Razor’s Edge Shiraz Grenache Blend 2006

As I have not yet switched providers, and my current one is still being as Com-*@#$ing-castic as usual, I am writing this at Chelsea, my favorite wine bar in all of Texas. While I have not visited every wine bar in Texas, it isn’t for lack of trying, but I will be surprised if I ever find a better one. So, being without either an Internet connection or a clue what to write about, I […]

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Swanson Vineyards 2004 Estate Merlot

Is there any varietal more maligned these days than Merlot? It has gone from being trendy to love to being trendy to hate. Even Miles in Sideways exclaims, “No, if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any ****ing Merlot!” Never mind that his avowed “dream wine,” a 1961 Cheval Blanc, is a Merlot blend. To me, nothing screams poseur more than someone declaring that they only drink certain varietals or definitively hate […]

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Poached Figs with Marscapone and Banfi Rosa Regale

Banfi Rosa Regale is fairly unique sparkling wine, at least in my experience. It is sweet and low in acid, with  flavors and aromas of rose, raspberry, black cherry, strawberry and plum. The mouth feel is both creamy and sparkling, with a finish of delicious vanilla. It is also quite low in alcohol, 7%, which is nice with dessert, or even as dessert, if you have already had wine with dinner. Rosa Regale is delicious […]

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2007 Abbazia Novacella Kerner, Alto Adige

Last night my wife asked me to grab a bottle of Riesling from our wine fridge. I looked in and only one had the familiar slender shape so a pulled it out and glanced at the label for a second and opened it. After the first sip I figured that I had grabbed a really expensive bottle by mistake. It had nice crisp citrus and apricot tastes and good minerality. The finish was rich and […]

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Delicious Egg Dish

This recipe is a favorite in my house, even with my egg hating wife. As usual, feel free to substitute ingredients and make this your own recipe. Serrano ham or Canadian bacon would be great instead the pancetta this version calls for. Start by cutting some fairly thick slices of crusty bread. Brush with olive oil. I usually use a garlic infused oil, as I tend to always have some chopped garlic soaking in olive […]

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A Hidden Gem

Last night my wife and I decided to go out and have a light dinner and then try out a wine bar that we thought was new. Due to a miscommunication we ended up at a place called Sushi Coast for the light dinner. This place was disgusting, and if I don’t end up with some sort of intestinal parasite, I will be amazed. There are some quite decent sushi restaurants in the Bay Area […]

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Plume Bleue – Great Bargain Wine for Grilling

Plume Bleue Vin de Pays d’Oc is a 50/50 Grenache Syrah blend made by a very good winemaker. This big fruity wine has lots of plum, cherry and dark berry flavors with just enough chewy tannins to balance it out. It has a mildly smoky flavor. This stuff just begs for some grilled lamb or pork. Chilled, it could be served with a nice summer salad. Best of all? You should be able to find […]

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Barbecue Nirvana – Best BBQ EVER

This is my last piece on BBQ for a long time, I swear. As I mentioned yesterday, every year Texas Monthly Magazine ranks and reviews the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas. One thing that is a constant each year is that Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, Texas will be in the top 5, if not in the number one slot. This year was no exception, as Smitty’s earned a perfect score of 5. Here is […]

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