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Walla Walla (Holla Holla) - The WBC10 Semi-Live Blog

Date: Fri, Jun 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

Finally, the day has arrived. The morning started off with a search for breakfast, a quest that lead the group that I was with to a restaurant whose slowness of service nearly caused me to pass away from hunger. Josh Wade, Steve Paulo, and I met up with David Honig, Rick Bakas, Jeff Lefevre, and Sasha Kadey on the way over and had some great conversation. After the breakfast, we got registered for the conference, and spent some time tasting some wines from around the state of Washington. One of my top priorities was to pick up the pieces of...

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Getting an Early Start on the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference

Date: Thu, Jun 24, 2010 Wine Tasting

When I was making my plans for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, it took the Wine Brat all of one tweet on Twitter to convince me that I should just extend my stay and go with the group that was going to be going on a tour of the Willamette Valley before the conference. Today's pre-pre-conference trip was all about learning more about the world of Oregon wine, and especially about some wonderful Pinot Noir. After a leisurely morning, mostly spent piddling around on Twitter and watching the USA's dramatic World Cup victory, Joe Herrig of Suburban...

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Hey! They Have Trees Here!

Date: Wed, Jun 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

After months of counting down the days, I finally landed in Portland yesterday. I've been anxiously waiting to experience some great Oregon and Washington wine, but more importantly, I've been looking forward to meeting a lot of the friends that I've made online. Yesterday I arrived at the Portland Airport and Tamara Belgard (Sip With Me) was waiting to pick me up so that we could meet up with some other winos who were already starting the tour of the local tasting rooms. We met up with a group spearheaded by locals Lynnette Shaw and Ryan Reichert, just as they...

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What Would You Do If I Sang Out of Tune?

Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2010 Wine Tasting

As I have seen my trip out to the Pacific Northwest next week rapidly approaching, I have started to become somewhat overwhelmed with the preparation still underway, much like my friend Joe describes in his most recent Suburban Wino blog post. Granted, my anxiety is mostly due to the ridiculous procrastination regimen that I have put myself on in the past few weeks. I have done some high level consideration of the content of my panel talk, even jotting down some notes, but I am a damn sight short of "ready". Further adding to the stress, I have a touch...

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A Good Time is Brewing

Date: Tue, Jun 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

So, this may come as a huge surprise to all of you, but I sometimes have a tendency to run a little behind schedule. I have a stack of post ideas and video footage that I have been needing to work my way through, and I finally got around to one that I was really excited about. Unfortunately, this footage goes all the way back to May 1st, which was National Homebrew Day. I met up with Lubbock's local homebrew club, and talked with Cary Franklin from Sograte BBQ and Brew about what the club is doing, and what they...

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June 11 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Jun 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good There was a great post on Good Grape this week about a topic that is near and dear to my heart, localism. I have always been a huge proponent of anything local. I always prefer to spend my hard earned money at a locally owned business, and on locally produced products, instead of a mega-chain whenever possible. As a wine lover in West Texas, I often find myself in a little bit of a quandary. Although there are many Texas wines that I really enjoy, you still find that the best wines in the world are produced in...

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Raising a Glass to a Friend - 2008 Montaluce Viognier

Date: Thu, Jun 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

There are many events in this life that seem to call for a celebratory drink, and perhaps none falls higher on the list than the birth of new child. My vino amigo Joe, aka the Suburban Wino, aka the wild unbranded calf of wine blogging, just became a proud papa yesterday (though I hear that his wife did all the hard work.) In honor of the new arrival, Olivia Herrig, I'm drinking some Georgia wine. Sláinte Through some covert cloak and dagger type stuff, Joe managed to get me a bottle of 2008 Montaluce Vineyards Viognier from his home state...

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Rockin' the Casbah in Walla Walla

Date: Wed, Jun 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

I woke up last week and came to the sudden realization that we are about two weeks away from my arrival in beautiful Walla Walla, Washington for the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. This is the event that us wine bloggers wait for, with breathless anticipation, all year long. This is like Christmas for winos, a great opportunity to meet online friends, taste some great wines, spend time in a great wine region, and learn how to sharpen the tools of the wine blogging trade. Oh yeah, did I mention that we get to taste some great wines? I am very...

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A Special Mission From Michigan

Date: Sun, Jun 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

One of the things that I have really enjoyed over the last few months has been getting to know the wines of some of the less common wine growing regions. Thanks to my friends Shannon and Cortney Casey from the Michigan By The Bottle blog, I have had the pleasure of trying several wines from Michigan recently. The Casey's are great ambassadors for Michigan wine, and have put together a great series of events called, Tweet & Taste Michigan. The next tasting, which takes place tomorrow (June 7th) at 8:00pm Eastern, will feature the wines of wineries from the Old...

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June 4 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Jun 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good No contest this week, the Good is brought to us by the good peeps at Swirl, Smell, Slurp. Her posts an awesome remix on an Eric Asimov post from last week. SSS has been rightly nominated for Best Graphics, Photography, or Presentation in the Wine Blog Awards, and this post is an example of why. I'm not going to reprint the picture, because you HAVE to go look at their site and see this amazing (and probably time-consuming to create) work of art. The Bad The Bad this week comes from a somewhat different source than I usually...

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A Boxed Wine That Doesn't Taste Like a Box - Big House Red Octavin

Date: Thu, Jun 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

Most of us have some pretty strong pre-conceived notions of what boxed wines taste like, with the very thought conjuring up images of Franzia dancing in our heads. Personally, most of my boxed wine experience has featured shockingly un-wine like offerings, but I have been excited to try some of the more recent offerings in this category lately. I really like the idea of boxed wine in a lot of ways. There are great environmental arguments to be made in favor of some of these new packaging types, you have the ability to spread out the consumption of the wine...

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Does Varietal Correctness Matter?

Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

The minute I decided to write this post, I knew that the title alone might unleash a firestorm the likes of which this blog has not seen before. Wine drinkers are a passionate lot, and there are very strong opinions when it comes to what makes a good wine. I'll save you all a little suspense and say from the outset that I don't think that varietal correctness ALWAYS matters in every situation, but let me explain myself before you throw any large stones in my general direction. For the serious wine connoisseur, or for professional critics, varietal correctness is...

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May 28 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, May 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

The GoodI don't think that there is a blogger out there who more seamlessly meshes pop-culture and wine than that wily, unbranded calf (he prefers the term "maverick") of wine blogging, Joe Herrig of Suburban Wino. This week he has done it again, with a great analysis of the series finale of Lost. While I didn't find it quite as unsatisfying as Joe did, I can definitely understand his criticism, and love the way that he compared the episode to a corked bottle of classic wine. The Bad For those of us who are self-proclaimed winos, there is little that...

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If Tonight Were My Last Meal on Earth...

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

Tonight my wife made lasagna for dinner, and when I say "made", I mean that she placed a Stouffer's Lasagna in the oven. It was one of those nights, where neither of us had the energy to really cook dinner, so the easy solution was pretty intriguing. I find that Garfield and I have quite a bit in common when it comes to lasagna, and even more so when you pair it with a nice Sangiovese, although I don't remember our little orange feline sipping on Chianti. Regardless, I come pretty damn close to a spiritual experience when I take...

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