Escape to Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC

Charismatic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t the only thing drawing United States’ visitors across the border. As we count down to Cleveland and the start of the Republican National Convention, both Democrats and Republicans alike are making the same inquiry: Just how does one immigrate to Canada? After visiting Kelowna, British Columbia, last month to taste wines from the Okanagan Valley, I thought about it a bit myself. The landscape is beautiful; the people are friendly, […]

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Wine v. Beer: Which Pairs Best?

You know that couple. Maybe you ARE that couple. You love wine; she loves beer. Or maybe HE loves wine and you love beer. Is it possible to pair a dish with both wine and beer together? That was the challenge when the First Friday crowd braved torrential rain to assemble in League City last Friday for the First Friday Wine versus Beer “pairdown.” Former-chef-turned astronaut* Joe Power, created a menu with suggested beer styles […]

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Mother Nature, the Original Foodie

Mother Nature proved she is the original foodie last week at a sumptuous banquet overlooking Buffalo Bayou to celebrate ten years of Recipe for Success. As dark clouds rolled in and thunder shook the glass of the building where I perched on the 27th floor  just across the street from The Dunlavy, I was sure what promised to be an incredible feast prepared by 10 renowned chefs was a goner — or at the very […]

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Pasaporte Mexico Comes to Central Market, April 20 – May 3

We love our Tex-Mex here in Houston! But many of us gringos have no concept of authentic Mexican cuisine, although we occupy land once part of Estados Unidos Mexicanos. While a certain orange-hued cartoon character drums up votes with his “Build a Wall” platform, the good folks at Central Market invite customers to embrace with taste during ‘Pasaporte Mexico,’ April 20 through May 3 throughout its stores across Texas. During the two-week event, visitors to […]

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Tickets Still Available: Raise Your Glass to CIS!

A handful of tickets are still available for the Raise Your Glass to CIS! wine tasting event today at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake City, Texas. The event, which starts at 4:00 p.m. and runs until 5:30 p.m., raises money for Communities in Schools – Bay Area programs to keep at-risk students in school. UPDATE: DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING IN THE AREA ON APRIL 18th THE EVENT IS RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 26th.  Each […]

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Wine & Dine Wunderbar! Omni Barton Creek Chef makes Magical Pairings

Pinot Noir with Chocolate? Prezels with Pork, and not a Riesling to be found! These are what greeted guests at the Celebration of Germany Wine & Dine Series hosted by Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa and Traubenhaus Fine Wines. Guests came from far and wide to share in delectable pairings and convivial yet fine dining atmosphere at one of Texas’ premier luxury resorts. The intimate group included not only guests from the Austin metropolitan […]

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7th Annual Wine Festival at Brenner’s on the Bayou, Saturday April 9th!

Wanna be fab with your Cab? Celebrate spring on the Buffalo Bayou with beautiful scenery, cuisine from Houston’s top chefs and award-winning wines at the annual Brenner’s on the Bayou Wine Fest on Saturday, April 9. Join Us! Wine aficionados and lovers alike will have the opportunity to sip wines from a variety of winemakers and stroll around the scenic grounds along the water’s edge as Music by Midstream, one of Houston’s “hottest high energy […]

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Urban Gardening: Help Make it a Reality in Houston

One of the most delicious things about wine is the way it pairs with food. Not just any food, but food prepared from local ingredients or one’s own garden. I grew up in a place with plenty of land for growing and harvesting our own fruit and vegetables. But sadly, my father did not know much about gardening. Or rotating crops. Or keeping the birds from eating our blueberries and decorating our sidewalks with purple “bird […]

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German Wine and Food Featured at Tonight’s Wine & Dine at Omni Barton Creek

Austin residents have you returned from Spring Break ready for a taste of Germany? Maybe you’re recuperating from SXSW and need an evening to relax? There are still a few seats available for tonight’s Wine and Dine event tonight at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. In partnership with Traubenhaus, the leading German wine distributor in Texas, the Omni Barton Creek Report and Spa will feature some of Wine Spectator’s 90+ selections as well as […]

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