The Washington State Wine Commission hosts an annual trip offering wine professionals the opportunity to experience the unique qualities of Washington and its wines. The event is called Road Trip Washington Wine; an appropriate name considering that much time is spent on a bus traveling from one wine region to another, winding from Walla Walla […]


Tea…is my second favorite beverage after most of the alcoholic ones. One of the main reasons that I enjoy alcoholic beverages is not the alcohol itself, though that can lend a pleasant lift to a social evening. The reason is that these beverages often are indicative of a place, reflecting not only what the French […]

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  Did you know that just a short drive from Dallas is the home of one of the few accredited viticulture and oenology programs in the country? Grayson County College in Denison is home to the T.V. Munson Center, and to a wealth of knowledge for our grape growers and winemakers in Texas. Through programs […]


My grandmother was a devout Southern Baptist, so her experience with wine was limited. However, she and Mark Twain shared similar views where travel was concerned, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,….” Beyond these qualities, my grandmother treated every trip as an educational opportunity; not surprising considering her 44 years as a teacher.  […]

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In the last post, I gave some math tips on deciding how much wine to have on hand for a dinner with multiple guests.  Now I want to share a little about how I use these numbers in planning dinners. Dinner #1 – Calculating small quantities of multiple wines per course when wine supply is […]

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“Would you mind looking at the attached menu, and making recommendations for wine pairings?” I received a version of this e-mail from different departments of the hotel three times within an afternoon. Coincidentally, they arrived as I was planning a wine dinner for the restaurant at the hotel. This is one of the best parts […]


Of Wine and Widgets

December 28, 2010

in Travel,Wine

Blogs, like wine, can be both deceptively simple and arcanely opaque. Jumping from wine and food into the blogosphere seemed a daunting task, and one that might be best avoided. But, the role of Luddite did not appeal. And, life created synchronicities:  The necessity of a revised website and blog for TEXSOM; projects that Drew […]