Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

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We just love it when Amy Corron Power, left with husband Joe, does "un-Amy-like" things!
Another Wine Blog: Love born in the blogosphere. It's a beautiful thing.

A few weeks ago, when I shared a glass of stinky, delicious Cortese (from Piedmont) with tandem wine bloggers Amy and Joe Power, authors of Another Wine Blog, they told me the story of how they met in the "pre-blog" era, in a football chat room.

Now, they've told the "sleepless in Seattle" story of how they met on their blog.

"Don't settle for the turkey," writes Amy. "Back in 1999, after years of settling: for ho-hum relationships and ho-hum jobs, I did something very-un-Amy-like. I flew from Houston to Cincinnati to attend a football game in Oxford. But instead of staying in Cincinnati or Dayton the night before the game, I drove up to Toledo to meet someone with whom I had previously only chatted on a Sports message board, and talked with on the phone. I had been though a 'long dry spell' if you know what I mean, and true love was the furthest thing from my mind."

Now, that's some steamy wine blogging!

Click here to find out how these two wine bloggers found true love...

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Houston Chronicle sports and wine writer Dale Robertson is one of the city's leading enophiles.
Vintage Texas: One of the things we love about wine blogging is how it brings people together.

Next week, you can meet the leading authority on Texas wine, Russ Kane, author of Vintage Texas, and Houston's top wine writer, Dale Robertson... online, that is: Russ and Dale will be participating in #TXWine Twitter Tuesday on Tuesday, December 6.

These two titans of Houston wine writing will be tasting a selection of Texas wines and sharing their impressions and answering questions.

It's a great way to meet fellow wine lovers! (By the way, I met my wife-to-be through wine blogging.)

Wine Thoughts: We can always count on wine educator Sandra Crittenden for informed, well balanced wine blogging. This week she reviews two wines by Beaujolais producer Henry Fessy, the winery's entry-level "village" wine and one of its top single-vineyard designated wines.

"The inexpensive Beaujolais Nouveau with its confected red fruit flavors," she writes, "is always released on the third Thursday in November and is out now in time for your holiday meal."

"Beaujolais Villages is the next step up in quality and is usually mid-priced. Grapes can be sourced from thirty-nine villages along a series of granitic/schist hills in the north and west of the region. The wine is usually a blend from several villages but can be from one named village."

"The 10 Beaujolais Crus produce the highest quality wines of the region priced mid to high. They are located in the north within the rolling granitic hills."

Click here for her tasting notes.

New York Cork Report: Sandra wasn't the only wine blogger who was thinking about Beaujolais last week.

Wine blogger and Rochester TV anchor Evan Dawson -- the guy who wrote the book (literally) on the wines of New York's Finger Lakes -- drank a 2009 Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Brouilly (one of my favorite wine from a favorite producer) with his Thanksgiving meal.

"If you're not drinking Jean-Paul Brun's cru Beaujolais," he writes, "it's no big deal. You're simply missing the greatest value wines in the world."

I couldn't agree more: Cru Beaujolais represents some of the greatest value in the world of fine wine today.

Click here to find out how much Evan paid for his (an "offensive" price, in his words) and to read about what his fellow NY Cork Report contributors drank for the holiday.

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Well wine blogging is an interesting experience no doubt it brings people closer in many cases. There is a fierce competition out there due to many varieties of wines.

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"Houston's top wine writer" is Dale Robertson?Really Jeremy?I remember the guy trying to write about sports. Could it be that he finds more inspiration and action in wine? Hmm. 


Amy must have endured a long, long and very dry spell to land in Cincy, planning to attend a game at Miami of Ohio, and then drive across the state to Toledo.

Guess it was worth it in this case. Cheers!

Jeremy Parzen
Jeremy Parzen

Even though our palates often diverge, I love Dale's wine writing (and btw I never read the sports page so frankly, I can't say much there).

The fact is that he's the ONLY serious wine writer in Houston (present company excepted). We need more wine writers and especially wine bloggers!   


I found that too many guys in Texas are intimidated by a woman who knows as much or more about football than they do...plus I was ALSO going to meet some distant cousins at a Miami v. Marshall football game. Marshall was my undergrad alma mater.

Thanks for the write up Jeremy. It was a pleasure meeting you over a glass or two :)

Jeremy Parzen
Jeremy Parzen

They are super nice folks and I love their story! :)

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