Category: Rant

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 ...

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 ...

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The Complaint as a Gift: A Tale of Three Wineries

Once upon a time, I worked in retail sales. Actually I was working three jobs because I was single, I had no other responsibilities and couldn't support my lifestyle (and wardrobe) on my measly salary as a PR person, just ...

Objectivity and Fairness

"For the bitterest pill is hard to swallow The love I gave hangs in sad coloured, mocking shadows The bitterest pill is mine to take If I took it for a hundred years, I couldn't feel any more ill" -The Jam The Bitterest Pill It ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Here is the twelfth in our weekly series of Another Wine Bytes; information about wine you can use to impress your friends (but not in an obnoxious way, of course!) Should I Give a Bottle of Wine? I received an e-mail notification ...

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 ...

Restaurant Review: Pope’s Pairings Protect Plonk

I think I was sitting in Toledo, avoiding study of some law-school related subject, when I first heard about Alice Waters' Chez Panisse. The concept of growing local, buying local, and serving healthy, organic dishes that actually taste good was ...

Can Red Wine Reduce Swine Flu Risk?

My mother is an alarmist. She’s always been that way.  Remember the children’s story (and movie) about Chicken Little?  “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” It could have been written about my mother.  Growing up this way made me ...