You could hear a Texas twang at the 47th annual Italian wine trade fair last week in Verona, Italy: Organizers of the behemoth event, Vinitaly, awarded the prestigious Vinitaly 2013 International Prize to Dallas-based Italian wine blogger and journalist Alfonso Cevola, author of On the Wine Trail in ... More >>
Alt-J: With Hundred Waters., Sun., March 10, 8 p.m., $15/$17. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston.
Battery (Metallica Tribute): With Ozz (Ozzy/Sabbath Tribute)., Fri., March 8, 8 p.m., $10. Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston.
Billy Currington: Sat., March 9, 7 p.m., $35-$65. Nutty Jerry's ... 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 >>
"The thing I like about the Houston wine scene," says the Houston Wine Merchant's Marcy Jimenez (above), "is the Gulf Coast attitude. We're a little more relaxed than the folks to the north of here." Marcy was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, New York. But she cut her teeth in the New Or ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyLate Night Pie takes a dirt nap...again.As they seem wont to do nearly every year or so, Late Nite Pie (302 Tuam, 713-529-5522) has shut down once again. Boarded up windows and a sign indicating that the restaurant has been closed for non-payment of rent greeted diners ... More >>
Photo by Sarah RufkaTo some, a bartender is just a server with something to lean on. But Mike Sammons is an example of how, with passion and creativity, the job can be so much more. "I started doing this to make money, but I was really good at it because I liked it," he says. "I don't think p ... More >>