Syrah and Shiraz

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Rockstar Winemaker Pax Mahle Takes Houston by Storm

    A Houston wine writer considered himself fortunate to get an audience with rockstar winemaker Pax Mahle yesterday while the charismatic sommelier cum winery owner was in town to show his wine to buyers and speak at a sold-out wine dinner at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. That's not to say that Mahle is p ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival Returns & Saint Arnold Takes Over Dry Creek Cafe

    In honor of National Ravioli Day, D'Amico's Italian Market in Rice Village will celebrate all things ravioli for an entire week. Beginning on Monday, March 17, D'Amico's will offer special ravioli dishes featuring a variety of fillings, including fresh salmon ravioli smothered in a delicate cream sa ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Macerated Wines and Pop-Up Dinners

    On Monday, March 10, Batanga will host a Saint Arnold Beer Dinner featuring five beers from the brewery. This $60 event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a "Meet & Greet" over cod fritters, mushroom croquettes and Brazalian style sausage, linguista. Munch on these small bites while you sip on Saint Arnold's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Killen's Barbecue Pop Up and Syrahvolution at Paulie's and Camerata Wows the Crowds

    Houstonians must be doing something right, as the barbecue gods have been really generous to our city as of late. A couple of weeks ago, Q for a Cause brought Austin-based barbecue legend John Mueller, his pits, his food, and his team to Cottonwood. This past weekend, Killen's Barbecue was served in ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    France Makes Coke-Flavored Wine; Americans Laugh and Start Planning Other Wine/Soda Combos

    When I first read it on NPR's food blog, I thought I'd somehow started reading The Onion without realizing it. I glanced up at the header at the top of the page. Still NPR. Oh God, it must be true... It seems it is true and also sad and funny and terribly confusing. French vintner Haussmann Famille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Have A Drink On Us: AC/DC Sells Wine Now, and We Had a Tasting

    Shout-out to the oenophiles out there, there is a new kid on the wine block these days, with the introduction of two varieties of vino geared towards fans of classic-rock band AC/DC. Now, I know what you are saying: Since their music goes so well with the hard stuff, shouldn't AC/DC be making their ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2012

    1981 and Now

    The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods.

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    June 25, 2012

    Like That Wine? Try This One: A Guide to Texas Wine Varietals

    In last week's cover story, we discussed the fact that Texas vineyards still stubbornly grow varietals that aren't suited to the Texan weather or soil -- well-known grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay. But they're doing it for a reason: Too many wine drinkers don't want to stray from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    What Are "Tannins" in Wine?

    Have you ever been to a wine tasting or dinner party and heard some blowhard try to befuddle and belittle an enthusiastic however neophyte wine lover by asking can you taste how smooth the tannins are in this [red] wine? One of the most common misperceptions in the wine world is that you can taste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Wine(s) of the Week: Austin Food & Wine Festival Preview

    Anthony Giglio is simply one of the funniest and most fun-to-be-around people I know in the wine writing business today. The New York-born son of Neapolitan immigrants, he loves wine, food, and life with a passion that spans the divide between old world and new. And whether he's guiding a tasting of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Who Needs Another Merlot When You Have Cerasuolo di Vittoria?

    Did the world really need another Merlot and Chardonnay in 1995? Evidently, the Planeta family thought so, and when the younger generation of this Sicilian clan launched the eponymous winery in the mid-1990s, they delivered bold, oaky, concentrated, and highly alcoholic Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Odd Pair: Hot Dogs and Claret

    ​Hot dogs and their preparation command a quasi-spiritual reverence in our home. Great -- even extreme -- care is taken in preparing the condiments: Heinz Ketchup, Grey Poupon Mustard, Best Maid Sweet Jalapeño Relish, celery salt, and sliced half-sour pickles, in this case requested especiall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Nona Sivley Demonstrates TV-Worthy Cooking at Rice Epicurean

    Geri Maria Harris​Last week ended on a high note when Hell's Kitchen Season 8 winner Nona Sivley left her chef de cuisine post at LA Market to head over to Rice Epicurean and cook up a big, steaming bowl of loaded potato soup. The audience was atwitter with an interesting mix of dedicated Hell's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Wine of the Week: 2008 Sawbuck Malbec

    ​Oh, sweet nectar of the gods: Malbec. That once-forgotten varietal, making a comeback as a cheap red wine, with plenty of depth, that happens to be a pretty good deal in most cases, is the total package - the Angelina Jolie of the wine world, perhaps - minus all those adopted kids and the wei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    From Australia with Love: Aussie Foods Featured at Rice Epicurean

    ​Right now, Houstonians can get a taste of Australian cuisine without having to fly halfway across the world. Rice Epicurean is offering many enticing Australian made products at local stores. In addition to the excellent Pensfold Shiraz selection, there are also lovely citrus-infused olive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Odd Pair: Jell-o and Shiraz

    ​Jell-O in and of itself is somewhat odd. It's simply a mound of gelatinous sugar that jiggles when poked. From time to time, I'll get a craving for it and decide to make some. While I usually stick to basics with this treat, last week I felt experimental and decided to add some fresh rosem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Odd Pair: Chocolate Chip Cookies & Shiraz Viognier

    ​Forget cookies and milk. Once you're old enough to fully appreciate the power of a smooth buzz, it's all about the cookies and wine. Chocolate and red wine are generally good together, but this pairing of Brent & Sam's crunchy, chocolatey little cookies and Printhie's 2005 Shiraz Viognier is ... More >>

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    September 27, 2001

    For a Good Time, Call…

    Diners at Garson can now feast on Persian food without being hit on