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What is Vinester?

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Craig Brazeal


Staff writer for Vinester, Wine Specialist at Mercy Wine Bar in Dallas, Texas, and a member of the United States Bartenders Guild.

My passions are mixology, wine, food and music! My likes are the perfect cocktail made with love and fresh ingredients, dry gin, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo from La Mancha, a great steak, Chartreuse and good people. My dislikes are a poorly made cocktail, wine from a box, sweet tea vodka, an over-cooked steak, bad scotch and mean people.

Wine Experiences

2005 Michael David Cabernet Sauvignon Rapture Lodi
at Mercy Wine Bar for $75 / 750ml Bottle
I first tried this wine two years ago and fell in love with it so I bought a case and started to give it away as Chritmas gifts. I soon found out that I could not get the 2005 any more. I had one left and I have been sitting on it since. I recently met a beautiful young lady at a wine bar and I noticed she was drinking the 2007 Rapture. I had worked up the confidence to ask her out and she said yes! Long story short, I had set up a beautiful date and brought along my last bottle of 2005 Rapture. I am so glad I sat on this wine for a couple of years, the intense aromas of chocolate covered cherries and dark fruit were more notable than I remember. The high acid cut right through the steak I had paired it with. The soft tannins made for an extremly sexy finish! Needless to say the great food, the beautiful young lady and the amazing wine made the best date I have ever been on.

April 4, 2011 at 4:00pm

Articles by Craig Brazeal

Alcohol in Wine

We all know that all wine has alcohol in it otherwise it's just grape juice. The alcohol in wine is of vital importance to experiencing the texture, smell and taste of the wine. The alcohol content in wine will vary from wine to wine grape to grape winemaker to winemaker.

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June 24, 2011

Faulty Wine

I was recently asked the difference between an oxidized wine and a corked wine. I answered the question using the best knowledge I could from what I have experienced over the years.

Although I was not wrong, double checking my answer later that evening I discovered there are many...
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May 12, 2011

Sangria, Anyone?

Around Mexico and the United States this weekend people will celebrate Mexico's defeat over the French on May 5th, 1862, also known as Cinco de Mayo! Many of us have celebrated with our Mexican counterparts over the years, from fiestas with great food and traditional Spanish cocktails to...
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May 05, 2011

What Texas and French Wines Have in Common

Every bottle of French wine has its roots in Texas history... but why?

In the late 19th century, France was hit with a plague that almost destroyed all of their grapevines. This plague is Grape Phylloxera and is caused by pale, sap sucking microscopic insects. They feed on the roots...
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April 26, 2011

Wines for Easter

One of the best things about celebrating Passover and Easter is the massive feast that we share with our friends and family. There is much speculation about the type of food and wine that was served at these feasts, including the Last Supper. It was originally believed that bread and duck...
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April 21, 2011

Spring Wines

Spring is here! The sensory perception that comes to mind when I think of spring is cool breezes, fresh cut lawns, the morning dew, budding flowers, sunny days and the aroma of a cool spring rain. As wine lovers, we should celebrate this beautiful season with wines possesing these qualities....
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March 22, 2011

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