Wineries help raise $300k for Scholarships, Education

A highlight of the evening was the Wine Pull Event where guests were invited to purchase a cork “pull” for $25. Each cork corresponded to one bottle of wine valued $25 or higher. Planned to last the entire evening, the event was so popular that all 104 of the “pulls” (and wines!) were awarded by 8:00 p.m. when dinner service began. Excited participants deemed the pull, the “Best Event Ever!”

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Pourquoi Syrah? Get Ready for International Syrah Day!

Happy Wine Wednesday! Next Wednesday, February 16th, Hospice du Rhône will be celebrating International Syrah Day in preparation for their 19th Annual Hospice du Rhône celebration in Paso Robles, California USA April 28-30, 2011. HdR wants wine drinkers everywhere to know they are serious about Syrah. So they’ll be celebrating all things Syrah for 24-hours inviting Syrah lovers everywhere to share their thoughts on twitter, Facebook and independent wine blogs as they twirl, sniff and […]

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Wineries Invited to Donate Wine for Scholarships

How can you get your wines in front of 8,000 potential wine lovers with significant discretionary income? By donating wine for a Wine Pull as part of The Houston CPA Society’s 2011 Scholarship Extravaganza set for Friday, February 18, 2011. The largest chapter in the state of Texas with 8,000 members, the Houston CPA Society hosts an annual “Scholarship Extravaganza” to raise money for college students interested in a career in accounting and to help […]

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Wine for the Holidays: America’s Most-Visited Winery

There are plenty of people who do exactly what they’re told. Who follow all of the rules. Who “know their place” from birth to death. The type of people who do not see a bullfighter’s red cape when someone tells them they cannot or may not do something. Joe is not one of those people. And neither am I. Often in younger years this was probably much to our detriment. For me, it was nearly […]

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New Sauvignon Blanc on the Block: Cornerstone Cellars

Last night we paired a sample of 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, with a spicy variation of Joe’s Seafood Medley Stew*. I like my food muy caliente! and this wine was perfect to take out a little of the heat from the serrano pepper. But to enjoy all the subtleties and nuances in this beautiful new Napa white, I was glad to have saved enough to have a glass or two on its own.

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Bargain Wine Part 2 – Little James Basket Press

Like my last post about a bargain wine, this one is also not about a great wine. However, this is a very good one that comes close to greatness, if there is such a category for humble table wine. Little James Basket Press is a non vintage single varietal French  Vin de Table from Saint-Cosme. The wine is 100% Grenache from the Southern Rhone. Not quite as cheap as my last bargain wine, this one […]

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Petit Courbu

Petit Courbu is not a grape that you hear about every day. In fact, it isn’t a grape that very many folks ever hear about. A search of Wikipedia only brings us a listing for Courbu, of which it is a variety, but which doesn’t even merit an entry. The fine folks at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant’s sent us a bottle in one of their wine club shipments. My first thought was “What the @&#* […]

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