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Beverages

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    July 22, 2014

    Moët & Chandon's Elise Losfelt Talks Champagne & Truffle Fries

    Winemaker Elise Losfelt of Moët & Chandon, the world's leading Champagne house since 1743, visited Houston this past week and sat down with the Houston Press to discuss their champagnes, and to introduce the Grand Vintage 2006, which is now available in the United States. She also has a few tips fo ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Pub Night at Saint Arnold & Belgian Beer Tasting at The Ginger Man

    Pub Night @ Saint Arnold Brewery Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 2000 Lyons Pub Night returns this Friday night at Saint Arnold, and they'll be tapping a keg of Siembra Azul Tequila Barrel Aged Divine Reserve 14; it's a Belgian strong golden ale and the first beer Saint Arnold has aged in tequila barrels ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Houston's 10 Best BYOB Restaurants (Plus What to Drink)

    It's like a personal challenge: Pick the best wine or beer to go with the food at a local restaurant. Rely only on my own limited pairing know-how. Pay as little as possible for said booze. Enjoy meal immensely knowing you've saved money and made a match. As much as I appreciate a great wine list o ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Margaritas

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    The Five Best Beer Flights in Houston

    Decisions, decisions, decisions. How to pick just one or two beers to drink during happy hour when there are so many to choose from? Fortunately for those fickle souls among us, a number of bars and restaurants in town offer beer flights, so you can get more bang for your buck and more beer for y ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Get the Buttermilk Biscuits at Bosta Coffee & Wine

    Bosta Coffee & Wine opened its doors a couple of weeks ago in the quiet Museum District. By day, it's a coffee shop, but by night it serves up wine, beer and sophisticated bar snacks. The coffee beans are provided by Greenway Coffee & Tea (so you know what's being served is top notch); the food offe ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    A Ranking of Texas Whiskeys Under $40

    Though Kentucky and Tennessee have long been considered the whiskey and bourbon capitols of the country, Texas is increasingly making a name for itself as a whiskey producer. Walk into Spec's and ask for Texas whiskey, and they'll point you to a whole section filled with amber-hued liquor purporte ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Rockstar Winemaker Pax Mahle Takes Houston by Storm

    A Houston wine writer considered himself fortunate to get an audience with rockstar winemaker Pax Mahle yesterday while the charismatic sommelier cum winery owner was in town to show his wine to buyers and speak at a sold-out wine dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. That's not to say that Mahle is p ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Great Whiskey Debate: And the Winner Is...

    Earlier this month, I attended the Great Whiskey Debate, a private event for whiskey enthusiasts in Houston. I received an invitation to cover the event, which is part of a touring series set up by Beam/Suntory, in part to raise brand awareness but also to highlight the differences between each type ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Siphon Coffee: My New Happy Place for Coffee

    It didn't take long for me to become a fan of Siphon Coffee, the new coffee shop on West Alabama, just east of Montrose. It didn't matter that there were no seats when I arrived on a sweltering Sunday afternoon. I didn't even have to order their signature siphon coffee for it to become my new "it" c ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Where Are Houston's Female Sommeliers?

    Quick, name all of the female sommeliers in Houston. OK, if you can't name all of them, name at least ten. Trick question. Here in Houston, we have six: Vanessa Trevino-Boyd (60 Degrees Mastercrafted), Samantha Porter (freelancing), Kelly McCloud (Camerata), Annette Amaya (Cru Wine Bar), Angie Ch ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Four Cocktails to Make with Guajiro Honey Rum from the Canary Islands

    Several years ago, Debbie Doherty and Barbara Snider and their husbands traveled to the Canary Islands, autonomous colonies of Spain off the coast of west Africa. There, they fell in love with both the islands and their signature drink: Rum. Rum is most often associated with the Caribbean, but sug ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Chilean Winemaker Delivers Surprising, Refreshing Food-Friendliness

    "When I was younger," said Chilean winemaker Felipe Tosso last night at an intimate tasting of his wines at Churrascos, "I made big and bold, intense, tannic wines. But now that I'm older [in his early 40s] and now that I'm a father and more mellow, I make more food-friendly wines. I want to have fu ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Bobby Stuckey, a Master Sommelier Not Afraid to Get His Hands Dirty

    The A-list always comes out when Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and his business partner, celebrity chef Lachlan Patterson, come to town to cook and taste wine. Last night found the two of them at Reef, where Patterson prepared a meal inspired by the cuisine of Friuli (northeastern Italy) and Stuck ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Snack on Meatballs & Watch a Movie on The Lawn

    H-E-B Movie Night @ Discovery Green Friday, 7:45 p.m. 1500 McKinney Spend the evening at Discovery Green during the H-E-B Movie Night featuring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the lawn during this free event. Spaghetti Warehouse will provide meatballs fo ... 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 >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Read This and Drink: Imbibe!

    Usually when we write about books on the blog, they're cookbooks. This book is a little different. Part recipe book, part cocktail history and all rollicking ride through the stories that shaped the modern cocktail bar, David Wondrich's tome--whose complete title is Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    10 Best Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool

    During the summer, we all want to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but living in Texas, more specifically Houston, that length of time outside tends to shorten as we get closer to three digit temperatures. Sure, water can help you stay hydrated and cool off your body, but so do other tastier cold ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Cocktail Mixers in Tiny Bottles: Tastes Like Syrup, Lysol and Dirt

    While strolling down the booze aisle at CVS recently, something caught my eye. It was a tall vertical package with small bottles of brightly colored liquid peeking out of it. "Forget the expensive bar tab," it read. "Thanks to the Modern Cocktail, you can now shake up your favorite cocktails at ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at These Houston Spots

    Twenty years ago, this wouldn't have been a thing at all. But it's 2014, and the craft beer movement is bigger and more awesome than ever. And just in case you needed an excuse to indulge in craft beer made right here in the ol' US of A, some marketing genius has created American Craft Beer Week, ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Paper Co. Coffee: Where Have You Been All My Life?

    It's no secret that I love coffee. The second a new coffee shop (or coffee truck) opens, I'm all over it. Although Houston has many many places to grab a traditional espresso-based drink, or a creative concoction with a variety of syrups, no two are the same. Each shop has its own atmosphere, vibe, ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    You Don't Need Limes to Make Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo or Any Other Day

    It's Cinco de Mayo and the price of limes has risen significantly. Perfect timing, right? You could go buy limes from the grocery store for nearly a dollar each so you can make your guacamole and margaritas, but who wants to spend that much money when you don't have to? It's easy to make guacamole ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston

    I'm what one might call a wine bar aficionado. I hit up spots for vino around town a lot. I usually go out around dinner time, though, and I find myself in an unfortunate predicament. I'm buzzed and starving, and the only food on the menu is a dainty $25 artisan meat and cheese platter. I get that ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    From Corn to Barley: How a Bourbon Drinker Learned to Love Scotch, Part 1

    Although I wouldn't have called myself an aficionado until the last few years, bourbon has long been my go-to spirit of choice. Its warm sweetness is both comforting and relatively easy on the senses. In recent years, I've become more interested in discerning flavors among bourbons, sampling any num ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Stephen Caronna of Lei Low Talks Rum and Hemingway

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but now we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they' ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Celebrate Derby Day in Houston with Big Hats and Lots of Mint Juleps

    On your mark...get set...go! And by "go," of course, we mean get to the nearest bar or restaurant that's showing the Kentucky Derby and have yourself a mint julep. Though Derby Day isn't as big a celebration here in Houston as it is in parts of the Deep South (or, you know, in Louisville), we still ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    First Look at Cadillac Coffee Food Truck

    It's no secret that Houston has an ample number of food trucks serving lunch and dinner. But lately, the expansion of food trucks seems to lean more toward breakfast options and caffeinated beverages. Espresso Rescue joined the food truck scene just a few months ago and often sets up shop with Katm ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair Kicks Off With Judgment of Paris Recreation

    My view of the film Bottle Shock was partially obscured by a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, but it didn't really matter, because there were five wine glasses before me waiting to be filled. At the kick-off event for the 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, the intent was to recreate the pivotal ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Champagne In A Can And The French 75

    Can an inexpensive sparkling wine be used successfully in a cocktail?

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    April 8, 2014

    Navigating Chianti with the Houston Press Tasting Panel

    Just say the word Chianti and you evoke winding roads lined with cypress trees and old limestone farm houses in what is perhaps Italy's most photographed and photogenic region, Tuscany. Whether its mentions in pop culture (who can forget Hannibal Lecter's infamous pairing?) to the straw-flasked bot ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Inaugural Rice Village Food & Wine Festival Kicks Off

    If you've ever driven around Rice Village in circles looking for a parking space, you know it's home to dozens of great restaurants and bars, so it makes sense for the neighborhood to celebrate itself. This year, for the first time, the Rice Village Alliance is hosting the Village Food & Wine Festiv ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    Caracol: Go For the Oysters, Stay for Delicious Drinks and Desserts

    For last week's cafe review I visited Caracol, the new Mexican seafood restaurant from Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, and noted that while there are some truly stellar plates on the menu, the sheer number of items being prepared in the kitchen is perhaps resulting in some dishes being less than they ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Soter Winery and Akaushi: A Tasty Pairing

    Eclipsed by the street construction taking place on the stretch of Westheimer Road directly in front of it, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, the restaurant by master chef Fritz Gitschner, opened this past November to little fanfare. Since then, however, the roads have cleared, and a new patio has been fini ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Texas Wineries Bring Home Gold in Dallas Competition

    The organizers of the Dallas Morning News-TexSom Wine Competition announced this week the winners of the highly regarded annual event, now in its 30th year.

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    March 27, 2014

    First Look at Boulevard Coffee: Top-Notch Mocha Lattes and Blueberry Scones

    Remember Waldo's Coffee House on Heights Boulevard? The casual coffee house with an outdoor patio and casual indoor seating perfect for lounging, studying or chatting with friends closed last summer, but if you regularly pass by the intersection of East 11th Street and Heights Boulevard, you might h ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Top 5 Sodas to Try From Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop

    To say that the drink selection at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop in Rice Village is "overwhelming" is definitely an understatement. The store is like the Spec's for carbonated beverage aficionados, so be prepared to wander around in a partial daze as you take in the hundreds of different sodas ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    10 Years After its Inception, Rodeo Uncorked! Brings in More People Than Ever

    When you think of the rodeo, what do you picture? Cowboys? Longhorns? Children lassoing mutton? Giant turkey legs? How 'bout wine? Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile? Sparkling Rosé from New Zealand? What about Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso "Tenuta Belvedere" Bolgheri Superiore from Tuscan ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Cheers! The First Houston Whiskey Festival is Here

    The first Houston Whiskey Festival is upon us. On Saturday, March 15, at the Julia Ideson Building, you can sample more than 60 whiskies from around the world (other spirits and cocktails will be available) while enjoying the cigar lounge, live brass bands, and more. (No tickets will be sold at the ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Osteria Mazzantini's Samantha Porter Tells Stories With Wine

    This week's cafe review takes a look at Osteria Mazzantini, a new-ish Italian restaurant from Mockingbird Bistro's John Sheely. I first went there on opening night, and though I enjoyed the food, I found myself most impressed by the creative and interesting wine list and the young sommelier who had ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Matt Toomey Wants You To Appreciate Your Daily Caffeine

    There's something special about enjoying a cup of coffee made from house-roasted beans sourced from small farms or plantations around the world. Matt Toomey, owner and roaster at Boomtown Coffee, cares deeply about all the work and labor it takes to produce a single serving of coffee. He values the ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Absolut Vodka Releases Limited-Edition 'Texas' Flavor

    Since 2007, Absolut Vodka has been releasing a limited-edition flavor based on an American city every year. The first one was New Orleans, followed by Los Angeles, Boston, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago. This year, the company has decided to create its first-ever state-inspired vodka i ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Saturday is National Margarita Day! Celebrate With Two Nontraditional Versions

    Look, I don't know who comes up with these national food and drink holidays. I don't know why. I don't know how many years any of them have been celebrated. And I swear, there are at least four National Pie days every year. What I'm saying is I'm kind of a scrooge when it comes to food holidays. A ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Caffeine Crawl Hopes To Make a Splash In Houston on Saturday

    In Houston, we have experienced our fair share of pub crawls, but there's one drink we haven't gotten to crawl for, and that's coffee. Missouri-based boutique marketing company The LAB created Caffeine Crawl in 2011. The event spread through the country, reaching a variety of cities (Kansas City, D ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Top 5 Cappuccinos in Houston

    When I go to a coffee shop, nine times out of ten I order a cappuccino. To me, it reflects the true talent of a barista -- getting the foam-to-espresso ratio just right; making sure the java is strong enough to ensure a caffeine boost; and guaranteeing every sip is warm, smooth and comforting. It's ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Camerata Brings Beer/Wine Hybrid Drink to Houston

    There isn't a name for it, David Keck, head wine guy at Camerata, tells me. At least not yet. Beer produced by spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast is a lambic. Wine with quite a bit of carbon dioxide caused by fermentation is sparkling. This wine/beer hybrid is a bit new to have a name, perhap ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Confession: I am an American Anti-Decanter

    Previous entries in our "how-to wine" series have included How to Open a Bottle of Wine, How to Prime Your Stemware, and How Much Wine to Pour and When. The world of wine is often divided between the decanters and the anti-decanters, in other words, those who like to decant aggressively and those w ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    First Look at The Nook Cafe, UH's New Coffee Shop

    Every college campus needs its own special coffee shop -- something other than Starbucks, at least. For me, it was Common Grounds at Baylor University. Just on the outskirts of the campus you could find a crowd of students sipping on the signature Cowboy Coffee made with the Daily Joe, half-and-half ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Jack Daniel's and Ginger: Does The Ginger Ale Make a Difference?

    Jack Daniel's and Ginger Ale isn't as simple as it may seem.

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    January 21, 2014

    Top Ten Most Outstanding Texas-Owned Liquors

    Texas spirits are getting some well-deserved international recognition.

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