Want to Know Pinot?-Willamette Valley Wine

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  If you are in Dallas or Austin, or anywhere near these cities, and want to learn more about Pinot Noir, this is a must attend. Willamette Valley Wines is presenting Pinot in the City in late January. the 24th in Dallas and the 26th in Austin. One of the 65 wineries represented with be […]

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Nights at the Long Table

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They knew it was the right piece the moment they saw it. No need for intricate details. This restored oak table conveyed warmth, intimacy in its narrow breadth and quiet grandeur in its sturdy eight-foot length. It was a table built for lively discussion and quiet confessions. It is a table, I imagine, upon which deals […]

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No Need to Panic: Last-Minute Wine Gift

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Although we’ve yet to decide on our Christmas Eve Family outing, we have made a firm decision to avoid all shopping areas of town. I tried to finish my shopping long ago, but even if I hadn’t, I would improvise. Anything to avoid the madness and maintain some holiday peace. One gift I received earlier […]

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Into the Woods pt. 2-Texas Tuesday

A few weeks ago, I introduced the subject of Blanc du Bois, in general, specifically in Texas. This hybrid grows well in coastal areas due to its resistance to Pierce’s disease. The name translates loosely as “white wood.”  After exploring in the kitchen with Haak Blanc du Bois Madeira with great success, I decided to try a […]

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My Wine Story-#MWWC29

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ve heard it before. My apologies for the redundancy, but when you get a few minutes to join the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge with a topic already partially prewritten, you jump on it. How do I love wine? Let me count the ways. How did I begin loving […]

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Dot-to-Dot Sample Reviews

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Dot-to-dots began with a scanning of the page to find where to begin. A one, an a, however it began, you had a pretty good idea of how it was going to end by the general placement of all the numbers. And yet we would happily practice numerical order, giving our caregivers a brief moment of […]

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Gobble Gobble Give- Potluck with a Purpose

We are now in our 6th year here in Austin. If you’ve participated before, thank you. If you are interested, click the link below for more information… Source: Gobble Gobble Give- Potluck with a Purpose

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I’d Love to be Stuck in Lodi

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If John Fogarty feels dread at being “stuck” in Lodi, he may not be a wine lover. I know, I know, the song was written long before Lodi became a wine-lover magnet, but I can’t think of one without hearing the other. I recently participated in a Snooth chat with four wines from Lodi, California, […]

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The Road Taken-Balletto Vineyards

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both…* So begins the frequently referenced Robert Frost poem which alludes to choices made, paths traveled, destinies missed and revealed. When John Balletto was a very young man, he was forced to choose a path that would, again, diverge. Through trials and tenacity, […]

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