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Bandol

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    November 18, 2014

    10 Things Your Mother Didn't Teach You About Thanksgiving Wines

    10. Don't believe the "perfect pairing" hype. The Thanksgiving feast is one of the most challenging culinary events of the year when it comes to wine pairing. Between cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie, and the roast turkey, you have intensely tart, radically sweet, and richly savory flavors on the ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    A Fantastic Rosé for Houston to Call Its Own

    Americans have a truly unique relationship with rosé. During the 1970s and 1980s, when middle-class Americans were becoming wine-aware for the first time in our nation's history, the wine industry aggressively marketed cheaply made "blush" wines to the masses. Lancers Rosé, Mateus Rosé, and "Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Upcoming Events: A Couple That Cooks Together Stays Together

    Facon Brazilian Steakhouse opened in Vintage Park several weeks ago, but the new restaurant will hold its grand opening celebration on Wednesday, May 28, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Tickets to the event cost $50 and include a three-course prix fixe meal consisting of multiple Brazilian meats, a tapa ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    It's National Wine Week; Celebrate With a Glass of Vino at These Events

    The 53rd Annual National Wine Week, sponsored by the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, is celebrated from September 16 through September 20. Of course, because it's an SWRG event, it tends to take place exclusively at Smith & Wollensky restaurants across the country, but we don't really like the i ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    The French Conundrum: The Culinary Idiosyncrasies of Salé-Sucré

    Salé-Sucré's meals are worth the wait, but some lesser ingredients are a puzzlement.

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    June 7, 2013

    Upcoming Events: $10 Wine-Tasting Class for Dad & a BBQ Book Signing

    Give Dad an early Father's Day gift by signing him up for the Wine Workshop: Wines for Father's Day -- "An ode to Dad" at Central Market this Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. This demonstration class is run by the Central Market Beer & Wine Experts, who will take each participant on a tour through the ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Valentine's Day Dining

    Houston restaurants have special deals to help you take your sweetie out to dinner.

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    January 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Somm-vasion at Phil's Wine Lounge and More

    The brand-new Phil's Wine Lounge downstairs at Philippe is breaking in its boots by launching a Guest Sommelier Series starting February 6. Hosted by Vanessa Trevino Boyd -- resident sommelier at Philippe and last year's Best of Houston® winner for Best Sommelier -- the series will feature intimate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Skin Contact Is How Wines Get (or Don't Get) Their Color

    Last week's post on our Pinot Grigio Nation reminded me of the first time I visited a winery, when I was 20 years old. I was a senior in college at U.C.L.A. (majoring in Italian), and I made a road trip to northern California with some European friends to visit the wine country. During a tour of the ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2012

    1981 and Now

    The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods.

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    June 27, 2012

    The Top 5 Wines for Summer

    One of the things I love the most about summers in Texas is pool parties. When the heat is on, we tend to congregate with our friends around the pool, the grill, and our favorite wines. There's no better time -- in my experience -- to break out all those under-$25, easy-drinking, low-alcohol wines t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    A Prince Among Rosés: Tempier Bandol

    When you taste wine, its initial impact is visual. The color and transparency or opacity of the wine is the first in a series of four "tasting" moments: Visual, olfactive, tactile/gustatory, temporal/mnemonic. In other words, the impressions that the wine makes on your eyes, nose, mouth, and memory. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Salade Niçoise Recipe (and Bandol Rosé Porn)

    When it comes to making a great salade niçoise, it's all about the quality of the ingredients. But that doesn't mean that you need to make a special trip to Whole Foods Market just to make this humble summer dish. In fact, I make my niçcoise using ingredients I buy at H-E-B (except the extra-virgi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Aromatic White Wines for the Foods of Summer

    Salade niçoise is a favorite summer dish at our house (and I've already made it twice since Memorial Day). Its simple summer flavors, combined with chunky olive oil-cured tuna and gently hard-boiled eggs, make for a nearly perfect balance of lightness and substance. While Bandol rosé is always g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Upcoming Events: A Birthday Barbecue at the Best Block in Houston

    This Thursday, June 7, head out to the so-called Best Block in Houston to help celebrate the birthday of a local legend, pitmaster Adam Fisher. From 6 to 10 p.m., the Continental Club will be hosting a birthday extravaganza for Fisher, whose barbecue has been a fixture at the concert venue for a doz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    What's the Deal With "Old" Wine?

    So, what's the deal with old wine anyway? Wednesday's post on What are "Tannins" in Wine? got me thinking about the widely divergent ways Europeans and Americans perceive and approach the consumption of "old wine." Tannins and "tannic structure," after all, are part of what gives wine its longevity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Crawfish Across Houston

    It's high crawfish season in Houston, with a slew of different boils coming up to satisfy all your head-sucking pursuits. But first, you don't want to miss this weekend's big charity event: Kicking Cancer's Ass. The fundraiser dinner will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Ralph Smi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Just Say No to Green Beer and Cancer

    Instead of chugging crappy green beer for St. Patrick's Day (which is tomorrow, in case you missed the memo), here are three other suggestions that don't suck: Barbecue guru Neil "Bigmista" Strawder is returning home to Galveston tomorrow for a charity barbecue at St. Augustine of Hippo, the oldest ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Return to Backstreet Café

    A few years ago, I tried being vegan. Then, I swapped to a vegetarian diet, and finally, pescetarian. I found it extremely educational. (For example, I learned that I don't want to live the rest of my life without cheeseburgers.) It also sent me on a quest to find restaurants that could accommodate ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 21, 2011

    Bread Lines

    Beyond just the baked goods, Cedars Bakery draws crowds with its authentic,beyond-the-mainstream Mediterranean food.

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    May 23, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A 13-Year-Old Rosé... Yes, Aged Rosé from Spain

    ​There was a lot of positive response to a post from a few weeks ago, "Righting the Wrong of Rosé," and so I thought folks might enjoy hearing about the 1998 López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva (Grand Reserve Rosé), a true gem and one of the greatest and truly iconic wines ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Righting the Wrong of Rosé

    ​Remember the "pink" and "blush" wines from the 1970s, like the one pictured right? They were mass-produced and mass-marketed blends of white and red grapes with high alcohol content (and often with added sugar) intended for the swinging cocktail set of the era. And while we all had a grand t ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Houston's Top 10 Wine Bars

    Photo by Troy FieldsYou can even get a helluva guanciale cheeseburger at Plonk.​Today's Houston Press Deal of the Day (oh, you don't know what those are? sign up; they're seriously fantastic) is for 50 percent off at Boheme, a little wine bar in Montrose that also serves up cappuccinos and bee ... More >>

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