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Veuve Cliquot Mail Truck pops corks in Houston

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It appears on nearly every wine list in every major city’s restaurants across the nation; it pops up at nearly every “middle-to-high class” social event; its large yellow label is overtly displayed in nearly every retail outlet for wine, from ...

Morgan Neufeld talks about WSET Level 3 from the Texas Wine School

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Amy met Morgan Neufeld one Wednesday morning in June at Camerata at Paulie's where she was attending Banfi's Cru Artisan College. Friendly and bubbly, Morgan was in the middle of her Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 certification course ...

A Writer’s Response to Intimidation

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In political writing, investigative journalism and satire, the subject of the story is often cast in a light he or she does not like. If the piece is outrageously untrue, as often happens in satire, a good-natured subject, while irked, ...

Napa, wineries take stock, assess damage after 6.0 Quake

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Napa Valley wineries report diverse assessments as a result of last Sunday morning's magnitude 6.0 earthquake that shook residents from their 3:20 a.m. slumber. The 'South Napa earthquake,' so named by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), was the largest to hit the ...

Dishing with Jameson Fink at Grape Collective

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Recently Jameson Fink asked us to be his very first wine blogging duo interview for Grape Collective's Speakeasy feature. A mix of journalism and commerce, Grape Collective is the brainchild of Publisher Christopher Barnes. In addition to Barnes and Fink, ...

Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio

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Brancott Estate 2013 "Flight Song" Pinot Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand is a bit of a surprise. A color of pale young straw and a nose of pear, lemon citrus with a hint of kiwi, it is rounder than I ...

Be a Swinger, or Divorce Your Wine Guy!

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People love to ask about our favorite local wine merchant. Truth be told, we do not have many. In fact most of our wine is shipped to us. So it is pretty safe to say our favorite wine usually comes via ...

The Trouble with Wine “Super” Stores

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You are a sophisticated wine consumer. You are looking for wine from a particular region. If it's Old World, then that's pretty easy. Need a French Pinot Noir? Head to any wine shop's Burgundy section. Cabernet or Merlot? There's the ...

Not your Grandfather’s Wine Blog

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Wine blogs are in a flurry in response to comments made here, and elsewhere to the print writer panels' critique and advice to bloggers on wine writing at the recent annual Wine Bloggers' Conference. Several blogs authored by both females and ...

WBC 2014 and the Wine Blog Awards – Part 1

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Before we begin... Later in this post I mention that some of my fellow bloggers might be too genteel to express themselves the way that I tend to do. If I had to pick one person that I know to apply that ...

What we're drinking
  • Brancott Estate 2013 “Flight Song” Pinot Grigio

    Brancott Estate 2013 "Flight Song" Pinot Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand is a bit of a surprise. A color of pale young straw and a nose of pear, lemon citrus with a hint of kiwi, it is rounder than I ...

  • 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan

    Looking for a wine to pair with a slow-cooked roast? Why not choose a Bordeaux? The 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan comes from the northern part Graves, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux classified in 1953. Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Pessac-Léognan ...

  • Black Sears 2010 Estate Howell Mountain Napa Valley Zinfandel

    The Black Sears Estate 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel is one for the ages. Bittersweet chocolate, black raspberry preserves, black pepper, baking spices and dusty sun-dried strawberry on the nose, with a hint of the ceremonial cedar box of warm sake. With Bing ...

  • 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    This 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sports a big berry jam, cocoa powder and a barely discernible hint of green pepper on the nose. This is a BIG, BOLD -- but not over-powering -- Cabernet Sauvignon that works well ...

  • 2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label, Stepping Stone Cuvée

    Sometimes a Napa Cab can overpower your meal -- not this 2011 Black Label Series Stepping Stone Cuvée by Cornerstone Cellars. Elegantly balanced fruit and tannins, this is THE perfect steak wine. We paired it with a bone-in rib-eye topped ...

  • Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Vertical

    Tasting a "vertical" is a great way to show how a wine differs from vintage to vintage and how a wine might age in the bottle. We tasted three vintages of Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon: the 2009, 2010 and ...

  • Ranchero Cellars 2010 Viognier

    We first tasted this wine when we visited with winemaker Amy Butler in 2012 on a visit to Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone. We liked her wines so much we took home several bottles. Notes of Star Jasmine and ...

  • Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Willamette Valley Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

    Sometimes you just do not have time to prepare an elegant meal, but that does not mean you cannot have an elegant wine.  Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2001 Willamette Valley Winemaker's Cuvée is just that. Bright ruby in color with a nose ...

  • Tudal Family Winery 2010 Napa Valley Cuvee

    Vibrant ruby-red with a nose of dusty lavender, cherry, fresh thyme and a whiff of mint, this lovely Napa Valley Cuvee from Tudal Family Winery blends balanced tannins with cherry, white and black pepper and dusty rose petal flavors. We paired it ...

  • The Original Rib Shack Red 2012 Red Blend

    Don't let the Pinotage in the nose turn you away from this Red Blend (60% Pinotage 40% Shiraz) from South Africa's Western Cape. The back label says "It's a guy thing" but we think they are just talking about grilling ...