Author Archives: David Devere

Sulfites in Wine – Myth, Truth and Opinion.

I’ve heard all these: “I can’t drink red wine because the sulfites give me a headache.  White is ok though.” “I can only drink good quality red wines because the sulfites give me a headache.” “The red wines last night gave me a headache, tonight I’ll have a gin instead.” “I’m allergic to sulfites.” “I … Continue reading »

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Friday Video Diversion

Sometimes the weekend can’t come soon enough. Maybe you need a little diversion before getting to today’s task. As a balm to your week long blues I offer you two funny wine videos from Paso Robles that were submitted to Wine Spectators Yearly Video Contest.  These are clever and fun and wine geeky.  Maybe you should enjoy a … Continue reading »

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Wine Serving Temperature Chart

Before I started learning about wine and hosting wine tasting classes I used to store my white wines in the refrigerator door and my red wines on top of the fridge. This ensured that my whites were cold and my reds were room temperature. What more did I need to know? My basis for serving … Continue reading »

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A photo tour of fine Southern sights

As we left New Orleans and traveled the coast we attempted to stay as close to the water as possbile. We visited barrier islands and grand southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston. Here are a dozen images from America’s deep south .

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An unexpected neighborhood tour of New Orleans

I’ve never been to New Orleans and we really were not here to see the city. We had a morning to catch a quick glance before heading over to Biloxi, Mississippi to see a sailboat that was for sale. All I wanted was to see the French quarter and part of the city, just to … Continue reading »

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Grand Isle Louisiana

As we left Texas, I looked at the map of Louisiana and saw a State Park. It was on a tiny island that extended far out into the Gulf of Mexico. The road, Hwy 1, ended or maybe started there. Either way it seemed like a remote spot, out in the middle of the swamp, … Continue reading »

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Morning Walk at Goose Island

Unlike Padre island which is a sandy barrier island, Goose island is surrounded by marshes, shallow bays and oyster beds. We spent two nights at Goose Island State Park and on our first morning we walked out to the fishing pier to meet the rising sun. (Click on the picture to see a larger view.)

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Generator Generation

Dear Reader, Does it seem strange that while camping in a National Park you should spend your entire day inside your RV? Does it seem strange to run your generator all day so that you can watch TV? How about at night so you can power your flat screen TV? How about in the morning … Continue reading »

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Padre Island National Seashore

At Padre Island National Seashore it costs $10 to enter for an entire week, you can camp on the beach and it is pet friendly.  Come take a walk with us.

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Desert Oasis

Looking at the map as we set our course from Truth or Consequences, NM we saw a state park along Interstate 10 in the heart of West Texas around the town of Balmorhea. West Texas is big, hilly and dry. The countryside is creosote and prickly pear cactus that climb up and down dry dusty … Continue reading »

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