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Eric Asimov

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2012

    Let's Get Greasy

    The 10 best fried chicken joints in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Top 5 Wine Gifts for the Holidays 2012

    Here are some ideas for wine-themed gifts for the 2012 holiday season, including a few that I'll be giving and a few -- hint, hint -- that I'd like to receive! 5. Wine Grapes by Master of Wine Jancis Robinson et alia If you follow along here at Wine Time, you know just how much I revere Master of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Why Screw Caps Stink, Why They Rock and a Pinot Grigio I Dig

    "Bartender, bartender! My wine smells like farts!" No, this wasn't a George Carlin routine. It was me (and my not so inner wine nerd) as I sat at a bar at one of Houston's most swank joints, waiting to be seated for dinner. Honestly, I wasn't surprised that my wine smelled like a fart: It came fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Pinot Grigio, I Love You Just the Way You Are

    "Italy's finest white wine," reads the copy in an advertisement for Pinot Grigio that appeared in an issue of New York published in November, 1980, "magnificently dry with a beautiful straw-like color, Cavit Pinot Grigio has opened to rave reviews from wine critics. If you love white wine, discover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Eater National's Talia Baiocchi Joins Wine Spectator Team

    UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION: We received word from Talia Baiocchi that this post has caused some confusion. She is not leaving her position as wine editor at Eater National. She is picking up a weekly column for the Wine Spectator in addition to her current job with Eater. New York-based, twenty-some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    What if Winemakers Listed Ingredients on Every Bottle?

    "Ingredients," reports the back label on a bottle of Randall Grahm's Bonny Doon wines from California, "Syrah grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, and French oak barrels. At time of bottling, this produc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Fear of Wine: Oenophobia = Xenophobia

    In this week's New York Times dining section, wine writer Eric Asimov -- the Solomon of wine writing, as I like to call him -- asks: "Should a Wine List Educate or Merely Flatter You? [and] How Adventurous Should a Wine List Be?" His op-ed came in response to a flurry of blog posts that followed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Natural Wine Becomes a Crime

    If you follow along here at Wine Time, you know that we frequently cover Natural wine and the vitriol-fueled debate on Natural wine that often eclipses the wines themselves (and we have written about Natural wine in Texas here). The stakes in the Natural dialectic just got higher. Last month, a Eur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Eat My Words: This week Texas Monthly wine writer Jessica Dupuy gives a glowing review to new releases by the Duchman Family Winery, the Texas Hill Country winery owned by Houston's own celebrity cardiologist Stan Duchman. "I'll be honest," she writes, "I fell in love with all of these wines, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    WineSleuth Uncorked: Although we'd love to see some more wine bloggers join our ranks here in Houston, we've been geeked to see the steady posting by our city's local chroniclers of all things vinous. This week, stay-at-home mom Amy Gross shares her "ratatouille" moment -- otherwise known as an epi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    TX Wine Lover: As the still youthful Texas wine industry continues to grow and find its footing (shifting away from the California Chardonnay-Cabernet-Sauvignon-Merlot paradigm), a handful of European grape varieties (beyond the classics of Bordeaux and Burgundy) have emerged as winners. Their succe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Natural Wine in Texas

    As we noted in last week's post on a new era of Nastiness and a call for civility in the Natural wine debate, it's not easy to define exactly what Natural wine is. As Eric Asimov wrote in his weekly New York Times column, there is no official definition or doctrine for Natural wine or Natural winem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    The Natural Wine Debate Gets Ugly

    "Natural wine is wine to which nothing has been added," said the leading advocate of Natural wine in the U.S., Alice Feiring, when she visited Texas in October 2011 to promote her new book Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally (Da Capo 2011). She was speaking at an event in a wine bar, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Bear on Wine: We've been having a blast following Texas wine legend Bear Dalton's new blog, Bear on Wine. This week he weighs in with some of his insights into cork damage with a post entitled (caps his) MURDER, HE TASTED or 'Death in the Desert'. We don't want to spoil the grand finale of this fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Wine of the Week: 2000 Valpolicella by Giuseppe Quintarelli

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Giuseppe Quintarelli, one of the greatest winemakers of our lifetime, passed away on Sunday in the Valpolicella, Italy. He was 84.​From the tiny village of Negrar in the picturesque Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) to the upper reaches of the One-Percenter wine collectors in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Odd Pair: Asparagus and Wine

    Today we think of asparagus as one of the standard vegetable side dishes in the contemporary canon of American gastronomy. But in another era, asparagus was considered one of the world's greatest delicacies: The insatiable King Louis XIV built greenhouses so that he could eat asparagus all year rou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    10 Thanksgiving Wines (That We Actually Drink)

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Dolcetto can deliver character without overwhelming the palate or breaking the bank.​Yes, folks, it's that predictable time of year when everyone posts their Thanksgiving wine recommendations. Among the literally hundreds of blogs and feeds that I follow, one of my favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Wine of the Week: An "Old Vine" Zinfandel from California (Where Else?)

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.The "Old Vine" Zinfandel by Bogle showed judicious restraint in its alcohol content and concentration.​What does the designation "old vine" mean, anyway? And how did it come to be a "brand name" for California wines in the 2000s? Vine age is a key element in the qualit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Joe Dressner Tributes: There was a disturbance in the Force over the weekend when news broke, early Sunday morning, that iconoclast importer of "real" wines Joe Dressner (right) had succumbed to brain cancer at age 60. Dressner was "an importer whose advocacy of Old World wines made without c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Orange Wine (Yes, Orange)

    ​White wine, rosé wine, red wine, orange wine... Orange wine? Qu'est-ce que c'est? No, it's not a wine concocted by Longhorn fans. (They call UT the orange tide? Call me Deacon Blue Nun). Orange wine is a loosely codified category of winemaking and winemakers who macerate the juice obtained ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Odd Pair: Fish and Red Wine

    ​Whenever I am faced with a conundrum like the age-old question of whether or not it is imperative to pair white wine exclusively with fish, I look to antiquity. Indeed, in more cases than not, the ancients were much wiser and more well informed than we are. And as I pore over (excuse the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Wine of the Week: "Oaky May Be Bad, but Oak Is Good."

    ​If you're anywhere between 21 and 51 years of age (I'll be 44 next month), you were brought up with the notion that oak flavors were a sign of a fine wine. Back in the 1970s, when huge investment in the Californian wine industry began to take shape, the dudes in charge -- think Gallo and Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Odd Pair: King Ranch Chicken and an "Oxidative" Wine from Jura

    ​University of Texas alum and a Solomon among wine writers, my friend Eric Asimov likes to tease me about some of my favorite pairings with Texan cuisine, like "oxidative" wines from Jura, France, with my mother-in-law's Chex Mix. (An oxidative wine is a wine that was made by purposely exposin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    November 16, 2006

    Viva la Margarita!

    The drink that changed the way we eat

  • Dining

    December 8, 2005

    Suburban Import

    Kiran Verma's culinary chutzpah finds a home inside the Loop

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Bang for the Buck

    Darband Shish Kabob

  • Dining

    December 13, 2001

    Under $5

    Darband Shish Kabob is as cheap as McDonald's, but that's about the only similarity

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