Syrah, The Many-Faced Grape

Holiday get-togethers always are a great time to bust out some killer wines. It’s an easy excuse to try something you might not normally drink, something you’ve been wanting to try or just one of your honest to God favorites. Whichever is the path you take this Thanksgiving, I’d urge you to take one of my absolute favorite varietals for …

Trick or Treating: An Evening Paired with Wine

Let me be clear: I’m not advocating drinking while being in charge of a group of children that are going door to door asking for candy. My idea of trick-or-treating is sitting at home and handing out candy. I feel like drinking wine at home on Halloween keeps you in the spirit and probably makes you more generous in the …

Q & A: Trey Carter with Strange Brew

Over the past few years, craft beer drinkers in the Shreveport-Bossier City area have been lured to a local watering hole called Strange Brew. Affectionately referred to as “Brew” by many, it was the place with the best beer selection in our area back when beards were only for lumberjacks and people thought Sam Adams was craft beer. For the …

Leave Beer Behind, Serve Wine at Next Cookout

We are staring down the barrel of summertime right now. It’s time to knock the winter rust off of the grill and start cooking out. No backyard-grilling excursion is complete without a nice cut of meat, fresh veggies and a delicious beverage. With the plethora of wines available to us, what should you be drinking while all this is happening? …

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. …