Family Focus: Jericho Canyon Vineyard in Napa Valley, California

Our Jericho Canyon Vineyard wine dinner was not exactly what I had first expected. Jericho Canyon Vineyard and winery is in Calistoga. That’s in the Napa Valley of California. Some Napa Valley wineries have a reputation for snobbery. We know it is not an across-the-board indictment, because we know lots of warm, friendly people from Napa. But many of them we met and got to know before we knew their winery. Just hearing “Napa” takes me […]

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2010 Hoopes Vineyard Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We tasted Hoopes Vineyard 2010 Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and were impressed with its big fruit and sophisticated, nuanced tannins. Rhubarb, cherry, and black fruit aromas and flavors. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon hints of well-worn leather from a favorite old chair in the study. Quiet whispers of eucalyptus and green pepper with bright lavender on a lingering, supple finish. The 2010 vintage was aged for 32 months in 100% French Oak, 70% new. A […]

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First Friday: Dog Days of Summer Whites

Another Wine Blog is celebrating First Friday Wine Tasting with Dog Days of Summer Whites. The first friday of every month, we select a theme and invite guests to taste along with us. Last month we tasted Expressions of Italian Grapes, including wines from Seghesio, Castello D’Albola, Feudo Principe di Butera and Masseria Altemura, DaVinci and Santi to name a view. We have also celebrated Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Wines of the Pacific Northwest. […]

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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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Money, Guns and Workers: The True Meaning of Labor Day

After six days of wine tasting and pairing in Portland and Carlton, Oregon, we headed on a walking tour of the city and landed at Powell’s City of Books. Since Joe and I are secretly book nerds (we used to go on dates in Houston’s West Alabama Bookstore) we spent about three hours there. It clearly was not enough time to see the whole thing — but with only one full day to discover the […]

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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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Seghesio: Still a Family Winery

It was raining when I arrived at the vast Seghesio Family Vineyards’ facilities for a harvest time tour. Unlike Texas that would have welcomed it after a drought that wrought mass brush fires searing a swath through the Lone Star State culminating with a firestorm known as the Bastrop County Complex Fire, the early California rain was not invited. The particular Texas hell storm that engulfed Bastrop had, by September 30, destroyed 1,645 homes, burned 34,068 […]

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