Vineyard Tours – A Great Way to Appreciate Wine

Now that Comcast has restored my internet connection to full speed, I’m able to access AWB! Although most of my contributions will continue to be photography, I’ll add an article every now and then, mainly focusing on wine “education.” I am one of those geeks who thinks every vacation should also include an “educational experience.” That’s probably due to growing up in a home with a school teacher Mom and a school principal Dad. Luckily, […]

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Good wine vs. the right wine

Last night I cooked a pork loin with carmelized onions and dried apricots, with a ginger, goat cheese rissoto topped with pine nuts. It turned out fairly well, and I wanted a really good wine to go with it. That is where I made my mistake. I looked through the wines on hand and decided that a big, powerful white was in order, as none of my reds looked to be the right wine. So, […]

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Champagne is in order!

I am a huge fan of the University of Toledo Rockets, and in honor of their win over the University of Michigan Wolverines I am going to drink something with a lot of bubbles! Congratulations to all Toledo fans, and my condolences to Michigan fans. Maybe your radio announcer should not have had so much fun calling us the ‘Mud Hens.” My bubbles of choice this evening will be Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs. This […]

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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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