Monthly Archives: September 2014

And So It Begins: A Holiday Gift-Giving Suggestion

Halloween is now but a month and a day away, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for America’s department stores and shopping malls to put up their Christmas decorations. I was shopping at Costco over the weekend,

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Posted in Vinesse Style

The ‘Languages’ of Wine and Coffee Are Merging

Happy National Coffee Day! In honor of this special occasion, I’m beginning my day where I start most days: at my neighborhood Starbucks shop. (If you must know, I typically order a tall dark roast with just a little bit

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Slow Down and Savor the Wines of Texas

Across America and around the world, wineries in specific geographic areas have joined forces to form groups for the purposes of promotion and marketing. In California, for instance, we have the Russian River Valley Winegrowers in Sonoma County, the Rutherford

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Posted in Wine Buzz

The Secrets of Bell Mountain, the First AVA in Texas

Given California’s place in the wine world today, you might think that it was the first state where Franciscan priests established vineyards. That’s what I’d always assumed… until I did a little digging. It turns out that during the 17th

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Shrimp: A Perfect Pairing Partner for Pinot Grigio

I love shrimp. Whenever Red Lobster rolls out its “Endless Shrimp” promotion, I am so there. This year, for example, the restaurant chain is spotlighting its new Sriracha Grilled Shrimp, described as “wood-grilled shrimp topped with a spicy Sriracha glaze

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Unwind With Wine on the Water

Theme cruises are all the rage today. Matter, of fact, I’ll be taking my first in January when I join long-time music-loving friends aboard the Norwegian Pearl for a concert-intensive cruise called Cayamo. And then there are wine cruises, which

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Posted in Wine Buzz

What’s Pasta Without Wine?

A meal of pasta, salad, bread sticks and a soft drink sounds pretty good to me right now. But what if that meal were priced at $99? Not so good. But wait! What if that $99 brought me all the

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Posted in Wine Buzz

3 Lessons Learned from a True Master of Wine

For about 10 years, I had the privilege of serving as a wine steward at the National Orange Show Wine Competition in San Bernardino, Calif. At that time, the competition was under the direction of Dr. James Crum, from whom

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Zinfandel: A California Original That’s Worth Championing

It’s hard to believe that nearly a quarter-century has passed since ZAP was formed. “ZAP” may sound like a sound effect from the campy “Batman” television series, but in this context those letters are an acronym that stands for Zinfandel

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Posted in Wine in the Glass
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