A Week of Sous Vide and Wine

When chicken is cooked this way, it doesn’t just “taste like chicken.” This chicken has flavor, depth, and complexity, and no other foods that allegedly taste like chicken can possibly taste like *this* chicken.

2012 Troon Old Vine Meritage – What is Meritage?

While there are individual bad wines out there - and goodness knows I've sampled my fair share of vinous dreck - modern technology, coupled with the love and passion of the wine grower and wine maker, ensure that in whatever world we prefer, the wines are going to be good.

A Father’s Grief

Grieving Angels
You all know - even if not personally - the man I lovingly call The Wineaux Guy™. The last few weeks have been incomprehensibly difficult for us.

New Wine Toys?

Coravin in Grassini Tasting Room
In 2015 I gifted myself with several wine and food toys. It was imperative. ish.

The MGM Hates Locals – How Their New Parking Fee Plans Give Us the Middle Finger

MGM Grand Lion at front entrance
By making a last grasp into the pockets of those who keep them in business, they have shown that the customer experience is secondary to their gluttony.

Petit Fours & Grandmom, Movies & Critics, Food & Life

Petits-fours
Among her other jobs, she was a caterer in the deep South yet had never attended any kind of culinary school. Culinary schools were not available for daughters of ex-slaves in the Deep South in the middle of the 20th century.

Oh Yes, YES! I LOVE Tongue!!

Beef Tongue Taco de Lengua
Great. I have your attention. Now. Back away from the gutter.

Terminal Wine

But, as you can probably guess, after a weekend with the grandkids where I did not drink much, I looked forward to having this at home with my feet up and the TV going. Perfect.

The Color of Wine – 2016

Betony Faustin, Abbey Creek
Don't get me wrong; my day-to-day interactions with folks in the wine trade have been terrific and I *feel* the respect once we get started talking about/tasting/studying wine. They know I know my shit and that I'm open to learning when I don't.

Typicity, Tasting, Hemingway, and Scrooge

When the wine does not have the characteristics that you have come to expect from that varietal then there truly is a Great Disturbance in the Force.

Happy Holidays!

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carolvideo
Have a very Happy Christmahanakwanzika and Festivus for the rest of us!

Robert Parker, Wine, and Menopause

So why is it that the overwhelming majority of official wine tasters and critics are men? It's not because they're better at the sniffing or tasting. It's because they have better memories. And because they don’t go through menopause.