to Buellton, the North American WBC conventioneers have […]

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Sometimes The Substitute is Better than the Original

Houston has finally gotten into the 21st century with food trucks. Not as much as any other major metropolis, but at least we’re getting better. When I am working downtown, though, it seems you cannot just walk to a food truck. You have to get in your car and drive. Why? My cynical guess is money and pull from Downtown Houston restaurant owners is keeping them out. But for a Mayor who claims to be […]

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How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

Tis the season to answer Hallmark’s clarion call and spend our hard-earned money on their crap. Like lovesick little rats following a corporate piper we pay premium prices for already dead flowers, bad cattle call dinners, jewelry, and of course, chocolate. All supposedly in honor of some Christian martyr, and since no one really knows which Valentine we are pretending to honor, that should probably read “some Christian martyrs, and the made-up legends that surround […]

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I Found Out on Facebook….

There are lovers and haters of Facebook. For the haters, it can be more than you ever wanted to know about your adult child who hints he is destitute and then sends out an “I’m having a kick-ass party” status two hours after you sent him “gas money” and has posted pictures of said party on the night he allegedly needed the gas to get to work. It can also provide you more than you ever […]

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