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Long Live the Sauvignon Republic

I was priviledged to have lunch at Truluck’s with the brains behind the Sauvignon Republic.  Upon being introduced to John Buechsenstein, winemaker and John Ash, celebrity chef and award-winning cookbook author.  The guiding principle behind their winemaking enterprise is to showcase the many facets of the Sauvignon bBanc grape, as it presents itself in various Read more…

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Too Many Wines!!! Too Many Blogs!!!

Happy people drink socially. Unhappy people drink habitually. Wine drinkers drink wine as part of a well-lubricated “lifestyle”. This is why there is such a wide availability of literally thousands of wines. This is why there are hundreds of wine blogs out there in etherspace. Why there are scores of wine bars primarily dedicated to Read more…

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Malbec for the Ages

If you looking for a good value wine, try a Malbecs from Argentina.   I recommend the Telteca Anta Malbec.  Old vine, reserve-level, solidly oaked, from the high desert in Argentina’s Mendoza province, this wine will redefine what you think about Malbecs.  Telteca’s Anta line uses hand harvested grapes, vinified with indigenous yeasts and controlled malolactic Read more…

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Big Wines for Trying Times

Some wines are for light, enthralling, enticing times. Others are for deadening the pain of loss. Monster Cabs are for both celebrating and commiserating. Be they high-alcohol, densely-oaked new-age Oregon Pinot Noirs; thickly-fruited, jammy Aussie Shiraz; or high-octane, powerfully spiced Cali Zinfandels, some times simply call for bigger wines. We tend to drink big wines Read more…

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Festive Wines

With warming trends, it seems it’s Summer all over all of the time. Certainly here in Central Texas, the Eastern edge of the Scorching Southwest. Early Fall brings Festival Season here in Austin, with our Austin City Limits fest being the hottest thing in the Fall here. Along with the anticipation of the Fest comes Read more…

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Going Bendo in Mendo

Pictured here is the view from the “Tasting Deck” at Esterlina Vineyards, a tiny, mountaintop, boutique property making world-class wines. Green rolling hills, mammoth redwoods, untamed rivers, the wild Northern California coast-plus all of the great wine- makes for a vacation paradise for an outward-bound wino. I was lucky enough to get styled with a Read more…

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