Category: Rant

Falling Prey to Wine Rating Peer Pressure

Try as we must, even as adult wine lovers we succumb to peer pressure. We like to think that peer pressure is something we outgrow. As parents we warn our teenagers how this "group think" can make them do ...

Wine Conferences: No Time for Writing About Wine

Often when we attend conferences and tastings, we plan an extra day prior to or following our trip. We may rent a car, an extra hotel night here and there, with enough unscheduled time to upload photos, shop, relax, ...

Exhausted thoughts from a plane

Having just lifted off from my connecting flight out of Denver that is returning me back to Houston from Seattle, I began to contemplate whether there were many things more needlessly gut-wrenching than a plane banking into a turn, while ...

Wine Blogger Awards: Still Corked After All These Years

The finalists for the 2010 Wine Blog awards were announced today and I had high hopes that I wouldn't have to write this annual column again this year. Unfortunately, here we go again. Until this year the awards have been handed ...

Our Big Fat Greek Draft Day

You wouldn't know it by looking at me, but I am part Greek.  I got the fair skin and freckles from my Dad, rather than the olive complexion from my mother, her mother and her grandfather. I never really met ...

Remnants of Prohibition still Reign in Tennessee

When I first moved to Houston in the early 1980s there was a local grocery store chain that didn't sell wine and beer. I always figured it was because the owners were Baptist, and saw any form of alcohol ...

How sweet it is! Sickly sweet even…

The other night we participated in an on-line tasting of Texas wine. There were four wines, all provided by Mandola winery located in Driftwood, Texas. Amy and I had stopped there one afternoon a few years ago on our way ...

If I Ruled the World…Guide to a Good Relationship

If you're a regular AWB reader, you know I have a very low tolerance for poor customer service. I know people have bad days, and off days, and hundreds of customers. I realize the current economy drives many people to sales ...

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HR 5034: What if Wine Were Peaches …

Suppose your family grows peaches in Georgia. Everyone in Georgia loves your peaches, and tells your family you should send those peaches to folks in other states. So you build a business selling peaches in-state as well as out-of-state. ...

If Passed, HR 5034 will Cheat Wine Consumers

While most consumers hurried to finish taxes by the April 15th deadline, something sinister was afoot in the United States House of Representatives.  At the behest of the powerful National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), and in response to a recent ...