Learning From a Master-#winestudio

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Last year I participated in a virtual tasting with Santiago Achaval of Achaval-Ferrer in which we deconstructed his Quimera blend and discussed each component. He walked us through his method and motivation for creating this wine. The blend is dominated by Malbec, a signature grape in Mendoza. Achaval-Ferrer’s focus is on creating wines that best represent the […]

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Celebrating this Labor Day-Hacienda de Arínzano

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It marks the unofficial end to summer, a reason to gather with friends and family and enjoy the fruits of our labor. While some may consider staying at home with children as a break from labor, those who know are aware it is anything but a break. The days are long, we don’t ever clock […]

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Summer Adventures

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You may or may not have noticed my absence this summer. I’ve started to draft an explanation and gone back and forth about how much I want to share. But in the meantime, the reviews are piling up. The topics I want to cover keep growing, and the desire to write is returning.  Suffice to say, more will come. […]

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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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All the Hoopla

After a bit of an indulgent weekend with company, it was time to return to clean eating. And while that should mean a break from wine, one bottle was staring at me with puppy dog eyes. Who could resist that little guy? Hoopla Chardonnay says it best on their label and on their site. “Wine should be […]

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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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Millions of Peaches

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…peaches for free. Well, not quite millions or exactly free but close enough. Our tree is heavy with fruit this year. Since the blossoms became buds, we’ve been throwing out plans for the crop. This weekend we picked our first round. Each year around Memorial Day, Central Texas is in full peach swing. My husband likes to make […]

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More Than Luck-Bodegas Septima

In many cultures, the number seven has symbolic meaning. We see the number in nature, mythology, Biblical passages and in games of chance. For the Codorníu Raventós family, Bodegas Septima could be considered “Lucky Number Seven.”  After all, it is their seventh winery. But that title would be a bit of a misnomer. Luck has little […]

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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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