A narrow wedge of tart, with a thin layer of russet caramelization lying atop and dusted with cinnamon, sat on a stark white plate alongside a modest scoop of ice cream and a mysterious preserved fruit. Sericaia com ameixa de Elvas explained the menu. The dessert was as exquisite as the name sounded. Sericaia is […]


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 […]


  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 […]


The company for which I work is known for guest service. Perhaps for this reason, I notice how other companies treat their guests. And, I read with admiration, amusement, and alarm the stories that others print. Yet, until this past weekend, I had not felt compelled to contribute to the canon. My change of heart […]


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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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 […]