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The Urban Sonoma Experience

The Association of African American Vintners’ wine tasting took place in a beautiful courtyard with vine laden trellises and a waterfall wall — an added bonus to the beautiful weather that was great for walking around outside sipping on red and white wines (anywhere else but Houston).The Texas Wineauxs could not wait to experience the first taste of wines seldom heard of outside of the state of California. The exception being Mac McDonald’s Vision Cellars whose Pinot Noir won Top Red Wine at the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition.

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Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Joe likes to tell people that he rescued me from becoming a Cat Lady. You know the stereotype: the over-40 single woman whose constant companions are an every-increasing number of cats. She may just leave food out on the patio. Or she may be unable to say “no” to any poor bedraggled feline who crosses her path. The latter was me. Once a Cat Collector At one point I had seven cats. Most came to […]

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Robert Parker is NOT responsible for Kenny G!

In April of 1970 Miles Davis released one of the truly unique, original and influential albums of all time. Bitches Brew took listeners places no one even knew existed until Davis showed the way. Unlike the “cool” Miles Davis of Kind of Blue or Birth of the Cool, this Miles was in your face, aggressive and highly experimental. It was as if Davis heard Coltrane in a new way via Jimi Hendrix and something inside […]

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Brenner’s to host Napa v. Sonoma Wine Fest in Houston

Napa Valley or Sonoma County. Which California wine region produces better wines? Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou in Houston hopes guests will “settle the dispute” at what is billed the Second Annual Wine Fest, scheduled for 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. next Saturday, April 9th on the lush landscaped grounds surrounding Brenner’s located off Memorial Drive just east of Memorial Park. EVENT UPDATE: Brenner’s tells us the event is now SOLD OUT and there will be […]

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Organic Wine Immersion at Millésime Bio 2011

We were among the 3200 attendees at Millésime Bio 2011 last week in Montpellier, South of France, sponsored by Sud de France and organized by our hosts the AIVB-LR (Association Interprofessionnelle des Vins Biologiques de Languedoc-Roussillon). Now in its 18th year, this international trade fair is devoted exclusively to wines made from organically grown grapes in accordance with current European regulations. Up 18% from last year’s attendance of 2700, the event allowed professionals to sample […]

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Far Out Wineries Passport Weekend: January 14-17th

Paso Robles’ 17 “Far Out Wineries” invite wine lovers to taste their way through award-winning wines during a special Passport Weekend Friday, January 14 through Monday, January 17, 2011. Now in its fourth year, the Far Out Wineries Passport Weekend proceeds benefit The Wellness Community – California Central Coast, which offers programs of education, support and hope for cancer patients and their families. This year the event, set for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend is […]

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Baptism by Grape

Baptism by the grape can truly be considered a religious experience to even the most unsuspecting wine drinker. When the palate is introduced to the right varietal at that pivotal moment, whether it was accompanied by a meal or not, the flavors hit all of the important sensory points and you just want to throw your hands in the air and shout “hallelujah!” Ok maybe it is not that dramatic but you get the picture.

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