• Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Celebrate 1 Year with Union Kitchen - Kingwood

    Earlier this week, Julep launched a month-long happy hour featuring classic libations that pay homage to the spirit of the South. From now until Deember 9, get a taste of 30 cocktails -- including Mississippi Punch, which references the popular sport of boxing in the South; and the Meyer Lemon Thund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Our Top Wines for a Bayou City Christmas (And a Few Vino-Related Gifts)

    As I have done every year since I moved to Texas five holiday seasons ago, I'll be spending Christmas eve on Cow Bayou in Bridge City, East Texas (about 20 minutes up the road from Orange, where my wife was born). Uncle Tim will make his famous gumbo, spiked with his hard-boiled-egg-laced potato s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Where to Dine Out in Houston on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2013 (No Dishes To Do!)

    Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Haven

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Haven is offering brunch, lunch and dinner for HRW. Lunch and brunch are each $20 and include two courses (no dessert). Dinner is $45 and includes an appetizer, an entrée and dessert. Service/Atmosphere: My mother and I decided on a late dinner at Haven ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Indulge in Food & Wine This Summer with Landry's Signature Chef Series

    Ah, summer. Time for frolicking by the pool, drinking blue-colored Icees that'll turn your tongue blue, working ferociously at the gym to get your body toned, and indulging in decadent chef-driven wine pairing dinners. Yes, a summer tradition, Landry's Signature Chef Series is currently in full sw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Brasserie 19's Extreme Value Wine List

    There's really no other way to say this. The wine prices at Brasserie 19 on West Gray are insane. And that's not just the California-speak of my youth creeping into my wine blogging. They are insane, crazy, nuts, cuckoo, mad, screw-loose, and just downright non compos mentis.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Shaking Up the Bar at Provisions

    It felt somewhat incomplete writing up this week's cafe review of Provisions -- the casual half of dual-restaurant concept The Pass & Provisions -- without mentioning the bar program. After all, much of the large, multi-roomed space at Provisions is devoted to its sleek bar. And much was written of ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2012

    Pass the Vegenaise

    Houston's top 10 vegan restaurants.

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Cat Piss, Horse Sweat, Wet Dog, Barnyard (Unusual Wine Descriptors)

    One of the pet peeves at our house is gooseberries. No, not the berries themselves. But the people who use the descriptor gooseberry when writing a tasting note. As one wine blogger put it, "New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's classic description is smelling like cats' pee on a gooseberry bush. If you g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    The Eating Our Words 100: Dale Robertson, a Populist Among Wine Writers

    Eating Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our readers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Zach Adams of The Pass & Provisions on Switchblade Swizzles

    This week we asked readers who they'd like to see profiled in upcoming editions of Bartender Chat. Zach Adams was not only mentioned multiple times, he also happens to be working behind the bar at The Pass & Provisions, which just opened. A new chef-driven concept from Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    August 17, 2012

    The Trick to Examining Color and Opacity in Wine

    The color of wine can be one of the wine lover's greatest pleasures. And whether the old-man piss of an orange wine or the Bologna red of a Nebbiolo (like the Barolo in the image above), the hue of wine not only delivers aesthetic reward but also serves as a gauge of the wine's fitness. Whenever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Shea Cooper of Coppa Talks Barrel-Aged Cocktails and Dramaturgy

    Coppa Italian Ristorante had very large shoes to fill when it opened in the old Catalan space. From its dramatic yet understated décor to Chef Brandi Key's fresh take on familiar Italian classics, Coppa seems to be forging its own way in the world quite nicely. I stopped in early on a Sunday aftern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    The Aeration Condom (and Why I Don't Decant)

    Decanting? I'm not a fan. Not that there's anything wrong with decanting. In fact, some of my best friends are decanters. But when you come to dinner at my house, you'll rarely see me decant a wine. Ninety-nine percent of the wine we consume today is filtered and shouldn't have any sediment (if i ... 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

    May 30, 2012

    What Are "Tannins" in Wine?

    Have you ever been to a wine tasting or dinner party and heard some blowhard try to befuddle and belittle an enthusiastic however neophyte wine lover by asking can you taste how smooth the tannins are in this [red] wine? One of the most common misperceptions in the wine world is that you can taste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    B[ring] Y[our] O[wn] B[arbera]

    In the aftermath of recent posts here at Wine Time on corkage and tipping etiquette, Lucio's BYOB and Grill seemed like an ideal destination for a working dinner with a colleague -- a demilitarized zone, as it were. After all, it has "BYOB" in the name of the venue. Not knowing what to expect in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Odd Pair: Sushi and Wine (a Preview of Uchi's Wine List)

    There's a lot riding on the launch of the new Uchi in Houston. Tyson Cole's Austin outposts -- Uchi and Uchiko -- stand apart as "destination" restaurants in Texas, venues that have attained national recognition in part because of Cole's success as a competitive chef on television and in part becau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    To Recork Or Not To Recork an Old Port?

    A few weeks ago, in the wake of a controversial post and a contentious comment thread on cork, reader Jay posed the following conundrum: We have some very old Port[o] that still has a few years left before it meets the 21-22 year optimum time frame. What is your opinion on removing the corks and re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Wine & Truffle Dinner at Valentino Vin Bar

    Photos by Christina UticoneDolcetto d'Alba​As if a wine hangover weren't bad enough, did you know you can actually get a truffle hangover? I woke up with one after five luscious courses of food at the recent Truffle & Wine dinner held at Valentino. Who can resist a hook like white truffles -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    10 Tips for Holiday Wine Shopping

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Top Texas wine blogger Italian Wine Guy knows a thing or two about how frustrating wine shopping can be.​As you head to your local wine seller to stock up on holiday wines, here are 10 tips for smart wine shopping. 1) Find a shop that offers a mixed case discount. Most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Photo via @SanCrittenden.Houston wine blogger Sandra Crittenden.​Wine Thoughts: One of the things that we love about Sandra Crittenden's blog Wine Thoughts is how she seamlessly alternates between a big, boisterous Chilean red that she picked up at the Tasting Room for "approximately $100," an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Odd Pair: Wine and Legs (or Tears That Rhyme with Ears)

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.The legs of 2005 Langhe Nebbiolo Sperss by Gaja (Piedmont, Italy), tasted this week in Houston.​How many times have you been at a dinner party and heard some blowhard say something like the following (uttered with a fake British accent): Observe carefully: After swirli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Iggy Pop, the Bordeaux Connoisseur: The Funniest Food Requests on Riders

    ITO EN, you're all that I wanted in a tea.​The next time someone calls you a picky eater, direct them to Weezer's backstage rider for their 2010 tour. Weezer demands that both regular and Canadian bacon be available for breakfast, that there be almond butter but no peanut butter, that there m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Real Lambrusco from the Land of Bologna

    ​In Emilia-Romagna (Italy), the land of real Lambrusco, good eating isn't just a way of life... It isn't just a religion... It is a sine qua non, a that without which life simply could not exist. When you live in Emilia-Romagna, Italy's richest region, where there is a higher number of pigs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Craving Creminelli

    ​One of the items from Liz Thorpe's cheese-tasting class that I didn't mention earlier this week was the soppressata that some of you may have noticed sitting in the background. That soppressata was from Creminelli Fine Meats, an artisan meat producer based in Utah, where a third-generation I ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 20, 2001

    Fall For It

    La Griglia