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Antonio Gianola

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Sweet & Savory Benefit for Lucky Dog Rescue Hosts an "All Male Review"

    "We have some hot chefs coming to this," Becky Masson, pastry chef and owner of Fluff Bake Bar tells me giggling. "You're definitely going to want to be there." For the past several years, Masson has organized a bi-annual Sweet & Savory dinner with local chefs to benefit Houston's Lucky Dog Rescue. ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Beer and Food Trucks Galore

    8th Wonder Anniversary Block Party @ 8th Wonder Brewery Friday, 6-11 p.m. 2202 Dallas 8th Wonder Brewery has been in Houston for one year and is throwing a block party tonight to celebrate -- it's a "Celeb8ion of Beer." For $25 (tickets purchased at the door) you will receive a commemorative glass ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Chris Shepherd Dishes on Underbelly's New Dinner Series

    If you've ever been to Underbelly, you've seen the wall adorned with photos of Houston culinary personalities and places. Not everyone in the photos is famous; some of the people pictured own small mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic ethnic food. There are farmers and fishermen. These are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    How to Shop for Wine (Without Sounding like a Dick)

    For previous posts in our "how-to wine" series, please click here. Like so many women and men across America, hundreds of Houstonians will head to their neighborhood wine shop today to pick up a special bottle of wine for a Valentine's Day dinner. For some of them, it will be an extremely stressfu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Toasting the Turkey: Seven Top Wines for Houston Thanksgiving 2013

    Hopping around the city last week as I did my Thanksgiving wine shopping, I couldn't help but be reminded what a great time it is to be a wine lover in Houston. These days, as the city continues to become one of the top destinations in the U.S. for fine wine -- driving value and broadening the spect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best Restaurants for Wine

    For decades, the Houston wine scene has been dominated by the California powerhouse: "California Chardonnay," "Napa Cab," and "Merlot" (in quotes because it denotes Merlot from California) have long been been Houston's go-to wines. And in many circles, they still are the most frequently ordered wine ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    When Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey Pours at Uchi, Houston's Top Sommeliers Listen

    Houston, is that a frico dropping? By my count, there were roughly forty of our city's top wine professionals in the room, all listening with rapt attention and relishing savory nuggets of wine wisdom imparted by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey (above). And I'm not talking benchwarmers. This was an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Antonio Gianola's New Italian Wine Program at Houston Wine Merchant

    It's only been a few short weeks since a handsome Floridian swooped down from the sky and snatched up one of Houston's most beloved wine professionals, Marcy Jimenez. Hers is a tough act to follow: Since moving to Houston in 2005, she was a buyer and floor manager at Houston's only independently ow ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 3, 2013

    Pho to Ramen, Bulgogi to Bo 7 Mon

    The top 10 restaurants in Chinatown.

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    December 28, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Surfing Cowboys and Plenty of Pizza

    Last week's roundup was heavy on the closings, but not this week. Although there were some high-profile places that shuttered, this week features mostly good news. But in the grand tradition of breaking news to people, let's go ahead and start with the bad. First is that Tintos, the tapas joint in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Get This Man a Wine Bar! A Chat with Houston Celeb Sommelier Antonio Gianola

    In the five years that it was open, the sorely missed Catalan Food & Wine Bar on Washington earned no less than three nods for the Best Wine List in Houston here at the Houston Press Best Of Houston ® Awards. It was certainly my favorite wine list in the city, in part because of the extraordinary ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Behind the Scenes at The Iron Sommelier Competition

    "In ten minutes, they're gonna be in the room," said sommelier Antonio Gianola with a tone of urgency. To his right, fellow sommelier Jonathan Honefenger encouraged his fellow somms along with cries of: "Hustle! Hustle!" The two men moved swiftly from one seat to the next, pouring a deliberate ounc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Underbelly's Underpriced Wine List Gives Us More Reasons to Love It

    Because there is so very much to discuss when it comes to Underbelly, the subject of this week's cafe review, I found myself having to trim back significantly in certain areas of the review in order to get a broader point across (which, TL;DR, is that Underbelly is where it's all happening and you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Money Cat Brunch Raises Money for OKRA

    It's Sunday morning, just 15 minutes shy of 10 a.m., and already, a small line had formed as I entered Paulie's on Westheimer for an encore of Chef Justin Yu's popular Money Cat Brunch pop-up. A fundraiser for the newly formed OKRA (Organized Kollaboration on Restaurant Affairs) non-profit, the even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Odd Pair: Pseudo-Italian Sports Bar and French Wine

    ​Let's face it: No matter how you dress or slice the meatballs (more on that below), if you have ESPN constantly streaming on monitors that hover above your bar and dining room, you are a sports bar -- even if you slap ristorante italiano onto the name of your restaurant. According to its web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    No more ceviche at the Midtown outpost of Lemon Tree.​A reader alerted us via Twitter to the fact that the Lemon Tree (207 West Gray) had closed its doors sometime in the past week. We went by to check it out and it is, indeed, closed. A call to Lemon Tree's original location on Whittington re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Champagne Cocktail

    ​The champagne cocktail is among the simplest and most enjoyable cocktails around. Those who have never had a champagne cocktail might scoff at the thought of ruining precious champagne with bitters and sugar, but this drink, which has existed for more than 200 years, has plenty to offer. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Antonio Gianola of Catalan

    ​Antonio Gianola is no stranger to the Houston wine scene. In fact, you've probably read multiple articles on him and his restaurant, Catalan. So, how did this former medical biller and coder become the talk of the town? One glass of wine at a time. "I was good at medical billing and coding, ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 30, 2009

    Washington Ave. Revisited

    Forget what I said about Catalan – Chris Shepherd is one of the top toques in Texas.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Follow Friday for Houston Food Hounds

    Photo courtesy of @bakerella In the world of Twitter -- the love-it-or-hate-it microblogging service -- Fridays are known as "Follow Friday," a day devoted to suggesting new or interesting users for your friends to follow. Depending on who you follow, your Twitter stream will be inundated on Friday ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 3, 2007

    Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind

    The Vintage Mirrors the Year

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    May 1, 2007
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    November 9, 2006

    Bacon, Eggs and Barbera

    Treat yourself to Mediterranean-inflected breakfast foods and some of the most amazing wine deals in town at Catalan

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