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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Wine Review: Spicewood Vineyards Mourvèdre Rosé 2014

The secret is out! Spicewood Vineyards makes incredible wine and has joined the Texas Fine Wine group as its newest member. I suppose it was not that much of a secret, because they seem to be so popular with their Wine Club, that they sell wines nearly as soon as they are released. But it was a secret to me.  That is before my Austin friend Matt McGinnis who blogs at What Are You Drinking? sent me […]

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Freixenet: It is All about Family

Used to be here in America, people went to work for a company after high school or college and stayed with that same company until they retired. It is still that way in pockets of the United States and in some industries, where one can rise up through the ranks to become head of a division or company from more humble beginnings. But more often than not, to get ahead one must switch jobs and […]

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Celebrate Your Love with Sparkling Wine from Limoux!

Wine lovers in Houston and nationally are discovering sparkling wines that originated nearly 100 years before Dom Pérignon was born, and years before Champagne became the wine of celebrations. To taste true tradition first created by Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, look to the wine region in southern France near Carcassonne and the eastern foothills of the Pyrénées — Limoux. One of my favorite regions to visit during the annual Terroirs et Millésimes […]

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Great Food: It’s Hunky Dory in The Houston Heights

Want fabulous food, delicious drinks and an overall delightful dining diversion? You will find it at Hunk Dory in the Houston Heights. While Chef John Tesar of Dallas’ Knife is playing his tiny…violin* to Playboy, Chris Cusack and his team, including Chef Richard Knight are playing to the crowd — its diners. What Hunky Dory is Not The week I dined at Hunky Dory I experienced the highs and lows of a food and wine critic. […]

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Violence, Prayer and Thanksgiving

Proponents of open carry often joke, “A liberal is simply a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.” I disagree. I work in downtown Houston. One morning, I was walking to a client’s office, using Clay Street. Clay is a one-way street that starts at West Dallas and runs to the Toyota Center. If you’re walking northwest against traffic starting at Root Park across from the Toyota Center, you will pass Athens Hotel Suites, AT&T, South […]

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Worldly Lodi offers ‘Out of the Box’ Thinking for Thanksgiving

1969 is a pivotal year in America. Apollo 11 lands on the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are the first men to walk on its surface. The first communications are sent through ARPANET and PBS is established. Nearly 400,000 rock-n-roll fans descend upon a dairy farm in the Catskills of New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair – billed as 3 Days of Peace & Music that features 32 acts including […]

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Pahlmeyer 2012 Merlot Napa Valley

As we sat down to dinner Sunday night to celebrate our oldest son’s birthday, we needed a special wine. We missed his 21st birthday, because he had moved out at 18 after some growing pains and parental clashes that sent him back to Ohio to stay with his mother, then south to Florida at 21 to live for a while with a cousin. This year he turned 24. 1991, the same year Alex, Joe’s oldest, […]

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Montefalco: Vino Magnifico

When I was a school girl learning world geography, Italy was by far the easiest to remember. The fancy high-heeled boot of a lady whose ruffled skirts were France, Switzerland and Austria. Take a closer look, at the seductively rounded calf of the leg inside the boot, and you’ll find the land of Umbria. With Tuscany to her west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the South, Umbria is il cuor verde d’Italia […]

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