Sneak Peek: Soho Kitchen & Lounge in Seabrook

They say you cannot replace a good hairdresser or bartender. That also goes for a good restaurateur. Restaurateur extraordinaire Madeleine Griffin and son Christopher Janoušek have a new venture near Houston, Texas. It’s called Soho Kitchen and Lounge. Set up in the former Coffee Oasis location at 4950 NASA 1 in Seabrook, SoHo Kitchen and Lounge is now in the process of Madeleine’s magical renovations. She tells us a wrap-around bar and open kitchen concept […]

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2010 Hoopes Vineyard Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We tasted Hoopes Vineyard 2010 Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and were impressed with its big fruit and sophisticated, nuanced tannins. Rhubarb, cherry, and black fruit aromas and flavors. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon hints of well-worn leather from a favorite old chair in the study. Quiet whispers of eucalyptus and green pepper with bright lavender on a lingering, supple finish. The 2010 vintage was aged for 32 months in 100% French Oak, 70% new. A […]

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Friday the 13th means Fine Wine Tasting ~ Italian Sparkling from Franciacorta

Love the Bubbly? Celebrate the end of of the week on Friday, September 13 as we join wine bloggers across the country for a virtual “twitter” tasting of fine Italian sparkling wine from Franciacorta beginning at 6:00 p.m. Central (4:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 p.m. Eastern). What is Franciacorta? Franciacorta is often compared to Champagne, but has its own unique Italian personality. The first Italian wine produced exclusively by the traditional method of re-fermentation in the […]

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Back-to-School with Beer: Brewniversity Houston Starts Sept. 12

Go Back to School with Beer as Central Market hosts another semester of Brewniversity with all new classes for beer lovers and learners starting Thursday, September 12 in the Houston, Texas location. Classes kick off with a Sip & Stroll around the Westheimer location, where patrons can sample beers, ales and the foods paired with featured selections. Or, spend an evening with cheese expert Janet Fletcher as she teaches the art of pairing artisanal cheeses […]

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Kelly Fleming 2010 Oakville Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

We met Kelly Fleming for dinner one evening at Underbelly, one of Houston’s hip, fresh-ingredient restaurants in the Montrose area. Kelly was a delight to meet and both her Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc elegant and sophisticated. Since Joe was getting a bad cold when we were at the restaurant and didn’t get to properly evaluate the wines during dinner, Kelly was gracious enough to send samples of the same wines for him to taste […]

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Building Your Wine Tasting Memory

On Monday nights, Joe goes bowling. Strange for a guy who thinks football season is year ’round. But when he gets home he’s only the slightest bit hungry, so usually we just have a few snacks with our wine. Our Monday nights typically go like this. Joe: “Let’s open a bottle of wine.” Amy: “What wine would you like?” Joe: “Something red and tasty.” Which in Joespeak is usually Syrah. This particular Monday, Joe comes […]

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Château Smith Haut Laffite Grand Cru Classé de Graves 2008

Deep red core with a lighter red rim in this luscious Bordeaux from Pessac-Léognan. Leathery cinnamon and cocoa on the nose. A mélange of succulent black fruit. Soft tannins create a silky smooth mouth feel.  Black cherry and mocha finish. Pair with a New York Strip Steak – cooked no more than medium rare. 13.5% ABV. Procured from our friends at JJBuckley, now available to Texas consumers! Our 2010 Vintage bottles are expected late in the Fall!

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First Friday: Dog Days of Summer Whites

Another Wine Blog is celebrating First Friday Wine Tasting with Dog Days of Summer Whites. The first friday of every month, we select a theme and invite guests to taste along with us. Last month we tasted Expressions of Italian Grapes, including wines from Seghesio, Castello D’Albola, Feudo Principe di Butera and Masseria Altemura, DaVinci and Santi to name a view. We have also celebrated Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Wines of the Pacific Northwest. […]

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The Perfect Wine…

Would you drink the perfect wine if it meant you could never drink another wine afterwards? That was the questioned posed by one wine writer on twitter. Another writer asked, by whose definition? “It would be a wine all essentially accepted as perfect. Not a wine based in reality,” said the first writer, “but a hypothetical perfection.” I argued there is no such thing as a universally agreed upon ‘perfect’ wine, and that one could […]

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