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Vietti 2012 Barolo Castiglione was the wine of the night...

What a great evening with Luca Currado (above) and a superb flight of his wines last night at Tony’s in Houston! (I’m Tony’s media director.) 280 more words

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David Lynch to be featured speaker at Taste of Italy Houston (March 6)

Above: Italian wine-focused author, journalist, and super cool sommelier and restaurateur David Lynch (left) with Californian winemaker Jim Clendenen (photo by Jasmine Hirsch via David’s Facebook… 474 more words

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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: turn not a blind eye to racism in Trump America

Three books I read as a teenager shaped my awareness of historic institutionalized racism in our country.

Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice (I wanted to do a book report on it at the time but my high school English teacher wouldn’t let me). 489 more words

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Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2014: good to the last drop (3 days later)

Just a quickie this very busy Thursday morning as the food and wine world seems to be finally getting back online.

I opened the above bottle of Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2014 four nights ago and drank two glasses with dinner over the last three evenings. 139 more words

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Italian wine in 2016: a year that dramatically reshaped the industry and gave us "Asti Secco"

Above: the sale of legacy Barolo grower and producer Vietti was one of the most talked about stories of 2016. But there were many other stories that dramatically reshaped Italy’s viticultural landscape. 742 more words

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Italian wine events this month (and beyond) in Texas... super cool...

Above: three Austin-based wine professionals who attended last year’s Texas stop on the Slow Wine Guide Tasting Tour. The Slow Wine editors traveled to each stop by van. 465 more words

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10 Things You Need to Know about Champagne and Prosecco (and Everything in Between)

I really loved Eric Asimov’s Champagne “cheat sheet” this year for the New York Times. Check it out. The glossary is great, too.

Like so many things in the new Trump America, the sparkling wine options for New Year’s Eve this year in Houston seem to have been reduced to a zero-sum game: either you drink Champagne and spend a buttload of money to sit courtside; or you drink Prosecco and sit in the nose-bleed seats where you figure you might as well have stayed at home and watched the game on your own big-screen TV. 69 more words

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