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Scenes from Franciacorta in Austin and Chianti Classico tasting at Chris Cannon's new restaurant next week in NJ

Click here to check out my notes from the super fun Franciacorta tasting I led this week in Austin.

It was great to catch up with River City wine folks and it was exciting to meet lifestyle writer and fragrance expert Alyssa Harad. 149 more words

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Is Luc Morlet the future of high-end California?

From the department of “nice work if you can get it”…

Above: my friend and client Tony Vallone’s foie gras torchon with “pear cracklings,” crispy pear skins. 710 more words

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You're a better man than I am, Master Sommelier candidate! Houstonians head to Dallas for theory exam

I admire but do not envy them: the three dudes to the right, Travis Hinkle, David Keck, and James Watkins are heading next Monday from Houston to Dallas where they will be seated for the Court of Master Sommeliers theory exam, which, according to the court’s website has a 10 percent pass rate (holy smokes!). 144 more words

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Is biodynamic farming the new religion of Italian winemaking? Tasting Alois Lageder in Houston

Whenever possible, I always try to meet up and taste with Italian winemakers when they come to Houston.

And so yesterday early evening found me with Urs Vetter (above) who’s worked for more than two decades as the sales and marketing director for legacy Alto Adige grower and winemaker Alois Lageder. 491 more words

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Can a sommelier be trusted? If you need to ask, then you have no business dining out.

From the department of “I know I already wished everyone a good weekend but I just couldn’t help posting one more time this week… This really pissed me off!” 257 more words

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The fascinating history of green manure in Italy (sovescio)

Above: the term “sovescio” has a long history in Italian agricultural studies. It’s properly translated as “cover crop” or “green manure.” But “sovescio” denotes, in particular, cover crops that have been sowed by breaking the soil and planting the seeds at different depths below the surface, depending on type of seeds and the desired effect. 418 more words

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Italian wine glossary UPDATED and state of emergency in Puglia

A ritocchino?

A giropoggio?

Please see below my updated glossary of Italian wine terms translated. I’m always trying to add new entries and I’m always happy to receive requests and suggestions. 447 more words

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