Creating Dodie’s Wine List: Quality Without Breaking the Bank

Last year I took a deep look at the the wine lists of the 6 restaurants which served wine in Coppell. It wasn’t too surprising that, for the most part, when graphed on price vs. quality, the restaurant lists fell into a straight line: the higher the average bottle price, the higher the average quality…

Wine Buyer Beware: Those Sneaky Shelf Talkers Tend to Lie

Over the past few months I visited three different Tom Thumb stores, looking to rate a recommendation from one of their store employees. No luck. All three stores were absent any live person who could provide a recommended wine. At the last of the three, though, I noticed another customer read a shelf talker, the…

Improving The Wine Retail Experience

In far Northern Minnesota lies Nicollet Creek. It’s similar to thousands of other creeks in the United States: the water is cool and fresh and in most places you can step or walk across it. What makes Nicollet Creek different from the others is that it is the primary inlet into Lake Itasca and the…

Blue Ostrich Winery: Well Worth the Drive from Dallas

At one time the land north or St. Jo, Texas was home to hundreds of ostriches in one of the southwest’s premiere ostrich ranches. Today, the grazing has been replaced with grapes and the barn houses barrels as the ranch has transitioned into the Blue Ostrich Winery. Located about 90 minutes north and west of…

The Resurgence of the Local Winery

What Wine and Craft Beer Have Learned From Each Other I fondly remember the Hamm’s beer commercials from the 1970s. The silly Hamm’s beer was always up to some hi jinx while an outdoorsy spokesman declared the beer to be refreshing because it was from the land of sky blue waters. I don’t once recall…

Wonderful Recipes from Wineries

Food is to wine as a beat is to a melody. They can be great by themselves, but together they can be astounding. That’s why it makes sense for wineries to share the recipes they believe are best suited to go with the different wines they produce. Of the hundreds of online locations where recipes…

Your Winery Doesn’t Have a Blog? Why You Need To Create One. Now!

The best wines in the world are balanced, with fruit, earth, tannins and acid all working in harmony to bring out the best of the varietal and the style. Digital marketing for your wine label is no different. A good digital strategy lifts the brand through an effective balance of presence and engagement. Presence is…

What Does an 88 Point Wine Taste Like?

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of wine exploration and discovery, but I’m not a fan of the 100 point wine scale. I use it in limited situations when making the best comparisons I can across a similar methodology, but on whole I find the scale to be more detrimental to the…

Four Reasons Why Restaurant Wine Lists Might Be Improving

Restaurant wine lists fascinate me. The good ones are a fantastic way to discover and experience new and different wines that are typically unavailable at local retail or through direct order. Unfortunately, I find the good wine lists few and far between, and that is baffling. In most restaurants I visit while traveling the county…

Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Victor’s Wood Grill

I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each of six local restaurants in Coppell and compare them on quality, cost, markup and overall value. The first post in the series is an overview of all six restaurants. This is the final of the detailed reviews of…