In October, when Eating...Our Words published "Houston's 10 Best Destinations for Wine," a number of readers complained in the comment section that none of Marco Wiles's restaurants had been included (his Da Marco was excluded, as were all "trophy wine" destinations; see the intro to the post for the explanation of criteria).
Photo by Jeremy Parzen. An Italian wine insider's wine, like this rare and gorgeous Riesling from the Oltrepò Pavese appellation in Northern Italy, is aggressively priced at Dolce Vita. A more common wine like the Pieropan Soave, also a favorite of mine, is marked up far above Houston standards.
Some -- anonymous commenters, of course -- even had the gumption to suggest that I was biased against Wiles and his restaurant group.
My response (see the comments) was: hogwash. I promptly offered to meet any and all takers for a glass of wine and a nosh on the following Saturday evening at Wiles's Vinoteca Poscol on Westheimer (at the aperitivo hour so that the appointment wouldn't encroach on anyone's dinner hour). Please meet me, I wrote. I'm buying.More »