Upcoming Events: Somm-vasion at Phil's Wine Lounge and More

A guest sommelier series will be taking place every other Wednesday at Philippe.
A guest sommelier series will be taking place every other Wednesday at Philippe.
Photo by Troy Fields

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, informal round-table tastings from some of Houston's favorite somms. The cost is $40 per person and will include four wines and a cheese board. The first tasting, A Trip to Austria, will be led by Fred Jones of The Pass & Provisions, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6.

The series will take place every Wednesday at the same time, same place, with the following line-up of other guest somms already confirmed:

  • February 20: Cutting-Edge California Chardonnays with Jason Sherman of Brennan's
  • March 6: Syrah is Back with David Keck of Uchi
  • March 20: Sparkling Wine--Its Non-Champagne Counterparts with James Watkins
  • April 3: Ungrafted: Wines from Deep Vines with Christian Varas of River Oaks Country Club
  • April 17: Bandol: The New Uber-Hip Wines with Kelly McCloud of Fleming's Steakhouse
  • May 1: Italy Off the Beaten Path with Adele Corrigan of 13 Celsius

Seating for each tasting is limited to 15 people; to reserve your spot, email

Here's your plan for lunch or dinner next Wednesday: Head to Latin Bites Cafe and help chef Roberto Castre and his crew celebrate their three-year anniversary on January 23. The Peruvian restaurant will be offering food and drink specials all day long, including $5 Latin cocktails (margaritas, mojitos, sangria, pisco sours and caipirinhas), $3 beers, $5 wines, and 50 percent off hot and cold bites. In addition, every third guest at a table will eat for free (includes appetizer and entrée). As a reminder, Latin Bites is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Still haven't been to L'Olivier yet? An upcoming dinner on Friday, February 1 featuring the wines of O'Brien Estate Winery in Napa Valley might just be the perfect introduction to Olivier Ciesielski's food at the Lower Westheimer spot. The four-course meal - which starts at 7 p.m. - features Ciesielski's ceviche, a quail salad, roasted pork loin and a tournedo of beef with morel sauce alongside wines from Bart and Barb O'Brien. The cost is $99 per person, which doesn't include tax or tip. Call 713-360-6313 for reservations.

Speaking of wine, Adair Kitchen is offering a special for Valentine's Day - whether you're celebrating with a loved one or a group of friends. Owners Nick Adair and Katie Adair Barnhart are offering all wines by the bottle at half price on Valentine's Day - Thursday, February 14, if you needed a reminder - from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Philippe - Closed

1800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056


Latin Bites

5709 Woodway Dr.
Houston, TX 77057



240 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006


Adair Kitchen

5161 San Felipe St.
Houston, TX 77056


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