When I heard that locally owned Perry's Steakhouse & Grille (9827 Katy Freeway) was debuting its own private label wines, I couldn't help but be reminded of when Wal-Mart announced the launch of a line of private label wines, set to sell for $6-7 per bottle, a few years ago. The late-night comedians and the online community had a field day coming up with the brand names Wal-Mart should have used. Winning entries included such classics as Nascarbernet, Peanut Noir, Chateau Trailer Parc and best of all, Nasti Spumante.
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But the similarity soon ended, since Perry's are quite upscale. It is $13 a glass, or $52 a bottle, for Perry's Napa Valley Chardonnay, and $16 per glass, $64 per bottle, for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. "We are the only locally owned steakhouse with a private label wine selection," says Perry's corporate sommelier Susi Zivanovic. "We are at a point in our development that we have sufficient purchasing power to be able to do this. A smaller establishment just couldn't afford to do this." Well, cheers. - Paul Galvani