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French Country Wines in Rice Village Still Thriving Thanks to New Services

POSTED: November 17, 2020 AT 10:40 am   /   Bars, Sponsored, Wine

Sponsored Bars were not the only businesses impacted by the shutdowns necessitated by COVID-19. In Houston, French Country Wines at 2433 Bartlett, a small, independent wine shop established by Tim and Phyllis Smith over a decade ago and owned and operated by Jean-Philippe Guy for the past seven years, is a beloved Rice Village mainstay. […]

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Meet the Iron Sommelier Houston 2020 Winners

POSTED: November 13, 2020 AT 10:32 am   /   Bars, Sommeliers You Should Know, Wine

There’s a new wine king in town. The annual Iron Sommelier competition was held last night in a split virtual-at-home and in-person format at both Hugo’s and Backstreet Cafe to reduce and socially distance the typically huge crowd  — which in normal years gathers at The Houstonian. Iron Sommelier benefits The Periwinkle Foundation every year, pitting the […]

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Houston Cocktail Bar Anvil Tests Opening While Plans for Reviving Tongue-Cut Sparrow Evolve

POSTED: November 12, 2020 AT 5:37 pm   /   Bar Openings, Bars

After closing the doors for several months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, two of Houston’s most acclaimed cocktail bars are working on reopening plans. Anvil Bar & Refuge has tentatively reopened while plans are underway for Tongue-Cut Sparrow to temporarily relocate to the former Penny Quarter space. Coffee shop and wine bar Penny Quarter […]

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Houston Wine Competition Featuring Top Sommeliers Goes Virtual for 2020

POSTED: November 3, 2020 AT 9:14 am   /   Bars, Wine

One of Houston’s most-loved food and drink events is back, albeit modified for the current times. The 2020 Iron Sommelier competition takes place November 12. The yearly event, which usually fills a ballroom at The Houstonian Hotel, brings together Bayou City sommeliers to showcase their creativity and presentation skills in friendly competition. It benefits The […]

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A Spicy, Bright and Easy Margarita for Autumn

POSTED: November 1, 2020 AT 2:03 pm   /   Bars, Cocktails

Hornitos Tequila recently hosted an online media event where it debuted a margarita adapted for the fall. Called the Don Francisco Margarita, the inclusion of orange juice makes this tequila cocktail a kissing cousin of a Tequila Sunrise. It doesn’t have grenadine, though, and the dose of lime juice keeps it within the margarita family. […]

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