A Napa Experience hosted by James Barlow, Feb. 27

Event Name: A Napa Experience hosted by James Barlow

Event Link: http://thewineepicure.com

Date: February 27, 2019

Time: 6:30-8:00PM

Location/Venue – please use Google map info: Prohibition Texas Bar in Old Town Spring: 26420 Preston Ave, Spring, TX 77373

Cost: $45.00 Per Person

Event Description: Please Join me, James Barlow, CWE in A Napa Experience. In this class I will dive into the AVA’s within Napa Valley, showing wines from different areas from the valley floor to the mountain sides. We will walk through the sub American Viticultural Areas within Napa Valley learning about soil structure, grapes, vintages, wine-making techniques and much more. We will taste wines from the regions to understand the unique differences of the areas.

Wines to be poured:

1.Illumination Sauvignon Blanc – Rutherford/Napa Valley AVA
2.Matthiason Ribolla Gialla – Oak Knoll AVA
3.Jayson by Pahlmeyer Chardonnay – St. Helena/Carneros AVA’s
4.Snowden Petit Verdot – Napa Valley AVA
5.Napanook Red Blend – Yountville AVA
6.Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon – Stags’ Leap AVA
7.Nickel and Nickel ‘John C. Sullenger’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Oakville AVA
8.Vagabond Syrah – Carneros AVA

Registration Telephone: 832-643-7505

Registration Email: Jamesbarlow25@hotmail.com

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Event: All About Alentejo, February 6

Event Name: All About Alentejo on February 6 in Houston

Event Link: http://www.vinhosdoalentejo.pt/index.php?lang=en

Date: February 6, 2019

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location/Venue – please use Google map info: Mastro’s Steakhouse Houston – 1650 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027

Cost: Complimentary for qualified wine trade and media

Event Description: Encompassing approximately 30% of Portugal’s landmass, the Alentejo is divided into the three administrative districts – Beja, Évora and Portalegre – that collectively define the natural boundaries of Vinho Regional Alentejano. With over 3,000 sunshine hours annually, Alentejo’s eight subregions are spread across a distinctive and relatively flat terrain. Wines of Alentejo is pleased to be representing this unique wine region combining historical significance and modern thinking.

We would like to invite you to join us for All About Alentejo on Wednesday, February 6th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Mastro’s Steakhouse Houston. This master class, hosted by Evan Goldstein MS, will provide an overview of the beautiful Alentejo region, exploring subzones, leading varietals, and wines from classic producers.

RSVP to sommelier@fullcirclewinesolutions.com
*Program is complimentary for members of the wine industry by invitation only; a valid business card will be required. Space is limited and advance registration is mandatory. Complimentary valet parking will be offered.*

Registration Telephone: 4156830696

Registration Email: sommelier@fullcirclewinesolutions.com

TexSom 2019 dates announced: August 18-20

From the TexSom eblast:

SAVE THE DATES!

Sunday, August 18th – Tuesday, August 20th
Host Venue Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Please note the new days. The conference opens on Sunday evening and continues with seminar days on Monday and Tuesday.

Additional information such as the schedule, registration opening date, pre-conference education and certification opportunities, volunteer opportunites and the TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition application will be announced in the future.

The Four Seasons Resort and Club room block will be released upon opening of TEXSOM registration.

All participants at the TEXSOM Sommelier Conference must be 21 years of age or older.

The TEXSOM Sommelier Conference is a professional educational event for wine, food & beverage service, and hospitality professionals.

Awesomm and Taste of Italy “Best Sommelier in Houston” competition applications now open

Disclosure: Jeremy Parzen, manager and owner of Houston Wine Almanac, is a media consultant for the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce.

On February 24-25, AweSomm will be hosting the first-ever “Best Sommelier in Houston” competition in association with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas and its 5th annual Taste of Italy Houston festival and trade show.

To apply, please use the form below.

  • 20 Houston-based sommeliers will be invited to compete for the title of “Best Sommelier in Houston.”
  • Candidates must currently be working in Houston and must be “pre-Advanced” (in their Court of Master Sommeliers candidacy).
  • All competitors will be required to take a theory, service, and blind tasting exam.
  • Once the theory exam is completed, the 10 candidates with the top scores will be seated for the service and blind tasting exams.
  • Testing will take place at the Hilton Post Oak on Sunday, February 24. The winner and 2 runners up will be announced at the Taste of Italy festival Monday, February 25.
  • Master Sommelier Guy Stout (Southern-Glazers), Advanced Sommelier Brandon Kerne (Pappas Bros.), Advanced Sommelier James Watkins (Paul Hobbs Winery), and Cat Nguyen (Houston Sommelier Association founder) will serve as judges.
  • The winner will receive a $1,200 scholarship to apply to future studies; 2 runners up will receive $300 scholarships; all 10 finalists will be eligible for Italy-America Chamber sponsored trips to Italian wine country.

Steven McDonald, whose MS title was “invalidated” by Court in cheating scandal, regains pin

Beloved Houston sommelier Steven McDonald became a Master Sommelier for the second time last week.

That’s Steven (above), wine director for one of the city’s leading steakhouses, with his wife Adria in St. Louis where he retook the tasting exam after being stripped of his title in the wake of a cheating scandal (photo via Steven’s Facebook).

Steven wasn’t involved with the malfeasance in any way. But he was one of 23 erstwhile Master Sommeliers whose newly earned titles were “invalidated” by the Court of Master Sommeliers more than a month after the group’s coveted pins had been conferred.

Houston Chronicle wine writer Dale Robertson reported the story here.

And for more background, information on steps the Court has taken to rectify the situation, and updates on some of the candidates who didn’t pass the “reset” (as its called), see this excellent reporting by Seven Fifty Daily contributor Courtney Schiessl.

Burgundy ‘IN FOCUS’ Master Class: Cote Chalonnaise 4/12

Event Name: Burgundy ‘IN FOCUS’ Master Class: Cote Chalonnaise

Event Link: http://thewineepicure.com

Date: December 4, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00PM

Location/Venue: Prohibition Texas Bar
26420 Preston Avenue, Spring TX 77373
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Cost: $45.00 Per Person

Event Description.: Please join me, James C. Barlow, Bourgogne Wine Ambassador and Certified Wine Educator, for the 2nd installation of my Burgundy ‘In Focus’ Master Classes. This class will focus on the Cote Chalonnaise. Often overlooked, this quaint region just south of the Cote D’Or is quietly building a great reputation for quality wines that are still quite affordable.

Wines:
1.Louis Jadot Aligote 2015, Bouzeron
2.Vincent Girardin Premier Cru ‘Les Cloux’ Chardonnay 2015, Rully
3.Albert Bichot Premier Cru Chardonnay 2015, Montagny
4.Domaine Thenard Premier Cru ‘Les Bois Chevaux’ Pinot Noir 2011, Givry
5.Famille Masse ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Pinot Noir 2015, Givry
6.Albert Bichot Pinot Noir 2015, Mercurey

Native Grapes of Italy author Ian D’Agata coming to Houston next month…

Indegina World Tour
Ian D’Agata
Houston, Texas
December 11 & 12, 2018

Please come experience one of the greatest speakers on Italian wine in the world: Mr. Ian D’Agata. Ian is one of the world’s foremost experts on native grapes of Italy and his most recent book Native Grapes of Italy has become a defacto tome for wine lovers across the globe. In addition to being an author Ian has established the Indegina Center for Food & Wine studies in Barolo, Piemonte. Indegina has been created to teach and explore the world’s native foodstuffs and wine grapes from all angles: science, economics, history, culinary and sociologically.

Indegina World Tour is a glimpse into what Ian is doing and offers the chance to taste wines and learn with Ian. We are extremely excited to end our 2018 journey in Houston, Texas and hope you will come along for the experience as we explore Barbera and other native grapes of Piemonte and the Marche in this two-day seminar. Each day lunch will be provided and it is FREE. So do not miss this opportunity to learn from a legend and get on the ground floor to what is happening today in Italy. You are welcome to attend just one day or both days and again the event is FREE and includes lunch both days.

Please RSVP to Jeffrey Porter: learningthevines@gmail.com

Tuesday December 11, 2018
9:00 AM: Coffee & Pastries
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM: Welcome and Introduction
9:40 AM – 12:00 PM: Session 1: Nizza – An exploration of Barbera
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Session 2: Asti

Wednesday December 12, 2018
9:00 AM: Coffee & Pastries
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Introduction into Day 2
9:40 AM – 12:00 PM: Session 1: Marche – Verdicchio
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Session 2: Marche – the Reds

Location
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
11 N. Post Oak Ln
Houston, TX 77024
713.680.2626