Don’t Get Between Me and My Frogfruit

Don’t Get Between Me and My Frogfruit This past Thursday evening, I attended the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), Houston Chapter meeting held at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The November meeting is avidly awaited for two good reasons. First, it’s a potluck extravaganza and people bring dishes…

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What You Can Do for Texas Native Plant Week – October 18-24, 2015

What You Can Do for Texas Native Plant Week – October 18-24, 2015 Reprinted from October 2015 Hyde Park Newsletter Native Texas plants in gardens, landscaping and habitats help sustain nature at a time when the “wild and natural” are disappearing. These plants help sustain a healthy ecosystem by supporting a…

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Wine Class – Exciting Texas Wines: Know How & Where to Find Them

Wine Class – Exciting Texas Wines: Know How & Where to Find Them by James King, Texas Wine School I am so happy to have the foremost independent Wine Expert on Texas Wines and Wineries, Dr. Russ Kane to be teaching this class. I am sure the lucky 14 who…

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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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Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM

Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM Looking back to my first Texsom in 2008, I’ve attended a majority of the TEXSOM conferences over its past eleven years. As I recall, the first one I attended barely broke an attendance of around 200 people. The vast majority were local sommeliers (barely enough to fill…

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FLASH: Nathan Fausti of Olive & June Named 2015 Best Sommelier at Texsom

FLASH: Nathan Fausti of Olive & June Named 2015 Best Sommelier at Texsom 2015 (11th Annual) TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition Presented by Texas Monthly TEXSOM co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell last night announced at the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Grand Tasting that Nathan Fausti…

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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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TX Locations Wine: A worthy wine as big as the state it represents

TX Locations Wine: A worthy wine as big as the state it represents Dave Phinney’s idea is simple, complicated and a great deal of fun, all rolled into one. As you can see below harvested from the Locations Wine website: The Simple: Make the best possible wine from a given…

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Inaugural Discover Wine Festival in Houston to Feature 19 Texas Wineries

Inaugural Discover Wine Festival in Houston to Feature 19 Texas Wineries The inaugural Discover Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, June 20 in downtown Houston from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The 2015 Discover Wine Festival will be a festival within a festival since we will be part of…

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Russ Kane VintageTexas on SommChat Wednesday 1/28 11AM CT – Discuss Texas Hill Country Wines & Wineries

Russ Kane VintageTexas on SommChat Wednesday 1/28 11AM CT – Discuss Texas Hill Country Wines & Wineries This January marks my 20th year since first finding out that Texas had a native (yet still infantile) wine industry and operating as a consumer, wine group director, wine writer and blogger. In…

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