A Palette of Whites for your Summer Palate

If you’ve ever gone to the paint store to choose a white for your trim, your ceiling, your wall, you know that what may seem like a no-brainer, quickly becomes a dizzying task. There are warm whites, cool whites. Yellow overtones, grey undertones. There are whites named after birds and others after things you’d find in […]

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Down (and Up) in Kokomo

If I were to say, Kokomo, you might have a Pavlovian reaction. Visions of Tom Cruise flipping a shaker, pouring a blue concoction while the steel drums chime in the background. But the Kokomo I’m referring to takes their beverages much more seriously. Well, kind of. Erik Miller of Kokomo Wines recently made his way […]

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On the Floor (HB 2291 and HB 1514)-Texas Tuesday

If you haven’t heard, there are some big bills on the floor that will impact both Texas wine drinkers and Texas Wine Drinkers. One will impact all people who consume wine in the state, the other will impact those producing and exploring wine made in Texas. One is decidedly more controversial than the other. Whichever side of the debate […]

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A Bouquet of Gardenias-Nik Weis Riesling

Twelve years ago, I walked around the corner, my arm tucked in my father’s. My heart racing as I passed underneath the oak trees, carrying a bouquet of gardenias. I chose them because I love the contrast of their sturdy evergreen leaves and the delicate white blossoms. Their fragrance, one of my favorites, is at once […]

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A Mustard Seed-#MWWC31

This post is part of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC31) in which we are invited to write a post about a one-word theme and relate it to wine somehow. This month’s theme was Faith. I snickered when I read that as I had just finished warning my readers that there will be a bit of […]

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A Bit of Happy-Black Magnolia

Can wine make you happy? It seems like a ridiculous question. Since most of my readers are wine lovers, there is likely a resounding response like, “OF COURSE! What a ridiculous question!” Since I have other readers who lean more toward the esoteric, there is likely a more cynical, “Of course not, things don’t make one happy. […]

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My 40 Day Challenge

Yesterday marked the beginning of Lent, a tradition which honors the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness before his crucifixion.  Traditionally, it is a time for fasting, repentance, denial or discipline. Although I was not reared Catholic and did not practice Lent growing up, I began doing so about 15 years ago. At first, […]

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Spring is Calling-Jardesca Apertiva

  As we move from winter to spring, what images come to mind? When I was living north, it was a single white crocus pushing through the cracked and cold soil. In Texas, it is the Mountain Laurels and Redbuds. We move from citrus and evergreens to white flowers and herb gardens. And as we […]

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Nights at the Long Table

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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