Wines wow capacity crowd, help raise over $200k for at-risk students

For the third straight year, Another Wine Blog-curated wines wowed guests and helped raise money for Communities in Schools – Bay Area at the Sixth Annual Raise Your Glass to CIS, part of the Charity Golf Tournament at Bay Oaks Country Club. This year’s combined proceeds exceeded the organization’s “stretch goal” of $200,000 by $17,000 and bested last year’s proceeds by over $40,000! Local sommeliers and wine educators provided technical notes and personal anecdotes as […]

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Cowboys, Chaps and World Class Chardonnay

What do you pair with a $79 Chardonnay? I asked, Joe, who does nearly all of the cooking for us here at Another Wine Blog? Fish Stew, he says. Now I am not a big fan of stew, fish or otherwise. It is probably a completely irrational bias from my childhood. Stew was what you had when you either did not have anything in the house to make a proper meal, or could not afford […]

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Mardi Gras: Pairing Wine with King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Wine with cake? Laissez les bon temps rouler! Fat Tuesday means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and the wine for you to spread the joie de vivre and as you celebrate Mardi Gras festivities! In the United States’ Christian traditions, Mardi Gras ( Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday) is the Tuesday before Lent when those preparing to fast celebrate with rich fatty foods, wine and perhaps a bit of debauchery. Beads, candy and […]

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14th Edition of Anteprima Amarone Fast Approaching

Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, Italy will be the site of Anteprima Amarone 2013 January 28th through 30th, three days dedicated to tasting the just-released vintage of this voluptuous red wine. The event is organized by the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella, an association that includes viticulturists, winemakers and bottlers from the Valpolicella wine production region, a territory that embraces 19 municipalities in the Verona area. It represents over 80% of the producers that use […]

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Nine Years of Wine, Travel and Friends

There is a common myth that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. Scientific observation and research indicate it takes quite a bit longer — an average of 66 days. But how long does it take to break a habit? For some of us, it could take as long as 10 years. In 2008, Joe and I traveled to Sonoma, California to attend the first ever “Wine Bloggers’ Conference.” We have attended all […]

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Wine v. Beer: Which Pairs Best?

You know that couple. Maybe you ARE that couple. You love wine; she loves beer. Or maybe HE loves wine and you love beer. Is it possible to pair a dish with both wine and beer together? That was the challenge when the First Friday crowd braved torrential rain to assemble in League City last Friday for the First Friday Wine versus Beer “pairdown.” Former-chef-turned astronaut* Joe Power, created a menu with suggested beer styles […]

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Mother Nature, the Original Foodie

Mother Nature proved she is the original foodie last week at a sumptuous banquet overlooking Buffalo Bayou to celebrate ten years of Recipe for Success. As dark clouds rolled in and thunder shook the glass of the building where I perched on the 27th floor  just across the street from The Dunlavy, I was sure what promised to be an incredible feast prepared by 10 renowned chefs was a goner — or at the very […]

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Pasaporte Mexico Comes to Central Market, April 20 – May 3

We love our Tex-Mex here in Houston! But many of us gringos have no concept of authentic Mexican cuisine, although we occupy land once part of Estados Unidos Mexicanos. While a certain orange-hued cartoon character drums up votes with his “Build a Wall” platform, the good folks at Central Market invite customers to embrace with taste during ‘Pasaporte Mexico,’ April 20 through May 3 throughout its stores across Texas. During the two-week event, visitors to […]

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Tickets Still Available: Raise Your Glass to CIS!

A handful of tickets are still available for the Raise Your Glass to CIS! wine tasting event today at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake City, Texas. The event, which starts at 4:00 p.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m., raises money for Communities in Schools – Bay Area programs to keep at-risk students in school. UPDATE: DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING IN THE AREA ON APRIL 18th THE EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 26th.  Each […]

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