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Messina Hof Winery and Resort will conduct a series of virtual wine tasting classes to be broadcast via Ustream starting Sunday, August 22, at 4:30 p.m. Messina Hof winemaker and co-founder Paul Bonarrigo will host the virtual tastings. The programs, to be aired the third Sunday of every month, are designed for hands-on learners of […]

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Wine event of the week

On August 5, 2010 By

Italian Wine and Food Class Where: Ralph Smith Studio, 5226 Elm Street. When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Info: Monsterville Horton has recently returned from Italy’s Piemonte and he wants to tell you all about his trip, with classic wines and dishes from the region to accompany his presentation and Smith’s marvelous food photos for a backdrop. […]

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The recent Tour de France was a decidedly mixed bag for Jonathan Vaughters, the ex-pro who heads up the argyle-clad Garmin-Transitions team. Three days in, Vaughters saw his top two riders, yellow-jersey aspirant Christian Vande Velde and sprinter Tyler Farrar crash so badly that neither would be able to finish the race. But Vaughters got […]

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The Tracy Vaught-John Watt restaurant family has batted 1.000 with the Wine Spectator for 2010. Backstreet Cafe, Prego, Hugo’s and Treviso will all receive mention in the magazine’s Aug. 31 issue as recipients of the Award of Excellence. To be thusly honored, a restaurant’s wine list has to have at least 100 selections that are […]

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Wines of the Mediterranean Dinner. Where: Ray’s Grill, 8502 F.M. 359, Fulshear.<P< When: 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Info: Road trip! It’s a bit of a hike out west, true, but Ray is offering eight courses paired with eight wines, so find yourself a designated driver. Two Greeks (Thalassitis-Assyrtico and Samos Vin Deax), two French (Jean-Louis Chave […]

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2006 Charles Krug Yountville-Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Overall Score – 27.9: 8.9 for quality, 9 for value, 10 for availability. What our tasters thought: All but one gave it a recommendation. Sample comment: “Big, inky, well-balanced wine.” My score: 9. Great structure and acidity, with plenty of fruit, too. I guessed it was a $40-$45 […]

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This week I reached out for a new Doublicious sandwich — yes, the diabolical Double Down with twice the chicken and no bread has spawned a spinoff — at the world’s largest chicken chain, KFC, with 20,000 restaurants across the universe. The Double Down caused a stir when KFC tossed the bread, and stuffed bacon […]

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Karen Warren : Chronicle Mike Potowski of Benjy’s on Washington says he believes sushi bars are popular in Texas because they require a lighter style of eating during our long, hot summers.BR> By GREG MORAGO Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle The summers in Texas are long and hot. They require a lighter style of eating — […]

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This week I reached out for a plate of Grilled Caribbean Wings, part of the new island-inspired summer menu at TGI Friday’s, with 900 restaurants in 47 states. You know the weekend’s just starting at Friday’s. Sorry Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming. You can still have summer, but you have to skip directly from Thursday to […]

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How sweet it is

On July 21, 2010 By

Houston chocoholics have long known the best place to get their fix. Now Food Network will help a wider audience discover the cocoa joys of the Chocolate Bar. Kid in a Candy Store, a new Food Network series hosted by Adam Gertler, visits the West Alabama location of the The Chocolate Bar on an episode […]

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