• Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Review: Pax Americana Focuses on Food From This Country in a Quietly Spectacular Way

    It's a nearly religious experience when Pax Americana's chef, Adam Dorris, takes one simple ingredient and builds a dish around it that highlights its inherent goodness. Take, for example, the beautiful deep red confit carrots, lightly sweetened with sorghum, that recline in the most lovely way atop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    10 Things Your Mother Didn't Teach You About Thanksgiving Wines

    10. Don't believe the "perfect pairing" hype. The Thanksgiving feast is one of the most challenging culinary events of the year when it comes to wine pairing. Between cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie, and the roast turkey, you have intensely tart, radically sweet, and richly savory flavors on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off Was Really Great

    Creativity was on display in abundance Wednesday night at The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off competition organized by non-profit Vietnamese organization, Boat People SOS (BPSOS), as a fundraiser for their domestic violence programs. It started with the organizers, who successfully pulled off a change of v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    "Summer Riesling" Grease Parody Brings Down the House at Camerata

    There was brio in the air last night at Camerata, as co-owners David Keck and Paul Petronella wrangled an ornery projector and guests sipped Riesling selected especially for the wine bar's "Summer of Riesling" microlist. The occasion was the debut screening of "Summer Riesling - A 'Summer Nights' P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Eat Sushi for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    Each Monday, Osteria Mazzantini hosts "Mussel Madness" from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Make after work plans on Monday, May 19, to eat half-price mussels at Osteria Mazzantini at the bar or on the patio. For $9, each guest will receive cozze (black mussels) tossed with garlic, parsley and a pomodoro sauce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Thanksgiving Vino, Part 2: Sommeliers Sean Beck and Vanessa Treviño-Boyd Guide You

    It can be complicated and difficult to properly pair wines with the Thanksgiving dinner. You have so many different types of dishes -- spicy, sweet, savory -- and with so many different types of wines to choose from, which ones should make it to the Thanksgiving table? We spoke with two of Houston' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Comfort Food Cooking Class, Austrian Wine-Tasting Seminar & A Thanksgiving Leftover Throwdown

    It's getting colder outside, so now's the time to gather up some seasonal recipes perfect for a chilly night. Sur la Table in the River Oaks Shopping Center will hold its "Easy & Delicious Fall Suppers" cooking class on Tuesday, November 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For $79, you will learn how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Names Winners in International Wine Competition

    On November 13, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced the champions from the Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition, held this past weekend at Reliant Center. Now in its 12th year, the wine competition is one of the highlights of the livestock show and rodeo. The judging involve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Sweet Wine at CINQ

    I had something of an epiphany while sipping from my wife's glass of 2005 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Beerenauslese. She'd asked for something to go with dessert, and this is what our waiter, Sebastien, had brought her. At once clean and bright, concentrated and intense, it was eye-opening. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Best Poolside Wine? German Riesling, Baby!

    As Americans' perceptions of and relationship with fine wine continue to evolve, wine lovers in this country continue to expand the realm of fine wine and how they "apply" the increasing number of great labels that make it to their markets. Poolside, where "white Zin" and wine coolers once dominate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Do You Know Your VinoType?

    How many of you actually really enjoy a glass of White Zinfandel or Moscato, but are afraid to tell your friends in fear of being judged for having a "beginner's taste" in wine? Probably a lot of you (including myself). Wine & Food Week 2013 began on Monday night with the Wine Wizard Kick-Off Even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Five Blind Wine Pairings, Five Sommeliers and One Fantastic Dinner at Philippe Restaurant Lounge

    Five courses, five sommeliers, two bartenders and a Master Chef of France. As far as wine dinners go, last week's Guest Sommelier Wine Dinner at Philippe Restaurant Lounge was nothing short of a tour de force. The dinner marked the finale of sommelier Vanessa Treviño-Boyd's wildly successful So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Bold & Brave Wine List (& Cartography) at The Pass & Provisions

    Honestly, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the bold and brave new wine list at The Pass & Provisions, the newly opened and much talked about effort by chefs/partners Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner. The list, by the affable and dynamic Fred Jones (who graciously took time out to sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Gumbo and Half Bottle of Riesling for a Lonely Diner at Brennan's

    Yesterday evening, when I found myself in the peculiar predicament of having to dine alone, I decided to treat myself to a bowl of gumbo at the bar at Brennan's, a landmark where I still hadn't eaten after nearly four years in Texas. Beyond the social awkwardness, dining alone for a wine lover can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    A Shameless Plug for Finger Lakes Wines

    I'm no Jeremy Parzen, but I do know a little bit about wine. Growing up in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, I took the proximity and availability of local wine (and a decent wine education) for granted. When I was 21, "wine trailing" was a cheap way to get drunk. Tastings only cost a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Digging a German Red Quaffer from Pfalz

    Generally, when wine nerds like me think of fine wines from Germany, we think white: Mosel Riesling, with its enormous capacity for longevity and nuance, its bright acidity and vibrant minerality, is considered by many to be one of Europe's greatest wines. (Celebrity sommelier and winner of this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 2, 2011

    Top 12 Wines Under $15 for the Holidays

    A $10 sparkling wine for the holidays: Toso is one of our top picks.​Last night, Whole Foods Market introduced its Top 10 wines for the holidays -- except that this year, like the days of Christmas, there are actually 12. Historically, some of the recommended wines have been held up at custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Odd Pair: Top 5 Wines to Pair with Pizza

    ​Above: "Pizza al Trancio" (Pizza by the Slice) in Rome, paired with Coca Cola. Here in the U.S., we don't think of it as an "odd pair." But in Italy, homeland of pizza and a country where wine is considered an essential element of healthy dining, pizza and wine are rarely if ever paired. Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Odd Pair: Zucchini Blossoms and Austrian Riesling

    ​Today, we typically associate zucchini and zucchini blossoms with Italy and Southern France. I've just returned from Italy, where summer months find fiori di zucca (literally, squash flowers) at the height of their glory. We often forget that zucchini and zucchini blossoms, despite their Ital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Vintage Texas: Top Texas wine blogger Russ Kane may be based in Houston, but, man, this dude gets around. His blog is always our No. 1 go-to resource for wine events happening aro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Riesling, the Perfect Poolside Wine

    ​If you've been following along recently here at "Wine Time" on the Eating Our Words blog, you know that my credo and top criteria for picking wines are balanced alcohol and bright acidity. These words-to-live-and-drink-by go hand-in-hand with a motto often repeated at our house: no wine with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Odd Pair: Wasabi Peas and Riesling

    ​Though I am a fan of all types of good wine, I tend to shy away from some of the sweeter forms of vino. So while I can appreciate the fine craftsmanship of the 2009 St. Urbans-hof Urban Riesling, I knew I needed to find something savory to offset the sweetness that is common with this variet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Clos du Bois 2009 California Riesling

    ​Part of the Clos du Bois Spring Collection 2011, this aromatic Riesling reminds us of Tinkerbell. The wine and the fairy are both tart and sweet; they're light on their feet; and they share a "green" factor - the wine has a slight green tint and comes in a cute lime-green box, and it even has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Germany Meets Texas: Rieslings at The Tasting Room

    Scallops.​Nik Weis of St. Urbans-Hof traveled all the way from Germany to show off his Rieslings, and after a few sips, it was evident why he would make the effort to share this refreshingly light and sweet wine with Houstonians. The first of The Tasting Room's Winemaker Dinner Series events ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2007

    Antica Osteria

    Rice Spaghetti

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    August 16, 2007
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    June 28, 2007
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    August 30, 2001

    August Meals

    Siestas fit in perfectly with Houston's climate

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    For the Love of Sauerkraut

    Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown