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Sip-Sational News with the Coravin

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by fcasio 1 Comment
Jason Sherman Brennan's of Houston Wine Guy

Jason Sherman Brennan’s of Houston Wine Guy

A word from our Wine Guy / Wine Director, Jason Sherman:

“So who has heard the latest buzz in the wine world? If you read any current magazine, or ask any sommelier you might know, he / she will say the Coravin. “Intended” to be for the wine collectors to test wines from their own collection without breaking the seal, or having to consume the whole bottle, this device is now in the hands of many sommeliers around the world…including mine. Like many, I wanted to utilize this system of wine preservation to pour something unique by our fall / wine menu (think osso bucco, lamb chops, venison).

Dominus is one of the most age-worthy cabernet based blends made in our country…fitting that its owned and operated by the French Moueix family of Bordeaux. Try a 3-ounce glass of $25, or a full glass for $50.”

Keep an eye out for more exciting wines to be poured from the Coravin in coming months, including Gaja, Patz and Hall, Bruno Giacosa and Ogier.

5 Wines to Enjoy from Jason Sherman

Posted on: February 15th, 2013 by fcasio No Comments

REPUBLISHED: from Vine Sleuth.

5 Wines to Enjoy from Jason Sherman

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Jason Sherman 5 Wines

In addition to serving as the Sommelier at Brennan’s in Houston, TX, Jason is taking part in the Guest Sommelier series at Phil’s Wine Lounge next Wednesday, February 20.

Jason was interested in wine at a young age and, in college, he was already collecting wine and selling wine at auctions. He earned his level I Sommelier certificate at the age of 21 and hasn’t looked back. Well, except for that short period when he gave corporate America a try, only to run back to the world of wine and restaurants.  And Houston is thankful!

Jason has also worked at Morton’s Steakhouse in the Houston Galleria.  He earned his advanced Sommelier certificate in California when he was 26, and he loves to spend as much time as possible in wine country. He hopes to spend more time in Oregon in the near future.

We’re glad to share Jason Sherman’s selection for 5 Wines to Enjoy on VineSleuth Uncorked.

Jason’s 5 Wines to Enjoy

One white wine under $20 and widely available in the US:

  • Dr. Loosen Riesling

I have long been a fan of German Riesling.  They are both great with food and priced great. This is the one I had while I was learning the area, and has all the characteristics  you want in a great Riesling—flavors of apricot and stone fruit, great acidity and striking minerality. This is a great wine to take to Chinatown for spicy Asian food.

One red wine under $20 and widely available in the US:

  • Ridge “Three Valleys” Zinfandel

The entry level Zinfandel from the experts. These guys have been making great Zinfandels in California for decades, and this wine shows off the skills. Made from vines that age between 20 and 60 years old. Full of lush, ripe, dark fruit and cracked black pepper. What else could you want with Texas BBQ?

One splurge (whatever splurge might mean to you):

  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-de-Pape Blanc “Vieilles Vignes”

Hands down one of the best wines made each year in the world. This wine changed my life about 10 years ago. Balanced and beautiful, this wine goes with almost any food. Full of fresh, vibrant fruit with a finish of salted butter, it makes you want more every sip.

And two others of his own choosing (these may be either easy or hard to find):

  • Domaine Hubert Lamy St. Aubin Blanc

This is an exceptional Chardonnay from Burgundy that really shows off the region and the vintage well. It’s a good bridge into Burgundy for many California Chardonnay lovers.

  • Big Table Farm “Whitehawk” Syrah, Santa Barbara

One of the most underrated varietals around, Syrah has found a home in Santa Barbara county. Full of flavor with notes of cured meat, crushed stone, and raspberry pie.  If most people would just give Syrah a chance, they would love it.

Have you enjoyed any of these wines? Do any sound interesting to you? Tell us what you think.

The Courtyard Bar Introduces New 7-7-7 for 2013

Posted on: January 15th, 2013 by fcasio No Comments

Celebrate the Bounty of Oyster Season at One of Houston’s Iconic Restaurants

Brennans Courtyard Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

What: It’s oyster season, Houston, and what better way to celebrate than with the new 7-7-7 Bar Menu at the Courtyard Bar at Brennan’s of Houston. Kicking off this week, The Courtyard Bar is offering a brand new seasonal menu filled with Executive Chef Danny Trace’s oyster dishes that rock.

Houstonians are invited to The Courtyard Bar to take advantage of the 7-7-7 Menu, which features seven inspired cocktails, wines and bar snacks priced at $7 each, available from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Cocktail and menu highlights included:

Hot & Juicy Stolichnaya hot jalapeno infused vodka, pinapple juice, fresh lime juice and agave syrup

Pimm’s Cup Pimm’s No. 1, Sprite and a dash of house sour mix

Crispy Oyster BLT Gulf Coast oysters, Lupe’s bacon mousse & Creole mustard glaze

Chili Fried Oysters cracked corn crusted Texas oysters over charred chili corn sauce

Oyster Rockefeller Moderne “not on the half shell” with stewwed greens and Parisian pernod

Oyster Enchilada corn tortilla, pepper jack cheese, fire roasted tomatillo salsa and Cuervo crema fresca

When: Daily from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Courtyard Bar at Brennan’s of Houston

Cost: The 7-7-7 Menu features cocktails, glasses of wine and noshes for $7

Texas Wine

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by jsherman No Comments
Jason in and around California

Jason in and around California

Texans are proud of everything they do…how they talk, what they eat, and even what they drink. Unknown to many of us, a handful of wineries and vineyards in Northern California are either owned or operated by Texans (many of them Houstonians). A large amount of these wines are scattered across the Brennan’s wine list, and numerous others around town.

One of the more well known Houstonians to be involved in the wine industry is Lee Hudson. Located in Carneros, Hudson Vineyards has been farming and selling fruit to Failla, Kistler, Arietta, Plumpjack, Ramey and Patz and Hall for years…with most bottling their own “Hudson” label. Lee also makes his own chardonnay (that you HAVE to try), syrah and red blend he calls “Pick Up Sticks” under the Hudson Vineyards name.

 

Dr. Madaiah Revana, a Houston Cardiologist, now has two wineries…one in St. Helena of the Napa Valley, and one in the Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon. His Napa Cabernet is made under the guidance of Thomas Brown (who also makes Outpost, Rivers-Marie, Wallis Estate) and has become a quick cult favorite. Alexana, his Oregon property, is producing some of the best Pinot Noirs and Rieslings in the state. Lynn Penner-Ash, of Penner-Ash fame, has been making these wines since its inaugural vintage.

Michael and Anne Stewart of Houston have been making some great wines out of both Sonoma and Napa for years as well.  After purchasing vineyards in 2000, they employed the help of winemaker Paul Hobbs and put out one of the best pinot noirs to come out of Russian River Valley.

Many other wineries like Palmaz, Laetitia and Fog Crest have ties to Texas, and Houston, and make stand out wines year in and year out. Most of these wines can be enjoyed at Brennan’s, but also look for them at other locally owned restaurant and wine bars.

 

Cheers!