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Flight of the Conchords Aren't New Zealand's Only Great Export

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 Wine Tasting

Image taken from Chud.com Thursday is a big day in the Twitterverse, as wine lovers all over the world will be participating in the #Pinotnoir Twitter tasting event. There are corresponding real world events being held in locations around the US, from Atlanta, to Boston, to Lubbock..., that's in Texas, for those not in the know. Lubbock is also the home of yours truly, and I'm really excited about the selection of Pinot noirs that we will have available at the tasting. As of right now, we have some really great Willamette Valley Pinots in the mix, as well as...

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July 9 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Date: Fri, Jul 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good Times is good for funny wine blog posts this week. If you follow a lot of the wine bloggers that I do, you have doubtless been kept in stitches following their RSS feeds. There were simply too many great posts this week to narrow the list down to a single one, so here are a few of my favorites from the last week - Hardy Wallace is a bad mutha! He gets all crunk talkin' about making some natural wine (the secret is a big-ass can of Tecate, or talons, or something). Just be careful if you are...

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Breaking News - Wine Bloggers Win Powerball Lottery

Date: Thu, Jul 8, 2010 Wine Tasting

Note - This is a fictional story. This is a story of what might have been. Please don't ask any of the bloggers in this story for money; we are as poor as we've ever been. [Transcript from today's 9 Action News report] [Cut to Vin Winehowser] "Hello. This is a 9 Action Wine News special report with Vin Winehowser. I'm Vin Winehowser. Today the wine world was rocked by the announcement that a group of wine bloggers from around the country have collectively won the multi-state Powerball lottery. The 14 bloggers met on a recent trip to the Willamette...

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A Rose By Any Other Name - Duchman Family Winery

Date: Thu, Jul 8, 2010 Wine Tasting

Things have been hopping recently for the folks at Duchman Family Winery. First, they started up their Movie in the Vineyard series, which sounds like a ton of fun, then they put the finishing touches on their name change (from Mandola Estate Winery), and then they pull down some major praise for their 2008 Dolcetto, which won Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. All in all, it seems like exciting times at the Driftwood Texas winery. I had actually heard about the impending name change from my friend Clint Bingham a while back, and then I started...

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The Main Event - Living Large in Walla Walla

Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

My trip to Walla Walla for the Wine Bloggers' Conference was not my first rodeo in W2. Last October was actually the beginning of my love affair with this city. We were visiting my father-in-law in Kennewick, and decided to take an afternoon to make the short drive to the little wine heaven in the Southeastern portion of Washington state. My wife and I instantly fell in love with the place, and not just because of the great wineries. The entire city has such a warm and inviting feel to it, and my feelings certainly were not diminished by the...

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Here's to Greece (Wish I Was There Too)

Date: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 Wine Tasting

Photo courtesy of Constance Chamberlain After being constantly bombarded over the last couple of days by beautiful images of Greece on Facebook, thanks to my friends Joe Roberts (1WineDude), Constance Chamberlain (Wine Connoisseur 101), and Joe and Amy Power (Another Wine Blog), I have decided that I should post a review of a Greek wine in their honor. The crew who is currently in Greece is there for a press junket for Wines of Santorini and the Brand Action Team. Joe Roberts has written a great post that outlines what's going on, as well as specifying some challenges that he...

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Just Like Home - Touring the Yakima Valley

Date: Mon, Jul 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

Of all the places that I visited on my recent tour of the Northwest, the Yakima Valley reminded me most of my home here in West Texas. While we were touring the area the temperatures topped out somewhere in the mid 90s. The good news is, that with an average rainfall in the Yakima Valley of less than 9 inches, it was a dry heat (of course, so is a blowtorch). On the bus that took us from the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco) to Yakima, we were treated to some really interesting facts about the Yakima Valley, compliments of...

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July 2 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly - #WBC10 Edition

Date: Fri, Jul 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

The Good Every once in a great while a post so epic, so innovative, so damn funny that it just can't be ignored comes along. Earlier this week, such an event took place. I have long been lamenting the lack of truly quality satire in wine blogging. I mean, sure there are those who take a stab at it, but most of the attempts are incredibly ham-handed and obvious, which makes the more imaginative posts that much more enjoyable. Josh Wade from Drink Nectar posted a really great introduction to the new sport of "Speed Wine Blogging". Trust me folks,...

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An Adventure in Willamette

Date: Fri, Jul 2, 2010 Wine Tasting

Last week was the first time that I had ever set foot in the state of Oregon. I have spent a good deal of time in Washington, mostly the Seattle area, but I've never managed to make it to visit Washington's neighbor to the South. When the opportunity to leave a couple of days early for the Wine Bloggers' Conference and hit up the Willamette Valley presented itself, I eagerly altered my travel plans. I flew into Portland, where I met up with Tamera Belgard of Sip With Me fame, followed by Joe Herrig from Suburban Wino, and then we...

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1WineDude, a Nectar Drinker, and a Vinotologist Drive to Spokane...

Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

I had been wanting to catch up with Joe Roberts all weekend at the Wine Bloggers Conference, and it just never really happened. We were all so busy, and on top of all the mayhem, Joe was busy dealing with some sadness on the homefront, as his dog passed away while he was out of town. As a dog owner, I can understand how difficult a time he was having diving into the full experience of the conference. Given all of this, I was excited to hear that Joe was going to be riding in the car with me and...

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What I Learned at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference

Date: Wed, Jun 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

I've never been one to resist peer pressure. I say when the times get tough, do what everyone else is doing. So, in that spirit, here is my "what I learned" post from #wbc10. Please forgive me if I talk a lot about bloggers in this post, but improving my craft as a blogger was really the purpose of the conference, and I promise I will get the blog stuff out of my system and not write about it again for a while. The wine blogging community seems to be doing pretty well in the authenticity category – One of...

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You're Asking, "What the Hell is He Doing in Spokane?"

Date: Tue, Jun 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

One week ago tomorrow, I started a week long stewing of my liver in wine that took me from Portland and the Willamette Valley, to Yakima and on to Walla Walla. Since all of that drinking tasting just wasn't enough, I decided to hang out with Josh Wade in Spokane. The Spokane Convention and Visitor Bureau sponsored a couple of us bloggers to stay a night in a beautiful hotel, and escorted us around the city to learn about what is going on in the Spokane wine world. I will be doing a full write up on my trip and...

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The Great Northwest Tour Continues - Spokane

Date: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

Fresh on the heels of the 2010 Wine Bloggers' Conference, I jumped in a car with Josh Wade (Drink Nectar) and Joe Roberts (1WineDude), and headed out to Josh's stomping grounds of Spokane. I really hadn't gotten much of an opportunity to talk with Joe while we were in Walla Walla, so I enjoyed getting to spend some time chatting with him. After all, it's not everyday that you get the opportunity to ride in a car with the Wine Blog Award winner for best overall wine blog. Upon arriving in Spokane, we met up with Pam Scott with the...

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Yet Another Semi-Live Blog from #WBC10

Date: Sun, Jun 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

Yesterday was a packed day, filled with a ton of activity, lots of wine tasting (possibly too much), and an incredible amount of bonding with great new friends from around the country. Pretty early on in the day, I realized that I was going to be too busy having fun to spend much time blogging. Today I'm busy too, but I wanted to get out some updates for you guys, who are probably waiting on the edge of your seat to know what I'm doing with every waking moment of my day . 9:15 am - Today I'm starting off...

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