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This may be my new favorite wine. A GSM (SMG?) from Languedoc, it’s certainly one of the best things that I’ve tasted on our trip to France, and given the quality and quantity of wines we’ve had that’s saying a lot. The nose will grab you, and the flavors? Holy schist! This wine is young and fresh, but so very balanced. Very bright fruit, but also rich and satisfying. What it does with duck should […]

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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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Innovative Beverage Trade Marketers, Brands to gather in NYC March 21-23

Are you tired of an archaically regulated industry controlling your ability to sell your wines, beers, ciders and spirits to American consumers? Would you like to taste beverages you might otherwise never taste from multiple, diverse regions all in the same venue? Are you a producer looking for an importer so you can break into the American market? If so, mark your calendar to attend the USA Trade Tasting at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New […]

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Classic Horror Movie Wine Pairings – My Top 13 List

I see a lot of seriously stupid articles and posts all of the time pairing wine with things that it either doesn’t go with, or that it just doesn’t have any connection to. These articles pair holiday chocolate with wine, or tell you what the perfect Arbor Day wine pairing is (It’s Sauvignon Blanc, by the way). All kinds of stupid crap like that. When I see these dumb articles it makes me think, “Holy […]

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Wine Tasting, How Not To Do It

I don’t particularly care for large tastings. I’ve been trained to do it, and have enough experience to be qualified to do it competently. But I don’t like doing it all that much. The same goes for tasting and evaluating wine on its own. I am actually quite good at it,  but it is not something I relish doing. It seems to me that these things are the equivalent of studying the words in a […]

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Brenner’s on the Bayou to Host 6th Annual Wine Festival in Houston

Stroll along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou sipping award-winning wines paired with delicious and creative cuisine this Saturday, April 11th, when Brenner’s on the Bayou hosts the 6th Annual Wine Festival just off Memorial Drive, minutes from Downtown near Memorial Park. Guests can celebrate Spring from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the lush urban oasis setting, with live music by Midstream, a Houston variety dance band that performs hits from the 40s to the present. Wine pairings […]

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Cornerstone Cellars to be featured at Wine Dinner in Houston

One of our favorite Napa Valley wineries, Cornerstone Cellars, will star in a 5-course gastronoganza dinner at the hip and trendy Mr. Peeples restaurant in Houston’s Midtown. Update: Originally announced for May 15th, Mr. Peeples’ staff asked to reschedule the event to later in the Fall to allow them to better plan for the event.  Lucky for us, we have some Cornerstone Cellars wine at home while we wait! We first tasted Cornerstone Cellars Howell Mountain Cabernet […]

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Join us at Wine Enthusiast’s Red-and-White Bash April 3rd in Houston

Would you like to sample over 70 different wines next Thursday evening in Downtown Houston with live music and food by some great Houston restaurants? Join Another Wine Blog as we taste 90+ rated wines at the Wine Enthusiast Red-and-White Bash, April 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Jones Lawn at Discovery Green. This event promises to be a great way to kick off April in Houston! “Wine Enthusiast’s Red and White Bash is […]

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Navel Gazing With The Wino: Year End Magic and Loss Edition

I’ve written before about Lester Bangs. He’s a hero of mine. Forget that he was a rock critic. Hell, forget that he was a critic. He was a writer. A great one. He did work as a critic, however, so those of us that remember him do so because of the unique voice he used to tell us about music we should and should not be listening to. Percy Shelly once said, “Reviewers, with some rare […]

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