Category: Reviews

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 ...

Click your Heels 3 Times if you’re “Wild at Heart”

It's the Wizard of Oz for Grownups Love me tender, Love me true, All my dreams fulfilled. For my darlin' I love you, And I always will. ~ Elvis, Love Me Tender While I was playing on Facebook slaving away at the office, Joe was cooking ...

2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah

I love Petite Sirah. It is big, fruity, powerful and typically delicious. The 2006 Mounts Family Winery Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah lives up to that introduction quite well. It is loaded with huge flavors and aromas. If you limit ...

Wine Country Travel: The Inn at Occidental

Every year since Joe first saw the episode about Sonoma Barrel Tasting on the Travel Channel, he's wanted to go to  the festivities. But Barrel Tasting also coincides with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where I am a committee ...

Spring Has Sprung – Anaba Coriol White Blend

Of all the seasons, Spring has always been my favorite. This was especially true growing up in West Virginia, and spending my law school years in what sometimes seemed like the near perpetual winter in Northwest Ohio. With Spring always comes ...

Great Bargain Wine – Tamari Reserva Malbec 2007

Bodega Tamari Reserva Malbec 2007 is a wine that all budget conscious wine shoppers should keep an eye out for. It is a big, chewy, concentrated, and quite delicious wine for around 14 bucks a bottle. These days who can ...

Special Discount for Another Wine Blog Readers

We recently reviewed a Châteauneuf-du-Pape type blend from Anaba (pronounced Anń-ah-bah), the winery named after the winds of Sonoma Valley.  This 2006 Coriol Red, Sonoma Valley is part of the Anaba inaugural releases of Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and the ...

Guest Review – Jacob Power reviews sparkling wine

On the most recent Open That Bottle Night Amy and I opened a very nice bottle and enjoyed every drop. In honor of the event we purchased a bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling wine for my kids. My youngest, Jacob, who ...

Social Media, MOM2.0SUMMIT & Wine!

I have never really liked the term "networking" because it sounds so -- well, like the only reason I'm talking to you or you're talking to me is so we can use each other to meet other people.  I loathe ...

Twisted Oak Ferriere Vineyard Syrah 2002 Calaveras County

Twisted Oak Ferriere Vineyard Syrah 2002 Calaveras County is a mouthful of a name for a mouthful of a wine. I am a big fan of huge California Syrahs, and this one fits the bill very well. It is big, ...