Category: California Wine
Sharing a Little Madness – Folie à Deux Wines

It's not often that I get wine that was named after a psychological disorder. I think the closest thing is probably the Delirium Tremens beer that I occasionally indulge in. I recently received samples of three different wines produced by Folie à Deux, the famed subsidiary winery of Trinchero Family Estates. Folie à Deux is perhaps best known for their Menage à [...]

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My California Job Search Trip Continued

Yesterday I posted some updates and pictures from my recent trip to California. As my wife told me immediately preceding my departure for California wine country, this trip was not a vacation. I did have a great time, but my activity was dictated by the fact that I was on the West Coast looking for gainful employment. The book is [...]

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Hug Your Local Wine Grape Farmer – Guest Post from Jennifer R. Thomson

  I know, I know – “God Bless Texas” where the cattle are bigger, the men aren’t afraid to wear hub caps on their belts, and you can’t get Chardonnay to grow worth a damn! Whoops, that’s sure to rile some of you Texans up. Farmers and ranchers don’t seem to be as much of a dwindling commodity in Texas [...]

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A Vineyard You Can Walk In – Interview with Kaz from Kaz Winery

  Most of you already know by now that I'm a huge fan of Natural Wine. I love the expressiveness of a wine that has been allowed to be itself, rather than pounded and manipulated into submission by chemicals and additives. I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to talk with several great proponents of a more minimal intervention [...]

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Ain’t No Party Like a Hardy Party: An Interview With Hardy Wallace

One of the great things about the 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference was getting to meet and hang out with some really awesome wine people from around the country. One of the guys that I have always wanted to meet is Hardy Wallace of Dirty South Wine, Murphy-Goode, and now NPA (Natural Process Alliance) fame. Hardy went from being a total [...]

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A Platinum Performer: 2008 LangeTwins Generations Viognier

Last week I came upon a tweet on Twitter from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards that announced that their 2008 Generations Viognier had won a Platinum metal at the Monterey Wine Competition. I had been looking for an excuse, and admittedly I didn't really need much of an excuse, to open the bottle of this wine that Joe Lange had [...]

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My SauvBlanc Recap (After I’ve Whined about Twitter Tasting Burnout)

Okay, so my timing for this post is a little weird, given that I was just talking about Twitter Tasting Fatigue in the wake of the #SauvBlanc event.  I really did have a fun time at the event, and met some really interesting people around the world, from locations ranging from here in the US to Germany to New Zealand.  [...]

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Supporting Local Business, Sonoma Style

I love local businesses.  I would always prefer to go to Daybreak Coffee Roasters, a locally owned coffee shop, than to Starbucks, or to the Home Cafe instead of Chile's.  I like to support local entrepreneurs who are personally invested in their community, and who add a unique element to the community.  So, even though I live in West Texas, [...]

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Review: Am I Late For #CaliCabs? – 2007 LangeTwins Cabernet Sauvignon

I had planned on participating in the Twitter California Cabs (#CaliCabs) tasting, I really had.  Unfortunately, there are some things that are more important than wine (shocking, I know).  I had an opportunity to work with a ministry here in Lubbock that is offering a warm place for local homeless during the cold winter months, and I jumped on the [...]

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Review: Good Food and a Good Wine

Yesterday my wife informed me that she wanted to make Pasta alla carbonara for dinner that night.  I immediately started thinking wine pairing, and we decided on a 2007 Pessagno Lucia Highlands Vineyard Pinot Noir that I had in the "cellar."  I had been looking for a food excuse to drink this wine, so the carbonara presented a reasonable opportunity. [...]

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