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Donnhoff Estate QbA Riesling 2017 One of my friends is a Riesling fanatic. He reveres the grape to the point that he once lectured me about how Riesling is the “ultimate” grape variety. The rationale for his argument was that Riesling is the one variety used to produce wines of…

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Wine Wednesday

Welcome to Spec’s Wine Wednesday, a thread where we will feature various producers from around the world – a mixture of mainstays and hidden gems – that we feel are worth taking home for self-study. For this week’s inaugural installment, we’ll briefly examine a lesser-known producer from Bordeaux called Haut-Vigneau.…

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More Joy Mojitos

The mojito is a classic cocktail praised for its sweet smoothness by the likes of Ernest Hemmingway and James Bond. Usually it’s best not to mess with a classic, but sometimes you find yourself oversaturated with beachy cocktails and yearning for something familiar yet different. And that’s why we’ve gathered…

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Ready. Set. Prosecco!

Prosecco is Italy’s most famous sparkling wine. Known for its aromas and flavors of white spring flowers, citrus fruits, green apples and pears. They are balanced with lively acidity and an elegant mousse. People are often confused by the differences between Prosecco and Champagne, as they’re both sparkling wines from…

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Mead Your Match: Texas Meaderies Tour

Mead is the oldest alcohol on Earth. Scientists have found Chinese pottery from 9,000 years ago with evidence of mead fermentation that predates both beer and wine by thousands of years. To put that into perspective, humans were just reaching the end of the Stone Age! So, what exactly is…

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Beat the Heat with Summer Bordeaux

I was outdoors for a three-hour birthday party Saturday, and it was hot – not exactly out of the ordinary for a Houston weekend in July. It’s never a surprise when that pervasive heat continues to hang over the city through August and most of September before Fall begins. But…

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Tour de Pour: Zone 3

Welcome to the final week of Spec’s Le Pour de France wine tour! We’re following the riders across France and giving you a rundown of the wine regions they’re in so as they’re pedaling you can be pouring glasses of regional favorites.  This week brings us into the south of…

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VIVE LA FRANCE

Bastille day might be the French National Day, but we’re happy to celebrate this historic day here in Texas! And what better way to toast to this auspicious occasion than with a bottle of French wine? We’re taking the guess work out of which label to share with friends, both…

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Pour de France: Zone 2

Welcome to the second week of Spec’s Le Pour de France wine tour! We’re following the riders across France and giving you a rundown of the wine regions they’re in so as they’re pedaling you can be pouring glasses of regional favorites.  We begin this week with the longest stage…

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Pour de France: Zone 1

In honor of the world’s greatest bicycle race, the Tour de France, Spec’s will be taking you on a side-by-side tasting tour of the wine regions the cyclist will be riding through. We call it the Pour de France, and yes, we think it’s a clever name as well. We’ll…

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Spaghetti Sauce And Wine Pairing

Perfect Pasta Pairings

Fun Fact: The word spaghetti is plural for the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine.” The best part about spaghetti is the variety of pasta dishes you can make. With each dish there’s a different wine that pairs perfectly. Check out our…

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