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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The Yard of the Rising Sun-Rubin Family of Wines

It is easy to see where they get their name. The new leaves unfold as the earliest colors of the sun: waxy yellow, pink grapefruit, apricot, chartreuse and key lime. Splashes of citrus fade, the greens deepen. The Rising Sun Redbud borders our deck and is a family favorite. A few weeks ago, when the leaves were […]

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Great Expectations-Aberrant Cellars

The best wines take you on a journey. Perhaps to a time when you first encountered the wine, perhaps to the place of origin. This wine transported to a place I have not been, to a place I have not seen, except for in my mind’s eye. It was a setting I’d imagined in the midst of […]

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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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An American Revolution-Locations Wines

You may recognize the label even if you haven’t tasted the wine. Perhaps flying past you on the Autobahn, adorning a neighbor’s Volvo 240 wagon, or through your fingers as you covered your eyes, held on a prayed in a taxi in Rome. The oval stickers on European cars denoting the country of origin have found a new […]

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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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