Master of Wine

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Don't Speak Wine Geek? The Houston Sommelier Association Has Room for Everyone

    "Education is key," write the founders of newly formed Houston Sommelier Association, "and for many of us sommeliers seeking the highest levels of certifications (Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, Certified Wine Educator) the desire to teach is our motivation to learn." Officially launched this wee ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 8, 2013

    Top 5 Enchilada Platters to Try In Houston

    Satisfy Tex-Mex cravings with one of these offerings.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    The Little Sommelier Conference That Could: Texsom Now Major National Event

    "Texsom has grown from just a few diehard fans to a fairly decent following," wrote Master Sommelier and Texsom co-founder Drew Hendricks in an e-mail. The Houston-based wine pro and former wine director for Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is "nervous and excited about the amount of seminars," he said. "We ... 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 6, 2012

    Asimov Rehumanizes Wine in His New Book

    "Eric [Asimov] has the best job in the world," once said a friend of mine, who happens to be a prominent wine writer based in New York. "He's the wine writer for The New York Times!" she exclaimed. From the standpoint of most of us wine scribblers, Eric's gig is as enviable as it is prestigious. As ... 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

    July 18, 2012

    Mingle with the Stars and Taste a Buttload of Wine at TexSom

    Now in its eighth year, TexSom -- the annual Texas Sommelier Conference (August 11-13 in Dallas) -- has become a national phenomenon, selling out quickly and attracting some of the biggest names on the U.S. wine scene today. This year, Master of Wine Christy Canterbury will be joining the list of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir (Willamette)

    Of all the wine-growing regions in the U.S., none seems to make more sense to me than the Willamette Valley, Oregon (although the Finger Lakes in New York state comes in at a close second). When rich white dudes were inspired to plant French varieties in Napa like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Chardonnay

    Photo by Tracie P.Although Chardonnay has become synonymous with "white wine" in North America, its true homeland is the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, France, where it is grown and raised in some of its most celebrated expressions.​Chardonnay has been on our minds. Last week, our colleague Chr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Must Like Texas Wine: The Wine Slinger Chronicles, a New Guide to Texas Wines

    Photo by Jeremy ParzenLeading Texas wine authority Russ Kane (left) and his wife Delia love meatballs. That's Russ with Coppa executive chef Brandi Key. Russ has called Brandi's meatballs "the best in town."​It seems inevitable that the authors of the two guides to the wines of Texas have name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Romancing the Cork: Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It

    According to the Oxford Companion to Wine (edited by Master of Wine Jancis Robinson), "around 5 percent of all wines sealed under cork display a musty taint." If one in every 20 bottles of wine is affected by the use of cork -- the bark of the cork tree, in other words, living, breathing organic m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs (Thanksgiving Edition)

    Wine Skinny: We're sorry to report that the Houston wine blogging scene has entirely ignored Thanksgiving (except for us). But Robyn Tinsley, author of Wine Skinny, did weigh in with a Thanksgiving recipe for Robyn's Potatoes (sadly, no wine recommendations or notes). We're looking forward to more ... 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

    October 6, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Vintage Texas: Budget cuts by the Texas legislature have slashed funding for the promotion of Texas wines, reports Houston-based blogger and wine writer Russ Kane, author of the top Texas wine and winery blog, Vintage Texas. In an email sent to "partners" of the "Texas Wine Marketing Program" (and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Despite Blue Laws, Texas Sommelier Conference Opens on Schedule

    ​"You'll note that there are pastries in the foyer," said Master Sommelier James Tidwell, as he and Houston's own Master Sommelier, Drew Hendricks, opened the Texas Sommelier Conference promptly at 9 a.m. yesterday morning at the Four Seasons Las Colinas Resort in Irving, Texas. The two co-fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Wine Tip: How to Open a Bottle with Wax Seal

    ​An old-school wax seal (closure) on a bottle can be intimidating -- even for experienced wine professionals. Very few bottlers still use a wax seal and of the few that do, many have converted to faux wax seals that are actually very easy to remove. (For one type of faux wax seal, there is a ... 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

    July 18, 2011

    Wine of the Week: The Other Burgundy

    ​Sunday night at our house means sexy vampires and crochety Jews on television (read "True Blood" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm") -- an odd pair, no doubt! And T.V. night at our house means home cooking (even though we've been eating in most nights since we got pregnant, if not to save money than ... More >>