Beer Fest: Arrogant Bastards and Lusty Wenches!

The 2010 Fall Beer Fest at Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou treated guests to music, tasty food and over 50 seasonal artisan beers all in the lush landscaped gardens of Brenner’s on the Bayou near Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. Buxom beer wenches dressed in traditional Oktoberfest garb poured from 9 different breweries including Houston’s oldest craft brewery: Saint Arnold which is celebrating its 16th-year. Founders Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, along with the recognizable […]

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Ooh La La! It’s Rue La La

We found a great place to find lower prices on fab wines. Today they are selling La Sirena, from Heidi Peterson Barrett, the “First Lady of Wine.” Barrett is a truly gifted winemaker whose wines have earned 100 points from Robert Parker, Jr., and whose 6-liter bottle of 1992 Screaming Eagle set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine at the 2000 Napa Valley Wine Auction, selling for $500,000.

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2009 LOIS Grüner Veltliner: A Grüner for Everyone!

Wine and fun! What could be better? We found a refreshing Austrian Grüner Veltliner perfect for the lighter fare of Oktoberfest. While many people think that Grüner is just a summer wine, this wine is the perfect pairing for lighter Austrian food as well as sipping in the warmer climes of the Gulf Coast. What is Grüner Veltliner? Grüner Veltliner is a white wine grape grown primarily in Austria and in the Czech Republic. The […]

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AWB Reviews Wine Refrigerators & Coolers

There is nothing worse than having a great wine taste bad because it was stored or served at the wrong temperature. It would be great if we could all have our own wine cave or custom-built cellar to insure wine is kept at the optimum temperature. But if you’re not quite ready to make that kind of investment, there are a number of wine refrigerators and coolers on the market. We’ll take a look at […]

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Chocolate and Beer? You Betcha!

As I have said before, I have never really been a beer drinker. Well except for that time in law school when I would have been better off skipping the “beer bong.”  But I love learning about and tasting new things, so when the Central Market folks invited us to attend Discover Brewtopia, we said, “Of course!” Wednesday kicked off the two-week celebration with a Beer Roundup. Frankly, I was there for the cheese. Ask anyone […]

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Wine Review: Alexandria Nicole Cellars Quarry Butte

Often we visit a tasting room, love a wine, and purchase bottles to ship home, only to find that once at home, the wine does not live up to the tasting room experience.  This was certainly not the case with the 2008 Quarry Butte from Alexandria Nicole Cellars, a red blend crafted from their Estate Vineyard Destiny Ridge. We visited the Alexandria Nicole Cellars Prosser Tasting Room on the last day of the WineCHATr WBC-or-Bust […]

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