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Hey, welcome to the food blog.

I hope you enjoy wine and food as much as I do and like to share recent discoveries and great bargain finds. I am not an expert by any means. I just know what I like and can usually afford, and occasionally splurge on.

The rest of the time is just work, travel, cookbooks, cooking, eating and life with wine. . . it's so much nicer.

Our ratings are based on how much we did or did not enjoy each wine. No professional advice here, just honest opinions. The same goes for the restaurant ratings.

We drink what we like with what we like to eat.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sonnhof Jurtschitsch GrüeVe 2005 (Austria)

$ - ($3.99 Spec's)
Will I buy this again? You bet!!!

Well I took a gamble and bought another pretty label and this gamble paid off a double bonus. The wine was CHEAP at only $3.99 and it tastes GREAT.

This is a nice, drinkable white wine and I guess the best way to describe it is that its a cross between a Gewurztraminer and a Sauvignon Blanc. It's Grueve baby! Visit The GrüeVe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Friday Night Wine Oh's! *Labor Day Fish Fry AFL-CIO Style*

Being married to Himself (a/k/a David, my husband), who is among other things, the central labor council president of the Austin AFL-CIO, I spent the Friday before Labor Day milling through the crowd of union leaders, state and local politicians and friends of labor who gathered in the parking lot of the AFL-CIO headquarters to brave the afternoon Texas heat and enjoy their annual Labor Day Fish Fry.

Hot pavement, fried catfish, cold beer and rousing political speeches especially after such a great finale to the DNC--what a way to spend a Friday night.
The catfish dinner was catered by Vic's BBQ--yes, Vic's is a BBQ restaurant, but they also cater luncheons and it is my understanding that they make a mean pot roast per Himself. The fish is always crispy and moist inside and the beans and coleslaw are equally as good. (You don't see a lot of cold slaw in the t-can when Vic's does the catering.)

As for the political (let's all respect each other now), it's always nice to hear the politicians supporting labor, unions and workers rights--now if those same politicians will just keep those promises. . .

So instead of wine tonight, I yield to the gentleman from the Austin AFL-CIO--cold beer it is dear.

Center: Congressman Lloyd Doggett; Right: David

Candidate for U.S. Senate Rick Noriega speaks to the AFL-CIO at their Labor Day celebration.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sonnhof Jurtschitsch Mozart White 2005 (Austria)

$$ - (>$12.00 World Market French Section)
Gruner Veltliner [12%]
Artwork by Adi Holzer (
Will I buy this again? You bet!

Yes, I bought another pretty label but the dry white wine inside was just a nice. It was crisp, citrusy and nicely dry. Be sure and check out the art work by Adi Holzer--nicely done too.

Torres Family Sangre de Toro 2006 Red Wine (Spain)

$ - (<$7.00 World Market) Catalunya, Spain [13.5%] Will I buy this again? Yes.

This is a great bargain find and a pretty good red table wine. (I like their white also.) This red is a blend of garnacha and carinena and is a go to daily red on a budget. Nice balance and finish. Would make a great braising liquid.

Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines Tempranillo 2007 (Spain)

$ - (<$10.00 Spec's)
D.O. Calatayud, Spain
Will I buy this again? Maybe.

Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines Tempranillo is a dark, intense wine that was better with a little air time. Cherry fruit and peppery flavors.

Friday, September 5, 2008

On Vacation In Vegas Baby!

We are on vacation in Vegas this week. I'll have some blogging to do when I get back. We had a fabulous dinner at Carnevino last night--Mario Batali's new Vegas restaurant. Got pics and all. Stay tuned.