• Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    How to 'Send Back' a Bottle of Wine at a Restaurant

    Please click here for previous entries in our "how-to wine" series. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I am often treated disparagingly by sommeliers in fine-dining restaurants. It's sad, but it's true. A week before last, while in Atlanta to deliver a talk at a conference, I was a guest at the or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Maverick Wine Importer Doug Skopp Delivers Old World Flavors Against All Odds

    Maverick wine importer Doug Skopp (above) and his Houston-based Dionysus wine distribution company first came to my attention via our mutual friend and Houston Chronicle sports and wine writer, Dale Robertson. "You've got to meet Doug," Dale kept saying to me. "He's the guy bringing in the Barberas ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 28, 2012

    A Stunning Space

    The new Asia Society Texas Center is a work of art itself. The downstairs exhibition space is pretty good, too.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Marcus Gausepohl of CHA Champagne & Wine Bar

    ​I had passed CHA Champagne & Wine Bar on Waugh across from Whole Foods so many times but hadn't stopped in until this week. I was in a celebratory mood because I'd gotten 90 percent of my Christmas shopping done on Cyber Monday and felt I deserved a pat on the back glass of Champagne. A frien ... 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

    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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    The Curious Incident of the Dog on the Internet

    So you’re sitting around, chewin’ on ways other than murder or kidnapping to get into Hell, when it hits you: Why not go onto a bunch of pet Web sites and advertise a cute little puppy you have no intention of delivering? Heck, the thing doesn’t even need to exist. You can just get some out-o ... More >>