Affordable Elegance-Côtes de Bordeaux

{Wines provided as media samples. I received no other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.} You’re having a party for 30 of your closest friends. They know you’re a wine lover. You know you’re a wine lover. You want to provide wines that will impress but not break the bank. You need elegant wine at […]

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Art, Wine, and a Wonderful Time-William Chris Vineyards-#TXwine

I got pulled into something else yesterday, so instead of Texas Tuesday, it is Texas Wednesday. Which works since it is #TexasWineMonth! We’ve had a lot of rain here in Central Texas this fall. I mean A LOT. Like crazy, dangerous flooding amounts. So when schedules aligned with the forecast, two friends and I decided […]

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An Argentinian Elixir-Ruca Malen

According to an ancient local legend, love between Gods and mortals was forbidden. Therefore, Mapuche women always walked looking down, fearing to meet the piercing gaze of a beautiful God. But one day, a Mapuche woman, the most daring of them all, raised her head, and when she met the eyes of the God she […]

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Learning From a Master-#winestudio

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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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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Don’t Vie for Me Argentina-Part 2

Yesterday we looked at the wines of Achaval-Ferrer from Mendoza. Today in part two, we look to Rutini Wines. Rutini Wines has been exploring the potential of Argentina for over a century. Hailing from Italy, they brought their knowledge and love of the grape to the New World in 1885. Since that time, they have […]

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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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Spring Forward

  One thing that is consistent about Texas weather is its inconsistency. Fifty degree swings in 24 hours are not unheard of.  In fact the week before Spring Break we had freezing temperatures, the weekend it began we hit the seventies, the second weekend was chilly and raining. Another consistent for Spring break is daily […]

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My Achilles’ Heel-William Chris Enchanté

There have been a few moments in life that I have surprised myself with my own strength. Hiking the Na Pali coast, natural childbirth (x2), and the Dr. Junger Clean Gut diet that I have been doing for the past 14 days. No coffee, alcohol, grains, sugar, fruit, or fun. I resisted pizza (x2), cut an […]

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