Posts under Tag: wine
Texas Wineries

My humble attempt at cataloging all of the wineries in my home state of Texas.  If you know of any Texas wineries that I have missed, or see any edits or deletions that need to be made, please email me at  If you work for one of these wineries and would like any specific information displayed about your winery, [...]

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My New Year’s Resolutions

I know, a list of resolutions is a really original thing to do this time of year, but I'm doing it anyway.  I'm not going to lie, my starting of this blog was not very well thought out.  I have a habit of just jumping headlong into things without thinking, a habit that has lead to much frustration on the [...]

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The Bacchus Health Care Plan (not to be confused with the Baucus Plan)

An open letter to my congressman – Dear Sir, I am writing this letter to express my concern about our nation's health care.  There have been a lot of plans floating around lately to remedy the obvious shortcomings of the current system.  I think that these courses of action have varying degrees of validity, but I have a plan that [...]

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Sacre Bleu Wine has a sweet article about cigars, wine, and the new American cool.  A lot of the post focuses on the marketing job that CAO cigars has done to position them as cool with the millennium gen crowd.  Both wine and cigars have been trying to appeal to the new generation.  From the article – While wine’s image [...]

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Glimpse at the Future of Texas Wine?

Great post on the Vintage Texas blog comparing Argentina and Texas in regards to wine production.  Argentina has certainly produced some really enjoyable wines in recent years, so thinking about the possibility of a mature Texas wine region in these terms is pretty exciting.

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The Ethical Superiority of Drinking Wine for Pleasure, Rather Than Health (Or, Drink it ‘Cuz You Like It)

@garyvee posted a link on Twitter to an article by Mike Steinberger in Slate magazine, that immediately made me scour through my memory for something that I read in a G.K. Chesterton book.  In the article, Mr. Steinberger asks a great question, "Why are Americans obsessed with wine being good for you?"  This section does a great job of summing [...]

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What I’m thankful for

Around this time of year, everyone is talking about what they are thankful for.  It is really easy to just breeze past this and not really think about what you are genuinely thankful for.  I was thinking about it, and this year I really do have a lot of things to be thankful for. On the top of my list [...]

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The future of wine

Whew, glad to hear that Robert Parker thinks that there is a place for us bloggers in the coming wine world.   Leah McNally has a great post up on Palate Press about the Wine Future conference in Logroño, Spain.  I have read some accounts of some of the sessions at the conference, and even saw a video of one [...]

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7-Eleven serves up the wine apocalypse

I first heard about this on NPR's Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, and had to rush home to Google it.  Sure enough, 7-Eleven is beginning to market their own brand of wine.  For those who just find Boone's Farm to be too elitist, there is now another option.  Don't get me wrong, I am all for finding good inexpensive wine, but [...]

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2008 Alamos Malbec

I was at La Diosa Cellars, a local wine bar, several months ago and my friend ordered a bottle of the Becker Vineyards Malbec Reserve. Being the wine novice that I was, I had never had a Malbec. My friend offered me a taste, which I accepted (who was I to refuse?) I was floored. The taste of this wine [...]

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