Three Authors with a Texas Food & Wine Extravaganza

Three Authors

The Cabernet Grill Restaurant at the Cotton Gin Village in Fredericksburg, Texas, will be having a celebratory early-spring Texas wine and food dinner on Friday February 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm. It will be a feast featuring fine Texas cuisine prepared from recipes from the new cookbooks from two eminent Texas chefs: Chef and author Terry Thompson-Anderson and the Cabernet Grill’s own Chef Ross Burtwell using local and Texas-sourced ingredients. Texas wine pairings will be selected by Russell Kane, author [Read More…]

Super Chicken Opens in Tomball

Joseph and Christy Theis

Super Chicken, a three-year-old eatery and caterer near the Bush Intercontinental Airport, is opening a second location in Tomball today, October 1st. The new location for the popular restaurant will be at 24179 Highway 249, near Northpointe Boulevard. Hours will be 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You may ask why am I writing about a restaurant in this blog which talks about Texas wine. Well, it’s because [Read More…]

eculent: Fine Dining at Clear Creek Winery

eculent - sign

eculent is a fine dining restaurant which will be opening soon at Clear Creek Winery located in Kemah. Chefs David Skinner and Michael Calvino will bring an evening of a multi-course meal which will not soon be forgotten. The restaurant is having test dinners right now so the evening is perfected by the time they officially open on November 7th. A soft opening will start on September 26th occurring only on Saturdays. When the restaurant is open, the hours will [Read More…]

C’mon Down to Dallas

Dallas Skyline

About two weeks ago when I was busier than a one-legged cat in a sandbox, Douglas Trapasso, a Chicago Sommelier/Blogger and TEXSOM alum dropped in on the Texas Wine Drinkers (TWD) Facebook page and laid down a small challenge: Ok TWD: Make your case. It’s been a month since TEXSOM and I can’t wait to see your state again! But where should I go next? I want to visit some cool wineries and restaurants, as well as work in some tasting and service practice with [Read More…]

Mitas Hill New Facilities are now open

Mitas Hill Mitas Hill located in McKinney, Texas, has now opened the doors to their new Wine Tasting Bar & Pizza Oven along with Justine’s Steak House. The Mitas Hills wines can be enjoyed with specially paired tapas, a gourmet wood-fired pizza, and a delicious steak dinner. Also available is a 3,000-square-foot Ballroom which is the perfect setting for sophisticated, large occasions, including weddings, receptions, anniversary celebrations, corporate meetings, banquets, and charitable events. The Ballroom features panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking The [Read More…]

Wine & Food Foundation of Texas to Host 12th Annual Tour de Vin

Tour de Vin

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (WFFT) will host the 12th Annual Tour de Vin, a room-to-room tasting tour of dozens of domestic and international fine wines, paired with delicious fare prepared onsite by chefs of some of Austin’s favorite restaurants. One of WFFT’s premier annual events, Tour de Vin starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 at W Austin, 200 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin. Proceeds of $20 from each ticket sold will benefit Austin Food for Life,Sustainable Food [Read More…]

Flat Creek Enoteca

Enoteca - outside The Flat Creek Enoteca is located in Marble Falls and is a tasting room and more for Flat Creek Estate. The Enoteca officially opened on May 20, 2014. For those of you, like me, who wondered first how to pronounce Enoteca, it is like (ee-no-tech-a). The Italian word is defined as a local tasting room and wine shop with small wine producers and serving artisan food. The Flat Creek Enoteca is very easy to find since it is right [Read More…]

Texas Fine Wine & Houston Wine Society Dinner

Texas Fine Wine logo

Wine enthusiasts can taste wines from four award-winning Texas wineries at the first-ever Texas Fine Wine pairing dinner on Saturday, May 31 at REEF in Houston. Hosted by the Greater Houston Chapter of the Wine Society of Texas, the dinner features new vintages from the four Texas Fine Wine wineries: Bending Branch Winery, Brennan Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Pedernales Cellars. Texas Fine Wine was founded in early 2014 to promote this distinctive group of highly respected wineries dedicated to producing [Read More…]

2014 East Texas Road Trip

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

Gloria and I were invited to the Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere so we made plans to visit other wineries in East Texas for the weekend too. We both had the Friday off and that gave us more time to plan something for our East Texas road trip. Gerald Jones from Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards has been a friend for a number of years having met and worked with him at wine festivals before and seeing him at other events. [Read More…]

Road Trip to April’s Texas Hill Country Wineries Kick-off


Gloria and I were the highest bidder in the silent auction of a season pass for the Texas Hill Country Wineries at the 2014 Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association annual conference in February. The month of April came and it was time to take advantage of the Wine & Wildflower Trail. The kick-off tasting to start the first day of the trail was held on Friday, April 4th, at Perissos Vineyard & Winery. Fortunately we were both able to get the [Read More…]