Wineries help raise $300k for Scholarships, Education

A highlight of the evening was the Wine Pull Event where guests were invited to purchase a cork “pull” for $25. Each cork corresponded to one bottle of wine valued $25 or higher. Planned to last the entire evening, the event was so popular that all 104 of the “pulls” (and wines!) were awarded by 8:00 p.m. when dinner service began. Excited participants deemed the pull, the “Best Event Ever!”

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Wine Reviews are Bullshit!

Penn and Teller have a series on Showtime called Bullshit where they expose things that they consider to be, well…bullshit. They choose a topic each week, such as Martial Arts, Life Coaches, the U.S. Criminal Justice System, or Abstinence, and spend 30 minutes ripping it to shreds before unequivocally declaring it “bullshit!” Today, with apologies to messieurs Penn and Teller, I am going to stand up and shout, “Wine reviews are bullshit!” If you are […]

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Where I like to drink here in Houston

The focus of this blog has never been local, but given that we live in the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the fact that it seems that everyone has to pass through here at some time in their life, it is inevitable that we’ll write about Houston now and then. Despite the fact that this city, not to mention this state, have a way of getting on my last carpetbagging nerves at times, […]

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Pourquoi Syrah? Get Ready for International Syrah Day!

Happy Wine Wednesday! Next Wednesday, February 16th, Hospice du Rhône will be celebrating International Syrah Day in preparation for their 19th Annual Hospice du Rhône celebration in Paso Robles, California USA April 28-30, 2011. HdR wants wine drinkers everywhere to know they are serious about Syrah. So they’ll be celebrating all things Syrah for 24-hours inviting Syrah lovers everywhere to share their thoughts on twitter, Facebook and independent wine blogs as they twirl, sniff and […]

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Fabulous Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

You’ve been racking your brain for the perfect Valentine gift for your wine lover and are all out of ideas? We found two fabulous gifts for the man or woman who has everything. The Durand for vintage cork removal If you tend to collect and age wine, you’ll find that sometimes a traditional corkscrew just won’t do the trick. Even with newer bottles, those with composite corks sometimes break while you’re trying to remove them. […]

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Glen Ellen 2007 Petite Sirah

Show a little faith there’s magic in the night You ain’t a beauty but hey you’re alright Oh and that’s alright with me – Bruce Springsteen, Thunder Road I did not expect to write this review. Glen Ellen? Don’t they make bum wine? I can’t even imagine what they will do to one of my favorite grapes. See? This is why I am not a wine expert, and usually attempt to shrug it off when […]

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Wines of the Loire Valley: Muscadet

There is a wine from the oft called “Garden of France” that is the perfect pairing for fresh seafood. So much so that whenever I reach into the wine chiller and suggest it, Joe chastises me, “No, that’s for when we have good seafood.” Thank goodness last night’s dinner menu included sauteed shrimp and mussels, so that we could finally open the bottle of Muscadet that had been languishing for a few months. When is […]

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Wineries Invited to Donate Wine for Scholarships

How can you get your wines in front of 8,000 potential wine lovers with significant discretionary income? By donating wine for a Wine Pull as part of The Houston CPA Society’s 2011 Scholarship Extravaganza set for Friday, February 18, 2011. The largest chapter in the state of Texas with 8,000 members, the Houston CPA Society hosts an annual “Scholarship Extravaganza” to raise money for college students interested in a career in accounting and to help […]

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