Just say the word Chianti and you evoke winding roads lined with cypress trees and old limestone farm houses in what is perhaps Italy's most photographed and photogenic region, Tuscany. Whether its mentions in pop culture (who can forget Hannibal Lecter's infamous pairing?) to the straw-flasked bot ... More >>
Apparently California, more specifically Los Angeles, is ahead of the culinary curve. Ray's & Stark Bar recently created the most extensive (and probably the only) water menu with the first water sommelier, Martin Riese. Riese is a self-proclaimed water sommelier and the general manager at Ray's & S ... More >>
After a highly successful guest sommelier series at Phil's Wine Lounge, wine whiz Vanessa Trevino Boyd is raring to go again. This time, the Philippe sommelier is hosting a new summer series starting on Wednesday, May 22. Phil's Wine Lounge -- located on the first floor of Philippe -- will host tast ... More >>
Houston, is that a frico dropping? By my count, there were roughly forty of our city's top wine professionals in the room, all listening with rapt attention and relishing savory nuggets of wine wisdom imparted by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey (above). And I'm not talking benchwarmers. This was an ... More >>
The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.
It's exciting to run across a well-priced favorite on a restaurant's wine list, or to discover something new as you dig through its pages. But there's more to making a world-class wine list than just stocking a cellar with Cakebreads and Chardonnays. To spotlight the best wine lists in Houston, we ... More >>
The brand-new Phil's Wine Lounge downstairs at Philippe is breaking in its boots by launching a Guest Sommelier Series starting February 6. Hosted by Vanessa Trevino Boyd -- resident sommelier at Philippe and last year's Best of Houston® winner for Best Sommelier -- the series will feature intimate ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
Long the bastion of boring chain restaurants and overly expensive hotspots, the Galleria has seen a resurgence in the past few years when it comes to food. Chef-owned-and-driven restaurants are upping the ante along Post Oak Boulevard while places like E-Tao and White Oak Kitchen Drinks are showin ... More >>
"In ten minutes, they're gonna be in the room," said sommelier Antonio Gianola with a tone of urgency. To his right, fellow sommelier Jonathan Honefenger encouraged his fellow somms along with cries of: "Hustle! Hustle!" The two men moved swiftly from one seat to the next, pouring a deliberate ounc ... More >>
And they called him "Grappa Joe." "When I first started at Spec's 20 years ago," says Joseph "Grappa Joe" Kemble, who was born and raised in Houston, "I was the only one in the store who was into grappa. When a customer would come in and ask for grappa, they would say grappa, Joe over the intercom. ... More >>
Philippe sommelier and wine director Vanessa Treviño Boyd is not one to name drop. But even if she were, you really couldn't fault her for it. In conversation with her, once the ice is broken, she can rattle off a who's who of Burgundy and French-wine elites whom she counts among her most intimate ... More >>
In the wake of last week's post here at Wine Time ("What To Do When Fine Wine Service Is Really Bad?"), I wrote to some of the top sommeliers in Texas asking them how they would have handled the situation. (Background: I ordered three bottles of white wine from a list at one of Houston's top restaur ... More >>
VintageTexas: While we were celebrating the Texas repatriation of Houston native son and U.S. wine celebrity Ray Isle, it seems that top Texas wine blogger Russ Kane was not pleased by the fact that Ray didn't include any Texan wines in his recommendations is his Eatocracy.CNN.com post "Pairings for ... More >>
The French Cowboy's Philippe is both elegant and playful.