Kelly Fleming 2010 Oakville Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

We met Kelly Fleming for dinner one evening at Underbelly, one of Houston’s hip, fresh-ingredient restaurants in the Montrose area. Kelly was a delight to meet and both her Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc elegant and sophisticated. Since Joe was getting a bad cold when we were at the restaurant and didn’t get to properly evaluate the wines during dinner, Kelly was gracious enough to send samples of the same wines for him to taste […]

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Expert Wine Reviews May Be Inferior

Our friend Joe Roberts aka 1WineDude penned a great piece about the inferiority of an expert’s opinion over that of the wisdom of crowds when it comes to wine reviews. The Dude offered a well-reasoned argument, suggesting, that while it was not without some value, the wine “expert” review is actually “less valuable than the opinion offered by an educated, engaged, passionate, and diverse group of people…” And he based it on…gasp…science and research! You […]

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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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Another Wine Blog’s First Friday Celebrates Pacific Northwest Wines

Another Wine Blog’s third First Friday event celebrated wines from the Pacific Northwest. Pairings for the Washington and Oregon wines included Puget Sound Smoked Salmon with Pancetta in aioli sauce, Washington State Honeycrisp Apples, and Bosc pears from Oregon. Various meats like Wild Boar sausage, Black Forest, Parmacotto and Serrano Hams, Prosciutto di Parma, Hungarian salami, among others were complemented with Apple Juniper Mostarda from Carlton, Oregon-based Republic of Jam. Sheep, goat and cow’s milk […]

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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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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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Is PR Giving You a Bad Name?

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity. The thought is that even bad press is better than no press at all. Perhaps. But what happens when marketing and PR gets between you and the press? Sometimes the best stories are never told. Why? Because somewhere along the line the guy or gal you hired to do your marketing decides he or she should control who tells your story — not you. That’s […]

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