Wine Enthusiast Magazine Names Texas Hill Country One of Top 10 Wine Destinations

Texas Hill CountryWine Enthusiast just released their list of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014 this week.  The list spans the globe and names the Texas Hill Country as one to visit.  Read the full article HERE.

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Napa Valley Vintners’ auction preview at the Reef

Spec'sSpec’s, the Reef, and  the Napa Valley Vintner’s sponsored a special tasting and preview of selected wines from the 2014 Premiere Napa Valley Auction portfolio.   The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is the nonprofit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier wine growing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 500 Napa Valley wineries and is a leader in the world-wide wine industry.

The annual Premier Napa Valley Auction and grand tasting, held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, helps to fund NVV’s work to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation.NVV at the Reef

At Premiere Napa Valley, wine sellers capture one-of-a-kind wines to offer in their shops, on their wine lists and to their most discerning customers. The professional peer-to-peer networking and relationship-building with more than 225 of Napa Valley’s vintners is often likened to a homecoming for wine professionals.

Vintner hosts for the evening included:

  • Altra’s Margo Culcasi
  • Cosby Roamann’s Juliana McBride
  • Favia Erickson Winegrowers’ Andy Erickson
  • Gallica’s Rosemary Cakebread
  • J. Davies Estate and Schramsberg’s Hugh Davies
  • Keenan Winery’s Michael Keenan
  • Notre Vin’s Denis and May-Britt Malbec
  • ZD Wines’ Kendra Gillette


Gallica's winemaker, Rosemary Cakebread with Houston Wine's Mary Ellis LaGarde

Gallica’s winemaker, Rosemary Cakebread with Houston Wine’s Mary Ellis LaGarde









Hugh Davies from J. Davies Estate

Hugh Davies from J. Davies Estate

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Wine Regulations: Politics and the European Union

 Bourdeaux WinesThe European Union (EU) produces and consumes 60% of the world’s wine.  The wine industry in the EU also happens to be heavily regulated.  The Journal of Wine Economics has released a study of the impact of wine regulations on the wine industry in the EU.  Read here.

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Texas Hill Country Wine Benefit Dinner | William Chris Vineyards |Hye, TX

Texas Hill Country Wine Benefit Dinner

Hosted by

William Chris Vineyards

Friday, September 27, 2013



1st Course on the Deck

Mozzarella Caprese on a stick

Dallas Mozzarella Company

2nd Course on the Deck

Oyster Fennel Soup


3rd Course Family Style

Wild Atlantic Salmon Sliders on Challah Bun

with Jalapeno Slaw and Sweet Ailoi


4th Course Family Style

Stuffed Quail with Andouille Sausage and Seasoned Rice

Quality Seafood

Dessert Course

Black Truffle Pecan Brownie and Texas Valley Lemon Tart


*All courses served with wine from

William Chris Vineyards and Lewis Wines

$125/person, seating is limited and will sell out.

Buy Tickets Here

* Optional Tasting, Wine and Production Seminar at 3:30pm

* 4-course dinner prepared by local Hill Country chefs, served al fresco

in the beautiful setting of The Oak Grove at 5:30pm

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Les Vins de Vienne Wine Dinner | Artisans Restaurant | Houston

Les Vins de Vienne Wine Dinner

Artisans Restaurant

Wednesday October 30th

With Yves Cuilleron, star celebrity winemaker from Northern Rhone Valley

Le Dinner

Hors D’Oeuvres
Escargots de Bourgogne a la Crème
Grenouilles au Beurre Persillé
Foie Gras de Canard Maison
Condrieu- White

La Pêche
Quenelle de Red Snapper aux Ecrevisses, Sauce Nantua
French Red Snapper Dumplings, Crawfish Cream Sauce
St Peray- White

Le Veau
Ris de Veau, Petits Pois à la Française
Braised Sweetbreads, English Peas
Taburnum- White

Le Sorbet
Granité des Vignerons de Vienne
Red Wine Sorbet
Cotes du Rhone “Les Cranilles”- Red

La Viande
Filet de Boeuf Rossini, Sauce Périgueux
Beef Tenderloin, Foie Gras, Sauce Périgueux
Saint Joseph- Red

Le Fromage
Sélection de Fromages Frais et Affinés
Chef’s selection of Cheeses
Heluicum- Red

Le Dessert
Tarte Sablée aux Fruits Frais de Saison Sauce Anglaise
Seasonal Fruit Tart Sablée, Sauce Anglaise
Cote Rotie Les essartailles- Red/ Hermitage les Chirats de St Christophe- Red

The Wine Makers
Yves Cuilleron, Pierre Gaillard, François Villard
Some of the 1980 Star Wine Makers
Pioneers of the Origin of the Renaissance of the Northern Rhône Valley

Bon Appétit
$150.00 ++

Details Here

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Cantina Terlano Wine Dinner | Divino Italian Restaurant | Houston

Cantina Terlano Wine Dinner

Divino Italian Restaurant

9/26/2013 from 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Judith Underholzner from Cantina Terlano in Alto Adige will be joining Divino for a dinner featuring courses inpired by this winery’s award-winning white and red wines. Cantina Terlano is perhaps the region’s most lauded winery, excelling at expressive single-vineyard reds and eminently ageable whites from the Dolimiti Mountains in Northern Italy. Here are the wines they have lined up:

2012 ‘Terlaner’ (pinot bianco, chard, sauv blanc)

2009 ‘Nova Dominus’ (pinot bianco, chard, sauv blanc)

2008/10/11 Vertical ‘Vorberg’ (single vyd. pinot bianco)

2011 Santa Maddalena (schiava & lagrein)

2009 ‘Porphyr’ (singe vyd. lagrein)

($85 + tax & gratuity)

Details Here

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Chappellet Wine Dinner | Masraff’s | Houston

Chappellet Wine Dinner | Masraff’s | Houston

Date:  Tue, 09/24/2013 - 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Inspired by the notion that Bacchus loves the hills, the Chappellets followed the  advice of renowned winemaker André Tchelistcheff and settled on Pritchard Hill’s rocky slopes, becoming the first winery to plant vineyards exclusively on high-elevation hillsides. From these Pritchard Hill vineyards, the Chappellets have been crafting extraordinary, age-worthy wines since 1967.

When Masraff’s heard that Cyril & Blakesley Chappellet were coming into town they were thrilled about the possibility of doing a wine dinner.  Especially since their reoccurring theme when chosing wineries to introduce to us all has been those which embody the family ideals Masraff’s holds so dear. Few portray this better than the Chappellets.

Hors d’oeuvres & 5 Course Dinner

$155 per person Tax & Gratuity Additional

Reservations 713.355.1975

For More Details Click Here

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