One of the great things about working on organizing the Taste Texas Twitter tasting has been getting to know some of my fellow bloggers a little better. One of the blogger tandems that I was really looking forward to getting to know a little better are the power-couple behind Another Wine Blog, Joe Power and Amy Corron Power.
Joe and Amy are both outstanding writers and are active on Twitter (@HoustonWino and @WineWonkette). I always know that I can count on them for insightful and passionate wine writing, and some great photography by Amy. Joe and Amy were kind enough to talk with me about their blog.
Joe: Another Wine Blog is
describe. Not only is it written by two different people, they have
very different writing styles and perspectives. The one thing that
you can count on is that there will be a bit of attitude mixed in
with the food and wine. Other than that, there is no telling what
you mind find.
Vinotology: How long
you been blogging?
Joe: I started AWB in
2007, and Amy agreed to join me in February of 2008.
Amy: I started blogging about
football and politics way before I started talking about wine. But I
started taking the photos for AWB in February 2008 and wrote my first
wine blog post October 2008.
Vinotology: What was
wine that changed
your wine life?
Joe: The 2002 Twisted Oak
Vineyard Syrah. It wasn't the first great wine that I had tasted,
but it was the first one that really made the lightbulb go on.
Amy: When I first tasted The Spaniard from
Twisted Oak, I thought "Wow" so this is what all the fuss around "Big
Fruit" is about. And then when I tasted Kalin Cellars Sonoma County 1998
Pinot Noir Cuvee DD, I thought, hey, that's more Old World than New,
and I can really appreciate a winemaker who releases a wine when he's
damned good and ready.
Vinotology: What is something that readers
get from your blog that they might not find elsewhere?
Joe: A reader could probably get
everything that we offer other places, but not all in the same
place. I would like to think that the sense of humor we try to show
as often as possible sets us apart in some way.
Amy: I think
the fact that we don't just talk about food and wine, but snark, and
humor and even sadness – that we're real people writing trying to make
Vinotology: Tell me
the wine scene in
Amy: Since we live in the 'burbs, there aren't
that many wine bars that carry boutique wines. The exception is
Madeleine's in Kemah. Madeleine looks to bring in quality wines that you
can't get in the grocery store, or Specs. I wish there were more places
Joe: The wine scene in
limited by the fact that so much great stuff is kept out of the
state by the powers-that-be and the politicians that protect them.
Vinotology: What has your experience been with Texas wine?
Joe: I have experienced Texas wine more than a few
Frankly, I have not cared for most of what I have tasted. Some of
that may be the result of trying to grow grapes that are not suited
for the region, but are popular with consumers. Some of the ones I
have disliked might have been better had they not been sweeter than
I care for. However, I have had a couple Texas wines that were very
pleasant, and one that I thought was excellent. I always keep an
open mind about when it comes to tasting wine from any region, and
I really want to find great wine in this state, but I don't lower
my standards for a wine because it comes from a non-traditional
wine region. If what is in my glass doesn't compare to what comes
from California, Australia, France, Italy, or anywhere that high
quality wines are produced, then it just isn't good enough.
problem I have with a lot of Texas wines is that they don't taste like
the varietal written on the bottle. And it's not about "terroir." They
are certain flavor profiles that you expect in a wine. A Cabernet
Sauvignon is not supposed to taste like a Beaujoulais. And if it does,
don't put "Cabernet Sauvignon" on the label and price it at $50. I have
tasted a couple I really liked. One was a grape that grows very well in
the Hill Country — and the winemaker didn't decide to call it a
Chardonnay because that would have been easier to sell. most I have
found to be thin, unbalanced with a very fleeting finish. I'm always
looking to find something that will change my mind about Texas wines.