Category: Holiday

  • For Purple Mountain Majesty…

    I’ve always thought that America The Beautiful should be our National Anthem. One, because it’s much easier to sing. But primarily because it focuses on the beauty of the country, rather than the ugliness of war. Sure, it talks about freedom, and patriotism, and heroes; but the main focus is on the magnificence of its lands and the innate goodness of its people.

  • Who are you calling a Shameless Hussy?

    At the tasting we met a delightful couple, Don and Judy Phelps, owners of “Hard Row to Hoe” Vineyards. They poured a refreshing Sangiovese Dry Rosé. And Judy told me the story behind the name. Seems that back in the late 1930s, there was a brothel located at Point Lovely.

  • Great Argentine Sparkler for Memorial Weekend BBQ

    I was expecting sweet. But what we got was a crisp, drier wine with a refreshing finish, much closer to a true champagne. and a perfect pairing with summer barbecue!

  • Another Wine Byte 16: A Little Bit of Blarney

    Many a sommelier student has heard that Haut-Brion was named such by an Irishman named O’Brian or O’Brien, who wanted to make wine but knew that no Frenchman would consider wine made by an Irishman worthy of his palate. So he adopted a French spelling and pronunciation of the name.

  • Fish for Lent?

    This isn’t going to be another one of those tired old articles about how to not suffer too much during Lent. In fact, if you are a believer who devoutly gives up meat for the horrors of something like shrimp or sushi, you should probably stop reading right now and go get yourself some *&#%ing tilapia.

  • Mardi Gras New Orleans Cookbook Giveaway!

    To celebrate Mardi Gras, Another Wine Blog is offering you a chance to win an autographed copy of a new cookbook by New Orleans’ World Class Chef John Besh.

  • Stay home for Valentine’s Day!

    I have my way, it will be the last time that I ever set foot into a restaurant on Valentine’s Day. It is a day when the lure of a huge payday entices restaurateurs and chefs, who have spent years building a following and reputation, to over-book and under-deliver.

  • Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

    Give in to your lover’s Pinot envy, and select a luscious Pinot Noir. Or perhaps some dessert wine? Nothing says “I love you” like a bottle of Sauternes, Late Harvest Gewurztraminer or Late Harvest Viognier for those who prefer white, or a Port or Port-style wine to pair with chocolate.

  • Pop that Cork! Value-Priced Champagne Alternatives

    In the current economy, many people are looking for an alternative to traditional champagne to help ring in the New Year. Last year we told you about Cava from Spain, and we’ve found a few other sparklers to share with you this year as well.

  • And now for something completely different…