Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

Another Wine Blog: We don't know about you, but we cannot resist a wine blog that quotes from 20th-century feminist icon Gloria Steinem (right, photo via Allyn Scura). Recently returned from the U.S. Wine Blogger Conference in Virgina, Houston-based wine blogger Amy Corron Power and husband Joe write about her experience at the conference and Wine & Food Erotica from Charlottesville, Virginia. Beyond Amy's notes from the conference and her take on the "spit versus swallow method," she also ruminates on the nature of "food porn."

"For most writers and photographers, the standard moniker for highly detailed, close-up food pictures is 'Food Porn,' but I prefer to think of it as 'Food Erotica.' ... 'Pornography is about dominance. Erotica is about mutuality.' -- Gloria Steinem." Amy and Joe have been offline for a while and we're thrilled to see them blogging again. Great quote, great post, great blog. Wine bloggers, please do not ever forget: the personal is political!

Blue State Carpetbagger's Red State Wine Blog: "Cheap Bourgogne Rouge Death Match," anyone? The title says it all in Tom "Big House" Casagrande's most recent post on inexpensive red Burgundy. Check out his top three picks for value in the Côte-d'Or.

Wine Thoughts: In recent weeks, there's been a lot of debate in the enoblogosphere about whether or not wine bloggers should write about wines they don't like. This week, Sandra Crittenden writes about a 1998 Barbaresco that she and her husband cellared for too long. The results were disappointing, but the post is a great example of how negativity has a place in wine blogging -- when informed and well balanced. We're glad to discover, however, that she and hubby enjoyed another 1998 Barbaresco with superb results last month. Gaja, anyone?

The Black Door: Greg Steiner, blogger for Houston-based Tasting Room and Max's Wine Dive, writes this week about Txakolina, including one of our favorite bottlings, Getaria. "If you've ever been to a tapas bar in San Sabastien, or anywhere in the Basque country for that matter," writes Steiner, "you know Txakolina. You walk into those bars stacked with the most mouth-watering foods your eyes have beheld and order a glass of wine. The bartender pulls out a tumbler. Not a wine glass, a tumbler. Then he holds the bottle of Txakolina as high as possible in one hand and the tumbler as low as possible in the other, and pours a cascading stream of crisp refreshment into the glass." A great recommendation for these dog days of summer.

Italian Wine Review: Got Super Tuscan? From the other side of that great misunderstanding otherwise known as the Atlantic Ocean, veteran Italian wine blogger Kyle Phillips reviews current releases by some of the greatest Super Tuscan producers, including Sassicaia and Guado al Tasso. Not all of the wines are available in Texas, but this post is a must-read for collectors of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot raised along the Tuscan coast.

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