Fantastic Sangria Recipe

This is definitely a sangria with some zing. Give it a try on a hot summer afternoon. 1 bottle of Zinfandel or Syrah 2 cups Vernor’s ginger ale 1/4 cup simple syrup 2 lemons cut into wedges 1 orange cut into wedges 2 limes cut into wedges 1 ruby red grapefruit, segmented 1 oz good gin Make sure that all ingredients are well chilled before combining if you plan to serve this right away, if […]

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Good Wine for BBQ

Despite it being a day for solemn remembrance, especially in the times we find ourselves, Memorial Day weekend, for many, also signals the opening of the BBQ and grilling season for many folks. Being in Texas, that season never ends, but for a lot of people this is the weekend when they break out the grill for the first time. It is also a weekend when family and friends gather around the grill and celebrate […]

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Robert Mondavi

This week Robert Mondavi died. Mondavi was very influential in the creation of America’s wine industry as we know it today. His early success developing techniques for both wine making and marketing for American, and later global, tastes allowed him to later donate millions of dollars to institutions such as UC Davis that also assisted growth and progress in the wine industry. Robert Mondavi was 94 and was born into the world of wine. He […]

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How to: Attend a Wine Tasting Event

Wine tasting events are all the rage these days. They are held as everything from home parties to mixers to fund raising events. These events are almost always a lot of fun, and are typically much less pretentious than many people imagine. However, if they aren’t something that you attend very often they can be a little intimidating. It can seem that everyone present knows more than you about wine and it is easy to […]

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Wines

I am not much of a fan of the traditional Saint Patrick’s day meal of corned beef and cabbage. Boiling is not my idea of how to treat meat, I don’t care for the spice combination typically used for corned beef, and boiled cabbage is not high on my list of vegetable dishes. Other than a cajun crawfish boil, I would be hard pressed to name any dishes that benefit from an entire meal being […]

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Wine Tasting Party?

Last night I attended a wine tasting held in a shop owned by a friend of my wife. The event was fun and appeared to be a successful way for her to get people into her store. Nothing wrong with that, it is a nice shop and the people running it are exceptionally nice themselves.. The folks pouring the wine were also trying to get people to sign up for their wine club. Nothing wrong […]

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Lasagna from Hell

I would like to apologize for not posting anything yesterday. My intentions were good, but apparently the road to hell is paved with homemade pasta. Lots of homemade pasta, as it turns out. Last week my youngest son turned 13. This momentous occasion was prologued earlier in the week by me asking, quite innocently, what he would like for his birthday dinner. Now Jacob, if nothing else, is a consistent child. This question has always […]

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Wine Wankers

First off, is there any funnier word in the entire English language than “wanker?” If so, I can’t think of it. In the context of this article on wine snobs, or wankers, it made me laugh even harder than usual. I think we all know at least one person like that. There is a lot of good advice for all of us in “Four sommeliers walk into a bar…” Some of my favorites are: After […]

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