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Stark 2009 Viognier Damiano Vineyard, Sierra Foothills

2009 Stark Viognier, Damiano Vineyard, Sierra Foothills

We, like many people we know ‘cellar’ our red wines. I say “cellar” because Houston homes do not have basements so any wine aging room is often custom designed to mimic the temperature and humidity found in a European cellar or a California cave. We do not have that luxury, so our wines aged for several years in a chilled storage facility. After multiple hurricanes and flooding that spared our neighborhood more than it did […]

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Steele Stymie Founder's Reserve Syrah

Steele Stymie Founder’s Reserve 2016 Syrah

Last night we joined a group of other wine folks for a virtual tasting of Steele Wines with winemaker and owner Jed Steele.  With over 50 years’  in the wine industry, Jed started with a cellar position after playing basketball on scholarship for Gonzaga University, then went back to school at University of California – Davis and earned a master’s degree in enology. He gained experience with a number of wineries including Napa’s Stony Hill […]

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Brys Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Brys Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

The 2016 Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery Pinot Noir from Old Mission Peninsula AVA is 100 percent Pinot Noir estate grapes from Traverse City, Michigan. A lighter ruby Burgundian style, it features smoked cherry and cola flavors.  We paired it with red lentils and sliced pork belly. 13.5% ABV $32 For more information about Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery, visit their website.

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DO Montsant on the Precipice: Vinyes Domènech

As I stand on the path that leads from the tasting room through the vineyard to the edge of a precipice at Vinyes Domènech the Latin phrase in situ comes to mind. Literally, the phrase translates to “on-site.” To the archeologist, an artifact in situ is one that he or she unearths and records at the original site of the culture that created it. When discovered not in situ, the artifact is considered out of […]

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Jemrose and Pork belly

2008 Jemrose “Gloria’s Gem” Proprietary Blend

Often when we put together wine and food pairings the food comes first, and then the wine. Not this time. Knowing the intensity and flavor of this 2008 deep red vixen from Bennett Valley in Sonoma County, we needed something with gusto to stand up to it. Enter pork belly. Pork belly is so very versatile and inexpensive — at around $5 per pound locally — but you wouldn’t know it from many a restaurant […]

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Celebrate Pedroncelli 90th Anniversary with Sauvignon Blanc Pairing!

Looking for an easy summer pairing to wow guests? Try Pedroncelli 2016 Dry Creek Valley East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc with Mediterranean style Kalamata, Lemon and Feta Chicken for a fabulous flavorful earth and sunshine combination. Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, multi-generational family-owned Pedroncelli Winery is hosting on-site and virtual tastings with family owners sharing their latest releases. History of Pedroncelli Winery It was 1927 and the midst of the dark days of Prohibition, when Giovanni and Julia […]

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Wines wow capacity crowd, help raise over $200k for at-risk students

For the third straight year, Another Wine Blog-curated wines wowed guests and helped raise money for Communities in Schools – Bay Area at the Sixth Annual Raise Your Glass to CIS, part of the Charity Golf Tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club. This year’s combined proceeds exceeded the organization’s “stretch goal” of $200,000 by $17,000 and bested last year’s proceeds by over $40,000! Local sommeliers and wine educators provided technical notes and personal anecdotes as […]

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Amazing!

This may be my new favorite wine. A GSM (SMG?) from Languedoc, it’s certainly one of the best things that I’ve tasted on our trip to France, and given the quality and quantity of wines we’ve had that’s saying a lot. The nose will grab you, and the flavors? Holy schist! This wine is young and fresh, but so very balanced. Very bright fruit, but also rich and satisfying. What it does with duck should […]

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National Beer Day research says Hispanics Drink Better Brews

Millennials make up 35.5 percent of the craft beer consumption according to research compiled by Lopez Negrete Communications in anticipation of National Beer Day: April 7, 2017.  While Hispanics are only 14% of millennial craft beer drinkers, 54% queried said they would try craft beer if they knew more about it. We’re here to help. We asked our favorite beer aficionado, who also happens to be an Hispanic millennial, for some Houston craft beer recommendations […]

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