Mardi Gras: Pairing Wine with King Cake (Galette des Rois)

Wine with cake? Laissez les bon temps rouler! Fat Tuesday means King Cake, and we have just the recipe and the wine for you to spread the joie de vivre and as you celebrate Mardi Gras festivities! In the United States’ Christian traditions, Mardi Gras ( Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday) is the Tuesday before Lent when those preparing to fast celebrate with rich fatty foods, wine and perhaps a bit of debauchery. Beads, candy and […]

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14th Edition of Anteprima Amarone Fast Approaching

Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, Italy will be the site of Anteprima Amarone 2013 January 28th through 30th, three days dedicated to tasting the just-released vintage of this voluptuous red wine. The event is organized by the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Valpolicella, an association that includes viticulturists, winemakers and bottlers from the Valpolicella wine production region, a territory that embraces 19 municipalities in the Verona area. It represents over 80% of the producers that use […]

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American Decency: Not Too Big to Fail

Education does not necessarily make one smarter. I think the most recent election underscores that statement: millions of educated voters decided to spin the wheel, throw the dice, and bet on the candidate with no experience who spent the last year and a half offending nearly everyone but white nationalists. Some folks chalked it up to stagecraft, gimmick, something to appeal to the low information voter who simply knew he or she was not better off […]

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Celebrate National Taco Day on Taco Tuesday October 4!

Who makes the best tacos? If you live on social media, you know tomorrow is Taco Tuesday — but not just any Taco Tuesday. It’s doubly special — because it is also National Taco Day! Thousands will take to twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and more with pictures of their delectable favorites. To help celebrate #TacoTuesday to its fullest, we asked some folks where to find the best tacos. TACOS IN TEXAS Torchy’s Tacos – Texas, […]

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Ingress, Pokémon and Published!

You may have noticed our absence as of late. Rest assured we are alive and well — traveling, tasting and tweeting. We are spending less time indoors, and more time out. And the result? Weight loss and a better outlook on life. In addition, I can add “author” in a mainstream publication, to my list! Resistance is NOT Futile We’ve joined the Resistance! What is that you ask? Are we suddenly starting our own political […]

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Nine Years of Wine, Travel and Friends

There is a common myth that it takes 21 days to establish a new habit. Scientific observation and research indicate it takes quite a bit longer — an average of 66 days. But how long does it take to break a habit? For some of us, it could take as long as 10 years. In 2008, Joe and I traveled to Sonoma, California to attend the first ever “Wine Bloggers’ Conference.” We have attended all […]

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Escape to Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC

Charismatic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t the only thing drawing United States’ visitors across the border. As we count down to Cleveland and the start of the Republican National Convention, both Democrats and Republicans alike are making the same inquiry: Just how does one immigrate to Canada? After visiting Kelowna, British Columbia, last month to taste wines from the Okanagan Valley, I thought about it a bit myself. The landscape is beautiful; the people are friendly, […]

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Wine v. Beer: Which Pairs Best?

You know that couple. Maybe you ARE that couple. You love wine; she loves beer. Or maybe HE loves wine and you love beer. Is it possible to pair a dish with both wine and beer together? That was the challenge when the First Friday crowd braved torrential rain to assemble in League City last Friday for the First Friday Wine versus Beer “pairdown.” Former-chef-turned astronaut* Joe Power, created a menu with suggested beer styles […]

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