Wine’s Invisible Cities – Tim Atkin – Master of Wine

Nested in the discussion of “Big” versus “Small” Champagne is an interesting question I saw posed by Oregon winemaker Jason Lett of Eyrie vineyards: “Is the Traditional Method antithetical to terroir?” Few sparkling wines can trace their origin back to a single, discrete place. Even when they can, we have a problem when talking about […]

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Powerful Elegance – Tim Atkin – Master of Wine

There was a broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the other week, of an old recording of Maria Callas in Lucia di Lammermoor. I forget who the other singers were, but they were top names. And I listened to those voices in that old recording and thought, you wouldn’t get tannins like that nowadays. The voices […]

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Golf, Wine create Safety Net for At-Risk Students

Sounds rather provocative does it not: wine as a benefit for school-aged children at risk of dropping out of their studies? But for students in the Clear Creek Independent and Dickinson area schools, it is just that — thanks to the fine folks at Communities in Schools – Bay Area. Each year Communities in Schools […]

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Brys Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Open post We, like many people we know ‘cellar’ our red wines. I say “cellar” because Houston homes do not have basements so any wine aging room is often custom designed to mimic the temperature and humidity found in a European cellar or a California cave. We do not have that luxury, so our wines […]

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Santa Julia Canned Wines, Mendoza. 13% ABV, $5.99/375ml can.

The wine world continues to explode, with winemakers pretty much everywhere producing wine, alternative closures, and alternative packaging. Boxed wines emerged into everyday use several years ago with mixed results, just like bottled wines. And, along with single-serve plastic servings, 375ml cans are rapidly increasing in popularity now. Here are a few reasons why canned […]

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Steele Stymie Founder’s Reserve 2016 Syrah

Open post We, like many people we know ‘cellar’ our red wines. I say “cellar” because Houston homes do not have basements so any wine aging room is often custom designed to mimic the temperature and humidity found in a European cellar or a California cave. We do not have that luxury, so our wines […]

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The Birth of the Revolution – Tim Atkin – Master of Wine

South Africa has been experiencing renewed international interest for its wines of genuine quality, thanks in part to The Swartland Revolution; a winemaking movement that took root in the hot and dry Paardeberg area, roughly 20 years ago. But it was in fact in the Voor-Paardeberg that Swartland Icons like Adi Badenhorst and Eben Sadie […]

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2009 Stark Viognier, Damiano Vineyard, Sierra Foothills

Open post Last night we joined a group of other wine folks for a virtual tasting of Steele Wines with winemaker and owner Jed Steele.  With over 50 years’  in the wine industry, Jed started with a cellar position after playing basketball on scholarship for Gonzaga University, then went back to school at University of […]

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Wine Folly Wine Club 001 “Bold Red Wines”

This month’s wine club shipment theme is “Bold Red Wines.” We’ll be tasting four exceptional bold red wines to learn about structure, tannin, and under-the-radar varieties, like Aglianico. Sold Out! This club offer sold out in 48 hours! We’re boosting the next shipment. Sign up for the next wine club here. Wine Club 001: Bold […]

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