Posts under Tag: lubbock
July 30 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good In the last year my wife and I have become addicted to the show Mad Men. I know, we tend to be a little late arriving to these kind of parties, but we are here now. For those who don’t know, and there can’t be very many of you, Mad Men centers around the lives, beverage choices, and [...]

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July 23 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good There have been a lot of good posts about the recent #PinotNoir blowout that took place. The entire event was so much fun, and represents an international community Twitter event the likes of which I’ve never seen before. So, with all of the great posts on the event, how did I choose the one to feature here? Easy, [...]

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Hip Hop, Wine, and the Wild Wild West

I've mentioned before, and it comes as no surprise to anyone, that the Texas wine biz is just a little bit different from what you would see in a lot of other places. Last night I got another taste of one of those differences.     La Diosa Wine Cellars is the local haunt for winos here in my hometown [...]

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Review: Are We In Italy or Texas? – 2008 McPherson Sangiovese

In honor of Texas Independence Day, I decided that it was my duty as a Texan to drink a little Texas wine last night.  It's not like I really ever need an excuse to drink Texas wine, but I'll take one anyway.  My selection is the 2008 McPherson Cellars Sangiovese.  This wine is no stranger to me, but I haven't [...]

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West Texas Wine – Llano Estacado Winery

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Greg Bruni, the Vice President of Winemaking at Llano Estacado Winery here in Lubbock, Texas.  Llano Estacado is one of the oldest and largest wineries in the state of Texas, and has long been a fixture here in Lubbock. I have two versions of my interview available.  The video that is embedded [...]

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Review: West Texas’ Great White Blend – 2008 Llano Estacada Viviana

 Sometimes it's easy to overlook the things that are too familiar.  As a wine drinker, I sometimes get so involved in looking to other regions for good wines, that I forget about the four wineries that are less than 15 minutes from my own house.  I have to be honest; I have rarely bought Llano Estacado wines in the past, [...]

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West Texas Looking For Terrior

If you were to drive through West Texas, the last thing that you would expect to find would be vineyards.  The whole area is one big dust bowl, brown and vacant.  The only interruption to the staked plains is the occasional field of cotton.  That is slowly changing. I have several friends who have farmed in this area for a [...]

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An Insider’s Guide to Wine Bars

Erin McGrath has a cool post up on Palate Press with some great wine bar guidelines. Erin has her own blog called Vintwined that focuses on some California wines. As someone who is still pretty new to the wine world, I can definitely remember struggling with some of the confusion that she mentions in trying to describe what I like [...]

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