On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys play the New York Giants in a key NFL matchup. So what makes more sense than a New York-Texas wine competition?
I'm helping the Texas department of agriculture put the event together (being paid, even). It will feature 11 Texas and 11 New York wines paired off in blind tastings, similar wine vs. similar wine. Some of the top wine writers and sommeliers in the state will taste the wines and pick their favorites. We'll also have a Most Valuable Wine for each state. Is that a terrific football theme or what?
I'll report the results next week. This is the kind of event that I enjoy, and not just because it features regional wine. We're showing wine off in a format that is not the same old "sit around a restaurant and pontificate" approach. It's all about taking wine to the people.