Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

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After reading our blogging colleague Katharine Shilcutt's post about Robb Walsh's tasting and pairing of Texas Gulf oysters and wines last week at Oceanaire on Westheimer, we were geeked to see a post from a wine blogger's perspective by one of our favorite Houston wine educators, Sandra Crittenden.

While Katharine focused on the concept of "merroir" (site specificity in tasting profiles for oysters, akin to terroir in wine growing), Sandra offers some insights into how the pairings worked.

"I was somewhat surprised," she wrote, "that I enjoyed the buttery, oaked Chardonnay as much as I did with the raw oyster, the lemon-butter flavors complemented my oyster while the light tannins from the wood aging worked with the creamy/fattiness of it."

Click here for her notes on the pairings.

TX Wine Lover: Although the Texas Hill Country Wineries website does have a calendar of wine events, the Texas wine industry as a whole still relies on bloggers like Jeff Cope for exhaustive coverage of upcoming events and winery profiles.

Someone ought to give Jeff a medal for his newly updated calendar here, including events through July of this year.

Vintage Texas: And speaking of upcoming Texas wine industry events (and medals that ought to be awarded to Texas wine bloggers), we wouldn't know about the March 19 Viognier Symposium in Comanche if it weren't for top Texas wine blogger and industry insider Russ Kane and his preview of the conference.

While Blanc du Blanc remains the "great white hope" for Texas in our view, Viognier is quickly gaining traction as a top white grape variety here. Its sturdiness in the vineyard and its unctuousness in the glass seem to play well here in the Lone Star state.

Dr. Vino: And beyond our borders, the wine world continues to recoil in horror as more information emerges about U.S.-based collector Rudy Kurniawan's arrest on charges of selling counterfeit wine last week.

The image above, provided by Federal prosecutors to top U.S. wine bloggers, gives us a taste of what "billionaire wino" Rudy's shenanigans and Dr. Vino offers a roundup of chatter and reflections by some of the nation's leading wine pundits.

Brooklyn Guy: With all the interest in Spanish cuisine here in Houston, it's a wonder that we don't have a Sherry bar yet.

Sherry's been the rage this year in New York City, where bloggers like Brooklyn Guy and hometown favorite sommelier Levi Dalton have been writing about the classic oxidized wine from Spain and the new presence of a tide of producers in the U.S. market.

This week, Brooklyn Guy writes about his favorite Sherry bar in -- yep, you guessed it -- Brooklyn.

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