Food Pairing Article

I really enjoyed this article on pairings. I have a bottle of Muscadet just begging for a dish like his first suggestion. Let’s get serious about food and wine matching. I’m going to present three utterly perfect pairings. They are classic and easy to do. First up: oysters. OK, I hear the chorus of boos. Oysters? Yuck. But, please, hear me out. In this case, we’re going to cook them to a nice crispiness.

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Staying home for Valentine’s Day?

If Valentine’s Day had an equivalent to Scrooge, I would be a natural in the role. I spout all of the usual reasons for disliking it, such as it being in existence solely to sell cards, etc., that are almost as cliche as cupid and hearts. Of course I am married to a woman who loves it and insists on celebrating it, especially since one of our first big dates was on Valentine’s Day. So, […]

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Wine and Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

This time of year we hear a lot about wine and chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but do the two actually pair up well? The answer is a definite maybe. With some thought (the hard part) and some research (the fun part) wine and chocolate can be matched up very well. Keep in mind that the suggestions that follow are general ideas and that only trying them together will allow you match up the more subtle […]

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A corner in Galveston

Galveston has been immortalized in song and in history books. It is a city known for a tragic past and for its resiliency. It should also be known for its friendly people and increasingly, as a place for good food and wine. Since I moved to Houston a few years back, I have taken quite a few trips down to Galveston. Usually these trips involve enjoying the beach, taking historical tours, or wandering the delightful […]

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Google Wine Maps

As this excellent article on the Willamette Valley demonstrates, Google has allowed for some amazing uses of its technology by independent developers. The information on the Willamette Valley is well worth the read, but the really stunning part of the article is described in the following excerpt from the article: The initial interactive start-up screen lists all wineries and vineyards in the Oregon Willamette Valley. Navigate to a winery by clicking on the yellow and […]

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Wine Barrels

I would guess that most people never think much about the barrels that their wine is aged in. This article on barrel-making is very interesting. From the article: Barrel-making is labor intensive. Demptos can make up to 148 barrels per day in Napa, while Seguin Moreau’s capacity is about 125 per day. Demptos employs 39 coopers and ships barrels to about 900 clients. Seguin Moreau has 22 coopers and lists nearly 1,000 clients on its […]

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Cooking with wine

The conventional wisdom is that you should always cook with a wine that you would drink. I think that is complete and utter nonsense. The aforementioned conventional wisdom probably sprang from the days when folks would buy bottles labeled cooking wine. I don’t even know if they sell such a thing anymore. I typically have a few open bottles of wine on my counter that I use when I cook, and no way would I […]

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Price and predjudice

I have been trying to avoid this topic, hoping it would go away, but it just won’t. Recently there have been a spate of articles claiming that the price of a wine has an effect on the drinker’s perception of how good it is. Reading the research study findings does not exactly bear out this conclusion, but almost every article that I have seen, and there have been many of them over the past week, […]

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