She Said, He Said: Impressions of a Grand Wine Event

The more wine we drink, the more apt we are to forget what it is like to attend a wine event as simply a consumer. That is why we like to let others give their impressions to our readers as well. Every year one winemaker or another invites us to attend events during Wine and Food Week in The Woodlands, and we always have a conflict – the main one being that the venue is […]

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Wines of France Visits Underbelly in Houston

Wines of France hosted an event in July that paired French wines with foods that are Houston-inspired and created by Chef Chris Shepard from Underbelly. Part of an ambitious summer tour to expose people to French wine as an everyday wine that pairs well with American cuisine, Wines of France hosted events in Chicago, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and New Orleans. Each city was carefully chosen for its wine-loving populations and vibrant local culinary […]

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A Symphony of Artistry: Cornerstone Oregon Pinot Noir

I am sitting at my kitchen table looking out the window after a rainstorm. The blinds are half-mast, so I cannot see the gray sky. My view is just of the yard to the top of our wood fence and is filled with bright green framed by the slats of the fence, some still wet and some drying, so they remind me of weathered wine barrels. All I can hear is the plop, plop, plop […]

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Happy Sauvignon Blanc Day! Viva #SauvBlanc!

Today is International Sauvignon Blanc Day! Wine drinkers around the world are celebrating with a refreshingly crisp glass of wine from the green-skinned grape, so named from the French word sauvage, meaning wild and blanc, meaning white. Pipi de Chat? Mais, Oui! A classic descriptor of Sauvignon Blanc is “cat pee” on the nose. Some describe it more politely as “cat box;” others as cat piss. And some like to dress it up with a bit of […]

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Live Tasting: Join us for Kunde Live on June 7th!

Join us tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 7) as we experience three new wine releases from Kunde Family Estates. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Houston time (8:30 Eastern, 5:30 Pacific) we will join fourth generation winegrowers Marcia and Jeff Kunde along with Winemaker Zach Long to taste and learn more about wines farmed from Kunde’s estate in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Acquired by founder Louis Kunde who emigrated from Germany and purchased the original Wildwood Vineyards […]

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Damn, I like beer! Of beer festivals, beer wenches, and beer farts.

As I’ve written before, I am not a wine snob, but I am definitely a beer snob. That being the case, one of my favorite alcohol-related events in Houston is the Brenner’s Beer Festival. Seriously, Brenner’s on the Bayou is a beautiful location, it’s in the Fall so the weather is typically bearable, if not outright spectacular, and there are pretty, young women dressed like beer wenches pouring as much delicious craft beer as any […]

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Wine & Food Erotica from Charlottesville, Virginia

Eric Asmiov, who writes for the New York Times “Diner’s Journal Blog”, told bloggers in his keynote speech at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia, that he learned to think about wine in terms of drinking it, as opposed to tasting it. Simply tasting it, says Asimov, misses the point in forming a connection with wine, to those of us who are passionate about it.

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