Ladies, have you ever felt like slapping a guy who just invited you to a horizontal tasting? How about a vertical tasting? Don’t! As suggestive as it sounds, a vertical tasting isn’t an initiation into the “Mile High Club.”Continue readingMore Tag
Bartender Fail: A good bartender, waitperson or sommelier knows that he’s not doing the customers “a favor” to serve them, but that they’re doing him a favor by being there. That but for the customers, he would have no job. And in today’s economy, especially, there are 10 people just waiting to take his job.Continue readingMore Tag
Since wine can be considered a luxury (we treat it a staple in our house — but that’s because Joe is a wino, or claims to be one anyway), it’s a great thing when a winery offers a discount to our readers. And the good folks of Anaba have done just that. We’re not receiving any money from Anaba to pass this along, we just thought it would be great for our readers to experience their wines.Continue readingMore Tag
Once home, we began unpacking various wine club shipments that had arrived in our absence. Joe’s mom noticed a bottle of port, and asked “What do you do with port?” Joe pointed to the 10 lb. bar ofGuittard chocolate he got me for Valentine’s Day, and we proceeded to open a bottle of Frog’s Tooth Tawny Portoad, we picked up in Murphys during our fabulous visit to Twisted Oak Winery. All for the sake of teaching Joe’s mom a little about port, and chocolate, of course.Continue readingMore Tag
So many people want to put an implied French pronunciation on the word “Meritage.” And it’s always fun when it’s someone acting like a know-it-all. What many don’t know is that the word “Meritage” is a word used to distinguish that are made in the style of red Bordeaux but without infringing on that region’s legally protected designation of origin.Continue readingMore Tag
She exhales and her scent fills the air.
You let her breathe; but
are poised, ready to slake your thirst.
Given that the TSA has decided we can no longer carry on liquids over 3 ounces and they must fit into one little quart-sized bag and we tend to have enough hair care products to max that out, what are we to do if we find some fabulous wine that we want to enjoy at a later date, in the comfort of our own home?Continue readingMore Tag
We went down to Kemah today to buy some seafood to go with a white wine we planned to drink for Open That Bottle Night and Twitter Taste Live. I’d heard it was bad. Hurricane Ike. Direct hit. I hadn’t gone anywhere near there in the daylight since the storm because I just didn’t want to see all the devastation. But since it’d been nearly six months, we thought perhaps our favorite place “Rose’s Seafood” would be open.Continue readingMore Tag
Can Pretty Improve Plonk? Now while the attractiveness of the wine maker or the person pouring the wine might not, on its own, make one more inclined to give the wine a positive review, I think it might cause the taster to want to rate the wine more highly. Or for someone who prides himself on being completely unbiased towards a wine from a good-looking wine maker, that he might want to judge a wine more harshly when poured by a young, attractive pourer with very little wine knowledge to impart.Continue readingMore Tag