Posts under Tag: california
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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Getting My Feet on California Soil

The hardest part about relocating is the timing of trips into the perspective new job markets. Things never seem to work out in a manner that is both cost effective and time efficient. The perfect situation would be to have 5 or 6 interviews magically line up over the course of about a week, and each of those interviews be [...]

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What is Right and Wrong With the Texas Wine Industry?

There is a great guest post on the VintageTexas website written by Dan Gatlin of Inwood Estates Winery.  Mr. Gatlin has been in the Texas wine industry for 30 years, and has been involved in the wine business even longer.  He offers a unique perspective into grape and wine production in the state.  Gatlin points out the great potential that [...]

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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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February 12 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good The Good this week is a couple of fun tasting events that came up this week. The first is by far the biggest Twitter tasting event that has taken place since I’ve been blogging.  The #CaliCabs event was open to everyone, and featured tweeters from around the country tasting their favorite California Cabernet(s) and then tweeting about them.  [...]

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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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