I'd be remiss if I didn't offer a shameless plug for Lori's new side venture as a "wine tasting consultant" for the direct-marketing arm of online wine retailer 1800WineShop. The holiday season is coming up and Lori is looking for people who want to host their own in-home wine-tasting parties.
The premise is simple: you invite a bunch of friends for a get-together, and Lori comes over with a selection of wines (both red and white) for you and your friends to sample, and if you like, purchase.
You don't even have to be a wine snob; as Lori serves various samples, she'll explain the "proper" way to taste wine, explain the differences between various wines, and suggest foods and recipies that go well with each wine.
The wines offered generally come from "boutique wineries" in California which produce in smaller quantities; these wines rarely make their way to the shelves of your neighborhood Spec's.
If you live in or around Houston and think you'd be interested in hosting a wine-tasting party of your own, check out Lori's page at www.tastewinehouston.com.