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Effervescent Elegance

 In the December 2023 issue of Galveston Monthly , I explore the world of classic method sparkling wine. The holiday season is always an excellent time to enjoy some effervescent elegance in your glass!
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La Fête du Champagne opens in Houston with a Pierre Paillard Lunch at Navy Blue

A Sparkling Lunch Line-up. La Fête du Champagne made their debut in Houston this past weekend. This multi-day celebration of the premier sparkling wine region of the world will be celebrating 10 years in New York next year. The Houston festivities started with a Pierre Paillard paired lunch at Navy Blue in Rice Village where Quentin Paillard hosted, along with event creator and Champagne expert and author, Peter  Liem. Quentin Paillard talks Champagne with Double Decanted owner, Kelly Prohl. Pierre Paillard is a Pinot Noir dominated brand from a family consisting of 8 generations of growers located in Bouzy in the Champagne region of France. The family have been producing wine for over 200 years.   Quentin and his brother Antoine focus on protecting the soil by using their own organic composts and by treating the vines with biodynamic inspired natural infusions and without the use of chemical herbicides and insecticides. In the cellar, minimal intervention is the program, no chaptali

A Santa Barbara Thanksgiving

In the November issue of Galveston Monthly magazine, I write about the beauty of Santa Barbara, the place, and the beauty of the wines of Santa Barbara, along with their pairing versatility discussing how well they will work with your Thanksgiving dinner and throughout the rest of the year. 

It's Time to Celebrate Texas Wine Month

 October is the best time to celebrate Texas Wine during Texas Wine Month. This year, I featured the wines of C.L. Butaud along with Texas wine harvest updates from industry leaders

Direct from the Rhône Valley

 My wine feature in the September issue of  Galveston Monthly  magazine was inspired by a Rhône Valley masterclass taught by David Keck, Master Sommelier, in Houston this summer. I was delighted to see how much Rhône Valley wine is available on the island when I researching for this article. 

Taste with a Master - Guy Stout, MS

 From the August issue of Galveston Monthly magazine This month I featured Guy Stout, Master Sommelier, and his upcoming class at the Galveston Island Wine and Food Festival. Guy is a fixture on the Houston wine scene and a friend. I tasted with him for many years on Dale Robertson's Houston Chronicle Tasting Panel. His event is sure to sell out quickly so if you are planning to attend on Labor Day weekend, get your tickets now.

Beat the Heat with Chillable Reds

 As seen in the July issue of Galveston Monthly magazine. For the July issue, I wrote about chillable red wines to beat the heat during the hot days of summer and beyond. Try one of these wine recommendations and keep your cool today.