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When's the last time you tasted an Oltrepò Pavese?

Oltrepò Pavese: it means beyond the Po in Pavia . It’s a DOCG and a DOC in southern Lombardy in the foothills of the northern Apennines where you have a confluence of altitude, and sandy, clay-rich, and limestone-rich soils, ideal for growing Pinot Noir, the appellation’s flagship grape. 431 more words

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Texas BBQ of the future? A new BBQ joint in Houston that blew me away...

Late last week, I headed down to Clear Lake about 30 minutes south of Houston where I ate lunch at the recently opened Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse… 294 more words

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Italian winemakers, here's the secret to getting your products to the U.S.: just ask the Steve Jobs of Italian wine, Brian Larky

Above: for nearly 30 years, Brian Larky has created opportunities for Italian wine in the U.S. by building markets where there were none (image via… 419 more words

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Taste Piedmont — current release Barolo and old Barbaresco — with me and Slow Wine March 5 in Houston

Register for the Slow Wine Piedmont tasting — “Piedmont’s New Wave Old School” — here.

This morning the Slow Wine guide editors sent me a list of the wines that I will be presenting at our Taste of Italy/Slow Wine fair on Monday, March 5 in Houston: 437 more words

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My new favorite wine list in Houston is an Israeli steakhouse...

A shout-out is destined this morning to sommelier Chris McFall (above) who recently launched my new favorite Houston wine list at Doris Metropolitan, an Israeli steakhouse that came to our city via New Orleans. 347 more words

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Tuscany in a glass: a lovely portfolio of real-deal Tuscans has landed

My wife Tracie and I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle of Toscana rosso last week by Scheggiolla in Chianti Classico, Siena province (pronounced skeh-JOHL-lah if I’m not mistaken). 423 more words

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February 10 protest has been rescheduled due to inclement weather: NEW DATE FEBRUARY 25

Due to inclement weather, Repurpose and its partners at Southeast Texas Progressives have rescheduled today’s protest of the Confederate memorial in Orange, Texas for Sunday, February 25.

Please stay tuned for details.

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