Cooking to Pair with Multiple Wines: Green Valley of Russian River Valley

For many a home chef, it is relatively simple to pair a dish with a wine. You can consult Mr. Google, or visit a variety of wine sites, like Another Wine Blog, for suggestions. But suppose you have a recipe that pairs well with one red wine, but want to serve two different varieties – what then? That was my dilemma for a tasting of 3 wines from Green Valley of Russian River Valley hosted […]

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International Wine Film Festival to include Feb 17th Virtual Screening

Nearly everyone can name a film festival — Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival — to name a few;  but how many can name one with a focus solely on wine? None, until now. Wil Fernandez, the guy who brought us the award-winning Vintage 2014: The story behind the vines, has come back with an annual event to celebrate wine in film. In the beginning: Vintage 2014 Vintage 2014 followed the grape exploits […]

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Wines for Thanksgiving Day and Throughout the Year

It is Thanksgiving Day and many wine shops are closed. You, consumer, were so busy making sure you ordered the fresh turkey, picked up the Parker House rolls, the cranberries, the sweet potatoes, the relatives from the airport and set aside time to create the perfect brine to bathe the bird overnight, that you forgot to pick out the perfect wine to pair with your blessed bounty. Relax, your dinner will not be a disaster. […]

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Ahr to Lodi: Spotlight on German Wine

German wines show up in the damnedest places — and I am not just talking Riesling. While visiting Lodi, California this month, I had the opportunity to meet Bob and Mary Lou Koth of Mokelumne Glen Vineyards, who, with their daughter and son, own a small family vineyard specializing in German and Austrian grape varieties. Bob and Mary Lou Bob’s a Lodi native of German heritage. Two trips to Germany to visit daughter Ann-Marie who […]

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Exclusive Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Release to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Santa Barbara, California’s Carr Vineyards & Winery is releasing their 2013 Marie’s Pinot Noir tomorrow, May 1, 2015, with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. Very limited in production, and a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to a mere 50 cases. The idea to create this very special 2013 Pinot Noir came from entertainment industry icon Budd Carr, who lost his mother to Breast Cancer when he was just 10 years old. […]

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Meet AWB Guest Blogger Hank Greer

Many of our Houston wine friends attended class with Joe at the University of Houston, through the International Sommelier Guild.  I met Hank Greer, along with Iris Allen, at an end-of-semester Christmas party in 2007 to help celebrate the completion of ISG Wine Fundamentals Certificate Level 1. I felt I already knew them, since Joe shared stories about class, and some of the classmates with which he had a natural affinity. While we keep in […]

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