Texas Silver Star

Astro Lab Brewing

Star Taker

Andrew Holod

Astro Lab Brewer, Silver Spring MD. Hazy IPA with Mosaic, Columbus and Citra hops. 7.1%
Medium gold, big, slightly rocky head that is quite persistent. Knock-out nose which to me reads as pine resin/juniper berry. Very well balanced with a just-so textural play between hop bitterness and malty sweetness.
— 2 months ago

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Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

I was able to have a good conversation with Justin (one of the wine guys) at Central Market as he poured me the rest of the Silver Oak, and he was gracious enough to open up the floor for recommendations on what their next higher-end wine should be to serve BTG at cost. In the meantime, however, he opened up this bad boy and man...what a treat. The winemakers for Nice are (from what I’ve heard and read) some pretty solid dudes and it was neat to see that they’re headquartered right here in Houston. Below is an excerpt taken directly from their site as a means of education to satisfy all of the wine nerds out there (myself included):

“Winemaker and Foodie superduo Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld of Nice Winery are Certified Sommeliers, wine educators, and Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs. Their hand crafted, boutique wines are poured in top restaurants and have won gold medals in internationally recognized wine competitions. Ryan and Ian have built their epicurean pedigree while studying in Paris, France, directing culinary education for Viking, teaching cuisine to thousands of students at Central Market, and operating their restaurant and catering companies, Republic and Nuance. They make their wines from estate vineyards in Texas, Argentina, and California.”
— 3 years ago

Krystal Vento
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I’m in Houston for the week near the market. Thanks for the recommendation!
Ryan Vento

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@David Schneider Hope you enjoy it!

Bending Branch Winery

Texas Tannat 2010

2010 vintage that is drinking really well. Dark fruit, leather, pepper with the robust tannic finish you expect from Tannat. Proof this varietal is a hit in Texas and that you shouldn't be afraid to try a lone star state bottle — 5 years ago

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Agnès et René Mosse

Moussamoussettes Brut Nature Rosé Blend

Oh man! Racy bubbles. Texas Star Grapefruit. Yeah. that specific. Pears. And that Euron Greyjoy finger in the bum to let you know that this ain’t no ordinary sparkling Wine! — 2 years ago

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Getariako Txakolina Hondarrabi Zuri 2016

Mmm nothing like some delish Txakoli on an abnormally hot day in October in Texas. Signature high acid, lovely aromatics of key lime, peach skin, and minerals. Refreshing as all get out, I love the slight fizzante and slightly off-dry mineral-laden finish. This should be a go-to no matter where you are, especially if you find yourself in the lone star state. — 3 years ago

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Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Drank in Texas with Carole and Arty — 4 years ago

Fall Creek Vineyards

Salt Lick Vineyards GSM 2016

Texas wines have grown. This is an outstanding blend of Grenache Syrah and Mourvèdre from Salt Lick Vineyard. This is a complex wine with great structure and finesse. Great to see the Lone Star State wines mature and compete in the world stage. Visited the Fall Creek Vineyards. Well worth it can’t get it retail because of the limited production but can get it online. New release of the 2016 vintage. Excellent! — 2 years ago

Star of Texas Winery

Texian Red 2016

This dry red wine is a deep ruby color with moderate acidity and firm but soft ripe tannins. Intense aromatics of black cherry and ripe plum will continue to develop as this wine ages. 100% Montepulciano from the Texas High Plains AVA. — 3 years ago

Château La Vivonne

Les Puechs Côtes de Provence Mourvedre 2016

I know I'm giving a Provence a 94 pt rating..but this is truly one of the most balanced, elegant, refreshing, and well rounded rosés I've ever had. Made by Château La Vivonne, of whom I've only experienced their Bandol rosés, but this the best by far. The nose is lifted, floral, and invigorating, and the color is star bright, a perfect hue of pale salmon. The pallet is structured with finesse and focus, with an acidity that is soft, and bright at the same time. Think - cotton candy, wildflower, and lemon oil on the nose, and juicy Meyer lemon, raspberry, and white pepper on the pallet with a light grapefruit finish. Nothing is angular, everything is in beautiful flow. Stunning.. This is my new drink of spring! (While it rarely lasts in Texas)

If you're good with dough and make a mean pizza, try this with a Napolitano style pizza with spinach, Mozz, Asiago, Grand Padano, garlic, olive oil, and a squeeze of Almafi Coast Lemon (Meyer works as well)..it was the perfect recipe for a great Sunday brunch.

$16.99 - try it!
— 4 years ago

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Love value wine. Thank you