Seasons Articles

The In-Between Wines of Spring

Happy spring! I love this time of year because it’s all about rebirth, freshness, and growth. Everything seems new and full of potential. The downside of this time of year is that everything is still pretty in-between. It’s not totally warm or cold; it’s somewhere...

Lucky Foods for the New Year

We all know the “proper” drink for New Year’s is champagne- a toast at midnight and then mimosas for brunch. What you eat for New Year’s is also important. Different cultures around the world have traditions surrounding foods to eat on New Year’s Day for health and...

Christmas Candy & Wine Pairing

Christmas candy is EVERYWHERE right now!!! Marshmallow santas, chocolate Santas, Reese’s trees, popcorn balls, peppermint bark, toffee, and more is everywhere you look. If you were planning on eating healthy this month, you should probably forget about it and grab...

How to Give the Gift of Wine

Wine is the perfect gift for almost any occasion. Going to a party? Wine. Best friend’s birthday? Wine. Gift exchange? Wine. Father-in-law? Wine. Need I go on? The problem is, giving wine can be stressful if you’re not 100% sure of the recipient’s preferences. Some...
All pumpkin, all the time

All pumpkin, all the time

I know I’m going against popular opinion here, but I don’t love pumpkin. I can appreciate the craft behind a homemade pumpkin pie, but for some reason I’ve never really enjoyed the taste of anything made with pumpkin. However, I realize I’m in the minority here, given...

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Sliding Into Summer Wine Pairings

Sliding Into Summer Wine Pairings

Summer is in full swing here in southeast Texas and, if it hasn’t gotten there yet where you’re at, it will be soon! When I think of summer, it’s all about hot days, sunshine, pool parties, outdoor concerts, and campfires. While we’re still adjusting to living with...

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Pink, roses, chocolate, and wine, oh my!

Just in case you haven’t gotten the message from the flower tents at the grocery store, the big chocolate and wine displays, the advertisements on TV, and all of the other not-so-subtle hints: Valentine’s Day is on February 14th EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. But I get it. This...

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Time to Think about Turkey

Time to Think about Turkey

It’s getting real now: Thanksgiving is almost here and it is time to choose your wines for Thanksgiving dinner. This is an important decision because you DO NOT want to serve a bad wine with a meal you worked so hard on, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. How is...

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Make Your Winter a Little Warmer

Make Your Winter a Little Warmer

As the nights turn colder, we start craving warm, comforting foods and drinks- hot lava cake, warm apple pie, cider, hot cocoa, and mulled wine. Mulled wine is a classic, hot spiced wine made around the holidays (or anytime someone needs something warm and...

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Thanksgiving Wines to Take You From Dinner to Dessert

Thanksgiving Wines to Take You From Dinner to Dessert

Thanksgiving is all about the pie, am I right? Okay, there's dinner, too; but really the turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls are really just a means to a sweet and satisfying end: pie. If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a favorite pie that...

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October is…Wine Month

October is…Wine Month

Wow. October is a very popular month for celebrating wine. Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Sonoma County all celebrate wine month in October. To honor the month, today we're going to talk a little about what makes wines from each location special. First up, we'll...

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10 Wine and Dessert Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

10 Wine and Dessert Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is next week, so it's time to start thinking about all things green, lucky, and Irish. Make a delicious Irish apple cake Have a glass of green wine- Unfortunately, wine doesn't come in green naturally, but you can always drop a little food coloring...

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Haunted Wineries in the U.S.

America's wineries are young compared to those in the rest of the world, but they have a rich, vibrant, and haunted history. Yes, there are wineries across the U.S. that are inhabited by ghostly beings! Some of the ghosts are benevolent presences that protect the...

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20 Delicious Ways to use Leftover Halloween Candy

20 Delicious Ways to use Leftover Halloween Candy

Some people may dread November 1st because that's when they (or their kids) will want to eat all the candy in the house. I look forward to it because I get to eat all the leftover candy the trick or treaters didn't take. If you're like me, the beginning of November is...

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Virginia Wine Month

Virginia Wine Month

Happy Virginia Wine Month! Yes, October is Texas?s wine month but the month also belongs to Virginia. You know what?s funny? While I?m a Texan through and through, I did live in Virginia for 4 years, so I kind of like that the two states share a wine month. In fact, Virginia is where I really started exploring wine. I got it in my head one day to check out a polo tournament and wine festival being held in The Plains. I have no idea why this sounded like fun- I wasn?t a huge fan of wine and I knew nothing about polo, but I went. And tried all kinds of wine from dozens of wineries. There was strawberry wine, chocolate wine, pepper wine (hottest thing ever!), viognier, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and many others. I enjoyed quite a few of them and my eyes were officially opened to the wonderful world of wine. I also watched polo for the first time, which was pretty fun even though I had no clue what was happening.

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Happy Texas Wine Month!

Happy Texas Wine Month!

Texas is considered a bit of an upstart in some wine circles, but the history of winemaking and grape growing goes back to 1662 when the first vineyard in North America was established by Franciscan priests. The industry developed over the centuries until today, when there are 8 AVAs in Texas with 4,000 acres of vineyards and over 400 wineries. The AVAs exist throughout Texas in various landscapes, including desert, hill country, and plains. As a result, Texas vineyards are able to support a large variety of grapes.

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