From Classic, Sublime Sherry

From Classic, Sublime Sherry

Sherry is probably one of the world’s most misunderstood and under appreciated fine wines. In its various guises it can be the perfect apéritif, a classic pairing with certain soups, superb accompaniment to many seafood dishes, great with a variety of...
Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

For many people, the process of ordering a bottle of wine in a restaurant is uncomfortable at best, debilitating at worst. They see the waiter as more of an adversary than an ally, the ritual as more archaic than helpful and the actual selection of a wine more...
Do Summer Right

Do Summer Right

Extreme conditions call for particular responses, and I can’t think of many situations more extreme than a Houston summer. With the next few months being balmy at best, our wine and food choices need to mitigate our climate as much as possible. The huge Amarone...
Wine with Dessert

Wine with Dessert

Dessert wines, though rarely served, can be a great ending to any special dinner. There are a wide variety of these wines from all over the world, offering a sufficiently wide palette of experiences that can work well as a memorable closure to any meal. Many people...
Branching Out with Beer

Branching Out with Beer

I can’t help but notice how often beer drinkers doggedly order the same brand over and over again. While I admire commitment and fidelity as much as anyone, the advantages of Bud Light over Miller Lite can’t be so overwhelming as to prevent a person from...
The World Beyond White

The World Beyond White

One of the best things about drinking wine versus any other beverage is the almost limitless amount of flavors, styles and experiences available to enjoy and explore. That’s why it makes me a little sad for people when they tell me that they only like white...