Patiné Cellars: Pinot Noir With a Scoring Touch

I started playing hockey when I was 6 and grew up watching the sport from my home in Wisconsin. There was no national hockey television presence in the 1980s, so I didn’t see very many L.A. Kings games, but certainly followed players like Marcel Dionne, Luc Robitalille, Bernie Nichols and Larry Murphy, even before Wayne…

The Best Margarita Recipe to Make at Home

Although this blog is mainly about wine, every once in a while it’s good to mix it up and display a little drink diversity. Living in the Texas summer heat, nothing is better than a crisp and cold margarita by the pool. We spent the past year experimenting with a number different combinations of the…

For the Love of Laurel Glen

It’s no secret that my favorite wineries are those owned and operated by real people with a real story who have a passion for making good wine.  Sonoma’s Laurel Glen Vineyards has a history going back to 1968, has vines on the estate with mystery red grapes that may date back to 1880 and, and…

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…

Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Simmer

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 filth of the detailed reviews of…

Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Sfizio

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 fourth of the detailed reviews of…

Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: J. Macklin’s 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 third of the detailed reviews of…

Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Carmel Restaurant Lounge

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 second of the detailed reviews of…

Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: Black Walnut Cafe

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 first detailed review of one of…

Six Coppell Wine Lists in Seven Days: The Overview

Coppell isn’t a large city by Texas standards, but it is unique in that six of the eight primary sit-down restaurants in the town are independent, non-chain establishments. I like that about our city. As a wine blogger, I thought it would be interesting to take a week-long look at the wine offerings at each…

The Wonderful White Wines of….Uruguay?

Every time I visit one of our local wine retailers to load up on wine, I try to pick a bottle or two that I would not normally select, something outside of my comfort zone.  I like to occasionally open an aromatic and acidic Torrontes from Argentina in place of the more common lighter whites…

Marquette: The Next Big American Varietal?

If you are from anywhere other than Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin or Vermont, chances are you have not yet run across a wine made from the Marquette grape. This new varietal is a hybrid created by the University of Minnesota for cold weather climates. With parentage from Pinot Noir and Frontenac, there is a buzz beginning…