January 18, 2019

This was an absolutely epic week in our wine lives!

December 8, 2018

It's not everyday you get to try a real legendary wine that was perfectly stored and aged since release. Cameron recently had that experience.

For those not familiar, Cheval Blanc is a Cab Franc and Merlot centric "first growth" estate in Saint-Emilian, in the "Right Bank" of Bordeaux. It's not easy to find--especially well aged--and always runs several hundred dollars a bottle. Cameron was fortunate enough you try it thanks...

November 29, 2018

Natalie and I were lucky enough to see this last night, thanks to an invite from a good friend. While different from the first two movies, it did focus on what is most important in the world of wine. Not whether a wine gets huge scores. Not whether it's highly allocated. Not whether it has a trendy winemaker or a good story to tell. It focused almost solely on taste. Blind taste actually. Devoid of bias based on brand or price...

August 23, 2018

Still trying (and failing) to catch up on these pics. But the week was at least a little more reasonable. We were headed into TexSom, so guess that's why! Also, a Peking Duck for good measure. Because, why not!

August 18, 2018

This time, we went with a wine we randomly found in our offsite cellar--a 2006 Chateau Bonnin Pichon. We have no idea what we paid for it years ago, but it's probably a $25 bottle now. We've stored it at 55 degrees for probably 6 or 7 years, at least. Maybe longer. 

Good color with no bricking. Nose of leather, tobacco, earth. Dark cherry at the front of the palate mixed with vanilla and forest floor and leather. Still pretty a...

August 9, 2018

Just trying to catch up before Texsom kicks our butts this weekend!! But this was a pretty tasty week!

August 2, 2018

We can't all drink Krug all the time (ok, we know a couple people who can and do, but we digress). So, for us mere mortals, there is the daily drinker.

Now, the daily drinker is often a young, undistinguished wine people drink while cooking, watching TV, or for lunch (or breakfast--we don't judge here). While price range varies pretty widely person to person, for most of us they cost between $10 and $40 per bottle. Anything les...

August 1, 2018

So, we thought we'd start a new thing here called "this week in wine," because we've been lucky enough to try some pretty fun stuff lately. Not a lot of commentary. Just pure, unadulterated, wine goodness here.

BTW, we're a few weeks behind on this, so we'll start a few weeks back and work our way forward. Enjoy!!

June 19, 2018

Lowest-Greenville has changed a lot in the years since we lived a block and a half away on Oram.  The bar scene first shifted, then largely disappeared.  Restaurants came and went.  And a few--like Nora, Blind Butcher, and Truckyard--showed they were there to stay.  But, over the past few years, old-guard holdouts--such as Daddy Jacks and Crown and Harp--finally gave up and moved out.  In their place, a new breed of exciting c...

May 1, 2018

When you pair three tremendous wines from boutique Napa producer Fantesca with the food and ambiance from Sixty Vines, good things will happen!

April 27, 2018

We love paella, but sometimes we don't have time to meticulously put a regular batch of paella together.  When there really isn't a restaurant with good paella near where we live, what were we to do?  Well, we decided to develop a quick "paella" recipe of our own!  It works really well when you're in the mood for paella, without very much time, and is so simple even kids can put it together quickly.

Now...

January 12, 2018

My early formative years were outside of the South--Colorado, Washington, D.C., Connecticut--and I didn't get to the "real" South until undergrad in South Carolina.  Needless to say, both the state, and where I went to college, epitomized the "buckle of the Bible belt."  Grad school in Dallas was different, but still in many ways similar.  Dallas is a very modern, yet Southern city, that has more than its fair share of religio...

September 7, 2017

After taking a couple weeks to recover from the craziness that was TexSom 2017, we wanted to share a few insights from what is one of the largest and best wine conferences in the country. 

First, tasting at this level is simply different than anything you're ever going to experience at a winery, food and wine festival, a local wine gathering, or even the big monthly tasting put on by your local wine bar. The volume is astoundin...

January 23, 2017

This past Friday night, Natalie and I wanted to do something special, but wanted to stay home.  It had been a crazy week, and we just didn't want to navigate the whole "last minute reservations" scenario.  SO, what to do?  Cook at home!  

Seems simple, except that we wanted something that was every bit as good as what we could find at a fine restaurant--just without the fine restaurant.  Enter Central Market--our...

December 9, 2016

Winter finally arrived in North Texas, and so we were in the mood for something hearty.  Wine was also a must, especially because the next several stops for our Saturday involved buying lots of Christmas decorations.  SO, where to go for a quick, hearty, delicious lunch?  Right down the street from our house at Jimmy's Food Store, that's where.   

Lots of people know Jimmy's as the preeminent Italian grocery...

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