Sand in My Wine……

  “Texas Bays are a magnificent resource, shallow and brackish and marshy-bordered and rich with life …. The flat land runs to the flat bays, and beyond the flat sandy islands is the blue flat Gulf.” – John Graves, in The Water Hustlers, 1971 The sandy Texas coastal region is…

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The Judgment of Houston – 1

 The Judgment of Houston – 1 Rewind about thirty wine years to the mid-1970’s……France was king of wine and California was clamoring for credit. Then, on May 24, 1976, Harpers Wine and Spirit Weekly Magazine staged a double-blind tasting event that they called “The Great Cabernet Conundrum”.  This competition involved…

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A Texan in France….Part 2

  After spending a day in Chateauneuf de Pape and a tasting at Chateau le Nerthe, we drove on to Gigondas farther up the road. The wines from this area are some of my favorites, a little lighter than found in Chateauneuf with a delightful interplay of darkberry fruits, dry dusty…

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