Bordeaux The Classification of 1855 is today, a very controversial assessment of wines from the Bordeaux region that originally rated 73 wine estates in order of quality (from 1st Growth to 5th Growth).

Understandably, many opponents of this rating system emphatically state that the doctrine is outdated and therefore irrelevant, that it was a popularity contest and did not... (read more by clicking the Bordeaux button --->)

Blind Tasting

The Truth About the Health Benefits of Wine

In recent years it seems we can’t visit the Internet, watch TV, or read a publication without some new study informing us that wine is in some way good for our health. According to a number of studies, drinking one to three glasses of red wine per day will fend off (choose one) various types […]

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Congress Austin

An Act of Congress

    (originally posted May 2014)   On a recent samedi soir I stepped off a busy street and was delivered into opulent surroundings that felt as though I had been teleported to a different country. Although I had not been here before, the elegance and intimate feel of this beautiful restaurant, Congress, seemed familiar […]

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Insanity Defined

Insanity Defined

Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” (paraphrased). It is certainly a feasible elucidation considering Mr. Einstein’s world. I posit that as it relates to the wine world, the definition of insanity is ‘anyone that could actually believe Rudy Kurniawan […]

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What's So Great About CA

What’s So Great About California Wine?

Lots of things are great. Anyone reading this blog for any time at all knows I am a dyed-in-the-wool aficionado of old-world style wine. So, you may ask, what is it that suddenly put me on the path to write about California wine? Deep, dark despair, dear readers, and it’s all Doug Shafer’s fault. I’ll […]

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