Favorite Reads Cocktails, Good Spirits, Grape Expectations, Grapevine, Wine + Spirits

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Welcome to the Warmth Fall 2009

Welcome to the Warmth

Hide from winter in cozy bars across the Gulf Coast.

Square One September 2009

Square One

Very few of us, me included, actually grew up in wine-centric families. My dad loved Schlitz, so you can imagine the depth of the quality of wine that was in our house. Whenever a bottle of wine popped up, which was infrequent, it was pretty sweet and without structure. Even at 11 years of age, I was certain that the really grapey liquid in the 1-liter bottle was not very good. And if that was what wine was all about, then I would follow in my father’s footsteps and continue the family legacy of drinking Schlitz in quart bottles. So when I actually discovered wine, through a girl (no surprise there –– the other bit of good news is that I married her), I was way behind on the information curve that I perceived everyone else already had. In reality, “everyone” really did not have that much wine information, but when you have none, even the rudimentary act of opening a bottle was awkward and embarrassing. Sort of like singing a cappella: You think you are doing fine. The looks on the faces of your friends tell you otherwise.

Last Call September 2009

Last Call

The Ultimate Adult Snow Ball

What is that back there? August 2009

What is that back there?

No, not that. The other pretty bottle behind the gin.