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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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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Three-legged dogs, Jack Dempsey and Rye Whiskey

Imagine music so good, so soulful, so gypsy, so nasty, so pure, that it gets into the very marrow of your bones, rips your heart out and washes it gently in the lazy waters of the Delta then puts it back in your chest, only to leave you wanting more. Imagine a transcendent voice, both gravely and smooth at the same time, weaving tales of three-legged dogs, Jack Dempsey and Rye whiskey in and around a […]

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2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label, Stepping Stone Cuvée

Sometimes a Napa Cab can overpower your meal — not this 2011 Black Label Series Stepping Stone Cuvée by Cornerstone Cellars. Elegantly balanced fruit and tannins, this is THE perfect steak wine. We paired it with a bone-in rib-eye topped with a lovely pan sauce flavored with soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, chopped shallots and garlic; finished off with a splash of cream and butter. Add bacon-loaded mashed potatoes. The synergy between the wine and […]

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Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

Sometimes you just do not have time to prepare an elegant meal, but that does not mean you cannot have an elegant wine.  Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2001 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée is just that. Bright ruby in color with a nose of black cherry, cola and forest floor, this Pinot Noir is rich enough to hold up to a local farm duck egg yolk with plenty of acidity to cut through it. Dark cherry, vanilla […]

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Sometimes The Substitute is Better than the Original

Houston has finally gotten into the 21st century with food trucks. Not as much as any other major metropolis, but at least we’re getting better. When I am working downtown, though, it seems you cannot just walk to a food truck. You have to get in your car and drive. Why? My cynical guess is money and pull from Downtown Houston restaurant owners is keeping them out. But for a Mayor who claims to be […]

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Spotlight: Executive Chef Daniel Bell

Soho Kitchen and Lounge Executive Chef Daniel Bell started in food service when he was just 16 years old.  Two years later he was cooking. He was also a promising tennis player, until a devastating shoulder, then a hip injuries changed all that. Had he gone on toward Wimbledon, foodies would have missed out on Chef Bell’s culinary creations. Bell has been Chef for three of Madeleine Griffin’s restaurants to date — first at Madeleine’s Wine […]

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Bottlenotes in Houston: A Hip, Millennial Appeal

Around The World in 80 Sips™ hit Houston last week, featuring 80-plus wines from all over. Set in the Union Station Lobby at Minute Maid Park, the event brought young, professional wine enthusiasts together to taste some of the world’s best bottles. We sent our own millennial wine enthusiast, Bridget Brett to check out the Bottlenotes-sponsored event. Here is her report. Sipping, Socializing, and Shopping! by Bridget Brett The Bottlenotes event is upbeat, casual, and […]

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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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