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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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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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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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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Wine & Dine Series pairs Expressive Wines with Exquisite Cuisine

Looking to treat yourself to imaginative wine pairings with world-class cuisine? The Omni Barton Creek Wine & Dine series has monthly offerings that will do just that! Just a 15-minute Uber ride from lively downtown Austin, Texas, is the pampering luxury of the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa. Set within the beauty of the Lone Star capital’s expansive Hill Country, the resort is nestled away on 4,000 acres of secluded property and features four […]

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Cartograph Gewürztraminer 2010: Russian River Valley

I forgot how much I love Cartograph wines. Back in 2011, before I began the 4-year litigation effort around that little spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I visited Dry Creek Valley to participate in their harvest. On an afternoon in the Fall of 2011, prior to an evening of following my friend Shana (then) Ray (now) Bull from bar to bar in Healdsburg, California who was hoping to catch a glimpse of the soon-to-be-married […]

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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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Wines for Thanksgiving Day and Throughout the Year

It is Thanksgiving Day and many wine shops are closed. You, consumer, were so busy making sure you ordered the fresh turkey, picked up the Parker House rolls, the cranberries, the sweet potatoes, the relatives from the airport and set aside time to create the perfect brine to bathe the bird overnight, that you forgot to pick out the perfect wine to pair with your blessed bounty. Relax, your dinner will not be a disaster. […]

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