Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

Categories: Wine Time

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Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below.

The Blend: We're not sure how we missed the photo (above) of Houston's top Italian wine specialist Joseph "Grappa Joe" Kemble, statewide wine buyer at the flagship Spec's. We loved Alfonso Cevola's coverage of last month's Italian Wine Expo here in Houston.

Cheap Eats In Houston: We still can't figure out who's behind the blog Cheap Eats in Houston. But it's always a great resource for info on the many wine tastings and wine events going on around town every week -- many of them free.

Devour Houston: The identity of the author of Devour Houston also remains a mystery (although we suspect she is a Houston-based lobbyist). Culinary gerrymandering aside, we loved her review of the Dallas import Cru wine bar on Kirby. "Being the Bubbles Girl that I am," she writes, "I ordered the Bubble Bath - their sparkling wine flight..." With a dearth of wine bloggers in Houston, we love how Devour Houston isn't afraid to take the plunge! Read the rest of the review here.

Samantha Sans Dosage: Casting our gaze west beyond the Texas border to Southern California, we were saddened to read about Samantha Dugan's disappointment that one of her favorite TV shows -- Law and Order: Criminal Intent -- portrayed wine connoisseurs in a less than favorable light. "Imagine my elation," she writes, "when finding a whole show with my beloved wine as a backdrop for an episode, with Vincent 'Smoking Hot' D'Onofrio to boot. Watching the tall bunch of smart and inquisitive picking up glasses of wine, burying his nose in it.... spinning my business all around all while all the while getting into the head of the suspects he is after." Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. Read her NC-17 review of the episode here.

Vinography: Upon his return from the Greek island of Santorini, top U.S. wine blogger Alder Yarrow boasts that he has "never been in a position to so authoritatively offer my impressions of a wine region. In a matter of about 4 days, I visited all 10 wineries on the island, and tasted nearly all the wines they produce." That's a big statement coming from Alder and we're thrilled to see that he's branching out from his comfort zone -- Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon -- and that he's mastered a new wine region. Click here to read his authoritative reviews and impressions.

Location Info

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Spec's Warehouse

2410 Smith St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Cru Wine Bar

2800 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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13 comments
Roy
Roy

Barbed Rose Insider. We do a lot with wine pairing and foodie content.

Jeremy Parzen
Jeremy Parzen

Dragon Hole, chill out, man. This is not a place for nastiness. Joseph is one of the most important Italian wine buyers in the country and he's a super cool dude. If you have drunk Italian in Texas, it's more likely than not that Joseph picked out that bottle for you. 

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Cheap Eats in Houston is Jakeisha Wilmore. There. I outed her!

dragon hole
dragon hole

what's with the guy pictured? is he someone we should know? regardless, that's a terrible shirt, a huge gut – and if he already didn't look like enough of an a-hole, he's on the freaking phone

Sophi Z
Sophi Z

Thanks Jeremy, I totally agree. When I've done italian wine flights Joe's help  was key. Plus I learned a lot about grappa cause I was previously totally misinformed. Okay.Mai tous scents.  

Jeff
Jeff

In the second sentence of the story:

The Blend: We're not sure how we missed the photo (above) of Houston's top Italian wine specialist Joseph "Grappa Joe" Kemble

Mai Pham
Mai Pham

Agree! Her blog is my go-to to find dining deals in Houston on any given day.

dragon hole
dragon hole

does not change the observation. dude, get a shirt from this decade

Sophi Z
Sophi Z

Okay i looked all the down Jeff's blog and didn't find the mention Bitches Brew but I had a good time reading it all. Sheesh. I wish I had time to blog like that. And I don't care how Grappa Joe dresses. He's the man when it comes to Italian wines. Used to be that it was Monsterville Horton but he's not always around anymore since he left Cava. Okay. My 2 cents.

Jeff
Jeff

Wrong blog for this discussion, my friend.

dragon hole
dragon hole

hey Jeff, I mean jerk: I just went onto your blog. the quote below? You have just lost all credibility. This is a joke, right?

"Bitches Brew may be one of the most singularly horrible experiments in music ever created."

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