Le Beaujolais Nouveau de Georges. Was Fun… Now Get Ready for his Cru Beaujolais!

Le Beaujolais Nouveau de Georges. Was Fun… Now Get Ready for his Cru Beaujolais! Literally, “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé” means, the new Beaujolais has arrived… the first wine of the harvest. The early-release wines made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France are officially released on…

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Congratulations to Iron Sommelier 2019 Andres Blanco – Caracol Houston

Congratulations to Periwinkle Foundation’s Iron Sommelier 2019 – Andres Blanco from Caracol Houston The remaining results from last nights Periwinkle Iron Sommelier Competition held at The Houstonian Hotel are: 1st Runner Up Julie Dalton – Mastro’s 2nd Runner Up Chris Poldoian – Camerata at Paulie’s Underwriter Tasting Room, Best Presentation Chris Poldoian…

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Who in Houston, Texas Doesn’t Like a Good Circus? And, with a Montrose Gourmet Lunch, and an Artist Meet/Greet, Too!

Who in Houston, Texas Doesn’t Like a Good Circus? And, with a Montrose Gourmet Lunch, and an Artist Meet/Greet, Too! Cirque Du Soleil LUZIA Artist Meet & Greet Brunch At La Villa WHO:  La Villa – French Riviera Food located on Montrose Boulevard. With ambitious cuisine,  remarkable service,  and a  warm and…

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Periwinkle Foundation’s Sommelier Competition – A View, Up Close and Personal

Periwinkle Foundation’s Iron Sommelier Competition – A View, Up Close and Personal This was my third time to attend the Periwinkle Foundation Autosol early-November Iron Sommelier Competition held at the Houstonian Hotel. Despite my third take on this competition, it was still fascinating to witness the knowledge and focus of each sommelier’s…

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Texas Wine Month 2018 is Over… But, Oh What a Great Month it Was!

Texas Wine Month 2018 is Over… But, Oh What a Great Month it Was! Annually, October is Texas Wine Month, the month when we sip, savor and celebrate our wonderful, fifth-largest-in-the-USA wine industry. Well, it’s now November and Texas Wine Month is over, but from my vantage point in Houston,…

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Cabernet Grill Experience: Tasso Chicken and McPherson White Wine Trio

Cabernet Grill Experience: Tasso Chicken and McPherson White Wine Trio If I wasn’t so familiar with Chef Ross Burtwell’s Cabernet Grill Restaurant at the compound called Cotton Gin Village on the south side of Fredericksburg, I likely wouldn’t expect the modern culinary treasures it holds. While his restaurant is part…

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Loirefest: Houston’s David Keck at his Best

Loirefest: Houston’s David Keck at his Best In the Houston wine community (those of you in wholesale and retail, the restaurant trade, and lets not forget the groupies of writers and consumers), we are blessed having David Keck MS among us. Who is he, you ask? If you don’t know,…

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Tomorrow’s the Night for Iron Sommelier Competition in Houston

Tomorrow’s the Night in Houston: The Periwinkle Foundation Hosts Houston’s Premier Sommelier Competition and Wine Tasting Iron Sommelier Presented by AutoSol®  (Photos presented are from 2014 Iron Sommelier event) WHAT: Houston’s finest sommeliers will be put to the test for the title of Iron Sommelier in the city’s premier wine competition…

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Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s

Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, the seventh generation winemaker in the Bonarrigo family, addressed the assemblage at Vic & Anthony’s Steak House in Houston to taste and savor the wines from Messina Hof Winery and Resort. With Paul Mitchell were his family:…

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Texans Sure Do Like Their Bubbles: Domaine Carneros Provides

Texans Sure Do Like Their Bubbles: Domaine Carneros Provides When Domaine Carneros winemaker Eileen Crane and I met for lunch last week for lunch at Houston’s RDG Bar Annie, nearly the first thing that came up in conversation was the fact that the second largest Domaine Carneros wine club was the…

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