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April 23 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly - HR 5034 Edition

Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good This week The Good is brought on by a response to something that is definitely The Bad. This post will probably be largely representative of a single issue today, but from different angles. The issue is HR 5034, the bill that is designed to undermine consumer choice in wine shipping, and to destroy the public's access to normal processes of challenging bad public policies in this arena. So, you are probably asking yourself what could possibly be good about this? The silver lining in this black cloud has been the grassroots response that has been generated in this...

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Of Texas, BBQ, and Beer - Sograte BBQ

Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

If there is one thing that us Texans like, it's our beef. If there are two think that we like, it's beer and beef. Given that fact, it seems like Cary Franklin has found the perfect pairing. Cary is the owner of Sograte BBQ and Brew, a local business that specializes in BBQ and Home Brewing supplies, as well as making some damn fine beef jerky. I recently had the opportunity to meet up with Cary and see his new place, as well as taste some of his incredible BBQ. BBQ is almost a religion in Texas and Cary built...

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Stop HR5034 - Keep Wine Shipping Alive

Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

There have been so many good posts written on this subject over the last week, that it may seem like overkill writing another, but I think that this is one of the most important pieces of news that has hit the wine scene since I started blogging, and I want to make sure that I do my part to pass on the news. I would like to recommend a couple (or three) of posts on the topic that will give you a great overview of what is going on with this bill. The first is from a man who knows...

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A Taste of Texas, Twitter-Style

Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 Wine Tasting

I've been lucky enough to have been able to participate in some really great wine events on Twitter recently, including the recent Tweet and Taste Michigan event that was hosted by Shannon Casey from Michigan by the Bottle. The really great thing about that event was that the folks from the winery were very involved in the whole process, and I felt like I really had the opportunity to get to know the winery involved, and also gain some insight into Michigan wine. Recently I have been inspired to put together some similar events to show off Texas wine to...

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Major Wino Fantasy Baseball Update

Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 Wine Tasting

Well, thus far the season has not gone well for my Oeno Slaughterers. Nestled among the bottom quarter of the league for most of the season, I've finally started a bit of a rally. In hindsight, my team could have done without any Astros representation, with Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee both batting well beneath the Mendoza Line. I finally threw in the towel and made Carlos Lee someone else's problem by trading him away. I also cut ties with Carlos Zambrano (beware of players named Carlos in 2010), and unfortunately my good friend Josh from Wine(Explored) has inherited that...

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April 16 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Apr 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good Every week I find more material than I need for "The Good" portion of this post, and this week was no exception. I want to call out a couple of items this week. First, my friend Steve Paulo from Notes From the Cellar posted a list of wine-themed movie quotes. From my communication with him online, I picture Steve as being a movie quote guru, able to rattle off the perfect line from a movie (or song for that matter), for absolutely any situation. I also wanted to congratulate Steve on completing his first 6 months of wine...

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Drinking Down on Shady Lane

Date: Thu, Apr 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

Tuesday night may well have seen more Michigan wine being consumed in the state of Texas than there ever has been before. Okay, so I have no idea if that is true or not, but what I can tell you that this was the most Michigan wine that has ever been enjoyed at my place. I invited a couple of my Texan friends to partake in the tasting, after all, I am a generous guy. Not only do I freely share my wine with my vino amigos, I also have a slightly less endearing tendency to share my opinion. Here...

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A Taste of Michican in the Lonestar State

Date: Wed, Apr 14, 2010 Wine Tasting

Last night I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in Tweet and Taste Michigan, hosted by Shannon Casey from Michigan by the Bottle. I had a couple of friends over to get their first taste of Michigan wine with me, and had a great time talking with all the other wine lovers who were involved in the event. This event had great participation, with 54 different people tweeting over 1000 times about the wines from Shady Lane Cellars. I will be posting a full review on these wines tomorrow, but I wanted to give a quick overview today....

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A Platinum Performer: 2008 LangeTwins Generations Viognier

Date: Tue, Apr 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

Last week I came upon a tweet on Twitter from LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards that announced that their 2008 Generations Viognier had won a Platinum metal at the Monterey Wine Competition. I had been looking for an excuse, and admittedly I didn't really need much of an excuse, to open the bottle of this wine that Joe Lange had sent me as a sample from the winery. Thanks to the good folks judging the Monterey Wine Competition, I have my excuse. Viognier (pronounced Vee-on-yay) is a wine that I have really been enjoying recently. The aromatic character of Viognier...

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April 9 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Apr 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good No doubt about it, the funniest thing that I saw this week comes to us directly from Ed Thralls of Wine Tonite fame. Most of you have probably seen me talking about the Wine Bloggers Conference that is taking place in Walla Walla Washington this summer. Ed has issued a call to hip-hop artist and wine video blogger Sadat X to make an appearance at the conference. For those of you not familiar with Sadat's body of work, I give you this sample (warning: contains a wee bit of profanity) - I actually reviewed the Cusumano Nero D'Avola...

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What Unfamiliar US Wine Region Most Intrigues You?

Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 Wine Tasting

My recent experience with getting to know the Virginia and Michigan wine worlds got me to thinking about this question: What US wine regions that you have limited exposure to are of most interest to you? Virginia, Michigan, and Arizona were all near the top of my list, so I'm very excited to have had the opportunity to learn more about each of them. Others that are high up on the list right now are New York and Georgia (due largely to the writings of my friend Joe from Suburban Wino). So, what are your national wine curiosities? Also, if...

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A Taste of Michigan Terroir - Adam Satchwell of Shady Lane Cellars

Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 Wine Tasting

I am honored to have been asked to participate in the upcoming Twitter Taste Michigan event that is being organized by my good friend Shannon Casey from Michigan by the Bottle. This tasting will feature the wines of Shady Lane Cellars. The event takes place next Tuesday, April 13th. Join in on the fun by grabbing some Shady Lane wine, and then tweeting your experiences and questions with the hashtag "#ttmi". In preparation for the tasting, I thought I would take some time to learn a little bit more about the wine scene on the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan, and...

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Review: Not Quite Bubbly - Llano Estacado Moscato

Date: Wed, Apr 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

On my visit to the Llano Estacado Winery last month, I was introduced to a new wine that they have just started making. Executive Winemaker Greg Bruni and I tasted the Llano Estacado Moscato wine in their tasting room, and I purchased a bottle to try here at home as well. This is definitely not the kind of wine that I normally buy, but it is hard to argue that it isn't delicious. There is no doubt that this is a sweet wine, with the residual sugar coming in at about 10%. This wine is made from Moscato Bianco, or...

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The Great Walla Walla Invasion of 2010

Date: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

This summer the city of Walla Walla, Washington will be overrun by bloggers from around the country for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. We will descend on the city like so many thirsty locusts. Personally, I am in secret plans with my friend Sean Sullivan from Washington Wine Report to perform an armed annexation of the Walla Walla Valley portion of Oregon, so please don't tell anyone. Sean had a really interesting post up on his blog last week about "Washington's Dirty Little Secret". The Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) obviously shares a name with the location of...

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