For Love of Country-Mercer Wines

For five generations they have farmed the land. Generation after generation persevering. The land is part of them. It drives their pursuit of balance and sustainability. It fuels their love of country. It does not take more than a brief viewing of their site to see that the Mercer family is creating more than wine; they […]

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It’s Wedding Season-Texas Tuesday

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When two people choose to commit their lives, it is a beautiful thing. Glasses clink in celebration, guests swoon and capture the day. There are Baby’s Breath, Sweet Alyssum, and Winecups on the tables. Bridal blush, Bridal Veil and plenty of Texedos… No, not Tuxedo, TEXedo. It is a lovely little Dolcetto.  Oh, I’m sorry, you thought I […]

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A Love Letter- Texas Tuesday

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When time allows, we walk slowly through the waking hours. He has his spot, I have mine. We listen more than talk.  The birds are diving for dominance at our feeder, calling out their morning song. The sunlight dances through the pergola. Jasmine is blooming along the fence line. The coffee warms and awakens. Every sense […]

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day-Spanish Whites

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The storms rolled through late last night making for uneasy rest. The clouds continue to hang low after dropping grapefruit size hail west of Austin. While the potential damage is disconcerting, I still find comfort in the storms. We often sit on the front porch, watching, waiting, shouting over the wind and wails. The sun […]

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Fulcrums and Finding Balance

We begin seeking balance in our earliest years. Slowly, we learn to uncurl our toes, distributing our weight evenly on the quest for bipedalism. Rather than grip, we believe. Grabbing assistance wherever we can find it, something stable, someone we trust. As years pass, we move on to other challenges, removing the training wheels. We persevere despite bumps and […]

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Traffic Calming: Cheers!

On Tuesday, I reviewed some of the non-potable last-minute gifts . Today, the booze. I refuse to get out and about today. I braved the store yesterday (braved is the correct term) but for those of you that are still wondering what to bring to your hosts or to toast with your family, look no further. […]

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Traffic Calming:The Non-Potables

It is a phrase thrown round Austin frequently. The swell of construction, the influx of residents, the business of life all combine to form abysmal traffic conditions here. The irony is that the city’s reputation is that of a laid-back, fun-driven, everything is weird and wonderful place. Just don’t get on MoPac or I-35 if […]

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Last Bottle Marathon-Today at 9 pst

An epic battle is mounting in the cyber-galaxies. Not between the light and the dark side, but perhaps the white and the red side? The Last Bottle Marathon begins today at 9am PST. Still looking for a last minute gift? Wanting to fulfill last year’s resolution to begin a wine collection? Need to re-stock after relatives? Whatever […]

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It’s Legal!-#CarmenereDay

Well, sort of. Although the grape has been around for much longer, it was mistaken for Merlot. Twenty-one years ago, they correctly identified the variety and have been adjusting the growing practices since. Like all grapes, there are expected characteristics and then there are nuances that come from a combination of terroir, climate, growing practices, winemaking and other […]

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