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Quick Sip – Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc 2008

Confession: I put a bottle of Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc 2008 in my wine cellar, and left it there for almost two years. I told Craig Camp, the managing parter of Cornerstone Cellars, the sister label for Stepping Stone, that I did it. He understood. It wasn’t really a function of the wine needing to…

Wine Collecting Has Nothing To Do With Bestiality

If you don’t read Joe Roberts blog 1winedude, you missed the one where helikened wine collecting with bestiality. Ok, it wasn’t that direct of a reference, but he went there. He was referring to the Rudy Kurniwan trial, which has been covered in nearly every news outlet there is. In short, Rudy Kurniawan has been…

Travel To Vineyards and Wineries

If you love wine, or even like wine, make it a point to travel to more vineyards and wineries. Regardless of where your travel takes you, there is probably a vineyard nearby. There are even wineries and vineyards in sunny Florida to visit, after you spend the day at Disney World with Mickey Mouse! I’ve  had…

Lost In The Cellar – Chateau Tanunda 2008 Shiraz

When someone says Australia, is the first thing you think of a boomerang? Or perhaps it’s Paul Hogan saying “That’s a knife.”  If you’re like me, you think of wine! There is great wine coming from Down Under, and most of it is very affordable and approachable. From the Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz I looked…

Thrilllist forces a Sommelier to try Two Buck Chuck

If you subscribe to the Thrilllist website, or Thrilllist on twitter, you no doubt saw the article about the recent Two Buck Chuck wine tasting. I tweeted the link, and had more than a few of my friends say they’d never drink it. Frankly, I wouldn’t either. I know that it’s supposed to be drinkable, and…

Pairing Beef Jerky And Wine – It Works!

In this family, we all love beef jerky. Given that love for jerky, when asked if I wanted to pair some House of Jerky products with wine, I figured it would be a blast. I was sent a number of samples, 13 in total, of House of Jerky’s line of products. There is a variety…

Seven Wines To Sip While Gnawing On Jerky

I love pairing wine with food.  When Janie from House of Jerky asked if I would like to sample their jerky products to pair with wine, I jumped at the chance. Thirteen different types of jerky arrived! A variety of meats- boar, buffalo, venison, turkey, beef, as well as seasonings from black pepper to sweet…

Malbec and Meatloaf – Pairing Trivento Malbec Reserve 2012

It seems as though everyone is drinking malbec these days. I’ve had dozens of friends ask for recommendations over the holidays. Heck, even my ex-wife said it’s her and her husband’s favorite wine, and I don’t think she drank more than three glasses of any wine in the 9 years we were married! Therefore, I’ve…

Dear Restaurants- Step Up Your Wine Game

Robin and I don’t go out to eat very often. Since we cook fairly well, and always have amazing wine on hand, why settle for something subpar? And, when we do go out to eat, it’s usually the same two or three places with unique menus, and a great wine list, or a corkage fee….

I Vasari – An Italian Red Wine Worth 20 Bucks

One of my goals for 2014 is to focus on Italy. Not only wine from Italy, but food, architecture, travel, and culture. Some of those things I’ll write about, and others I’ll just enjoy quietly. Of course, I love food and wine from around the world. However, a new collaboration with Lora from Cake Duchess…