Kiepersol Winery: The Real Deal in Texas

A while back, a got a call from one of my wine reps telling me he just gotten some wines from a winery they just picked up and wanted to taste them with me. He tells me they are a Texas winery and I, like most people, didn’t have much experience with Texas wine. For all I knew, it could …

Mules, Mules, Mules: The Moscow Mule

Around here, we don’t stop our plans just because the sun is beating down on us. We still mow the yard or go to that wedding or even host a get-together. There’s something I’ve found that really can steady the nerves and cool the brow: Cocktails. This summer I’ve been completely obsessed with a particular one. I didn’t invent it, …

Stop & Smell the Rosé

Rosé scares a lot of people away. I know what you are thinking, “How can anything pink scare anyone?” Well, it’s as simple as preconceived notions about what the color of the wine means in regards to the flavor. Debunking those ideas is as easy as coming to a wine tasting. If the Louisiana humidity and heat doesn’t stop you …

Shreveport Green’s Feast 2016 | Photos

The restaurant group I work for has been involved with Feast for at least 3 years. It’s a celebration of local ingredients, farmers, and purveyors with the backdrop of a Louisiana landscape. Our community in Shreveport-Bossier has been very supportive of local farmers as well as breweries(Great Raft Brewing was a sponsor). The context of this event is a dinner …

When to Cellar: Worth the Wait?

After spending a significant amount of time in wine cellars this week, it had me thinking about cellar management on a large and small scale. Most of my friends have small wine racks in their kitchen rather than 200 bottle cellars but are they using it correctly? Here are a few, easy guidelines for people that buy wine to drink …

Tequila: Not a One Night Stand.

Tequila has notoriety for being the catalyst for a crazy night and a terrible morning. I’ve always heard that nothing good ever happens after midnight, and I think everyone may have a story about that saying being right. The scene is always the same: you’re out and a little drunk. You catch a glimpse from across the bar and smirk. …

2014 CVNE Monopole Blanco, Rioja, Spain

If I can lay my cards on the table, I love Spanish wine and I’m pretty sure that’s not a secret. I fell in love with them a few years ago because I couldn’t afford the good stuff(still can’t FYI). For what I could spend, I didn’t like a lot of the stuff from California at the time. One day …

Patricia Green Sauvignon Blanc, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Oregon isn’t necessarily known for it’s Sauvignon Blanc. When you think of that varietal, your mind usually wonders to New Zealand, France, or even Napa Valley. Oregon is world famous for their Burgundian styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Through what we’ll call research, sharing a bottle or two with some friends in the wine biz, I found out that …

An Accidental Dinner With Arcadian Wines

When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I wasn’t expecting Wednesday night to end the way it did. I had my weekly meeting at work with the owner and other managers to discuss the last week’s numbers and a plan going forward through the rest of this week. After starting the day off and moving through the rest of it, …

2013 Bovio “Il Ciotto” Barbera D’Alba, Italy

I’m slowly becoming acquainted with Italian wines. In the past I would just tell you all Italian wines taste like band-aids, are way too dry, and have too much acidity. Slowly I’ve come to the see the beauty that is Italian wine. Still, I consider Italy to be my weakest subject in the wine world. That being said, I do take …