Posts under Tag: wine
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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March 12 – The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The Good Once again there was too much good this week to limit myself to just one thing.  The week started off with a bang, and faded into outrageous hilarity. There was an awesome Twitter tasting event featuring Michigan winery Black Star Farms (on Twitter at @bstar2009) that was organized by Shannon Casey from Michigan by the Bottle.  There were [...]

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What Could Possibly Pair Better Than Baseball and Wine?

Ahh, Spring.  The birds singing, the grass turning green, and of course there's Spring Training.  Just the thought of baseball returning makes me feel all warm inside.  This year, I'm looking forward to playing some fantasy baseball with some fellow winos in the 1st Annual Major Wino Baseball League.  We ended up with 13 teams participating in the league, from [...]

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Notes From the Wine Blobbing Underground

With all apologies to Fyodor Dostoyevsky for this bastardization of his great work in Notes From the Underground. The narrator in the story is an obnoxious person, so please don't take anything that I say personally –   I am an uncredentialed man… I am an insignificant man.  I am an undisciplined writer of oenological drivel.  I believe that I [...]

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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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An Ode to Wine

Ode to Wine Pablo Neruda Day-colored wine,night-colored wine,wine with purple feetor wine with topaz blood,wine,starry childof earth,wine, smoothas a golden sword,softas lascivious velvet,wine, spiral-seashelledand full of wonder,amorous,marine;never has one goblet contained you,one song, one man,you are choral, gregarious,at the least, you must be shared.At timesyou feed onmortalmemories;your wave carries usfrom tomb to tomb,stonecutter of icy sepulchers,and we weeptransitory tears;yourgloriousspring dressis [...]

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Do You Want a Restaurant Wine Revolution?

Well, there's one brewing over at Drink Nectar right now.  The people are speaking, and it sounds like the people are fed up.  Josh Wade, who is the Spokane wine guru behind Drink Nectar, has some outstanding points that I think that every wine drinker can relate with.  Here's a snippet – Put yourself in the seat of an average [...]

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Wine is So Punk Rawk

A friend of mine recently told me that he saw my wine enthusiasm in recent years as a natural next step to my punk rock days of yesteryear.  I have to admit, I never would have found a connection between this – and this – Still, maybe he was onto something.  After thinking about my old punk rock ethos and [...]

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The Three Tier System Bites

Since I've become active in the online wine community, I have always been supportive and empathetic towards those poor misfortunate souls who have the bad luck to live in backwards states that won't allow them to receive wine shipments from out of state.  This morning, I woke up as one of those people, living in one of those states. Texas [...]

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Announcing – Major Wino Baseball League!

If there are two things that really get me fired up, and there are at least that many, it's wine and baseball.  I've been thinking to myself, "Self, there's got to be a way to combine these two amazingly awesome things."  Well, I've come up with a way.  The answer is a fantasy baseball league for us winos.  I need [...]

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