White Wine

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    July 11, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Grab Your Mixers & Bake Cookies at Michael's Cookie Jar

    Next up in the Landry's Summer Chef Series is executive chef Ryan Braden of Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou. On Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 7 p.m., Braden will serve guests a five-course dinner with wine pairings for $95 per person. The meal kicks off with an heirloom tomato confit paired wit ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Soter Winery and Akaushi: A Tasty Pairing

    Eclipsed by the street construction taking place on the stretch of Westheimer Road directly in front of it, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, the restaurant by master chef Fritz Gitschner, opened this past November to little fanfare. Since then, however, the roads have cleared, and a new patio has been fini ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 31, 2012

    Champagne Cliffs Notes: The Best Bubblies to Buy for New Year's Eve

    The weather outside was frightful when I rolled up to the mothership Spec's on Smith Street one afternoon last week. But it wasn't half as scary as the demolition derby that was unfolding in the parking lot there, between the old school Caddys, the C-Class Benzes, and the obligatory and ubiquitous ... More >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Taste Perversion: Artichokes and Wine

    "Taste perversion" is what the scientists call it. The expression refers to the way that foods (or drugs) can affect taste after they have been consumed. In the wine world, artichokes are considered one of the greatest offenders. The issue is caused by a component called cynarin (after the Latin ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    A Meaty White Wine for the First Pesto of Summer

    Fresh basil has been arriving from our Community-Supported Agriculture subscription, and that means it's time for long noodles with pesto at our house. Traditionally, Genoese pesto is made with freshly grated pecorino, sheep's milk cheese. But at our house, we go for the pan-Italian (or pseudo-Gen ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Red, White and Orange: More and More Orange Wines in Houston

    "Old man piss." I hate to say it, but it's the best descriptor to use to describe the color of many of the "orange" wines that are finding their way to our market these days. As you can see from the color of the wine in the glass above, orange wines aren't really orange: They tend to have a deep ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Texas Wine Makes the Big Time at Austin Food & Wine Mag Fest

    "The Wines Of Texas Are Upon You" may have seemed like a bland seminar title when compared with spicier ones like "Everything You Need To Know About Wine But Were Afraid to Ask" and "Super Star Wines." But the fact that the Austin Food & Wine Festival (which made its debut over the weekend) includ ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Odd Pair: What Wine Do You Pair With Salad?

    Anyone who's ever traveled to Italy or France knows that the romance Europeans eat their salad after the main course. In the French and Italian view, fresh lettuces, bitter chicory (like radicchio veronese), delicate white endive, and vinegar-based dressings are intended to cleanse the palate afte ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    5 Tips for Serving Champagne and Sparkling Wine

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.For the second night of Hanukkah, we made potato pancakes (latkes) and paired with sparkling Vouvray.​Even if you missed our Top 5 Champagnes Under $60 for the Holidays, you'll find that your favorite wine shop will have a tide of options when it comes to sparkling wine ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Odd Pair: What Wine to Pair with Hospital Food?

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.When you're admitted to the hospital to have a baby, you're taken off solid foods. As soon as the baby is born, they bring you a meal to regain your strength. In our case, it was hospital cafeteria meatloaf.​Color me pink! Tracie P and I had a baby on Monday: Georgia P ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Extreme Value from the Loire Valley

    Photos by Tracie and Jeremy Parzen.Little known appellations like this one -- Quincy AOC in the Loire Valley -- can deliver extreme value.​When people ask me about great value in wine today, I always point them to Spain, to Italy (and in particular, Southern Italy), and to the Loire Valley in ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Valentino's All-You-Can-Eat Summer Sashimi Event

    Photos by Mai PhamAhi tuna sashimi with spicy aoili ​If you weren't there, you missed out. More than 100 people attended Valentino's all-you-can-eat Summer Sashimi event last Thursday night, an extravaganza that included sashimi, more sashimi, and a bottomless selection of four wines -- a Ries ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    The Generous Pour Event at Capital Grille

    Our server, Susan, kept us happy with "generous pours" during the Generous Pour Event​To truly understand wine, its complexity, what distinguishes a good wine from bad one, and how it should pair with food, takes years of study. That's why there are only 171 Master Sommeliers in the world, and ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A Bordeaux White

    ​Winemaker Hervé Dubourdieu is widely recognized as one of the great producers of Sauternes, the "noble rot" dried-grape wine of Bordeaux, where grape growers let the fungus botrytis grow on their late-harvest fruit, thus desiccating the berries and concentrating their sugar and flavors. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Wine of the Week: a Modern but Balanced Chenin Blanc from South Africa

    ​We have a saying at our house: No wine without food and no food without wine. In other words, we never serve wine in our home as a stand-alone cocktail. It is always served within the context of a meal, whether we're entertaining guests or just cozying up on the coach for a Law & Order: SVU m ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 21, 2011

    Wine(s) of the Week: Duel Napa Valley Chardonnay

    ​I had a couple bottles of Chardonnay sent to me from different wineries, and noticed they were both within a year's vintage of one another, in the same price range, and both from the Napa Valley. So, why not do a Wine of the Week, "Food Fight" style? It was on like Donkey Kong, only a little ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Odd Pair: Fried Chicken, Buttermilk Waffles, and Pinot Blanc

    ​Yes, I admit that this is more of an "odd trio" than "odd pair," but technically speaking, chicken and waffles is a singular dish and therefore qualifies in my opinion. The easy pairing would be a dry bubbly Mimosa, which would work well with the fried chicken and waffles, but likely clash ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Chasing Venus 2010 Malborough Appellation Sauvignon Blanc

    ​With the recent burst of spring-like weather earlier this week, it just felt wrong to open up another heavy red, so instead, I picked a tingly New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from a selection of samples I've received lately. It was a nice change up from all the red wine I've been drinking latel ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    Your Holiday Party Won't Break the Bank with $2.99 Wines From Whole Foods Market

    Three Wishes, available exclusively at Whole Foods for $2.99 a bottle or $33 for a dozen. ​Save your hard-earned cash for presents by stocking your holiday party with Three Wishes wines, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market for $2.99 a bottle. At this point, some of you are no doubt s ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    One Box = Four Bottles

    The box is trying desperately to fit in in this holiday spread.​I went to a very nice party over the weekend. My friend and her mother had slaved over jambalaya and -- more importantly -- authentic Cajun gumbo for days. The house looked as if it had been professionally decorated for Christmas. ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Odd Pair: Pineapple Upside Down Cake & Chardonnay-Viognier

    ​Just shy of December, I have already received my first Christmas gift: a lovely bottle of 2007 "Duet" Chardonnay-Viognier by Louis Latour. It is an elegant-looking bottle that promises to be crisp and refreshing, and it does not disappoint. The Chardonnay gives the beverage a sharpness that i ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Odd Pair: Corn Dogs & Pinot Blanc

    ​There's something inherently fun about eating foods that come on a stick; corndogs, especially, since they evoke memories of fairs and carnivals and rodeos. They simply exude nostalgic childhood charm. What better way to enjoy them now that you're all grown up then to pair them with a lovely ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Intipalka Sauvignon Blanc 2009

    ​This is the only time I've ever tried a wine from Peru, a country not revered for its winemaking (at least here in America). It's refreshing to taste a little-known wine that is well representative of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal.

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    November 12, 2010

    Odd Pair: Sweet Potatoes & Chardonnay

    ​If you're like me, then you've been "practicing" your Thanksgiving recipes a little early this year. At least that's the reason you give when people ask why you're making stuffing and sweet potatoes in the beginning of November. The upside (besides getting to eat decadent food all month) is ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Wine of the Week: 2009 Cupcake Chardonnay

    ​Since I'm too old to trick-or-treat, I thought a bottle of California Central Coast Cupcake Chardonnay (sent to me by Underdog Wine Merchant) would satisfy my need for a treat this Halloween. Perhaps it's a mental trick, coming from a confectionary-named vineyard, but it is an exceptionally s ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    A Twist on Tailgating

    ​There's no denying that Texas stands out from the rest of the 50 states in size, shape and personality. We're an inherently proud and individualistic people. I often demonstrated this during a time when I worked with a group of people from more than 22 countries. In a simplistic way of catego ... More >>

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    June 28, 2007
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    May 3, 2007

    Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind

    The Vintage Mirrors the Year

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    December 12, 2006

    That's a Nice Wine, Shucker

    Julia Walsh Nothing goes with oysters like a good Sancerre. And a Muscadet. And a Quincy... In my first two years as a home oyster shucker, I have noticed my oyster-eating guests prefer Loire Valley wines with high acidity levels. I wondered: Why the Loire Valley? What about high acidity wines fr ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 21, 2005

    Brain Food

    You may puzzle over the menu at Robert Gadsby's Noé, but you'll love the clever chow

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    January 9, 2003

    Hangover W(h)ine

    La Carafe's Wine Spritzer

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    June 7, 2001

    A Matter of Grape Concern

    Ibiza makes for a pleasant escape

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    March 15, 2001

    House of the Rising Sun

    The stars align at Scott Tycer's Aries

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    February 8, 2001

    For the Love of Sauerkraut

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

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    December 28, 2000

    Uncorking a Bargain

    A champagne buyer's guide

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