Winter Whites

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When I think of winter whites, I think of those elegant ensembles: cashmere and wool, floor-length coats. The kind of outfits that no woman with children under 10 would ever dream of wearing. I’ve never thought I could pull it off. I’ve never even tried it on fearing a greater resemblance to Frosty than the women […]

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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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Go for Garnacha-Monday Wines

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On Friday evening, several wine writers participated in an online tasting in celebration of Garnacha Day. Haven’t heard of it? Perhaps you have. Garnacha is the Spanish name for Grenache. A thin-skinned, medium body grape with notes of red fruit and baking spices, orange zest and herbs. And that’s just the red grape. We also […]

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Here, There, and Everywhere

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Inspiration can come at the most surprising times, from a variety of places. An idea takes seed, and in the right conditions, can flourish. What are those conditions? Who is to say? For me, it varies but usually requires a combination of space, time, and heart. Space to tumble around and gain momentum, time to plan and accomplish,  and a […]

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Love at First Sight-Sonoma County

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We arrived at nearly midnight, weaving up Plum Creek Road, the canopy above blocked our view below. We entered through a porte-cochere, hidden again, and after a brief tour of the essentials, gave in to pull of the pillow after a long day of travel. As I went to sleep, I wondered what I would see […]

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Bridging Seasons with Roussanne-Texas Tuesday

Summer to fall, winter to spring. While the calendar gives us a definitive line, the weather doesn’t always obey the equinox. One bleeds into the next, hints of change and temperatures tease. Depending on who you ask, this winter has been divine. I wish we’d seen more of a chill. I found myself reaching for […]

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Lost Draw Cellars-Texas Tuesday

Drawing on family tradition, Andy Timmons began farming in the High Plains of Texas. Drawing on experience, he branched into grape-growing after years of cotton and peanuts. Drawing on the wisdom and inspiration of neighbors, he expanded into winemaking. We are drawing the rewards. When Timmons’ nephew, Andrew Sides, married, it was not just a union of hearts; […]

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Don’t Vie for Me Argentina-Part 1

The truth is there is room for both of you. Two wineries, nine bottles, one blend, four finished products. Argentinean wines were the stars around here last week. I participated in a virtual tasting with Santiago Achaval of Achaval-Ferrer and several others. I also opened a few single varietal wines from Rutini Wines. In this two-part […]

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A Confession- Hess Select #WineElevated

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I have a confession. I am reminded of this shortcoming every holiday season. The family gathers, appetizers are prepared, it is time to open something. And I freeze. On one shoulder there is the angel saying, “Share that one. It is divine and will go smashingly. It is the holidays, after all.” On the other […]

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