Celebrating My Portugality- #EsporãoDay

{I attended this event as media but no other compensation was provided. Thoughts are my own.} In honor of the inaugural Esporão Day, the winery and Evan Goldstein, MS invited me an other writers from the area to “celebrate our Portugality.” Without this country’s agricultural and epicurean contributions, our tables would look very different. Without […]

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Recent Fun, Food, and Libations in Austin-Texas Tuesday

As media, I get invited to some pretty fantastic events around Austin. I don’t receive compensation other than the yummy food and drink. Here are a few I recently attended: Last Thursday, The Wine and Food Foundation held Toast of Texas, an event honoring the wines featured in Jessica Dupuy’s list of the best wines […]

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Side Projects-CrossBarn Winery by Paul Hobbs

Photo used with permission from CrossBarn Winery

{These wines were provided as media samples, no other compensation. Thoughts are my own.} This is a second installment in a series about side projects by established winemakers. I hadn’t been home for quite a while, not in winter in nearly a decade. It was late January and darkness had fallen long before I arrived, […]

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Side Projects-Six Ridges Series by Kenwood

{Media Samples provided for review. No other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.} Can someone explain how we are already at the end of the school year? I’ve been lax on posting as of late, and not because I’ve been relaxing but because life seems to have been on fast-forward. My focus has been on […]

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What’s Coming in #TXwine?-Part 2-Texas Tuesday

I previously shared about our first stop on the “en primeur” media tasting of barrel tastings in the Texas Hill Country at Wedding Oak Winery. This week, we continue with Texas Tuesday in Tow, Texas. For our next stop on the Roll Out the Barrel Tour, we went back to the root of the Hill […]

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What’s Coming in #TXwine?-Part 1-Texas Tuesday

Last Monday I had the privilege of participating in the 4th annual Roll Out the Barrel Tour which provided an en primeur tasting at three wineries in Texas Hill Country. This was my second year to participate and while the format was the same, there were some new experiences to go with the new wines. […]

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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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Hills and Valleys-Pt. 4-Vista Hills Vineyard

{This is part 4 in a series of our visit to the Willamette Valley last summer.} It can be challenging to visit wineries with a big group. It can be challenging to visit with children. It can be challenging to visit with aging parents (mine, at least.) So, what to do when you check all […]

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Hills and Valleys-Part 3-ROCO Winery

This series covers highlights from my visit to the Willamette Valley last summer. See the previous posts for travel tips and tastings. My first educational introduction to Willamette Valley wines came when Rollin Soles held a tasting at the Red Room in Austin. He poured a few Pinot Noir to compare and share about the […]

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