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Jeremy Parzen

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    February 20, 2014

    How to Order a Bottle of Wine in a Restaurant (Without Feeling Like an Idiot)

    Please click here for previous entries in our "how-to wine" series. How can I put this delicately? I get treated like shit by sommeliers more often than I'd like to admit. I guess I just have a face that screams wine idiot. It's hard to believe, but sadly, it's true. As much as I hate to write ... 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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    December 27, 2013

    5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Truck Friday, Free Champagne Tasting

    Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2603 La Branch Bare Bowls Kitchen is up next in the Food Truck Fridays series at the Houston Press. The truck will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. outside our offices. Come by and grab a Yucatan Bowl with banana leaf-roasted pork, ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    Houston Bubbles: Your New Year's Eve Champagne and Sparkling Wine Buying Guide

    Let's just cut to the chase. As one of the largest retailers and wholesalers of wine in the country, Spec's nearly always has the best pricing, especially when it comes to higher-end bottles. Houston Chronicle wine (and sports) writer Dale Robertson once called the outfit "Houston's 800-pound wine ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 13, 2013

    It's That Time of Year: Everything You Need To Know About Champagne and Sparkling Wine

    In the wine trade, they call it "OND": October-November-December, the last quarter of the Gregorian calendar and the 92 days of the year during which more wine is sold than in any other period of the year. And from the romantic dinner for two to the whole mispucha blowout, from the company holiday ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    Cheers! Camerata at Paulie's Is Named One of the Hottest Wine Bars in the Country

    It's only been open since July of this year, but already Camerata is on the map. Eater National's map, that is. It's already received a glowing review from our wine writer, Jeremy Parzen, who also put it on his list of the best destinations for wine in Houston. Prior to that, we named it our favo ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Wine Insider: Pricing extremes, good and bad, at Marco Wiles' Dolce Vita and Vinoteca Poscol

    In October, when Eating Our Words published "Houston's 10 Best Destinations for Wine," a number of readers complained in the comment section that none of Marco Wiles' restaurants had been included (his Da Marco was excluded, as were all "trophy wine" destinations; see the intro to the post for the e ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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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    September 17, 2013

    Feminism, Organic Activism, & a Bold Italian List at Osteria Mazzantini

    "While traveling alone through Sicily," writes Osteria Mazzantini wine director Samantha Porter in the presentation of her intelligent list, "I fell in love with the idea of taking risks. Feet soaking in the crystal, cyan sea along the coast of Taormina, I sipped on a bottle of wine chosen by the ow ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013

    With a Wine-Friendly Menu, Camerata Ups the Bar for Houston Wine Bars

    There's an old and chiasmatic adage often uttered by the great wine lovers of Europe: No wine without food and no food without wine. To those who truly love wine, no glass is complete without the complement of food. In America, the utterance of the binomial wine bar seems to elide wine's natural co ... More >>

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    September 3, 2013

    Wine for Jews: Just Because It's Kosher Doesn't Mean It Has to Be Bad

    It's that time a year again: Like their brethren across the nation, Jewish Houstonians will make their way to their local supermarkets for last-minute kosher wine shopping. And like most Jewish Americans, they will find themselves ill-prepared in selecting the wines, partly because for most of them ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Masraff's: A Gem of a Wine List Where You'd Least Expect It

    The Houston wine scene is exploding -- literally. Between the newly launched Houston Sommelier Association, the growing number of local Master Sommelier and Society of Wine Educators candidates, and the flood of new and groovy wines reaching our market thanks to a new wave of independent wine distr ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Your Ultimate Mardi Gras Guide: Get Fat on Fat Tuesday

    First, get geared up with photos from the Mardi Gras celebration in Kemah... ...and the one in Galveston.

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    January 7, 2013

    Taste Wine, Hook Up at Houston Wine Tastings This Month and Beyond

    The most important thing my mother ever taught me is that every wine tasting is a singles event. It's not the only wisdom she imparted to me. But especially in the light of what I do for a living (writing and talking about wine), it's the most important. Even back in the 1980s, when my mom was work ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    All 52 Restaurant Reviews of 2012, Broken Down and Mapped Out

    View 2012 Restaurant Reviews in a larger map. In 2012, I reviewed 50 restaurants. Jeremy Parzen and Mai Pham graciously stepped in when I went on vacation two weeks, filling in for me and each writing a full restaurant review of their own. Together, the three of us wrote one restaurant review for e ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Affordable Luxuries: Treat Yourself This New Year

    Most of our readers will hopefully remember Robin Leach's signature sign-off at the end of each episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous during the show's decade-long run: "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams." As far as sign-offs go, the phrase is no Walter Cronkite's "...and that's the way it ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Three Rules for the Proper Use of Truffle Oil

    My esteemed colleague Jeremy Parzen recently wrote an article decrying truffle oil as "evil" and as something akin to farts. Farts? Really? If truffle oil were really all that bad, it wouldn't continue ending up on dishes in some of the best restaurants in Houston. As with any other pungent ingredi ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Middle Eastern Wine for Xenophobic Times

    Let's face it: Texas is often the butt of our nation's jokes. Nearly every day, The New York Times shares some of our less savory idiosyncrasies with readers across the country. Today it's voter discrimination by our state's legislature. Yesterday it was Lubbock County Judge Tom Head's plans to rise ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Taste Perversion: Artichokes and Wine

    "Taste perversion" is what the scientists call it. The expression refers to the way that foods (or drugs) can affect taste after they have been consumed. In the wine world, artichokes are considered one of the greatest offenders. The issue is caused by a component called cynarin (after the Latin ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 24, 2012

    Odd Pair: Pizza and Champagne (Socialism)

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen​Champagne socialist, noun depreciative (originally and chiefly British): a person who espouses socialist ideals but enjoys a wealthy and luxurious lifestyle; confer limousine liberal noun. -- Oxford English Dictionary In this day and age of the 99 percenters, there's no ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Cork Controversy @ Eating Our Words

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.In certain situations, it's appropriate (and useful) for a wine steward to present the cork to the patron. But it doesn't really tell you much about the fitness of the wine.​Friday's post on moldy corks seemed innocuous enough. But my proposal that we discuss cork taint ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Real champagne is from the French province of Champagne. Real Sparkling Thunderwine, however, is brewed in the stills of Valhalla.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where the good Christmas cookies have all been eaten out of the assortment, and the remaining raisin-y ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Jewish Christmas: Chinese Take-Out, Woody Allen, and Champagne

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Champagne isn't just for celebrating. It's also one of the world's greatest food-friendly wines.​Like many Jewish-Americans, I grew up going to the movies and eating classic Americanized Chinese food on Christmas Day. Today, now that I'm all growed up and married to a M ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    5 Tips for Serving Champagne and Sparkling Wine

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.For the second night of Hanukkah, we made potato pancakes (latkes) and paired with sparkling Vouvray.​Even if you missed our Top 5 Champagnes Under $60 for the Holidays, you'll find that your favorite wine shop will have a tide of options when it comes to sparkling wine ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Wine for Hanukkah, the Festival of Fried Foods and Olive Oil

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Tomorrow night is the first night of Hanukkah. In the U.S., Ashkenazi Jews eat potato pancakes to celebrate the festival. Here and in other parts of the world, Sephardi Jews eat doughnuts.​You don't need me to tell you why we eat fried foods for Hanukkah, the Jewish fes ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Odd Pair: What Wine to Pair with Hospital Food?

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.When you're admitted to the hospital to have a baby, you're taken off solid foods. As soon as the baby is born, they bring you a meal to regain your strength. In our case, it was hospital cafeteria meatloaf.​Color me pink! Tracie P and I had a baby on Monday: Georgia P ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    5 Gifts for the Coffee Snob

    Chuck Cook Photography​As a coffee snob myself, I am here to advocate for my people. Please, don't break our hearts. You know how much we love coffee, but since you're not a coffee snob yourself, you might think we'd appreciate one of those machines that make coffee by squirting hot water into ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    6 Great Gifts For An Iron Chef Wannabe

    As seen in ScienceSlashFoodThe wonders of sous vide cooking​Are you the next Iron Chef? Are you bedding a Master Chef wannabe? Do you or someone you know take cooking very seriously? Here are a few must-haves sure to tickle the fancy of the Iron Chef in, or near, you. 6. Sous vide circulators ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Wine of the Week: An Argentine Chardonnay that Surprised Me

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Argentina isn't what I generally reach for when I go wine shopping, but I was pleasantly surprised when my Spec's salesperson turned me on to this Patagonia Chardonnay.​Most of the wine that comes from South America tends to be made in the California style: big flavor, b ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Odd Pair: Wine and Soup

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.​Whether we're making Tuscan ribollita, Mexican tortilla soup, or French soupe à l'oignon, wine is always a key ingredient at our house (where there's always a spare cup of wine in the kitchen). And while the sugar is the main component of the wine that adds flavor to ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Top 5 Gifts for Wine Lovers

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Decanters by Riedel take wine service to a higher level of aesthetic pleasure. ​If you're ever invited to dine in someone's home in France, please don't bring a bottle of wine. Nothing will spur a French host to recoil in abject dishonor and displeasure than the gift of ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Another Wine Blog: Love born in the blogosphere. It's a beautiful thing. A few weeks ago, when I shared a glass of stinky, delicious Cortese (from Piedmont) with tandem wine bloggers Amy and Joe Power, authors of Another Wine Blog, they told me the story of how they met in the "pre-blog" era, in a ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Domaine du Salvard 2010 Cheverny

    Photos by Jeremy ParzenThe 2010 Cheverny by Domaine du Salvard from the Loire Valley, France, is like the quiet, shy kid in the back of the class, with his nose in a book. But when he's called on, he's brilliant.​There is SO much wine in the aisles of Houston's wine shops these days. From Spec ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Those Other Pairings

    We know what goes with margaritas and with beer, and for wine pairings, Jeremy Parzen, enough said. But we're fans of a few lesser known matches that have that special something. Coffee with Chocolate Croissant and Orange Juice This combo came from an interview with author/director Sam Hoffman on ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Odd Pair: A Favorite Wine for Breakfast

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Serve gently sparkling Moscato d'Asti in a larger glass and you will be rewarded by its fresh stone fruit aromas. Moscato d'Asti, it's what's for breakfast.​In one of my favorite novels of all time, a character in Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 masterpiece calls the martini the B ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A Wine with "No Detectable Sulfites"

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.The Madoff segment on last night's 60 Minutes was made more palatable by a tasting of the utterly transparent Frey Vineyard's "Natural Red."​One of the chief complaints often expressed by advocates, champions, and militants of Natural wine (with a capital N) is that ove ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Extreme Value from the Loire Valley

    Photos by Tracie and Jeremy Parzen.Little known appellations like this one -- Quincy AOC in the Loire Valley -- can deliver extreme value.​When people ask me about great value in wine today, I always point them to Spain, to Italy (and in particular, Southern Italy), and to the Loire Valley in ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Another Oaky Buttery Chardonnay

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.The marketing campaign by Educated Guess wines is one of the most successful in recent history.​Yesterday, after arriving at the Newark, NJ airport from Milan, Italy (where I admired a statue of Leonardo da Vinci across from the famous Scala opera house), I headed straig ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Sweet, Sweet Manischewitz

    Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In return, w ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Jeremy Parzen wrote about his mother-in-law's chili, which he paired with a nice 2009 Demi-Sec Vouvray for a splendid Odd Pair. He also casually mentioned that this was turkey chili with beans, so of course, we waited for the angry hordes to descend. And we waited. FINALLY, a commenter ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​For today's Odd Pair, Jeremy Parzen had a hot dog with a glass of Claret, which looked and sounded amazing to us. But commenter Laurie had an issue with Jeremy's hot dog preparation: I also am an avid fan of Hebrew National, and they make a still enjoyable light version. But ketchup on a hot ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Jeremy Parzen created another mouthwatering Odd Pair: "King Ranch Chicken and an 'Oxidative' Wine from Jura." And it is official - he has a fan in commenter SirRon: Seriously, Jeremy's wine posts have literally made me a better person. For real. High praise, indeed. We'll just bask in that ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Our wine blogger Jeremy Parzen had one of the best headlines to date on Eating Our Words this afternoon with "Cat Piss in Your Wine? No, That's Jalapeño." It even inspired commenter Trisch to share her own favorite "tom cat" wine: Speaking of cat piss, check out Coopers Creek Cat's Pee on a ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today brought another Odd Pair from Jeremy Parzen: chicken spaghetti with Zinfandel. Commenter Bruce R found it interesting: Jeremy, clearly you are a man of extremes.  First, you showed a picture of Carne Asada Tampiquena from Fonda San Miguel. That meal looked absolutely wonderful.  Then ... More >>

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