What We’re Reading: Rock and Vine by Chelsea Prince

We get lots of requests for reviews – wine, hooch, books and gadgets. We don’t have time to cover everything. But you really ought to pick up a copy of Rock and Vine: Next Generation Changemakers in America’s Wine Country, written and published by Chelsea Prince with Consulting Editor Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine. Overlook the management consultant-inspired subtitle (I can say this because I used to be one those people, which is why I […]

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Jessup Cellars & Butterfly Restaurant: A Winning Combination

A beautiful view, incredible food and great company. Add wine and lively conversation, and you’ve got a winner. We found one when Butterfly Restaurant’s Chef Rob Lam served up some fabulous dishes to pair with Jessup Cellars wines from Napa Valley. Last week I traveled to San Francisco, California to attend the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers annual Zinfandel Festival, and meet with the brains and brawn behind Creative Furnace to help plan an exciting conference […]

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Austrian Wines: Don’t Let the Names Fool You

I love Austrian wines. Partly because I once coaxed a smile out of a “retired” Austrian winemaker during an otherwise boring trade tasting. He told me he had handed the reigns of the company over to his son and was just enjoying his time being the “face of the company.” I said, “I don’t know that I would be as trusting if it were I,” and he smiled. Then he poured me his Trockenbeerenauslese. Yum! […]

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The Label Project: Contest Clues for Wine 3

This week Another Wine Blog is participating in The Label Project, a global initiative to go beyond the label, uncover the true character of the wine inside the bottle, and the uniqueness of the region behind it. We, as well as, over 140 bloggers from 12 different countries were invited to participate. Our wine adventure began with a well-known book and a cryptic e-mail. We then received 3 wines and corresponding clues designed to help […]

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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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2007 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

We first tasted Château La Nerthe at Millésime Bio in the South of France. Then delightfully again, at Phillipe in Houston, Texas at Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles, California and once again at L’Olivier in Houston. It never fails to disappoint. Like nearly all Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it’s dusty and austere in younger vintages. The wine needs time to languish in the bottle, for nature and good cellaring to take its course and turn the dominatrix […]

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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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