Sunday, May 26, 2013

Food & Fun - Houston, Texas for the Week of June 9, 2013

In this edition of Food and Fun - Houston, Texas, check out the following events.

  • The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Tasting Class: Fortified Wines
  • The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Tasting Class: Wines of Argentina & Chile
  • Noe Grill at the Omni Hotel Presents Locavores & Lone Stars
  • The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Tasting Class: Wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and Tavel
  • The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Foundation Course: Wines of Italy, 3 Class Series






The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Tasting Class: Fortified Wines

Monday, June 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas


Chilled at French Country Wines
2433 Bartlett Street
Houston, Texas 77005
713-882-8773

Cost: 60


Dates: June 10th
Cost: $60.00
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Chilled at French Country Wines – 2431 Bartlett Street, Houston, TX
Instructor: James King

Once the greatest wines in the Western World due to their healing and travelling properties they are now consigned to the upper shelves in stores and after thoughts in books and wine courses.

Here is our chance to re discover the beauty, power, staggering complexity, ageability and damn good value that are fortifieds.

The diversity of styles, grapes and terroir all make for an amazing journey into one of the greatest forgotten wine styles of the last 500 years.

First we need to work out what a Fortified is & how it can be made, then we will look at its history, good and sometimes bad, and where it stands in the market today. Tasting examples from all over the world.

Second we will discover the major and famous regions, looking at Port, Sherry and Maderia.

Third and finally we will uncover some gems from France, Spain, Italy, Australia & South Africa.



The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Tasting Class: Wines of Argentina & Chile

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas


Chilled at French Country Wines
2433 Bartlett Street
Houston, Texas 77005
713-882-8773

Cost: 60


Wine Tasting Class: Wines of Argentina & Chile

Dates: June 11th
Cost: $60.00
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Chilled at French Country Wines – 2431 Bartlett Street, Houston, TX
Instructor: James King

I find this continent so interesting and varied yet many of us over look it when it comes to wine, with it’s growing presence, not just at the value for money end but also at the premium end. The two powers are obviously Argentina and Chile and we will show that these two countries make a variety of great wines outside of their marquee Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon.

We will look at the similarities and differences between the regions, history, soil, aspect, climate, grapes and wine making to get an over view.

Discuss and taste the great wines, look at vintages and find some gems in the hills of Chile & Argentina.



Noe Grill at the Omni Hotel Presents Locavores & Lone Stars

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas


The Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
4 Riverway
Houston, Texas 77056
713-624-4828

Cost: $50


Join us poolside at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel as we celebrate all things local.  Locavores can sample dishes from our NOE GRILL that will feature ingredients from Texas farms.  Then sip the best of Texas with libations provided by Becker Vineyards, Tito’s Vodka, and St. Arnold Brewery. Relax in the "spa lounge" hosted by our very own Mokara Spa.  A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the Houston Food Bank.  Entertainment will be provided by Sunny 99.1.  Complimentary Valet Parking will be provided.

*All ticket sales are final.
*Event may be rescheduled due to inclement weather.
*Must be 21 years of age to attend event.












The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Tasting Class: Wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and Tavel

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas


Chilled at French Country Wines
2433 Bartlett Street
Houston, Texas 77005
713-882-8773

Cost: 60


Wine Tasting Class: Wines of Chateauneuf du Pape and Tavel

Dates: June 12th
Cost: $60.00
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Chilled at French Country Wines – 2431 Bartlett Street, Houston, TX
Instructor: James King

This is endorsed by Chateauneuf du Pape and Tavel.

This is an unique opportunity to discover the history that is CDP, to recognize the differences in soil, aspect and altitude that result in different styles.

We will look at the various different grapes and colors of CDP, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah, Grenache Blanc, red and white.

As part of this class we will also look at the “King of Roses” Tavel. Discover the choices they took, they style they have achieved and the reputation they have earned.



The Texas Wine School Presents Wine Foundation Course: Wines of Italy, 3 Class Series

Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Houston, Texas


Chilled at French Country Wines
2433 Bartlett Street
Houston, Texas 77005
713-882-8773

Cost: $180


Wine Foundation Course: Wines of Italy, 3 Class Series

Dates: June 13th , 20th , 27th
Cost: $60.00
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Chilled at French Country Wines – 2431 Bartlett Street, Houston, TX
Instructor: James King

For each wine-producing region, describe the style of wines made, identify the key grape varieties used for wine production and the meaning of common regional labeling terms.

Describe the meaning of common labeling terms indicating quality or style.

Understand what grape varieties are connected to each DOC(G) so that you can pick a wine in a restaurant or retailer with confidence, for example Sangiovese – Chianti.







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